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Samuel Reshevsky vs Leonid Stein
Los Angeles Interzonal Playoff (1968), Los Angeles, CA USA, rd 10, Feb-28
King's Indian Defense: Saemisch Variation (E80)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-23-08  RookFile: Reshevsky was pretty agressive here, and I wouldn't be surprised if it turned out he missed a win somewhere.
Jul-25-08  4tmac: After whites 40. KxP it looks like a dead draw

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but Nalimov says that white was but a tempo short (if it was whites move in the diagramed position he would win)

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  Honza Cervenka: Stein got in serious troubles after 14...Qb6?! and 15...f5?! but Sammy let him slip away with more or less equal game by 25.Rh5 (much better seems to be 25.Ne4! with intention 26.Ng5). After that Stein could have forced the draw immediately by 27...Nh3+ 28.Kg2 Rf3 29.Be4 Nf4+ 30.Kg1 Nh3+ etc.

Btw, 36...Ba6 looks very strange as it loses the Pawn after quite obvious 37.Kb6. Maybe that Stein was short of time here and that he misevaluated the Knight ending after 37...Be2 38.Kxa5 Nf1 39.Bd3! Bxd3 40.Nxd3 Nxh2 41.Kb6 which is won for white but maybe that 36...Ba6 did not happen here and that more sensible move like 36...Be2 was played with 37.Bd3 Bxd3 etc. I don't know. Of course, the simplest continuation leading to draw was 36...Bb3 here.

Mar-30-12  thomascrown: <honza cervenka> According to my Informator #5, game 646, 36... Be2= was played.
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  Honza Cervenka: <thomascrown> Thanks! I'll submit a correction to
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  Honza Cervenka: <Of course, the simplest continuation leading to draw was 36...Bb3 here.> And if 37.Kb5, then 37...Nd1 38.Ne4 (38.Nxg4 Bxa4+ 39.Kxa4 Nc3+ 40.Kxa5 Nxb1 =; 38.Nxd1 Bxd1 39.Kxa5 Bxa4! =) 38...Nb2 39.Kxa5 Bxa4 etc.

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