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Samuel Reshevsky vs Morris Joseph Clurman
Simul, 20b (1920) (exhibition), New York, NY USA, Nov-25
Caro-Kann Defense: Main Line (B15)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Sep-17-08  jerseybob: Could black be Harold Clurman?
Sep-18-08  IT4L1CO: Is the score correct?
If Qd2 or Qe3 exd4, if Bd2 or Be3 Ng3, and if Bh2 exd3 and the knight is trapped...
Sep-23-08  jerseybob: I understand your confusion IT4; it's hard to believe white drew this. After 24.Qd2 or Qe3,cxd4(not exd4) traps the N, and neither Kh1 or Bh2 hold either. Earlier on, by white's indecisive play through the first 17 moves, it is impossible to recognize Reshevsky. Not one move looks the work of a master, even a 9-year-old one. Well, we all have off days.
Sep-24-08  RookFile: Well, he sure knew when it was time to take the draw that his opponent must have offered!
Sep-24-08  jerseybob: Absolutely!
Sep-24-08  Calli: <Could black be Harold Clurman?>

The newspaper account refers to "Dr. Morris J Clurman" of Brooklyn. The draw was awarded by Frank Marshall who was the referee. Five games remained unfinished at midnight and Sammy was too young to stay longer. Marshall abjudicated 4 draws and a loss. (Source: NYT, 25 + 26 Nov 1920)

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  MissScarlett: There were twin New York simuls, both on 20 boards at the Lexington Theatre, on the 25th and 27th November. According to the <American Chess Bulletin>, December 1920, pp.186-188, the first one, which included this game, started late, so as many as ten unfinished games were adjudicated by Marshall; the five games were on the second occasion.

Recorded are Dr. Clurman's wonderfully pompous remarks:

<I believe my game against the young master should have been credited to me, as I threaten very serious things with my last move, Nh5. White's king is not in an enviable position, and I threaten Ng3. If the bishop retreats I am a pawn ahead and have the superior position. I feel certain that I could have won the game if time had permitted. The game is a complicated one and shows that the young master has a wonderful power of chess vision.

To my own satisfaction, I am convinced that Rzeschewski will rank eventually as one of the world's greatest chess masters in a few years. That depends, however, in my opinion, upon the manner in which he will be handled.>

Rybka gives the final position as +4 for Black. Stil, I don't think we can blame Marshall if he didn't give all ten games his fullest attention.

Sep-15-21  RookFile: An amazing insight, MissScarlett, with original source material. Thanks for the research you put into your posts.

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December,p. 187 [Game 108 / 3795]
from American Chess Bulletin 1920 by Phony Benoni

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