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Samuel Reshevsky vs Larry Evans
Wertheim Memorial (1951), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Jun-08
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Immediate Fianchetto (E60)  ·  1-0



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Jul-25-09  Helios727: Sammy walloped Larry good here.
Apr-01-12  Ulhumbrus: White's thirty-third and thirty-fourth moves provide a snapshot of a part of the art of dismantling a defence. The move 33 Rh6 skewers black's queen on g6 to black's bishop on f6 and after 33...Qd3 34 Bxe8 removes black's knight on e8 which defends a second time black's bishop on f6.
May-19-12  Cibator: According to Reshevsky (in his "How Chess Games Are Won"), Black was totally busted as early as move 11 or 12.
Feb-16-13  jerseybob: For better or worse, Evans should've tried 15..f5. After 15..f6?! 16.f5! forget about it.
Feb-16-13  RookFile: You're right, I believe. I can understand Evans' thinking. There is a theory of chess that relies upon holding the e5 square as a strong point. Evans may have thought he could get around to playing something like Nd7 and Ne5, and maybe he is ok. Ironically, even though he built up his forces to try to prevent e5 from white, Reshevsky ended up playing the move anyway.
Feb-16-13  jerseybob: Yes, ironic isn't it.
Feb-16-13  JohnTal: Physics 101:F = MA. A relentless & dominating performance from Sammy. Ruthlessly logical - from move 13 forward, Sammy progressively flattens Evans against the wall. Every piece contributes to the romp!
Feb-16-13  jerseybob: And if this database is to be believed - always a big if! - this was their first official meeting. Kinda sets the tone for the next 3 decades.
Feb-17-14  jerseybob: I recently bought a copy of the Wertheim tournament book, with several of the games annotated by Anthony Santasiere. His notes for this game are extremely nasty to Evans.
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  NM JRousselle: Evans, in his defense, had yet to achieve the IM title when this game was played.
Feb-17-14  Granny O Doul: @jerseybob: I remember reading in "American Chess Bulletin" (a short-lived periodical of the 1960's, best remembered for a couple of RJF contributions) something by Evans where he defends Reshevsky vs. some criticisms of his style by Santasiere. I can't quote exactly but something like "Santasiere invents nothing, and always tries to keep draw in hand when he plays". Anyway, at the end, Evans says something like "nonetheless, we are genuinely fond of Santy and he is cordially invited to respond in these pages". Not sure if he did or not, or maybe the magazine ceased publication too soon. Tough break there.
Feb-17-14  jerseybob: NM JRouselle:Yes, that's right, but A.E.S.' snarky digs(he would've loved Twitter) went deeper than just critiqueing Evans' playing strength. And to Granny O Doul: I've never seen the ACB - only heard of it - but Chess Life in the early-to-mid-60's had several eruptions of "The Feud".
May-18-15  zydeco: Yikes. This must have been one of the worst losses of Evans' career.

<Cibator> Whatever Reshevsky says, this looks like a pretty normal KID through move 11 or 12. I guess 11...Bd7 is a waste of a tempo. Better 11....Ne8 immediately.

It's a rule of thumb to always, if possible, meet P-KB4 with P-KB4. Very surprising that Evans didn't play 13.....f5.

Jun-02-15  zydeco: Santasiere calls 11.....Qe7 "meaningless" and says that, without ....f5, black is lost.

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