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Samuel Reshevsky vs G W Beaumont
Simul, 15b (1920) (exhibition), Leeds ENG, Aug-31
King's Gambit: Accepted. Fischer Defense (C34)  ·  1-0



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  MissScarlett: The report in the <Yorkshire Evening Post> of September 1st 1920, p.5:

<The talk of the day amongst Yorkshire chess players is the amazing skill shown by the eight-year-old Jewish boy from Poland, who last night at the Queen's Hotel, Leeds, engaged in 15 simultaneous games with crack local players, of which he won eleven and drew three. The only game he lost was that against S. Leader, who is considered one of the six best players in Yorkshire.

Everybody who saw the little fellow flitting from board to board and making moves which puzzled most of the wiseheads agreed that young Rzeszewski is one of the marvels of the age. His looks do not belie his extraordinary intelligence. He is old for his years, and he takes something over "7's" in hats.

The boy is visting Leeds and Harrogate with his father. He has two brothers and three sisters, who are spoken of as being just ordinary children with none of Samuel's precocity. Recognised as a boy of tremendous brain power and faculty of concentration, he is to be withdrawn from chess before it has had the effect of making him "one-sided," and is to be trained for one of the professions. At present he is being educated by a private tutor.

His ordeal last night lasted nearly four hours, and at the finish he was loth to allow three games to be drawn when apparently he thought he could beat his opponents as he had done 11 others. It will be of interest to chess players to know that he employed the Ruy Lopez in each of his games.>

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  fredthebear: That's quite a feat for an eight-year-old!!

< he employed the Ruy Lopez in each of his games.> Well, maybe not.

Jan-16-21  DieHard: Blacks play through move 10 reminds me of my own, at a young age when I thought protected pawn chains were unbeatable. By move 20 Reshevsky is in complete control!
Jan-16-21  DieHard: So what did Reshevsky do? He fixed a target at e5, immobilized the black Kings wing with Nf3 - Ne1 - Nd3, and posted up a forward outpost with Nd5. When the outpost was exchanged the base of Blacks pawn chain was exposed and Reshevsky began using his superior development and coordination to take Black apart.
Jan-16-21  DieHard: Correction by move 16 he was in complete control. I like his tactical finesses with Qh5+ and Nxe5 Looking at his early games I try to imagine how he thought. I believe he truly looked at the board without preconceptions and without rules of thumb, with calculations focused on achieving specific goals.

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