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Samuel Reshevsky vs Miguel Najdorf
Reshevsky - Najdorf (1952), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Apr-06
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: Game 2 of the match. This game was played on 6th April 1952 in New York. After this game the score was 2-0 to Reshevsky.

The game is a bit of a one-hit wonder.
Reshevsky as white plays 22.Rd2-c2

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...which threatens 23.Nxe6 & 23.Nb3, uncovering an attack on the black Nc5.

Najdorf's shoulders droop. He might have put up a bit of a struggle later with 28...a6-a5. Instead he finds an unusual way of trapping his own bishop.

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Black has just played 30...Rc8-c7.
31.Qa4! settles black's argentinian corned beef hash for good.

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  zydeco: Yeah, I would have a coronary if 22.Rc2 were played against me. Everything seems perfectly in order for black and then all of a sudden he's losing material.

If 22....Qe7 23.Nxe6 wins a pawn: 23....Nxe6 24.Rd7 Rxc2 25.Qxc2 (25....Bxe4 26.Rxe7 Bxc2 27.Bxc2; 23....fxe6 24.Bxc5 Rxc5 25.Rd7.

If 22....Qa5 23.Rxc5 Rxc5 (or 23....Qxc5 24.Nxe6 followed by 25.Nxf8 wins a pawn) 24.Nb3 and then if 24....Qxa4 25.Nxc5 Qc6 26.Nd7 wins the exchange.

And then if 23.....Qe7 24.Rxd6 Qxd6 25.Bxc5.

I imagine that it's as much out of disgust as anything that Najdorf selected the line he did - sacrificing his queen with 23....Nxa4.

There's a lot to keep straight in all these lines, so maybe I'm missing something?

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