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Friedrich Saemisch vs Richard Reti
"Reti for Freddy" (game of the day Sep-20-2007)
Dortmund (1928), Dortmund GER, rd 8, Aug-03
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation. Accelerated (E24)  ·  1-0



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May-20-05  paladin at large: I agree that Reti looks out of focus - not the kind of endgame play you expect from him. This game was a year before he died, I believe - was he already ill, maybe, at this time?
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  Gypsy: <was he already ill, maybe, at this time?> Reti died, quite suddenly and unexpectedly, of scarlat fewer. (Unlike Nimzo, who had cancer.)

In fact, 1928 was one of Reti's best years and it held quite a promise for future. Reti went through a dryer period when he was concentrating more on his writing and research. But in 1928 Reti came in first in Vienna and Giessen, tied for first in Brno (with Samisch), and came in second in Dortmund (behind Samisch). This game is from Dortmund, where Reti scored 6/8 (75%, + 5 -1 =2), half a point behind Samisch, but ahead of Bogolubov, Cole, Johner, and Spielmann.

May-20-05  arielbekarov: Thank you all for your valuable comments! I will study this game with great care. Richard Reti was a great artist and I have also noticed that his way of playing the endgame must be studied. He has played some great ones with the legendary endgame Master Akiba Rubinstein.

Reti was also such a great individual and he was so generous about the quality in his opponents playing.
So now it's time to study your comments.

May-21-05  paladin at large: Thanks, <Gypsy> - interesting.
Aug-15-05  shatranj: and how about 37. e5 ? it's really a good move, isnt it? Black will lose one of his rooks! (...38. Kt e4! and attacks c5 and d6+!) what do you think? perhaps it will be interesting endgame with two rooks against a rook, a bishop and a pawn more...
Aug-15-05  a30seclegend: <shatranj> i guess im having an off day but i just dont see how 37.e5 loses a rook. its not like black has to capture after 37...f5 then what?
Aug-16-05  shatranj: :) than 38. e6+ and black loses the bishop! ;)
Aug-17-05  a30seclegend: well then 37.e5,Bf5
May-19-06  syracrophy: 69...b3 70.Ke6!!:

<A)> 70...b2 71.Kd6 b1=Q 72.c7++

<B)> 70...Kc7 71.Ke7( )

Sep-20-07  dfelix: I'd like to comment on the game but all I can think of is Freddy Krueger rapping.
Sep-20-07  King mega: I want to post analysis but i dont know how, i got chess base, someone help me pl0x!
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I thought Reti was holding equality around move 30 and struggling around move 40. The Rook and pawn moves baffle me: might 40...g4 (seeking to straighten out his pawns) have been an improvement?

Based upon earlier notes, it appears that this game decided first prize, no matter which round it was played. Since Samisch was one of the great punching bags of chess history, it is possible that Reti underestimated him, and forgot that this punching bag sometimes packed a wallop of his own.

Sep-20-07  Mortadulo: Ulhumbrus:
If I am not mistaken this game was played under the time constraints of the olden days where 40 moves were made in one sitting without too much concern with how much that one sitting actually took. I agree with your comments about Reti's moves as they grew towards move 40, but to keep things in perspective I am assuming this was more of a case of exhaustion creeping in versus sheer oversight.

Sep-20-07  xeroxmachine: Hoho da black gets da qoeen but white chockmate de kong with 72. c7#. Nomzo who colled da white plaier an idoit :D
Sep-20-07  JohnBoy: Personally I find 60.d6 a bit off. While it wins (aiming for Re3 and a back rank trade-off), winning the second pawn with 50.Nd6+ and 51.Nxb5 also yields the back rank threats and gets the knight to a better supporting position.
Sep-20-07  JohnBoy: <syracrophy> - the idea of 70.Ke6 hardly deserves !!. It's pretty straightforward. Maybe this is what Saemisch had in mind when he didn't go for the b pawn on move 60.
Sep-20-07  realbrob: Protected passed pawns.. They're very likely to make you win. Reti lost control of the e file and allowed Saemisch's king to reach the e5 square and become a very good offensive piece.

It's interesting to notice that when Reti resigned, Black could queen the b pawn but got checkmated immediately (59..b3 60.Ke6 b2 61.Kd6 b1=q 62.d7#)

Sep-20-07  realbrob: Sorry, I thought it was over at move 59 instead it was 69, so you must add 10 to the numbers in the line posted above. I don't think it's a big problem, anyway.
Sep-20-07  sanyas: What was the point of marching the f-pawn? Until then it had looked as though Reti could hold.
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  kevin86: I would say that 70 ♔e6 does not deserve !!-mainly because it is both a desperate and forced. At first,I thought that white had lost, then saw that the king can chase the adverse king away from d8 by the mate threat following Kd6. Black must play 70...♔c7 71 ♔e7 ushers home the d-pawn.
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  playground player: Does anybody know how long this game took? Maybe Reti got into some time trouble, or maybe he just got fatigued down the stretch.
Sep-25-07  sanyas: <playground player> I think we can draw a parallel with Grischuk vs Gelfand, 2007.

<King mega> Just copy and paste into the box at the bottom, and press kibitz!

<dfelix> to the sound of screeching nails, yeah.

Jul-19-12  Archswindler: <An Englishman: Since Samisch was one of the great punching bags of chess history, it is possible that Reti underestimated him, and forgot that this punching bag sometimes packed a wallop of his own.>

Unlikely, since Saemisch had defeated Reti many times before this game and had an overall plus score against him.

Jun-18-18  Omnipotent00001: 69.Kf7 b3 70.Ke6 Kc7 71.Ke7 b2 etc.
Nov-18-22  ColdSong: Nice,entertaining game from the beginning to the end.Of course its correctness is a different matter.
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