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Samuel Reshevsky vs Gideon Stahlberg
Zurich Candidates (1953), Zurich SUI, rd 6, Sep-08
Tarrasch Defense: Swedish Variation, Central Break (D33)  ·  1-0



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Jul-07-05  Shams: in the tournament book Bronstein writes, after 23.Re5! b6:

"The pawn at d6 is loose, and the rook may be attacked four different ways - every one of which would lose material for black. Stahlberg contents himself with the modest 23...b6, defending the knight and allowing the queen to get back to c8. I would not have been able to resist 24.Rxe6, with black's queen and knight so far away from their king, his pawns weak, and the pair of white bishops sweeping the board. Variations would have to be calculated too, naturally, but I don't believe they'd look too bad. I would recommend the reader examine 25.Nb5, as well as 25.Qc2 and 25.Bh3, for himself."

Apr-02-07  Ulhumbrus: According to Reshevsky 11 Qc2 is an innovation which probably ruins Black's game in this variation. One question is what White does if Black develops his KN by 8...Nf6 instead of by 8...Nge7. 8...Nf6 invites the pin 9 Bg5. This suggests that if Black is going to play his KN to f6, Black is advised to develop his KB on e7 instead of on b4.
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  plang: 6..c4 is referred to as the Swedish Variation. The Swedish team members Stahlberg and Stoltz had introduced the variation in the 1933 Olympiad. One of the ideas behind 11 Qc2 is that 11..Bg4 (with the idea of ..Bxf3 and ..Nxd4) can be answered by 12 Neg5. <This suggests that if Black is going to play his KN to f6, Black is advised to develop his KB on e7 instead of on b4.> The idea of developing the bishop to b4 is to make the e4 break more difficult for white but given how effortlessly Reshevsky achieves it in this game perhaps your idea is worth looking into. I also wonder if 10..Nd5 might be playable. Reshevsky recommended 12..Bf5 13 Nh4..Nxd4 14 Bxd4..Qxd4 15 Nxf5..Nxf5 16 Rfd1..Qb6 17 Qxc4..Rac8 18 Qd5 and concluded that white would have good prospects because of the awkward position of black's minor pieces. Reshevsky's better placed pieces and black's pawn weaknesses gave him the better endgame. He pointed out, however, that 30 Rxd8..Rxd8 31 Bb6..Nc6 32 Bxc6..Rd6 33 Nd5..Be6 34 Ne7+..Kf8 doesn't quite work. 32..Bf5?! gave away a decisive pawn. Reshevsky said that white should still win after 32..Nb3 33 Nxb3..cxb 34 Bd5..Be6 35 Bxe6..fxe 36 Rd6..a5
37 a4!..Rb8 38 Ra6..Rc8 39 Rb6.
Mar-25-12  Ulhumbrus: Reshevsky's comment on 11 Qc2 is < An important innovation that probably ruins Black's defense in this variation. The point is that White allows the capture of the d pawn. If Black takes it, White regains the pawn as follows: 11...Nxd4 12 Nxd4 Qxd4 13 Rd1 Qb6 14 Be3 Qa6 (14...Qc7 15 Bf4 Qb6 16 Qxc4) 15 Nc5 Qb5 16 a4 winning back the pawn with much the better development. The older continuation was 11 a3 Ba5 12 Qa4 Bg4 with approximately equal chances.>
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  zydeco: I wonder if black can hold on with 32....Re8 maybe followed by .....Nb3.

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