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Max Euwe vs Samuel Reshevsky
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 5, Sep-06
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner Variation (E41)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: This game is the reason Reshevsky tried 7...b6 versus Keres later in the tournament. In good Petrosian style, the Black Queen dances all over the board to neutralize White's potential threats, such as a King side attack, before they happen.

However, Keres proved 7...b6 unsound (oddly enough, without winning the game!):

Keres vs Reshevsky, 1953

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  keypusher: Incidentally, this was Reshevsky's only win with Black in the tournament. But he was a terror with White: Reshevsky vs Kotov, 1953
Jan-28-07  morphyvsfischer: A good example that hanging pawns are not always favorable for the possesor, as after white's 14th, his options are too restricted. 10 Ng3 looks better, followed by f3, e4, ect. White needs to play 19 Nd3, retaining pieces. A nice 32nd move blow by black.
May-03-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Euwe vs Reshevsky, 1953.
Your score: 69 (par = 50)


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  Peligroso Patzer: Bronstein wrote of <19. Nxg6> as follows: “The only possible explanation for this exchange must be that Euwe wanted to try to mate Black on the opened h-file. 19. Nd3 would have been much better, maintaining the option of driving out Black’s queen with either Ne5 or Nb4, thus freeing the bishop at f1 for work along its proper diagonal: b1-a7.” (<Zurich International Chess Tournament 1953>, by BRONSTEIN, David, tr. from the Second Russian Edition by Jim Marfia, Dover Publications, Inc. ©1979, at p. 52.)

Najdorf also criticizes this move as an “inexplicable error”. (<Zürich 1953: 15 Contenders for the World Chess Championship>, by NAJDORF, Miguel, tr. from the Spanish by Taylor Kingston, Russell Enterprises, Inc. ©2012, at p. 91.)

Nevertheless, and FWIW, after lengthy calculations, Fritz 13 rates Euwe’s move (<19. Nxg3>) as its first choice by a margin of about 0.2 over 19. Nd3.

I would be curious to know what Euwe might have said about this move in his tournament book (never to this date translated into English).

Sep-09-12  thomastonk: <Peligroso> Very interesting contribution!

For me, <19.Nxg6> looks quite natural, but 21. Qe2 looks murky. Maybe 21.Rh3 Qd6 22. Qd2 is better. Nevertheless the game is roughly equal until Euwe (as so often) blunders with 32.Bc1.

Dec-27-12  Ulhumbrus: <Peligroso Patzer: Bronstein wrote of <19. Nxg6> as follows: “The only possible explanation for this exchange must be that Euwe wanted to try to mate Black on the opened h-file. > It is possible that before choosing 19 Nxg6 Euwe had found a sequence of moves which included the move Rh3 and which ended up with Black getting mated on the h file and found out too late that Black was able to play an improvement on the sequence
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  jbennett: I'm doing a series of videos on the Zurich 1953 tournament. For round 5 I selected this game to cover:
Dec-13-16  danmanning2014: why 9...d6 and then 10 ... d5?
Dec-13-16  Olavi: <danmanning2014> 10.Qc2 is not precise, because now d5 11.cxd5 Qxd5 12.f3? c4 is impossible. The knight has to go to f4. and that is generally not a good square with this pawn structure.
Dec-13-16  RookFile: White should probably play 10. f3 and get with the program. 10. Ng3 is an alternative.
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