Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Samuel Reshevsky
Number of games in database: 1,495
Years covered: 1917 to 1991
Overall record: +558 -213 =662 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      62 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (118) 
    E46 E43 E57 E47 E58
 King's Indian (92) 
    E92 E97 E94 E60 E62
 Grunfeld (51) 
    D97 D81 D92 D83 D82
 Orthodox Defense (41) 
    D51 D50 D55 D62 D52
 English (37) 
    A15 A10 A16 A14 A17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (35) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D36
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (138) 
    C96 C95 C86 C93 C88
 Sicilian (116) 
    B32 B40 B71 B42 B83
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (95) 
    C96 C95 C86 C93 C88
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E33 E57 E54 E46 E58
 King's Indian (66) 
    E94 E69 E60 E79 E81
 Queen's Indian (49) 
    E12 E19 E17 E16 E15
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 1/2-1/2
   Reshevsky vs A Vasconcellos, 1944 1-0
   Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1948 0-1
   Reshevsky vs Petrosian, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Reshevsky vs G Treysman, 1938 1-0
   Reshevsky vs Capablanca, 1935 1-0
   Szabo vs Reshevsky, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Keres vs Reshevsky, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1952 1-0
   Reshevsky vs Mecking, 1967 1-0

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Tournament (1948)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Syracuse (1934)
   Kemeri (1937)
   US Championship (1936)
   Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956)
   Reshevsky - Najdorf (1952)
   56th US Open (1955)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   US Championship (1972)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   Palma de Mallorca (1971)
   Nottingham (1936)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Reshevsky! by amadeus
   Challenger of 48 Reshevsky_125 by Gottschalk
   Reshevsky's Best Games of Chess, Vol. I by suenteus po 147
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1940-1959 (Part 2) by Anatoly21
   The Art of Positional Play by SamAtoms1980
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by suenteus po 147
   Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors (4) by AdrianP
   WCC Index [World Championship Tournament 1948] by Resignation Trap
   1948 World Chess Championship by Penguincw
   Match for the Championship of the Free World by Resignation Trap
   Art of War's favorite games 8 by Art of War
   Second Piatigorsky Cup 1966 by Benzol
   Rematch for Championship of the West 1953 by Resignation Trap

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Samuel Reshevsky
Search Google for Samuel Reshevsky

(born Nov-26-1911, died Apr-04-1992, 80 years old) Poland (citizen of United States of America)

[what is this?]
Samuel Herman Reshevsky (Szmul Rzeszewski) was born in Ozorkow, Poland. He learned to play chess at the age of four. At eight years old he was giving simultaneous exhibitions and defeating some of the country's most prominent players.

Following the events of World War 1, Reshevsky immigrated to the United States (1920). As a 9-year old, his first American simultaneous exhibition was with 20 officers and cadets at the Military Academy at West Point. He won 19 games and drew one. He toured the country and played over 1,500 games as a 9-year old in simultaneous exhibitions and only lost 8 games. In his early years he did not go to school and his parents ended up in Manhattan Children's Court on charges of improper guardianship. His benefactor was Julius Rosenwald, founder of Sears & Roebuck, who agreed to provide for Reshevsky's future if he devoted himself to completing his education. Reshevsky then largely abandoned chess for 10 years to pursue a vocation as an accountant, receiving an accounting degree from the University of Chicago in 1933 which he put to use in New York City.

After obtaining his college degree, he devoted himself to tournament chess. Several subsequent successes in international events led to his invitations to both AVRO 1938 and the World Championship Tournament ten years later. Between 1936 and 1942, he had a streak of 75 games without a loss in U.S. Championship competition. He won the US Open in 1944. Pan-American Champion at Hollywood 1945. He played in 21 U.S. Championships, from 1936 to 1981. Over the course of a long international career that continued until he was almost 80, he qualified for the Candidates five times, won the U.S. Championship on six occasions (first time in 1936, last time in 1971) and played 11 World Champions, ranging from Emanuel Lasker to Anatoly Karpov.

