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Samuel Reshevsky vs Arnaldo Vasconcellos
"The Book of Samuel" (game of the day Jul-21-2008)
45th US Open (1944), Boston, MA USA, rd 17, Aug-10
French Defense: Advance Variation (C02)  ·  1-0



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Jul-21-08  Talis: User: al wazir: 15...Kf8 looses too: 16. Ng5 Bg4 (16... Qxa2 17. Qe2 Ne7 18. Rxb7 Bxb7 19.Ne6+ Kxf7 20. Nxc5) 17. Rxb7 Nd4 18. Qb1 Nc6 19. Be5 Ne7 20. Qa1 Nh5 21. Nxh7+ Kxf7 22. Ng5+ Kg8 23. Bb2 Qa4 24. Rbxe7
Jul-21-08  Talis: <psmith>: <Egghead> I think that 16...Qxa2 looses too. White play 17. Ng5+ Kf8 (17... Kg8 18. Nxh7 Bxf2+ 19. Bxf2 Rxh7 20. Bxh7+ Kxh7 21. Bh4 Ng4 22. Qd3+ g6 23. Qg3 Qc4 24. Qc7+ Kh6 25. Re8 Qd4+ 26. Kh1 Kh5 27. Bg3 Nf2+ 28. Bxf2 Qxf2 29. Qh7+) 18. Nxh7+ Nxh7 19. Qf3+ Kg8 20. Bxh7+ Kxh7 21. Qh5+ Kg8 22. Re8+ Bf8 23. Rxf8+ Kxf8 24. Qxh8+ Kf7 25. Re1 Ne5 26. Qh5+ Kg8 27. Qe8+ Kh7 28. Qxe5
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  al wazir: <Talis: 15...Kf8 looses too: 16. Ng5 Bg4 (16... Qxa2 17. Qe2 Ne7 18. Rxb7 Bxb7 19.Ne6+ Kxf7 20. Nxc5) 17. Rxb7 Nd4 18. Qb1 Nc6 19. Be5 Ne7 20. Qa1 Nh5 21. Nxh7+ Kxf7 22. Ng5+ Kg8 23. Bb2 Qa4 24. Rbxe7> Bxe7 25. Rxe7, I suppose. Now what?

Also, I don't see why black chose to make the moves in your very computerish line. For example, why not 16...Qa4 17. Qe2 Nd4 18. Qe5 Qc6 ?

Jul-22-08  Talis: <al wazir: Also, I don't see why black chose to make the moves in your very computerish line. For example, why not 16...Qa4 17. Qe2 Nd4 18. Qe5 Qc6 ?> 18....Qc6 looses because of 19.Rb6!! Qd7 20.Rd6!
Perhaps black survive after 18...Qd7 19. Bxh7 Nc6 (19... Rxh7 20. Nxh7+ Kxf7 21. Nxf6 gxf6 22. Qh5+ Kg7 23.Re8 Bf8 24. Bf4 Nf5 25. Rbe1 Qf7 26. Qg4+ Kh8 27. Rxf8+ Qxf8 28. Qh5+ Kg7 29. Re8) 20. Qf4 Be7 21.Ne6+ Qxe6 22. Rxe6 Bxe6
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: After 22...Kh8, all four of White's pieces are en prise. Even Morphy would have gasped at this game.
Jan-04-09  WhiteRook48: didn't even notice all of white's pieces were en prise! What an amazing game! (and pun)
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  whiteshark: <Dillinger: Is black better if not for 16...Nb4?> Yes it looks like the decisive mistake.
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  vonKrolock: User: Phony Benoni here in the Fernando Vasconcellos page 1, presents newly incontestable evidences about the identity of the man with black here. He was not Fernando, but another Vasconcellos, <Arnaldo>
Dec-25-10  Eduardo Bermudez: กก Dinamic chessgame by Reshevsky !!
Jan-11-11  meppi: The black knight on d3 is hanging for 8 moves, this shows that you do not need to recapture if you have better things to do.
Mar-03-12  King Death: <kafkaesque> Reshevsky's loss is here now: Reshevsky vs W Suesman, 1944.
Mar-30-14  Conrad93: Man, if only chess games were still like this...
Mar-30-14  Shams: Games like this still happen. Play through first-round games from big swiss opens, in which GMs are paired with mere masters.
Mar-30-14  Jim Bartle: Sorry for being rude, but why wasn't a 33-year-old man in the military in 1944?
Mar-30-14  RookFile: The requirement was to register. Presumably Reshevsky did that. For whatever reason, they didn't draft him.
Mar-30-14  Shams: <RookFile> Did he not ask for an exemption as an Orthodox Jew? Or were those not granted at the time?
Mar-30-14  Jim Bartle: Could be, to both. I'm still surprised he was able to travel on a vacation.

Of course there was still major league baseball, though very diluted. So not all men were fighting.

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  Phony Benoni: <JB> Reshevsky was quite short, and may have met the minimum physical requirements. And I'm talking the fully grown Reshevsky, not the child prodigy.

To illustrate, Here's a picture from the 1948 World Championship:

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  offramp: In that picture he is standing in front of Euwe and Smyslov, two very tall players.
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  Phony Benoni: <offramp> True, but even Keres and botvinnik are a head taller.

About halfway down this page is a picture from Zurich 1953. Again, he's between a couple of taller guys, but compare him with Bronstein on the far right. Reshevsky looks positively tiny.

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  offramp: Yes ; he does look about 10 cm shorter than Bronstein.
Mar-31-14  RookFile: Not sure what function Reshevsky would serve in the army, other than to make the enemy laugh.
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  Phony Benoni: So I got to wondering why the other players at Game Collection: US Open 1944, Boston weren't serving in the military. Turns out that Reshevesky, at age 33 (or 35 according to some sources), was actually one of the younger players.

Anthony Santasiere: 40

E. S. Jackson: 47

Robert Steinmeyer: 17

Sgt. Roger Johnson: 35, on leave from active dutys

Weaver Adams: 43

Walter Suesman: 26; physically disabled

Marcel Barzin: 53

Harlow Daly: 61

Morton Hamermesh: 29 researcj scientist (Ph.D. 1940)

Vasconcellos: 32; foreign diplomat

Milton Kagan: 26

L. W. Stephens: 61

W. M. P. Mitchell: 61

J. B. McCord: 74

In any event, I think the lesson is not to judge. Physical defects that might not be apparent could be enough to disqualify for military service.

Apr-01-14  RookFile: I don't know. I think Daly would have been terrifying with a bazooka.
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  Phony Benoni: L. Walter Stephens would have been good at sneaking up from behind.
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