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Samuel Reshevsky
Number of games in database: 1,527
Years covered: 1917 to 1991

Overall record: +562 -213 =660 (62.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 92 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (119) 
    E46 E54 E43 E56 E47
 King's Indian (92) 
    E92 E97 E60 E66 E95
 Grunfeld (52) 
    D81 D97 D83 D92 D82
 Orthodox Defense (43) 
    D51 D50 D55 D60 D62
 Queen's Gambit Declined (39) 
    D37 D35 D31 D30 D36
 English (37) 
    A15 A10 A16 A17 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (139) 
    C96 C95 C86 C93 C69
 Sicilian (114) 
    B32 B93 B40 B42 B83
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (95) 
    C96 C95 C86 C93 C84
 Nimzo Indian (76) 
    E33 E54 E46 E56 E39
 King's Indian (68) 
    E60 E69 E95 E94 E75
 Queen's Indian (48) 
    E12 E19 E17 E16 E15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Larry Evans vs Reshevsky, 1963 1/2-1/2
   Reshevsky vs Petrosian, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Reshevsky vs A Vasconcellos, 1944 1-0
   Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1948 0-1
   Reshevsky vs Capablanca, 1935 1-0
   Reshevsky vs G N Treysman, 1938 1-0
   Reshevsky vs Geller, 1953 1/2-1/2
   Janowski vs Reshevsky, 1922 0-1
   J Mieses vs Reshevsky, 1935 0-1
   Lasker vs Reshevsky, 1936 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   US Championship (1936)
   Syracuse (1934)
   Kemeri (1937)
   Reshevsky - Najdorf (1952)
   Third Rosenwald Trophy (1956)
   56th US Open (1955)
   Leningrad/Moscow training (1939)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   US Championship 1957/58 (1957)
   Buenos Aires (1960)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)
   US Championship (1972)
   Nottingham (1936)
   Sousse Interzonal (1967)
   Amsterdam Interzonal (1964)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Match Reshevsky! by amadeus
   Challenger of 48 Reshevsky_125 by Gottschalk
   Best Games of Chess (Reshevsky) by Qindarka
   Reshevsky's Best Games of Chess, Vol. I by suenteus po 147
   Veliki majstori saha 23 RESHEVSKY (Marovic) by Chessdreamer
   How Chess Games are Won (Reshevsky) by Qindarka
   Rgrrgrr at Fredthebear by fredthebear
   The Art of Positional Play by Del ToRo
   Art of Positional Play (Reshevsky) by Qindarka
   The Art of Positional Play by SamAtoms1980
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by suenteus po 147
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by cassiooo
   Zurich 1953 - Bronstein by vantheanh
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by Atsa

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

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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 62; games 1-25 of 1,527  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Reshevsky vs Factor 0-1261917LodzC22 Center Game
2. Reshevsky vs Rubinstein 0-1241917WarsawC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Reshevsky vs Traube 1-0171920HanoverA02 Bird's Opening
4. C Jaffe vs Reshevsky 0-1171920New York blindfoldC30 King's Gambit Declined
5. Reshevsky vs R C Griffith 1-0301920LondonC67 Ruy Lopez
6. Reshevsky vs Zabludovsky 1-0291920Simul, 20bC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
7. Reshevsky vs L Von Dory 1-0161920Berlin simulC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
8. Reshevsky vs Saemisch 0-1381920BerlinE50 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Nf3, without ...d5
9. P Krueger vs Reshevsky ½-½391920Blindfold gameC48 Four Knights
10. Reshevsky vs M Gency 1-0371920SimulC30 King's Gambit Declined
11. Reshevsky vs M Herzfeld  1-0521920Simul, 20bC66 Ruy Lopez
12. Reshevsky vs L Schwarz 1-0651920Simul, 20bC00 French Defense
13. Reshevsky vs G W Beaumont  1-0301920Simultaneous exhibitionC34 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Reshevsky vs S Katz ½-½291920Simul, 20bB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
15. Reshevsky vs F Knoller 1-0401920Simul, 20bC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
16. Reshevsky vs A Simchow  0-1341920Simul, 20bD05 Queen's Pawn Game
17. Reshevsky vs M J Clurman ½-½231920Simul, 20bB15 Caro-Kann
18. Reshevsky vs L S Stillman 1-0201920Simul, 20bB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
19. M A Schapiro vs Reshevsky 0-1401920Exhibition gameC14 French, Classical
20. Reshevsky vs E B Hilliard 1-0271920Blindfold gameC30 King's Gambit Declined
21. Reshevsky vs A H Beckman  1-0201921Simul, 20bD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Reshevsky vs C More  ½-½211921Simul, 20bD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Reshevsky vs S T Sharp ½-½271921Simul, 20bC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
24. Reshevsky vs J H Longacre  ½-½251921Simul, 20bC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
25. Reshevsky vs E Michelsen  1-0341921Simul, 5bB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,527  PGN Download
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  offramp: There seem to be two different opinions.