He won matches against several notable Western players, including Svetozar Gligoric, Miguel Najdorf and Robert James Fischer (after Fischer was forfeited while the match was tied). However, he was never able to secure the right to a World Championship match. In 1981, at the age of 70, he tied for 3rd place in the U.S. Championship. In 1984, at the age of 72, he took first place in the powerful Reykjavik Open, which featured many grandmasters. (1)

Wikipedia article: Samuel Reshevsky; (1)

 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,496  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Reshevsky vs Factor 0-126 1917 Lodz, PolandC22 Center Game
2. Reshevsky vs Rubinstein 0-124 1917 Warsaw C50 Giuoco Piano
3. Reshevsky vs S Katz ½-½29 1920 New York simB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
4. Reshevsky vs L Von Dory 1-016 1920 Berlin simulC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
5. Reshevsky vs Zabludovsky 1-029 1920 Berlin simulC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
6. Reshevsky vs Knoller 1-040 1920 New York simC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
7. Reshevsky vs L Schwarz 1-065 1920 20 board simultaneous exhibitionC00 French Defense
8. Reshevsky vs E B Hilliard 1-027 1920 Blindfold gameC30 King's Gambit Declined
9. Reshevsky vs M Herzfeld  1-052 1920 Paris simulC66 Ruy Lopez
10. Reshevsky vs Simchow  0-134 1920 New York simD05 Queen's Pawn Game
11. M A Schapiro vs Reshevsky  0-140 1920 New YorkC14 French, Classical
12. Reshevsky vs L T Haller 1-039 1920 Paterson simD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Reshevsky vs G W Beaumont  1-030 1920 Simultaneous exhibitionC34 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Reshevsky vs Gency  1-037 1920 Paris simulC30 King's Gambit Declined
15. Reshevsky vs M J Clurman ½-½23 1920 New York simB15 Caro-Kann
16. Reshevsky vs R C Griffith 1-030 1920 LondonC67 Ruy Lopez
17. Reshevsky vs Stillman 1-020 1920 New York simB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
18. P Krueger vs Reshevsky ½-½39 1920 Blindfold gameC48 Four Knights
19. C Jaffe vs Reshevsky 0-117 1920 New York blindfoldC30 King's Gambit Declined
20. Reshevsky vs Traube 1-017 1920 HanoverA02 Bird's Opening
21. Reshevsky vs D D Barkuloo  1-049 1921 Living chess gameD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Reshevsky vs Hopper  ½-½32 1921 Niagara Falls simD53 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Reshevsky vs W Tevis 1-032 1921 San Francisco simC53 Giuoco Piano
24. Reshevsky vs S T Sharp ½-½27 1921 Philadelphia simC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
25. Reshevsky vs E Michelsen  1-034 1921 Simultaneous exhbitionB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
 page 1 of 60; games 1-25 of 1,496  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Reshevsky wins | Reshevsky loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 57 OF 57 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Nov-13-14  TheFocus: <zanzibar> Gordon's bio has 1768 games.

I don't submit games though. A biographer would have to do it.

Nov-13-14  zanzibar: Ha. Well, I think Enormous must have most of them... and I am aware that it has duplicate entries.

I've been working on software to compare two data sets and cull out non-overlaps. Might be a good acid test.

Any glaring omissions thought? Like a favorite you think unforgivable not to have in the collection?

Nov-13-14  TheFocus: Not searched far enough yet.
Nov-17-14  thegoodanarchist: <sfm: ... Fischer had the luck that nobody tore him away.>

Well, it wasn't luck, it was Fischer himself. For example, he cut his mother out of his life for a while so he could focus (even more) on chess.

Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Dale A Brandreth in <QCH>, Spring 1/1999:

<As an example, I was very impressed by the account of Alekhine's visit to Hungary in 1927 on the eve of his titanic struggle with Capablanca. His games in the Kecskemet (1927) tournament are given together with a detailed report of the games he played in three simultaneous exhibitions in Budapest and Szenta. Hungary's chess fans idolized Alekhine. Alekhine sought to achieve a good score, but he also strove to give an impressive display of his mastery by the quality of his play.

