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Rudy Blumenfeld vs Samuel Reshevsky
Haifa/Tel Aviv (1958), rd 7, Nov-09
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. Two Knights Line (A37)  ·  0-1



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Sep-26-08  jerseybob: White seems to be mixing two distinct English systems without getting the best benefits of either. If it's queenside play he wants, 6.a3 & 7.Rb1 seem to call for the immediate 8.b4, but instead he switches to a Botvinnik-style approach with 8.e4. But that approach needs the king knight on e2 to expand with f4. When white belatedly switches back to queenside play with 10.b4, it's too late, simply undermining the c3 knight. 10.h3 might have been better to prevent black's excellent 10..Bg4!. Then white might have tried to work into a Botvinnik mode with Ne1, d3, and eventually f4. As the game goes, after 12..Nd7, 13.Nd5 might be better, to allow d3 and if 13..e6, 14.Ne3. Thereafter, it's a lively finish, but black holds most of the positional chips.
Sep-27-08  AnalyzeThis: He got into a calculating war with Reshevsky, and that was a bad idea for 1958.
Sep-27-08  DarthStapler: Interesting
Sep-27-08  Strongest Force: Rudy was very young here, probably late teens or early 20. He became a New Yorker in the 60s and would often be at "The Flea House" where the most notorious hustlers resided. In OTB strength he was at 2400 on his best days and 2600 at best in blitz.

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