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Samuel Reshevsky vs Karl Burger
"Well Done" (game of the day Sep-03-2014)
USA-ch / Zonal (1969), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Nov-30
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Gligoric System Bernstein Defense (E56)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: I tried to submit "Rookie of the Year" as the pun for this game, but someone beat me to it. White's rook travels a1-a2-c2-c7-e7-e8-h8, traversing the entire board - and Black immediately resigns.
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  Phony Benoni: A final position that looks like a typographical error.
Sep-03-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: What exactly is Black resigning about? His pinned bishop? If that's all it is, I'd expect him to play on and make White prove the win, as Black can draw things out for quite a while with a defended rook at d8.

Well, White also easily picks up the e4 pawn while going about his other business. But if you're headed for bishops of opposites, being a pawn or two down may not be a death sentence.

Am I just overlooking something else big?

Sep-03-14  Hiko Seijuro: <FSR> I can't understand why he resigned
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  al wazir: <Cheapo by the Dozen: What exactly is Black resigning about?> It's pretty hard to find a move for black in this position that doesn't lose material, and white is threatening to push the f-♙. After 26...g6 27. Qf4, I'd say black has had the weenie.
Sep-03-14  julillo: Rook and Roll
Sep-03-14  morfishine: In the following game, Burger plays much better, beating Remlinger: Remlinger vs K Burger, 1987

I submitted "Well Done Burger" awhile ago, but no takers

Sep-03-14  Tim Delaney: Black resigns because he cannot save the Bc8. White's threat is simply to pile up on the Bishop. If 26...Rc7, then 27. Re1 and white doubles rooks on the 8th rank, followed by the killer Q-b5.

The Black Queen cannot help because she must stay on the h file to prevent Qh5+ and mate next.

The "false flag" Rook paralyzes Black's entire army!

Sep-03-14  Tim Delaney: I overlooked another try by Black, namely, 26 ...Ke7. But after 27. Rc1 ... Rd8, 28. Rxd8 ... Kxd8, 29. Qd2+ ... Ke8, 29. Rc7 Black is forced to sacrifice the e6 pawn just to prevent Be5 locking in the Bc8 forever. After that, White's command of the dark squares is decisive.
Sep-03-14  Strelets: Black is bound and gagged. Sammy probably had around five minutes for his next fourteen moves but he would have found them easily.
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  kevin86: Funny last move: white hides his rook in a far corner of the board. AND it pins down TWO pieces.
Sep-03-14  Petrosianic: I believe that this game is from Round 1 of the tournament, but that it was actually played a few days later, due to either Reshevsky or Burger not being able to get there for the beginning of the tournament. I'd have to check the tournament book to see which it was, and when this game was actually played.
Sep-03-14  SKC: Most players would not have resigned at this stage.
Sep-03-14  Cheapo by the Dozen: <Tim Delaney>,

Thanks. I didn't see as crushing a response to ... Ke7/Rd8 as the one you found.

Sep-05-14  Eusebius: Fantastic game. Those two free lines for white's rooks and the cutoff black queen...what a finish

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