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Larry Melvyn Evans vs Samuel Reshevsky
"The Mother of All Swindles" (game of the day May-12-2013)
US Championship (1963/64), New York, NY USA, rd 9, Dec-29
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal. Gligoric System Bronstein Variation (E55)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Apr-10-11
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  wordfunph: according to GM Evans..

Reshevsky blanched and smiled wryly. With unseemly glee, I strained to hear him curse himself under his breath. He uttered just one word: "Stupid!"

Aug-14-11
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  whiteshark: "Evans, down a piece and threatened with 48 ... Re1#, tried 48 h4! tempting Reshevsky into 48 ... Qxg3?? Evans thereupon forced a draw with 49 Qg8+!! Kxg8 50 Rxg7+! If either the Black king or queen takes the rook, White is stalemated, but if Black refuses the rook, White keeps on checking from the 7th rank until Black concedes a perpetual or allows the stalemate.

<A beautiful idea, but in a presentation far from ideal. For one thing, the "Swindle" part of the name indicates that Evans could only achieve this conclusion thanks to the gross blunder 48 ... Qxg3?? by his opponent-- after 48 ... Qf6! 49 Rd8 Ng6 White could resign. (The "Century" part also tells us something: this kind of resource is very rare in practical play. Not, however, literally once in a hundred years-- recall that Reshevsky fell into a similar trap against Pilnik only a few years earlier, a trap that also became known as the "Swindle of the Century" for a while; the even more impressive stalemate swindle of Beliavsky vs Christiansen, 1987 now seems destined for the same title.) For another, after 48 ... Qxg3?? Evans could also have drawn by 49 Qg8+! (or 49 Qh8+!) Kxg8 50 Rd8+ leading to the same conclusion of stalemate or perpetual check by the desperado rook, so the drawing line is not unique. Lastly, the b-pawns are superfluous, since the entire combination works just as well without them. Let us try to fix those flaws:"> ...

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Aug-28-11  Landman: <whiteshark> Hmm. The position in Elkies' column doesn't match the game as given here on Chessgames. Here, wR is on d7 instead of f7, and instead of 48.h2-h4 the move is 47.h3-h4. Has anyone seen an alternate score for this game?
Aug-28-11
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  FSR: <the even more impressive stalemate swindle of Beliavsky vs Christiansen, 1987 now seems destined for the same title.)>

Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. Beliavsky-Christiansen is one of the very greatest swindles, quite possibly <the> greatest swindle, ever.

Nov-13-11  knighterrant999: Let's not play semantics and ask whether this is the swindle of the century or the blunder of the century; in either case it is quite a charming half point save.
Nov-13-11  Petrosianic: It's not semantics, because I'd never consider the game for Blunder of the Century (there are many, much more egregious ones than Qxg3), but I might consider it for Swindle of the Century. Therefore, they aren't the same thing.
Mar-09-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Melvyn was winning until he missed 24...Nxc5.
Mar-09-12  BwanaVa: Lets not forget Reshevsky often had these shortsighted eps...consider another swindle:

C Pilnick vs Reshevsky, 1942

Mar-13-12  RookFile: This wasn't a good tournament for Reshevsky. His father in law died, and he made a few mistakes in this tournament.
Aug-24-12  The Last Straw: <chessgames.com> is teasing Reshevsky by marking this as one of his notable games. But again, this is in so many game collections.
Aug-24-12  Petrosianic: If this isn't a notable game, I don't know what is. It doesn't say "Best Games".
Aug-24-12
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  Phony Benoni: <The Last Straw> The "Notable Games" list is based on the number of times a game appears in a collection, with the restriction that the player must win or draw the game. Note that this is one of Evans' Notable Games as well.

Another example is D Byrne vs Fischer, 1956, the most collected game in the database. It appears on Fischer's list, but not on Donald Byrne's because he lost it.

May-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: This isn't "The Mother of All Swindles." That would be Beliavsky vs Christiansen, 1987. Marshall vs G Marco, 1904 is also a better swindle than this one. And the greatest stalemating combination ever was seen recently in Shredder vs Gull, 2013.

Trivia question: where was this game first called "The Swindle of the Century"? Anyone? <Phony Benoni>?

May-12-13
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  Phony Benoni: <FSR> I have a vague memory of Evans himself referring to it that way. At the time he was editing the <American Chess Quarterly>, and it may have appeared there. But I can't be sure.
May-12-13
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  FSR: <Phony Benoni> Very good! We have a winner!
May-12-13
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  FSR: For more fine swindles, see Game Collection: Outrageous swindles.
May-12-13  scormus: <FSR: ... the greatest stalemating combination ever was seen recently in Shredder vs Gull, 2013.>

I'd agree with you if it wasn't between computers. I'd also agree with you if I hadn't missed it when it was POTD ;)

May-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Eggman: The greatest "swindle" combination ever played:


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Farges-Rakhinshteyn, Toronto, 1984.
White to play.

For the solution, see my chess forum.

May-12-13  newzild: <Eggman>

Let me guess:

1. Rxg6+ Kxg6
2. Qf6+ Kh7
3. Rg3 Rg8
4. Rg7+ Rxg7
5. Qxh6+ Kg8
6. Qh8+ Kxh8 Stalemate

May-12-13  jusmail: Any great swindles in correspondence chess?
May-13-13
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  kevin86: Sammy was caught at least twice in a stalemate swindle:Pilnick got him in 92 moves!
May-13-13
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  perfidious: <Eggman>: Are Yves Farges or Fima Rakhinsteyn still active? I remember them from my visit for the Toronto Intenational in July 1984, though we never met at the board.
May-13-13
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  Eggman: <perfidious> Farges, no; Rakhinshteyn played as recently as 2010 after a period of inactivity. He'd be pretty old by now, though.
Jul-17-13  jerseybob: PolishPentium: If 43.Ra6,Qg5 wins. The double atack has been removed from d7. Reshevsky's play until the blunder is a classic; check out the cat-and-mouse game he plays on moves 20 and 21 eventually winning the c-pawn. This is how to play the Nimzo. Unfortunately, as in his first game against Botvinnik in the 1948 World Title Tourney, also a Nimzo, he throws away the fruits of his play.
Oct-22-20
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  Messiah: Excellent swindle, I like it very much!
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