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Eero Einar Book vs Samuel Reshevsky
Kemeri (1937), Kemeri LAT, rd 17, Jul-08
Alekhine Defense: Modern Variation. Main Line (B05)  ·  1-0



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Dec-31-06  Resignation Trap: Actually the game ended 72.b7 Rg5+ 73.Kc4 1-0.
Dec-31-06  RookFile: I guess Reshevsky wasn't booked up for this one.
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  keypusher: <Resignation Trap> I see you did a tournament collection -- what was your source?

This impressive Rook-and-pawn ending is featured in Fine's <Basic Chess Endings>, though he breaks off at move 59 with the comment that the win is academic. Presumably Reshevsky played on to the bitter end because this last-round defeat cost him clear first in the tournament. As <RT> notes on the Vladimir Petrov page, he still finished in a tie for first with Petrov and Flohr, ahead of Alekhine, Fine and Keres.

There is a stalemate trap at the very end -- 72. Rf8+ Kb7 73. g8/Q?? Rxg8, but Book doesn't fall for it.

72. ...Rb4+, which apparently was not played, is no trap at all -- White can just take the rook.

Apr-21-07  Resignation Trap: <keypusher> My source was the original book of the tournament, which was published in German.
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  whiteshark: The Book of Samuel
Feb-17-16  Nova: Apparently, after 23. exf6, the position is featured on the cover of one of Book's Chess Books called "Mestarin Mietteitä” (in Finnish), which in English (according to Google) means "Master's Reflections." I learned of it from a post on Facebook from Nigel Short, asserting the rarity of the book. Quite the look for a cover, with a game that the author beat Reshevsky!
Jun-02-19  cunctatorg: This Book of Samuel: a great and fascinating game!

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