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Paul Keres vs Samuel Reshevsky
Semmering/Baden (1937), Semmering/Baden AUT, rd 13, Sep-26
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Alekhine System Main Line (D29)  ·  0-1



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Jul-20-06  Maynard5: The decisive mistake in this game is 16. a5, after which the a-pawn must eventually fall. But at move 15, White's options are surprisingly limited: in this position, he has few real attacking opportunities.
Oct-25-06  twin phoenix: 39. rxc2 is just gorgeous
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  plang: 10..b4 is not mentioned in either book that I have on the QGA. It looks too committal particularly with white's queen knight still on b1. Reshevsky makes no comment about 13 Nfe5 but this move seems to make it more difficult for white to play e4 and e5. Reshevsky notes that perhaps 15 a5 at once is more logical while the pawn is still protected by the queens rook. Kere's blunder 21 dxc? led to the loss of a pawn. Reshevsky again makes no comment regarding 28 Rc2 but this appears to be another blunder as after 28 Rb1 Reshevsky's shot 26..Bxc2+ would not have been possible. If 34 Rfxc3..Rxc3 35 Rxc3..Rxa2 36 Qc2..b1(Q) 37 Rc8+..Qxc8 and wins. This game was not one of Keres better efforts.
May-11-08  RookFile: I'll put in Reshevsky's notes and commentary from his book, "Reshevsky on Chess" that he published in 1948. Since he's dead, I don't think he'll mind.
May-11-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky: Semmering, 1937, was an attempt to recapture the glories of the great Semmering tournament of 1926. A sobering feature was the presence of Rudolph Spielmann, winner of the 1926 event, as tournament director. The eight players who were selected to play in this tournament may well have wondered what they would be doing eleven years from then, when their successes as grandmasters had faded!>
May-11-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

7. Qe2

Compare the opening with the initial moves of my game with Lasker:

Lasker vs Reshevsky, 1936

As in my game with Vidmar:

Reshevsky vs Vidmar, 1936

I had the opportunity of playing 7. a4 here. If then 7.... Nc6 8. Qe2 Be7 (or 8.... cxd4 9. Rd1 regaining the pawn with a good game) 9. Rd1 Qc7 10. Nc3 0-0 11. h3 Rd8 12. d5! exd5 13. Bxd5 (Reshevsky-Fine Semmering 1937) and Black can equalize only with considerable difficulty.>

Reshevsky vs Fine, 1937

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

10. a4

White plays to disarrange his oppoenent's queenside pawns, partly to weaken them and partly with a view to gaining a good square for his knight at c4. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky: Black can keep his Pawn position intact with 10.... Qb6 11. axb5 axb5 12. Rxa8+ Bxa8 13. Nc3 Bc6 with about even chances. Also possible is the surprising 10... Be7, for if then 11. axb5 axb5 12. Rxa8 Qxa8 13. Qxb5? Bxf3 etc. >
May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

12. Nc4.

Keres has achieved his objective; but his position has the drawback that his QB cannot be developed effectively. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

15. Rac1

Since White intends to fix the a pawn with a5, he might have advanced the a pawn at once while it still had the protection of the a1 rook. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

16. a5 !?

Threatening to secure control of b6 with Ba4. But Black has an effective reply. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

16.... Bd5!

A good move, which induces White to avoid further complications and seek safety in simplification. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

21. dxc5?

An astonishingly careless blunder for a master like Keres. The proper course was 21. Bxa6 Ra8 22. Be3 with equal chances. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

21..... a5

Winning a pawn, as the c5 pawn falls at once. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

23. Bxc5

Relying upon the resulting Bishops of opposite colors, but, as we will see, this proves to be a vain hope. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

24. b3

Black is not yet threatening ...Bxh2+, but White's Bishop will eventually require protection. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

25..... a4!

Very strong. He returns the extra material in order to aquire a formidable passed Pawn which will tie up White's pieces. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

27. g3

If instead 27. Bxb3 Qxc1 28. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 29. Bd1 Rxd1+ 30. Qxd1 Bxf2+ and wins. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

28..... Bxf2+!

Another unpleasant surprise for White. If now 29. Kxf2 Rxd1 30. Qxd1 Qb6+ and the terrible Pawn queens. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

32.... Rd4!

Forcing the win of further material since it is impossible for White to defend both isolated Pawns simultaneously. >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Reshevsky:

34. Bb1

If 34. Rfxc3, Rxc3 35. Rxc3 and White must resign, for example 36. Qc2 b1=Q 37. Rc8+ Qxc8 and White cannot recapture! >

May-12-08  RookFile: <Rookfile:

39....... Rxc2!

The finishing touch. >

Oct-24-10  ozmikey: Wonderful play from Reshevsky in the middlegame. A perfect demonstration of Botvinnik's axiom that in opposite-colour bishop middlegames, the player with the attack is a piece ahead. 25...a4! is the key move of the game, returning the extra material to secure a huge initiative.

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