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Samuel Reshevsky vs Herman Steiner
1st NCF Congress (1927), Kalamazoo, MI USA, rd 3, Aug-27
Alekhine Defense: Modern Variation. Main Line (B05)  ·  0-1



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Nov-27-16  RookFile: 15. g4 would have been strong. It's not the first move you think about, but with black's pieces passively placed, he can't do much about the exposed white king.
Nov-27-16  Shams: <RookFile> <It's not the first move you think about> It's certainly not a candidate move for me even though firing the g-pawn out of a castled position seems to me one of the hallmarks of modern chess.

I wonder if Reshevsky considered it. If he did I bet he well remembered this game, played only two years prior: Capablanca vs Ilyin-Zhenevsky, 1925

Nov-27-16  RookFile: Yep. Black had terrific counterplay in that game. That's why you don't normally burn your bridges. But here, black is passively placed. Steiner's setup actually reminds one of the Fort Knox variation of the French Defense - he's even traded off the c8 bishop which is a good idea. I think the passivity is the key difference between the two games.
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  beatgiant: I don't think it's necessary yet to commit to <15. g4>, so I would probably play <15. f5> in that position. If Black then plays ...exf5 16. Rxf5, now White can answer the eventual freeing ...c5 with d5 with a protected passed pawn. Or if Black allows White to play 16. fxe6 fxe6, he ends with a backward and blockaded e-pawn. Meanwhile, White can continue to use his space advantage by maneuvering on the kingside.
Jul-07-19  bamonson: It would seem that after 18...exd5? Reshevsky missed an "immortal" combination opportunity with the stunning 19.Rxg7+!! Kxg7 20.Rg3+ Kh8 21.Nxd5 Nbxd5 22.Qg4!! Nxg4 23.Nxf7+ Kg8 24.Nh6# And how beautiful that the Rh3 still performs a vital service by pinning the knight on g4!

It should be mentioned that 21...Rxd5 holds out longer but after 22.cxd5 h6 (Best. If 22...Qc8 23.Qh5!!) white has the hammer blow 23.Nxf7+!! Rxf7 24.Bxf6+ Rxf6 25.Qg4 when black will have to hemorrhage material just to stave off forced mate for a few more moves.

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  perfidious: <bamonson>, would you be Bruce Monson?
Jul-18-19  bamonson: Yup, that would be me!
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  HeMateMe: Sammy just 16 years old here.
Jul-22-19  bamonson: Nope. Sammy was at least two years older than advertised. Most likely 2 1/2 years older. He was born in 1909, not 1911. Probably on May 26 rather than November 26. So at the time of this tournament (August-September 1927) he would have been 17.

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