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Samuel Reshevsky vs Reuben Fine
Western Championship (1933), Detroit, MI USA, rd 6, Sep-27
Bogo-Indian Defense: Exchange Variation (E11)  ·  1-0



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Jan-15-06  woodenbishop: At first glance, Reshevsky's play looks like madness. Fine must've been scratching his head after this one... awesome game!!
Oct-17-07  achieve: Good game by both players.
But after 29...Re7 (?) - Reshevsky doesn't hesitate and executes immediately!
May-26-12  Rama: But why 11 ... bxc5? After dxc5 the open file will lead to exchange of heavy pieces, Bishops will naturally go, and it is a draw by symmetry isn't it?

Instead Sammy works on the d6-weakness then goes strategic with f4-f5. This is actually a decisive attack on the central white squares finally complete with 28. Rxf5 and then 33. Nd5, a move for which there is no answer.

Great game!

Jul-18-12  shivasuri4: <Rama>, nothing wrong with 11...bxc5, per se. Black should perhaps have continued the centralisation with 12...d5, rather than play Nc6.
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  Phony Benoni: A small differences in sources after <32.Qh4>:

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"American Chess Bulletin", September/October 1933, p.131, concludes as we have here: <33...Ke8 34.Nd5 f5 35.Nxe7> 1-0.

"Chess Review", October 1933, p.14-15, reverses Black's last two move with 33...f5 34.Nd5 Ke8 35.Nxe7.

The point is probably insignificant as Black is lost in any event, but the ACB sequence seems more likely to me.

Dec-26-15  Retireborn: <Phony> In my personal database the score agrees with ACB/here: 32...Ke8 33.Nd5 f5 34.Nxe7 1-0

My source was an old copy of "Reshevsky on Chess" (unfortunately I no longer own it), which was actually written for him by Reinfeld according to some, so perhaps doesn't prove much.

I agree that Black is lost in either case.

Nov-14-19  Isilimela: A Sam Fine game!
Jan-13-21  DieHard: A friend of mine once said he could understand Petrosians games a lot better than he could Sammy’s. At the time I didn’t understand. Looking at this one, I do.
Jan-13-21  SChesshevsky: <...could understand Petrosians games a lot better than he could Sammy's...>

Reshevsky seemed to have an interesting style. If you can call it that.

Starting with a very good positional sense, he added what I would call an alert greed. It always seemed Reshevsky was very alert to the potential for giving his opponent a positional weakness but also for the chance to cash in on it quickly and effectively.

Maybe it was his background from beating up on all those players when he was the child prodigy but get the sense he was always looking for a way to exploit a position. Of course a position he understood well. His genius was probably the frequency that he did it from less than clearly opportunistic setups.

The downside was that that style probably took lots of calculation. Maybe a cause for his frequent time troubles.

Probably a unique character. Reshevsky might mostly resemble Kasparov. And who knows how good Reshevsky could have been had he a bit more of Kasparov's openings advantage or calculating talent.

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  Caparlsen: <...could understand Petrosians games a lot better than he could Sammy's...> It may be so with other Reshevsky's games, but I find this one particularly clearcut. Here he managed to keep his chances alive by clever use of the f-file. White's d5 knight is a monster well worth the exchange, a sacrifice the opens black king's position. He finishes Fine off with a neat attack. Black's rooks are mere onlookers. A fine game by Reshevsky.
Jan-14-21  DieHard: I agree!

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