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Samuel Reshevsky vs Lev Polugaevsky
Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970), Palma de Mallorca ESP, rd 19, Dec-06
English Opening: Symmetrical. Anti-Benoni Variation Spielmann Defense (A32)  ·  1-0



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Oct-19-05  tolow4y: yeah, white to move, 28.?
Jul-23-08  RookFile: This is really a beautiful game. Polu got as high as being the second strongest player in the world in 1972, while Reshevsky was well past his prime.
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  Benzol: Strange that this game turns up in two Interzonal collections. Was it played at Palma in 1970 or Petropolis in 1973?
Sep-28-12  Petrosianic: 1970. Their 1973 game was a draw.
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  Benzol: <Petrosianic> Belatedly, thanks.


Nov-16-15  jerseybob: I love the unstereotyped approach Reshevsky takes here: after the move 11..d4(which may be Soviet analysis)12.Nb5,Nc6 13.e3! which seems weakening, but what else to do? And it opens an escape square for my favorite move of the game, 18.Kf2! all of which Reshevsky probably foresaw. And he keeps piling on the good moves for the rest of the game. A vintage performance.
Nov-16-15  Marmot PFL: The only move by black the Reshevsky criticized was 10...g5. otherwise 18 Kf2 would be risky but now white gets to black's king first. 10...Nc6 was only a slight edge for white.
Nov-16-15  jerseybob: <Marmot PFL: The only move by black the Reshevsky criticized was 10...g5.> I'm assuming he annotated that game in one of his books, a book I used to have(the one with the red cover). Now if after 10..Nc6 white goes 11.e3, it transposes into the game Lombardy-Hutchings(Haifa '76), where after 11..d4 12.ed,Qd4 13.Qd4,Nd4 14.000 white scored a crushing win. There are better 11th moves for black.
Feb-28-20  stacase: I didn't even consider 30.h4 but I got the first two moves.
Feb-28-20  areknames: What a game, one of Polu's only 2 losses in the Interzonal. 30.h4! is such a star move.
Feb-28-20  Walter Glattke: White has a pawn and a bishop for a knight, playing on point g7 with 28.Rd7+ Nxd7 29.Qxd7+ Kg6 30.Qg7+ Kh5 31.h3 Rxf5 32.hxg4++ Kxg4 33.Rxh6, maybe good for black. Or 30.-Kxf5 31.Rf1+ Ke5 Rxf8 good for white. White could play 28.Qxb6 axb6 29.Bxe5 Nxe5 30.Rc4 with litte advantage.
Feb-28-20  Walter Glattke: After 30.h4 black cannot play 30.-Rxf5 31.h5#
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  woldsmandriffield: 28 Rd6 is also crushing & was my choice here.
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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a pawn for a knight.

Black threatens Qe6.

The airy position of the black king suggests 28.Rd7+ Nxd7 (28... Kh8 29.Bxe5+ Nxe5 30.Qxe5+ wins decisive material) 29.Qxd7+ Kg6 (29... Kg8 30.Qg7#) 30.h4 (threatens h5#)

A) 30... gxh4 31.Nxh4+ Kg(h)5 32.Qd5+ and mate in two.

B) 30... h5 31.Ne7+ Kh6 (else Nd5+ wins) 32.hxg5+ Kxg5 33.Qd5+ and mate in three.

C) 30... Nf6 31.h5+ Nxh5 32.Ne7+ Kf(h)7 33.Nd5+, followed by Nxb5, wins.

Feb-28-20  Honey Blend: I would have played 28. ♖d6 in a blitz/rapid game. Still looks winning to me.
Feb-28-20  Walter Glattke: Don't play 28.Rd6 Qb5+
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  chrisowen: Ghostdown ?
Feb-28-20  Walter Glattke: Ah Pc4, overseen.
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  chrisowen: No time to die.
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  Jimfromprovidence: <areknames> <30.h4! is such a star move.>

Yeah, not only does the text move not work but if 30..gxh4, you get 31.Nxh4+ Kh5 32.Qd5+ Ne5 33.Qxe5+ Kg4 34.Qg7+ Kh5 35.Nf3#

Or if 30...Kh5 you get 31.Ng3+ Kg6 32.h5#.

Plus it's impressive that white finds this combination under pressure after black plays 27...Nce5 below.

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Black threatens 28...Qxe3+ 29 Nxe3 Rf2+ 30 Ke1 Nf3#

Feb-28-20  alshatranji: Is chrisowen getting coherent?
Feb-28-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: I didn't see the game line. I did seee 28 Re6, however, which also wins solidly.
Feb-28-20  RandomVisitor: After 13.e3 black has 13...e5

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<44/74 07:10 0.00 13...e5 14.exd4 exd4 15.Bd3 Re8+ 16.Kf1> Ne5 17.h4 Bg4 18.f3 a6 19.Nxd4 Nh5 20.Bf2 Be6 21.Nxe6 Rxe6 22.Bc2 Nxc4 23.Qxd8+ Rxd8 24.hxg5 Ng3+ 25.Bxg3 Ne3+ 26.Kg1 Nxc2 27.Rc1 Nd4 28.Kf2 Re2+ 29.Kf1 hxg5 30.Rh6 Re6 31.Rxe6 Nxe6 32.Be5 Kh7 33.Rc4 Kg6 34.g3 f6 35.Bc3 Rd7 36.a4 Nc7 37.Rd4 Nd5 38.Kf2 Kf7 39.Bd2 Ke6 40.Re4+ Kf7

Feb-28-20  RandomVisitor: Surprising is 10...d4

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<37/68 03:23 -0.83 10...d4 11.Ne4 g5 12.Nxf6+ Qxf6> 13.Bg3 e5 14.h4 Bf5 15.e4 Bxe4 16.hxg5 Qxg5 17.Qh5 Qxh5 18.Rxh5 Nd7 19.Rxh6 f6 20.Rd1 Bf5 21.Rh4 a5 22.Be2 Nc5 23.Bf3 Kf7 24.Bd5+ Kg6 25.b4 axb4 26.axb4 Nd3+ 27.Kf1 Nxb4 28.Bxb7 Ra2 29.Be4 Bxe4 30.Rxe4 Rh8 31.Rh4 Rxh4 32.Bxh4

Feb-29-20  RandomVisitor: After 10...d4

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<63/97 6:58:10 -0.54 11.Ne4 g5 12.Nxf6+ Qxf6 13.Bg3 e5> 14.h4 e4 15.e3 Nc6 16.hxg5 hxg5 17.Qh5 Bf5 18.Qh6 Bg6 19.Be2 d3 20.Bg4 Rfe8 21.Bd7 Re7 22.Bxc6 Qxb2 23.0-0 bxc6 24.Qxg5 Re6 25.c5 Rae8 26.Bf4 Qf6 27.Qg4 Qg7 28.f3 Rf6 29.Rad1 Bh7 30.Qd7 Rfe6 31.Rf2 Bg6 32.Rdf1 Bh5 33.fxe4 Be2 34.Rb1 f6 35.Qd4 Rxe4 36.Qd6 R4e6 37.Qd4 Qh7 38.Rb4 a5 39.Rb6 Qe4 40.Rb7 Qd5 41.Rd7 Qxd4 42.exd4 Bg4 43.Rd6 Rxd6 44.cxd6 Kf7 45.Bd2 a4 46.Ba5 Re2 47.Rxe2 dxe2 48.Bd2 Ke6 49.Kf2 Kxd6

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