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Samuel Reshevsky vs Bent Larsen
Palma de Mallorca (1971), Palma ESP, rd 2, Nov-30
Benoni Defense: Old Benoni (A43)  ·  1-0



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Aug-01-05  chessic eric: Ng5 sorta lept off the board at me, setting up mates at g7 and h7 while attacking the queen. Didn't find the smothered after Qh4! however, and was content with the piece. Some of the analysis on this second page needs work, <ThomYorke>, <chesscatology>, <black knight c6>. Black Knight, I think 37.Rf3 beats 37.Rg1 in your line.
Aug-01-05  xxdsdxx: I am in the category of this is Monday Nh6+ ... oops!!! Qg7 doesn't work!!!


Fork the Queen and Mate the King. - Keep your minds out of the gutter!!!!

Aug-01-05  alexandrovm: how about the quiet Ng5, I don't think that could be the answer, let's see
Aug-01-05  alexandrovm: the idea behind it is that I attack the queen and at the same time the knight who is protecting g7, and also attacking h7, it seems as a powerful knight at this time...
Aug-01-05  paul dorion: <who><Marco65>After 33...Nd8 34 Nf3 Qe3+ 35 Kh1 White still seem to have a dangerous attack. If 35 ...h5 36 Re1 Qxc3 37 Qe7 or 36...Qh6 37 Qxc5 in both case with

35...Kg8 36 Rd1 Ne6 37 Qd7 Rf8 38 Ne5 will win as in the game

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  jahhaj: <Shams> <I take it you are unmarried> Strikes me as the sort of project you would undertake to get away from the wife and kids.
Aug-01-05  HastyMover: I saw 36.Ng5 right away, but it took me awhile to make sure it was right.
Aug-01-05  sharpnova: <Marco65> you're right. i'll never touch a pawn again (not even with my mouse)
Aug-01-05  Shams: <jahhaj> but what wife would allow a mammoth chess set on the lawn?
Aug-01-05  RookFile: So, this problem can be relabled,
"White to play and mate in 7", starting with 1. Ng5.
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  kevin86: Since it is Monday-I looked for a more forceful move---most likely,a check.

Instead,I found ♘g5-with three major threats: mate in one,mate in two,and capture of the black queen.

Looks forceful enough to me!

Aug-01-05  Shokwave: Like probably everyone else, I looked at Nh6+ first...tried for ten seconds or so to make it work, couldn't...and then saw Ng5.
Aug-01-05  LIFE Master AJ: Very tricky, I looked at it for about ten seconds and thought Nh6+ was the winnner. (37.Nh6+, Kh8; 38.Qg7+, NxQ; 39.PxQ+, NxP???; 40.RxR/f8#.)

Of course this is all a fantasy ... as 37.Nh6+?? blows the win, as the simple 39...KxP/g7; forces White's resignation.

After 37.Ng5!, Fritz says it is mate shortly.

Aug-02-05  ughaibu: LMAJ: you hallucinated a fantasy knight!
Aug-02-05  LIFE Master AJ: <ughaibu> No, just careless analysis. Should have worked on it a bit longer.
Aug-02-05  prinsallan: Ahhh, a trick question.
Correct, <Shams> I am not married, but then again, I am engaged to be. Actually my to-be wife likes chess so weŽll be playing more from now on. Its better to sit outdoors and the chess-set looks ok, Ill try to post some pictures of it tomorrow if I can get the blasted camera to work again :P
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  patzer2: The August 1, 2005 puzzle solution 37. Ng5! illustrates the double attack tactic used as a deflection (attacking the overworked knight). This instructive move simultaneously threatens the Queen and mate to force the win of decisive material with a mating attack after 37...Qh4 38. Qxe6+ .

Aug-08-05  prinsallan: Got the camera working this weekend, heres some pictures of the board as promised:

Have Fun Boyyos

Aug-08-05  euripides: <prins> very fine ! does the cat have a rating ?
Aug-08-05  prinsallan: The cat is worth 6 points since it moves either as a Bishop or a Knight, or a combination of thhe 2.. 2 steps diagonally followed by another move in the other diagonal direction ^^

BTW, His name is Baltzar.

Aug-28-05  LIFE Master AJ: Reshevsky was one of the greatest players ... of all time. Fischer once said he was the strongest American ... who never won a World Championship.
Aug-28-05  Maroczy: <LIFEMasterAJ>He's one of my favorites. On a personal level, did he have a sense of humor? A lot of the GM's I've seen at tournaments seem to lack this quality. What do you think?
Aug-31-05  LIFE Master AJ: <Maroczy> I met him ... more than once. (I have his autograph ... in several chess books.)

He was a VERY serious man ... but he also had a great sense of humor.

Someone told a joke at a U.S. Open I attended ... I heard it kept Sammy laughing for days.

He was also a VERY private man. He would not share with many, perhaps this was the result of a childhood where people constantly wanted to "look inside him" ... because of his EXTRA-ordinary talent.

I once played Walter Browne ... at a big weekend Swiss. I thought I had him on the ropes. Browne responded with something like, "Nah, you never had a chance." After the game, Reshevsky demanded to see the struggle I had just played. I got the rare opportunity to anlyze with him. He showed me several things I had missed.

Fischer likened Reshevsky to a human computer, and said that Sammy could see more in just a few minutes ... than most people would see all day.

Anyone who has never met GM Reshevsky might think this was an exaggeration. Having analyzed with him ... on a number of different occasions ... I can truthfully tell you that he WAS a machine ... his ability to analyze chess was almost without parallel.

Perhaps one of the most painful events was to see Sammy just a shadow of his former self ... it might have been the U.S. Open at Jacksonville 1990. Reshevsky played a game ... he seemed to have missed several opportunities for play. For once, I was going to show him what he missed. Sammy grabbed my hand, gave me a wan smile and admitted that he probably did not make the most of his chances. "I'm a bit tired, do you mind if we do this another time?," he said. I left the tournament hall ... nearly in tears. Not because I had my feelings hurt, because that look said so much. (I felt then that one of chess's greatest prodigies ... did not have much time left, and I was right.)

Dec-13-09  AnalyzeThis: Well, he would have been either 79 years old then, or 81, depending upon who you believe regarding his year of birth. Either way, I think we can forgive him if he was only 2300 strength or something at that point.
Dec-09-17  bengalcat47: Nice win by Reshevsky. I know this will sound corny but my advice to Larsen would be "Don't get all bent out of shape!"
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