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Robert James Fischer vs Samuel Reshevsky
US Championship (1957/58), New York, NY USA, rd 3, Dec-21
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Maroczy Bind Reti Variation (B41)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-03-04  wall: Does White have any winning chances with 50.e6+ Kf6 51.e7 Kf7 52.f6 instead of 50.Kg3 as in the game?

Another game with bishops of opposite color. It looks risky after 53.Bb4, and White lost another pawn. Why not 53.Bc7 and hold the pawn?

Oct-09-04  Hanzo Steel: If 10. ... ♕xc3, then 11. e5 ♘g8 (... ♘h5?! 12. ♖c1 ♕a3 13. ♘c2) 13. ♕g4 ♔f8 14. ♕h4, with significant advantage threatening mate on d8.
Oct-09-04  Hanzo Steel: Why not 15. fxe5 ♕xe5 16. ♘f5 ♗xf5 17. ♖xf5 ♕e6 18. ♗d4 00 19. ♗xf6 gxf6 20. ♕g4+ ♔h8 21. ♕h4, which will win a pawn at least? It seems to me that Fischer has an advantage in the opening, because of a huge lead in development, but he squanders it somewhat. 7. ... Qb6 seems like an unsound novelty from Reshevsky, who's been known to play shaky openings. I mean, he moves his queen 5 times in the first 13 moves before castling or activating his knight or bishop, while Fischer has castled to safety and has all his pieces already in the fight.
Oct-09-04  Hanzo Steel: <wall> 51. ... ♗c6 seems to stop that attack dead. Maybe there's something else?
Nov-29-05  yoshi927: Instead of 38 Bxe5, why not 38 Bxc4. The Knight is less useful to black than the bishop, and though it does have a check, it can be taken if it uses it. And plenty of time to take down the Knight with 2 Bishops on your side.
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  ketchuplover: 2 bishops?
Aug-26-11  Highlander18: Hanzo Steel, Reshevsky would have answered 15.fxe5 with ...Ng4, not 15...Qxe5.
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  Sastre: <yoshi927: Instead of 38 Bxe5, why not 38 Bxc4>

After 38.Bxc4+ Nxc4, White loses a pawn. If 39.a4, 39...Nd2 (40.e5 fxe5 41.Bxe5 Ke6 42.c6 bxc6) 40.Kf2 Nxe4+ .

Jun-16-15  RookFile: Played over this game again tonight. Reshevsky's opening play seems really dubious to me. If he tried this against Fischer just a few years later he would have been crushed. He puts his pawns on white squares, then brings out the dark squared bishop and trades it off. Meanwhile black's queen is making umpteen moves in the opening. I think Reshevsky was trying to bait Fischer into doing something rash but he came real close to getting into serious trouble in this game.
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