There is the link from : <<keypusher:> <...Reshevsky settled down to a scientific study of the game. He decided to devote himself completely to it in 1950 when he relinquished a budding career in accountancy, and since then the game has had no serious competition in his life...>>

Then there is wikipedia's << He was never a full-time chess professional.>>

But they are not irreconcilable. I believe accountants in the USA have a very busy month when tax returns are due. I remember it on The Simpsons. Tax returns have to be in on a specific date. Reshevsky may have had two or three big-paying clients for which he only worked flat-out for a month or so.

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  saffuna: Here's a page listing the Sports Illustrated articles which mention Reshevsky:

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  keypusher: <saffuna>. The article I'm quoting, by a man named Kobler from 1955, no longer appears in the vault. Maybe it's like Disney movies, they make them available for a while and then they hide them away again.
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  chancho: <keypusher> I used the inflation calculator to see how much 9 grand a year in 1950's dollars is worth today.

That's the equivalent of $90,200.21 in 2016 dollars.

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  morfishine: <MissScarlett: <Naysayers can have their say, but their posts drift away in the wind like a random tumbleweed.>

Very poetic. Now please provide details about who these naysayers are, and give examples of their scurrilous attacks against poor Sammy>

Hey <MissScarlett> Go jump off a cliff

I don't provide anything to idiots like yourself, even if you did say please

Have a nice weekend

best always, morf


Aug-06-16  greed and death: <MissScarlett: I doubt it was flying off the shelves, but does anybody have the Reshevsky book by Stephen Gordon? I'd like to know how many simul games it has from Reshevsky's tour of the US in 1920-22, and whether it has a detailed list of those exhibition dates.>

Gordon's bio has 55 games from the 1920-22 tour and dates for 52 simuls

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  keypusher: < offramp: There seem to be two different opinions. There is the link from : <<keypusher:> <...Reshevsky settled down to a scientific study of the game. He decided to devote himself completely to it in 1950 when he relinquished a budding career in accountancy, and since then the game has had no serious competition in his life...>>

Then there is wikipedia's << He was never a full-time chess professional.>>

But they are not irreconcilable. I believe accountants in the USA have a very busy month when tax returns are due. I remember it on The Simpsons. Tax returns have to be in on a specific date. Reshevsky may have had two or three big-paying clients for which he only worked flat-out for a month or so.>

Yeah, that or wikipedia is wrong. I understand it's happened once or twice before.

I would take a contemporaneous article in a quality magazine citing names, dates, and specific dollar figures over an anonymous article in a free online encyclopedia.

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  SteinitzLives: <keypusher> Yes, a contemporaneous article would naturally trump wikipedia. In this specific case, note that accountants come in all forms and fashions, public private, gov't, solo practitioners, tax or audit specialists, not to mention, do I dare: consultants and frauds, (sorry for the redundancy).

Having worked at one of the big 5-8 (depending on the year) accounting firms, some time ago, "busy season" for the tax side was Jan. 1 to April 15th.

My sense (looking at Reshevsky's chronological playing record) was that he had some job flexibility and could play not only when circumstances allowed, but also when the opportunity to make some extra cash (which he was notorious for diligently chasing) came his way.

If he had some big paying clients he was responsible for, he probably stayed away from chess, when he didn't, and got a good invite, hello chess.

