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Samuel Reshevsky vs Allan H Candee
"The Candee Man Can" (game of the day May-30-2019)
Simul, 11b (1921) (exhibition), Gimbel's Grill, Milwaukee, WI USA, May-??
Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. General (C68)  ·  0-1



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Jan-27-16  zanzibar: <Prodigy a Candee Kid.

Samuel Rzechewski made his sec-
ond appearance in Milwaukee, last
week, playing against 11 opponents
at Gimbel's Grill, with the result that
he won 10 games and lost one to A.
H. Candee. It was somewhat more
than a coincldence that Candee should
have drawn his game on the occasion
of the boy's first visit to the Western
city, for the Wisconsin player con-
ducted his side of the game with ad-
mirable precision, finally winding up
with a favorable Knight vs Bishop
ending. His success this time netted
him a handsome reward; in the shape
of a table and set of chessmen donated
by William F. Drueke of Grand
Rapids. According to Mr. Candee,
there has been an undoubted revival
in chess interest in that city, in con-
sequence of Rzeschewski's two visits,
and it is planned to form a new club
in the fall.

The score of the Rzeschcwski-Candee
game, annotated by the winner, follows:

(a) Having been held to a draw in a previous
encounter, it appears that Sammy intended to
avoid all risks whatever, making and inviting
exchange s throughout the game.
(b) Inviting another exchange.
(c) Instead of protecting the KP, he might
have advanced it, but with doubtful advan-
tage. He cannot prevent the disorganization
of his Queen's side Pawns.
(d) Probably intending to back up his majority
of pawns on the other side of the
board and hoping to carry the attack to that
(e) Obviously the King must stay off the
Queen's file nnd the Knight occupies a post
from which it cannot be dislodged.
(f) It seems like poor judgment for White
to give up his Rook. The resulting end game
is a very good example of the superiority of
Knight over Bishop in such a position. From
now on the Bishop is almost useless.
(g) Here Sammy's manager asked whether
a draw would be accepted.
(h) The Bishop can stop the passed Rook's
Pawn, but Black has a won game.
(i) White would have made it much harder
for Black if he had left his Bishop to keep
the Black King off his 4th square, but even
so, analysis will show that Black can always
win because his King can reach the Pawns
on the other side of the board first.
(j) This move make Black's advantage ir-

Brooklyn NY Daily Eagle 1921-05-21 p *3

Annotations: 4(a), 6(b), 12(c), 15(d), 20(e), 23(f), 32(g), ...35(h), 33(i), ...39(j)

Notable how the manager asked for the draw, and not the actual player.

Jan-27-16  RookFile: Strong game by black. It's a good example of what you want when playing knight vs. bishop.
Jan-27-16  zanzibar: Position after 33.a3

(Black to move)

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Candee forsees knight maneuver c6-b4-c2 in conjunction with break 33...b4

Mirror symmetry, sorta (wrt a3 and move)...

After 37...a3!

(White to move)

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How best to defend?

Jan-27-16  zanzibar: In the last diagram, put the Black pawn on a3.

And while I'm here...

Perhaps Candee also saw the knight's c2-a1-b3 or c2-b4-a2 or c2-e4 maneuver(s), for driving the newly liberated c-pawn home as well.

Once the Black king gets to d3 the bishop is froze out, as <RookFile> says, very instructive.

May-30-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Per the engine, 16 h4 was an error. Certainly it's hard for me to see how, after that, White's bishop would have much to do in the endgame.
May-30-19  RookFile: Apparently 38. Bh2 saves the game. It keeps control of e5.
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  beatgiant: <RookFile>
<Apparently 38. Bh2 saves the game. It keeps control of e5.> I would be pretty surprised if that is true. At a naive first glance, one would think Black can arrange to trade the a-pawn and c-pawn for White's c-pawn and e-pawn leaving White's king offside, and then pick off White's kingside pawns.

Do you have some analysis to explain why a plan like that wouldn't work?

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  OhioChessFan: I threw it in SF for an hour and it said 0.0.
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  beatgiant: <OhioChessFan> Oh, I don't doubt it, I'm sure <RookFile> looked at an engine eval too. I'm just saying this is hard for me to understand.

After looking at the likely continuation with 38. Bh2 a2 39. Kb2 c3+ 40. Ka1 Nxc2+ 41. Kxa2 Nd4, it's hard for me to imagine Black wouldn't win. It looks like at most, White will manage to trade both the kingside pawns for Black's c-pawn. And yet... computer analysis shows it is drawn.

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May-30-19  Roark: I thought Reshevsky lost in a real tournament game by over-pressing obviously, when in fact itís just a lousy Simul against your average club player that didnít do anything except wait for Reshevsky to beat himself. Why was this chosen as GOTD? Hardly any learning value strategy nor opening idea-wise. Too blunt for you? Mothersí shoulders are always available wether oneís own Mother or anotherís Mother; your choice.
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  beatgiant: <Roark>
<Why was this chosen as GOTD?> At a wild guess... for the pun on the player's name.
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  OhioChessFan: <Roark>, if you need your mommy to help find an educational game on this site, you have big problems.
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  diceman: <beatgiant:

After looking at the likely continuation with 38. Bh2 a2 39. Kb2 c3+ 40. Ka1 Nxc2+ 41. Kxa2 Nd4, it's hard for me to imagine Black wouldn't win.>

This is the original draw after c3+:

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1) =0.00 (30 ply) 40.Ka1 Nxc2+ 41.Kxa2 Nd4 42.Bb8 Kd7 43.Be5 Nf3 44.Bxc3 Ke6 45.Kb2 Nxh4 46.Bf6 Nf3 47.Kc3 h5 48.Kd3 Ne5+ 49.Bxe5 Kxe5 50.Ke3 Kd6 51.Kf3 Kd7 52.Ke2 Ke6 53.Kf3 Ke7 54.Ke3 Kd7 55.Ke2

If black goes to f3 to grab the e pawn:

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1) =0.00 (38 ply) 43.Kb3 Nd2+ 44.Kxc3 Nxe4+ 45.Kd3 Kf5 46.Ke3 Nc5 47.Kf3 Ne6 48.Ba7 Nxg5+ 49.hxg5 Kxg5

If black goes for the h pawn:

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1) =0.00 (40 ply) 44.Kxc3 Nf3 45.Bf4 Ng1 46.Be3 Nf3 47.Bf4

May-30-19  Boomie: <beatgiant: <Roark> <Why was this chosen as GOTD?> At a wild guess... for the pun on the player's name.>

Also little Sammy was about 10 years old so there is historical interest.

May-31-19  Granny O Doul: And Mr. Drueke himself donated a chess set.

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