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Samuel Reshevsky vs Robert James Fischer
USA-ch (1960), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Dec-22
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Aronin-Taimanov Defense (E97)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Samuel Reshevsky vs Robert James Fischer (1960)
From Chess Life, January 20, 1961.

Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-28-06  Gouki: why is this game drawn? Cant Fischer find some way to beat Reshevsky or vice versa?
Aug-09-06  Poulsen: Reshevsky always had to fight two opponents - in this case Fischer and the clock.

White has clearly the upper hand - after 25.cxd5 white has the serious threat Qg5. With a rook out of play and knight in trouble, its hard to find a good plan for black.

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  keypusher: Reshevsky's hair later made a surprising comeback. Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1966
May-01-07  euripides: <its hard to find a good plan for black> One possible continuation would be 25.cxd5 Re8 26.Rxe8 Qxe8 and if 27.Qg5 then 27...Qxe2 seems to hold e.g.28 Qxh4 ( 28.Qd8+ Qe8 leads to the same thing, but 28.Nxe2? Nf3+ wins)Qe3+ 29.Qf2. Otherwise Black can aim for Qe7 and g5.
Apr-08-08  Resignation Trap: After 13.f4:

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This is the position in the photo above. It appeared on the front cover of the <Chess Life> issue of January 20, 1961. This was the first issue of <Chess Life> as a magazine, instead of an eight-page newspaper.

Sammy played sharply, and here, after 21.Rxf8+ Qxf8:

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White missed his chance to increase his advantage with 22.Qg5! Nf3+ 23.Bxf3 Qxf3 24.Rf4! Qd3 25.Qe7! threatening a back-rank mate in three.

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Black could then try to block the f-file with 25...Bf5, but after 26.Rf2! he must lose material.

Apr-08-08  Resignation Trap: From the last diagram, after 22.Qg5! Black would have to play 22...Qd8, when 23.Qe7 leaves White with a comfortable edge.
Jul-16-09  Sebas88: I like the side that Fischer has, I would be thinking, and now you move Samuel?
Sep-05-10  dmillergp: Reshevsky was probably in time trouble and so agreed to the draw
Jul-16-18  Albion 1959: From the photo, it looks as it was Reshevsky's 16th move and he played his queen to d2:
Jul-16-18  RookFile: I'm sure Fischer was glad to get a draw out of this. Reshevsky said once that Fischer could be too loose with his opening play and this game is a good example of that.

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