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Richard Reti vs Milan Vidmar
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 9, Mar-18
Semi-Slav Defense: Quiet Variation (D30)  ·  0-1

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Feb-18-03  kostich in time: This is one of Vidmars most famous wins.There is an amusing story about it..It seems that when Reti played his last move, he stood up and stared at the position,thinking he was winning.He gazed piteously at Vidmar,and even patted the Yugoslav Grandmaster on the head(!).Then Vidmar played Q-c8!Reti took another look at the position, realizing, incredulously, that Vidmar had trapped his queen!
Feb-19-03  ughaibu: Why would he think he was winning? He's down a protected passed pawn.
Feb-19-03  kostich in time: I really dont know..its just that the story in the Tournament book..3d Vidmar Memorial,Portoroz-ljublianja 1976,had Reti Looking "piteously" at Vidmar,patting him on the head, etc. Maybe somebody else can tell us what Reti thought he was seeing.
Jan-06-19
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  scutigera: Actually patting him on the head? That sounds implausible. Here's Andy Soltis (admittedly not the surest reference):


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"White has just played 31.Qe6 and, although a pawn down, appears to have dominating pieces and winning threats, such as a pending sacrifice on f5. 'I can still remember Reti, who was sitting at the adjourning table as I placed my next move in the envelope [for adjournment],' the genial Milan Vidmar recalled. 'He was most kind and almost consoled me. His words had the ring of a merciful victor...only when we opened the envelope later and played my move did his attitude sober.'" -- from Soltis' Chess To Enjoy column "Sealed Fate", reprinted in chapter 4 of "Karl Marx Plays Chess".

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