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Willi Schlage vs Richard Reti
It BSG (1928), Berlin GER, rd 11, Feb-17
Sicilian Defense: Nimzowitsch. Closed Variation (B29)  ·  0-1

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Apr-21-05  avidfan: 36...Ke5-d4 instead of Kxe4 allows the White pawn at e4 to act as a screen from rook checks (clever idea) while the Black king advances and eventually helps in promoting the f-pawn.
Aug-27-07
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  Peligroso Patzer: This game is annotated as Game #36 in "The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played", by Irving Chernev (Dover Publications, 1992, pp. 153-155) [original copyright 1965; original publisher: Simon & Schuster].
Mar-22-09
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  Peligroso Patzer: <avidfan: 36...Ke5-d4 instead of Kxe4 allows the White pawn at e4 to act as a screen from rook checks (clever idea) while the Black king advances and eventually helps in promoting the f-pawn. >

In his notes to this game: Capablanca vs Tartakower, 1924, Reti comments upon a similar maneuver by Capablance at move 39.

Apr-11-11  estrick: 45 ... Black to move might make a good Tue/Wed POTD.

Or perhaps backing up several moves,

36 ... Black to move would be suitable for a later in the week POTD.

Mar-31-18
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  Retireborn: One of my favourite Reti games, if only because the checkmate after 48.g8Q Kf3 is very elegant.

Schlage had lost a famous long game in this line to Nimzowitsch in the 8th round, so he cannot have been delighted to see it coming up again in this 11th round game.

It's difficult to see where White goes wrong; surely the endgame after 21...Ke6 must be drawn? It seems his rook moves Rh3-g3 were a bad idea and with 27...f5 Reti is already threatening to break through with ...e4, and 28.g4 just makes things worse.

Houdini identifies 38.Rh3+ as the losing move, although it thinks White is also struggling after 38.Ba3 f3 39.Rc8 Rf2+ 40.Kg1 Bh2+ 41.Kh1 Rg2.

The story of 3.Nc3 d5 doesn't end there, as the 13th and last round saw this:-

P F Johner vs Tartakower, 1928

Indeed it seems it was Tarta who was mostly responsible for this line having a vogue in 1927/1928. Modern examples are harder to find, because White usually prefers 3.e5 of course.

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