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Samuel Reshevsky vs Lajos Portisch
Amsterdam Interzonal Playoff (1964), Amsterdam NED, rd 3, Jun-29
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  0-1



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  OhioChessFan: Pawn structure after 24...dxe5

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This has got to be a positional loss. A few moves later the g pawn falls and Portisch wins a terrific game.

Dec-07-13  SChesshevsky: Portisch was a very underrated player. He seemed to handle Reshevsky pretty well and I remember Petrosian wrote he didn't like playing him.

Not a bad reputation for a guy not many have heard of.

Dec-07-13  parisattack: GM Portisch is definitely under appreciated. I am not sure how or why as he was in the Elite for many years.

I interviewed him in 1972 when he was on his way to a tournament in Texas. Nice guy, classy - what we used to have in mind when we said 'grandmaster.'

Dec-08-13  SChesshevsky: < parisattack: GM Portisch is definitely under appreciated... I interviewed him in 1972 when he was on his way to a tournament in Texas.>

I think the tourney was the Church's Fried Chicken or something like that. I certainly remember the Fried Chicken part. That was the first I ever heard of Karpov, who if I remember right finished tied for 1st with Petrosian and, of course, Portisch!

Dec-08-13  Boomie: ->

San Antonio (1972)

Dec-08-13  parisattack: Yes, all the chicken they could eat, too! :)
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  perfidious: <SChesshevsky: Portisch was a very underrated player. He seemed to handle Reshevsky pretty well....>

The two wins after this match were both from interzonals which featured Portisch as a perennial top ten player, while Reshevsky was well past his prime.

'Underrated'? Come again?

<Not a bad reputation for a guy not many have heard of.>

Most probably, if one were to stop a thousand people in the street, none would have heard of Portisch, but I assure you chess cognoscenti have been familiar with that formidable player since the 1960s.

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