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  MissScarlett: Hastings and St Leonards Observer, Saturday 27 July 1935, p.20:

<A curious happening occurred on Saturday of the first week. Reshevsky, who is a Polish Jew, told the committee his religion would allow him to play the game, but not to take a record of it, so in case of a win he could not hand in a record as required by the rules. This was met by a steward being deputed to sit by his side for nearly four hours, recording the moves he made and keeping the clock going.>

The event was the Major Open of the BCF Congress held in Great Yarmouth.


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  MissScarlett: <Gordon's bio has 55 games from the 1920-22 tour and dates for 52 simuls>

Thanks. We're not doing too bad here. Looks as if we have 45, give or take (are those 55 just simuls?). If I ever get around to doing a simul tour collection for Reshevsky, I might have to buy Gordon's book.

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  MissScarlett: Here's Reshevsky's playing record from 1931, when he re-emerged as a professional player, until 1949, that I've been able to establish with the help of the DB. I've stuck to major tournaments and matches, but, at least according to the DB, the number of extraneous games seems to be remarkably few.

<1931 Western Ch 9 games

1932 Western Ch 11 games; Pasadena 11 games

1933 Western Ch 13 games

1934 Western Ch 16 games; Syracuse 14 games

1935 Margate 9 games; Great Yarmouth 11 games

1936 US Ch 15 games; Nottingham 14 games

1937 Kemeri 17 games; Stockholm Ol 16 games; Semmering/Baden 14 games; Hastings (1937/38) 9 games

1938 US ch 16 games; AVRO 14 games

1939 Leningrad/Moscow 17 games; ACF Congress 17 games

1940 US Ch 16 games

1941 US ch match 16 games; NYSC Ch 10 games

1942 US Ch 15 rounds; US ch p/off 11 games

1943 NYC Rapid Transit ch 18 games

1944 US Open 17 games

1945 Pan-American Congress 11 games, USA-URS radio match 2 games

1946 US Ch 18 games; USA-URS match 2 games

1947 -

1948 FIDE WC t 20 games

1949 ->

I'll come onto his later career, uhhh, later.

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  zanzibar: A fairly rare piece of actual live footage of Reshevsky vs. Najdorf (1953):

Must be one of these games:

Reshevsky - Najdorf (1953)

Which one, I wonder?

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  zanzibar: Oh, wait a minute - the clip shows Najdorf and Reshevsky, but not necessarily both at the same board at the same time.

What are we seeing?


Apr-24-17  RookFile: Reshevsky waited too long in his career to study the opening.
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  offramp: Najdorf & Reshevsky were born one year and 136km apart.
May-27-17  Budo:
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click for larger view

White to play and checkmate in 3 moves.
This little problem by A.B. Hodges was shown to Samuel Reshevsky during his visit of the Manhattan Chess Club, 3 November 1920. He solved it in less than 4 minutes.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Zanzibar,

It is not Najdorf v Reshevsky 1953.

The game in the video is Najdorf vs H Huguet, 1951

This is the position in the vid.

click for larger view

It looks like analysis because Najdorf played Qe2. in the video he plays (looks at) Nxe6.

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  offramp: I wonder if child prodigies make blunders less often than normal chess players?
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  MissScarlett: <Writers sometimes err by putting a question mark after an indirect question, especially one beginning with I wonder. If you are asking a question, then yes. If you are simply telling people what you're wondering about, then it isn't a question and it should not have a question mark.>

Your New Year's resolution. <NoMatesHe>, also take note.

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  offramp: Well spotted, MissScarlett. I know that you are right. Sometimes I go by the voice in my head. If it sounds like a question I put a question mark.

For "I wonder" and "Perhaps" this is wrong, as you say.

I normally forgive myself when I do it, though?

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  MissScarlett: Are you wondering if prodigies make less blunders as children or adults or both?
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  offramp: <MissScarlet> as adults.

Botvinnik said that he often made childish errors because he had NOT been a child prodigy. But is that true? Did Blackburne blunder more often than Capablanca? Well, yes.

But overall I'd say there was no real difference.

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  Dr Winston OBoogie:

An 8 year old Reshevsky playing a simul in 1920.

Apr-03-18  RookFile: Keres helped out by dying relatively young. Bronstein kept his mouth shut for a while, but as he got older, he saw no reason not to unload a few thoughts.
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