When I think of the contrast of Alekhine's scintillating performances there and a super-efficient but dull simul (against weaker players) by Reshevsky in the 1980's which I saw in West Chester, Pennsylvania (+25, 0, 0), it is easy to understand why there are so many books devoted to Alekhine and so few to Reshevsky. In fact, after the West Chester performance the consensus was that he would not be invited back, principally because of his dead-fish personality, unfriendly disposition, and total lack of any attempt to entertain.>

Apr-18-15  Jim Bartle: Does Reshevsky have a Morphy number of 2?
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: What would it be-Morphy-Bird-Janowski-Reshevsky?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <JB> Doubtful. Morphy stopped playing about 60 years before Reshevsky showed up, so any mutual opponent would have been at least 80 years old. Not impossible, but one doesn't seem to have been unearthed as yet.

Apr-18-15  Jim Bartle: I'm trying to figure who's the youngest player with a Morphy number of 3, or of 4, and I figured it would likely go through Reshevsky.

The youngest to play Reshevsky I found was Alex Sherzer, born 1971, but I didn't check every player.

Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: NN played both Morphy and Reshevsky...
Apr-18-15  Jim Bartle: I thought of that!
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Bobby Fischer invented a kind of electronic nicotine-delivery system which he hoped would replace pipes and cigarettes. Reshevsky is using one in the picture at the top of this page.
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <Jim Bartle: I'm trying to figure who's the youngest player with a Morphy number of 3, or of 4, and I figured it would likely go through Reshevsky. The youngest to play Reshevsky I found was Alex Sherzer, born 1971, but I didn't check every player.>

The person to ask, the expert on <Morphy Numbers>, is User: fsr. Two names that are worth remembering are Harriet Worrall (Walter Frere / Harriet Worrall although she is underrepresented at and the great James Mortimer.

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Hmmmm....I still have a Morphy number of 4 (Benko and Bisguier).....
Apr-18-15  MagnusVerMagnus: If Sammy was born this century he could have been an all time great IMHO.
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: <MissScarlett:...a super-efficient but dull simul (against weaker players) by Reshevsky in the 1980's which I saw in West Chester, Pennsylvania...>

I wonder if that is the Westchester that features in the musical Westchester Furioso?

Apr-20-15  Troller: <MagnusVerMagnus: If Sammy was born this century he could have been an all time great IMHO.>

...And now he is not?

Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: If he had been born this century he'd only be 15.

Sammy is an all-time great. One of the best of the 'all-time greats' because he was a natural. We can always learn from his games.

Apr-20-15  RookFile: If they had chess960 in Reshevsky's day, he'd be the champ at that. He barely studied openings in his prime, so he'd be right at home.
Apr-20-15  Zonszein: I think that Reshevsky even gave a simul here in Paris at the age of 8 and beat a lot of long bearded club players. There is a picture somewhere
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: Assuming speed chess counts, the youngest player to play Reshevsky is probably Jeff Sarwer. I don't know of any game scores, but there are a few seconds of video on Youtube: .
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: I don't see how Reshevsky could have a Morphy number of 2, since every player who played against Morphy had apparently died by 1911:
Apr-20-15  HeMateMe: In the comments section a reader says his father was "murdered by drug dealers when Jeff was 10." First time I've seen this clip or heard of this kid. Right away I had a bad vibe about the father, especially when he said he didn't want a trainer for his son.

Could this kid have gone higher? We'll never know.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: The comment I see was that his father was "murdered by drug dealers more than 10 years ago"--so far as I know, his father raised both him and his sister to adulthood.

Jeff doesn't talk about his childhood much (for a while his sister was going to write a book, but that never happened). He does say, however, that although the way his father raised them was not right, the efforts by the Canadian authorities to "save" them were worse.

Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <Caissanist> We don't know the names of all Morphy's opponents, so it's possible one of them may have lived long enough to play Reshevsky. Unlikely, but possible.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 57)
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 57 OF 57 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other users.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2015, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies