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Isaac Kashdan vs Reuben Fine
US Championship (1936), New York, NY USA, rd 7, May-03
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Spielmann Variation. Romanovsky Gambit (E23)  ·  0-1



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Apr-04-07  gambitfan: Endgame ♗+♙ vs ♗ same colour + controls the queening square...
Apr-04-07  RookFile: The 1930's were a golden age of US chess, with a bunch of strong players.
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  Pawn and Two: An important 7th round game. After 6 rounds, Kashdan was leading with 5 points, Dake and Horowitz were next with 4.5, Fine, Simonson & Treysman had 4, and Kupchik, Reshevsky & Steiner 3.5, in a 16 player field of this first modern United States Chess Championship tournament.

Fine included this game in his book, "Lessons From My Games", and entitled the chapter, "I Learn The Endgame".

As the introduction to this game, Fine wrote, "In the development of the chess master, there is usually some transition point where he is forced to acquire greater skill in the endgame. While I was still merely a 'player of promise' this ability was not essential. Lesser players could, as a rule, be beaten by some tactical surprise. But as the opposition grew stronger, it was no longer so easy simply to outcombine the other fellow; many victories had to be bought inch by inch, which, of course, led to the endgame."

Fine adds, that the turning point in his own style came around the time of the United States championship in 1936.

Apr-04-07  RookFile: Reshevsky was pretty far back, but he got it together of course and started putting wins up on the board to win the whole thing.
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  chancho: <In April of 1936, Reshevsky played in his first US Championship. His start was an indifferent win, draw, loss, loss, before he went to win nine of his next eleven games. Reshevsky came from behind to overhaul Simonson who was having the tournament of his life. Fine tied for third to begin his tale of woe at the US Championship.>

From Stephen W Gordon's book of Reshevsky's games etc.

Jan-08-22  jerseybob: Funny, as black in this same 4.Qb3 variation vs Stahlberg at Hamburg 1930, Kashdan played one of his greatest games, winning in 25 moves. Yet here he is six years later as white playing the same inferior line. Did he have an improvement in mind, or was the plan just to reach an ending and win it there?

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