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Alexander Kotov vs Samuel Reshevsky
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 23, Oct-11
Queen's Indian Defense: Spassky System (E14)  ·  1-0



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Apr-30-06  SnoopDogg: Clever Endgame by Kotov.
Apr-03-10  tonsillolith: What did Kasparov have to say about this game in My Great Predecessors? I'm guessing the section was about Reshevsky and not about Kotov. Was he remarking on a certain weakness of Reshevsky's?
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  keypusher: <tonsillolith> His main point was that Reshevsky shot himself in the foot at the tournament with this game and Reshevsky vs Geller, 1953. If you have Bronstein's book of the tournament, his notes on this game are wonderful.
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  wordfunph: Kotov-Reshevsky

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engine suggested 55...Kc7 ( 1.12) but Sammy decided on 55...Nb1 ( 1.45)

the game was even-steven until white took a slight advantage with 54.Nxg4

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  keypusher: <wordfunph>

<the game was even-steven until white took a slight advantage with 54.Nxg4>

That doesn't make sense. White can't "take" an advantage out of thin air; Black has to make a mistake. The engine may not have perceived White's advantage until 54.Nxg4 was played, but that is not the same thing.

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  ZonszeinP: Exactly! Before that, the engine didn't have a clue...:)
Aug-04-17  cwcarlson: 52.♔e3 ♘c3 53.♔d3 ♘b1 54.♔c2 ♘a3+ 55.♔b2+- Bronstein; 54.c5+ bc 55.bc+ ♔c5 56.fg+- Houdini 5.
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  plang: A couple of rounds earlier Petrosian had played 11 Rad1 against Najdorf and the game was drawn after a few moves; 11 e4 was new and was an improvement. Starting with 29 Qg4 White was outmaneuvered allowing Black to obtain promising play. 35 f4? was very weakening and could have cost White the game. White probably overlooked that had he played 36 h3 Black could have responded with the powerful 36..e5!. With 37..Rd8? Reshevsky missed the opportunity to get a powerful attack with 37..f5! 38 Qf3..e5 39 h3..e4 40 Qe2..Nf6 41 Nf1..h4. With 50..a4?! Reshevsky was playing for a win but subsequent events showed that he misjudged the position. Reshevsky must have missed Kotov's pretty 52 Ke3!. Still, Reshevsky would have had good drawing chances after 54..Nxg3 55 Nf2..Nf1+ 56 Kd3..e5 57 fxe+..Kxe5 58 Nd1..f4 59 Nc3..f3 60 Nxa4..f2 61 Ke2..Nd2 62 Nxf2..Nxc4; instead he continued his ill-advised plan of going after the a-pawn with 54..Nc3?!. After 57 b5! the knight was trapped (57 Kc3..b5 would have led to a draw). 57..Kc5 58 Nd7+..Kb4 59 Nxb6..Nb1 60 Nxa4..Kxa4 61 b6 would also have been winning for White.

Played in the 23rd (out of 30) round; entering the round Reshevsky was neck and neck with Smyslov. This game plus missing a win against Geller followed by losing to Smyslov in round 25 ended his hopes.

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