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Samuel Reshevsky vs David Zechiel
Personal Match Game (1990), Correspondence, rd 1, Nov-21
Budapest Defense: Adler Variation (A52)  ·  (no result)

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Oct-15-08  just a kid: He'd be a bigger grump than korchnoi.
Oct-15-08  Shams: was this a correspondence game?
Oct-15-08  just a kid: <Shams>Yes it was.
Oct-20-08  dzechiel: During his later years, you could pay a fee and Sammy Reshevsky would play you a game of correspondence chess. You were required to send your moves in an envelope and include a self addressed postal card for him to use with his reply. I decided to go for it.

One evening, in the middle of our game, I was having dinner at a family gathering, and one of my sisters asked me if I had heard that a famous chess master had died. I remember thinking, "Boy, I sure hope it wasn't Reshevsky", but of course it was.

Oct-20-08  dzechiel: Here are some of my recollections on this game:

1 d4 - Reshevsky always took white, unless you paid to play two games.

2...e5 - I have always enjoyed playing the Budapest Defence, and couldn't see a reason not to play it here.

4 Nf3 - I have always considered 4 Bf4 to be the main, and strongest line.

9...a5 - this makes it tougher for white to kick the bishop on c5 away, and allows for the rook lift depending on where white decides to develop his dark squared bishop.

11...Ra6 - after white's last move, the square h6 will be available for the rook to live on comfortably.

13...Rh6 - as we see in the game, the knight is not totally en prise.

15 Bf6 - I had seen this move coming, didn't like it, but couldn't do anything about it. This really keeps the black queen away from the king side.

17...d5 - black now has everything aimed at the castled king.

18...Re4 - of course if 19 Nxe4 black has a draw in hand and maybe more with 19...Bxh2+.

20 fxg3 - if instead 20 Qxg3+ then 20...Rg6 continues to put good pressure on the white king. As I recall if 21 Qb8 I was going to try 21...Qd7.

21...Re5 - with the naked threat of 22...Rf5.

25 Be2 - if 25 Qxh6 then 25...Bxd3 and the threat of 26...Rh5 27 Qxf6 Rf5+ picking up queen + bishop for two rooks.

25...Kg7 - gotta protect the rook.

28 Rd5 - I'm pretty sure this move was a surprise to me.

34 Kf6 - I'm sure I had a good reason for this move at the time, but when I look at the position today, I want to bring the rook out to d6. The connected, passed b- and c-pawns look pretty good, even though material is even.

37...Rf6 - this position is pretty drawn. At the time I liked black's chances, but it's not there.

Oct-21-08  AnalyzeThis: I'm impressed that you played ...Ra6 to ...Rh6. You showed a real awareness not to move the d pawn to d6 too soon which spoils this possibility. I forget when, but this rook lift possibility became all the rage in the Budapest.
Oct-23-08  just a kid: Good analysis <dzechiel>!
Jan-26-09  mack: Hope you asked for your money back.
Apr-11-09  xrt999: <2...e5 - I have always enjoyed playing the Budapest Defence, and couldn't see a reason not to play it here.>

What would be a reason not to play the Budapest Defense?

Apr-11-09  AnalyzeThis: <dzechial: 37...Rf6 - this position is pretty drawn. At the time I liked black's chances, but it's not there. >

You are obviously a strong player. After 38. Bxd5 cxd5, it's a problematic ending, where black is somewhat hampered by his passive rook. It's on the knife's edge of a win or draw either way. One thing that helps Reshevsky is, if he can just win the d pawn, he could lose both kingside pawns and draw the Rook and bishop pawn and rook pawn versus rook ending.

Apr-13-09  dzechiel: <xrt999: What would be a reason not to play the Budapest Defense?>

If you check the opening tables here on Chessgames, you will see that it doesn't have the best reputation. I think white can always get a slight edge out of the opening if he follows the main line (usually the bishop pair and some pull on the c- and d-files).

Apr-16-09  xrt999: Ergo. Since the Budapest is considered by many to be inferior, then a reason to not play the Budapest is....because it is inferior.

On the other hand, could you have just come out and said you enjoy playing the Budapest -its fun and risky- and wanted to play something memorable against a GM?

Apr-16-09  sfeuler: Hey <dzechiel> nice game! On your note to move 25 <25 Be2 - if 25 Qxh6 then 25...Bxd3 and the threat of 26...Rh5 27 Qxf6 Rf5+ picking up queen + bishop for two rooks.> wouldn't 26 Rfd1 (after 25 Qxh6 Bxd3) snag the Bishop back (Bishop can't move due to your weak back rank)?
Apr-21-09  sfeuler: <dzechiel> or anyone can you help me out - what's Blacks best continuation after 25 Qxh6 Bxd3 26 Rfd1? Got to be something I'm missing...
Apr-21-09  Marmot PFL: So this was Sammy's last (and unfinished) game. His career lasted almost 75 years.
Apr-21-09  AnalyzeThis: Well, he had several postal games outstanding when he died.
May-05-09  sfeuler: What's Blacks best continuation after 25 Qxh6 Bxd3 26 Rfd1?
May-05-09  WhiteRook48: what? The game was never finished?!
May-28-09  dzechiel: <WhiteRook48: what? The game was never finished?!>

No, if you check the notes you will see that Reshevsky passed away at this point in the game.

<sfeuler: What's Blacks best continuation after 25 Qxh6 Bxd3 26 Rfd1?>

It's been a while since I have looked at this, but I think the line would go:

25 Qxh6 Bxd3 26 Rfd1 Rh5 27 Qxh5 Qxh5 28 Rxd3 Qf5+ 29 Ke2 Qe4

Reshevsky and GM Alburt looked this game over and both rejected taking the rook on h6.

May-30-09  WhiteRook48: and um, no it wasn't Reshevsky's last game
Jun-04-09  sfeuler: <dzechiel:It's been a while since I have looked at this, but I think the line would go:

25 Qxh6 Bxd3 26 Rfd1 Rh5 27 Qxh5 Qxh5 28 Rxd3 Qf5+ 29 Ke2 Qe4

Reshevsky and GM Alburt looked this game over and both rejected taking the rook on h6.>

Thanks dzechiel, I completly overlooked 26...Rh5!

Jun-08-09  dzechiel: <xrt999: On the other hand, could you have just come out and said you enjoy playing the Budapest -its fun and risky- and wanted to play something memorable against a GM?>

I think if you read between the lines, you will see that's exactly what I'm saying.

Jun-09-09  VaselineTopLove: If 25. Qxh6 Bxd3 then what about 26. g4?
Jun-11-09  dzechiel: <VaselineTopLove: If 25. Qxh6 Bxd3 then what about 26. g4?>

I dunno. How about 26...Bxf1 27 Rxf1 (27 Kxf1 Qxc4+) 27...Qxc4 threatening 28...Qxa2+

May-18-11  LIFE Master AJ: Nice game, too bad you were unable to finish it.
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