Pawn and Two: A very well played and instructive game by Symslov.
Reshevsky attempted to improve on the opening from Rd 1, Euwe - Keres. In that game Keres played 12...exd4 13.Nxd4 Re8. Euwe had a small advantage in this position. However, Reshevsky's 12th move is inferior to 12...exd4. Golombek explains in the tournament book that Reshevsky's 12...Re8 is incorrect, because White can now exchange with advantage.
At move 15, Golombek indicates that 15...Na5 was better.
At move 16, Golombek states: <And now he should have tried 16...Qc8; however, his position is already precarious>
The resulting Rook and Pawn endgame, was considered to be clearly winning for White at the time this game was played.
In the tournament book, Golombek states after 26.Qh4: < An ingenious move that forces the win of the Q Pawn, and of the game, despite Reshevsky's subsequent wriggles>
At move 31, Golombek states: <Equally fatal is 31...Nxe4 32.Rxe6 Ng5 33.Re7 Rc6 34.Be3>
After move 36, Golombek states: <The Rook and Pawn ending is hopelessly lost for Black, and Smyslov condusts it in mercilessly accurate fashion.>
After White's 38th move, Golombek states: <The winning method is limpidly clear: the King must usher the K side Pawn majority down the board>
After Black's 41st move, Golombek states: <The sealed move; Black could also quite tranquilly resign. He cannot shut out the white King by 41...Ra6, since then White plays first f3 and then Kg3-Kf4 and Pe5.>
Golombek also relates the following about the ending of this game:
<...when the game was adjourned on the 41st move Reshevsky had a clearly lost Rook and Pawn ending. On resumption of play, Reshevsky was quite surprised to see the hall once more full with some 2,000 spectators anxious to see the end of the game. Reshevsky asked Kotov why so many people had come to watch a spectacle that could only be brief and not particularly instructive. Kotov replied that Reshevsky was well known for his resoucefulness in critical situations, and they wanted to see what he could do when faced with such a difficult problem. But the American Champion said mournfully that this time it was too late for any tactical jokes, and so it proved, for the game lasted only another nine moves, Smyslov finding the simplest and most forceful finishing touch>