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Samuel Reshevsky vs Colonel Beverly W. Dunn
Simul, 20b (1921) (exhibition), New York, NY USA, Feb-10
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Kieseritsky Variation (C58)  ·  1-0



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  MissScarlett: Reshevsky's opponent was no less than Colonel Beverly W. Dunn, developer of <Explosive D>:

Apr-18-15  JimNorCal: Pretty well played up to the point of transposing to a lost K and P ending (!)
Apr-18-15  RookFile: In the final position from this game, can black draw with 51.... Kg5?
Apr-18-15  Shams: <RookFile> Sure looks like it.
Apr-19-15  JimNorCal: Oops, you're right!
Pretty decent effort on the part of Mr Dunn
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  MissScarlett: Sammy made a habit of winning drawn games: Reshevsky vs Thomas B Marshall, 1921
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  Phony Benoni: Games in Reshevsky's boyhood simuls were frequently stopped and adjudicated at a relatively early stage. These were often held in the evenings, so the thought may have been not to overtax the child physically.

Reshevsky appears to have frequently got the benefit of the doubt in these adjudications. One egregious example is is Reshevsky vs M J Clurman, 1920 see the comments by Clurman quoted by <MissScrlett>.

However, that may not have been the case here. <American Chess Bulletin> (March 1921, p. 54) states after the final move that "<White eventually won">. That seems to imply that the Colonel missed the draw all by himself.

And it's not all that slam-dunk trivial. In the final position, 51...Kg5> is the only move that draws. For instance, the tempting 51...ke6 loses after 52.Kf4 Kf6 53.Kg4 Kg6 54.g3 or even the immediate 52.g3.

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March, p. 54 [Game 51 / 3866]
from American Chess Bulletin 1921 by Phony Benoni

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