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Samuel Reshevsky vs Elwin Glenn Short
Simul, 15b (1921) (exhibition), Multnomah Athletic Club, Portland, OR USA, Jun-15
Spanish Game: Closed. Averbakh Variation (C87)  ·  0-1



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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Elwin Short. Nice win over Reshevsky.
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  MissScarlett: There's no way little Sammy would've resigned this, so it's no surprise to find this was adjudicated in Black's favour. Maybe they feared if he played on beyond midnight, he would've turned into a pumpkin.

I thought that Reshevsky allowing the loss of a pawn with 14.e5 was simple oversight, but Short claims that Reshevsky pondered after 13...d5 for fifteen minutes! His rather grandiose notes are here:

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  TheFocus: Nice find <MissScarlett>. The Reshevsky bio by Gordon does not have an explanation.
Jan-19-16  RookFile: It's too bad. I'm sure Reshevsky would have played 22. a4 and we might have been treated to another defensive masterpiece. He's just a pawn down, there is a lot of fight left.
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  mifralu: < SHORT IS STAR
[...] E. G. Short was the Portland man who brought more fame to the Rose City as far as chess is concerned, for it was his board that was adjourned. After three hours of playing it was necessary to judicate the remaining boards and a little more than 30 minutes had to be used to determine the outcome of the others. Short had the advantage but Sammy would not concede defeat. He did agree, however, to allow J van Zante to take his (Sammy's) side of the table to play out the match, and this will be done at the Portland Chess and Checker club in the Washington building within the next few days. According to the experts who looked over the board in question, it is almost certain that Sammy will have to acknowledge a defeat, his tenth in 915 games, and the second one handed to him while in Portland. [...] >

Source: The Oregon Daily Journal, 16 June 1921, Page 16

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  Phony Benoni: The game score in ACB (see <MissScarlett>'s link( gives Black's 18th move as <18...f6>. This makes sense, since there doesn't seem any reason for White to retreat the knight on e5 after our 18...h6.
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