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Samuel Reshevsky vs Reuben Fine
Nottingham (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 4, Aug-13
Queen's Gambit Declined: Vienna Variation (D39)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-14-04  kostich in time: Acording to the Tournament book, the tournament director was deeply concerned that Fines sarcasms about Reshevskys efforts to win in a drawn position would lead to "a breach of the peace" However, the next day Euwe"playing the part of the good uncle", was able to put"the two Americans on good terms". from what ive heared about the Fine-Reshevsky realationship, tthat must have been one of the shortest armistices in history.
Nov-23-04  Airlock: Why shouldn't Reshevsky have tried to win the endgame, he was a pawn up. Even if it was a theoretical draw.
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  beatgiant: In the tournament book, Alekhine claimed a win for White with 38. ♕e5+!
Nov-24-04  drukenknight: yeah, well. it seems Reshevsky simply made a very tactical decision having to do with time, etc. That maybe he coud get a little something out of the position at move 38, or simply take a break, return to the board fresh and maybe outplay Reuben.

In the event, it seems justified since later on, move 53 he seems to have gained a couple of pawns, what more could be expected to get out of the position? PErhaps then Reuben simply hung on.

Nov-24-04  fizixgeek: Did White miss a win with 31.Qa4 followed by 32.Nc6 ? Or am I the one missing something?
Nov-24-04  fizixgeek: Oops! Never mind. 31.Qa4 is answered by 31...Qxe2 and the bishop is small consolation for the havoc black's queen will reek on white pawns.
Nov-24-04  fizixgeek: Maybe 32.Qa4!? when 32...Qb5 loses to 33. Qxb5 Rxb5 34. Nc6 Rh5 35.Rxb4 g6 36.h4 and anything else loses the bishop immediately.
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  beatgiant: <fizixgeek: Maybe 32.Qa4!?>

What if then 32...♕xa5 and if 33. ♕e8+ ♗f8 34. ♖c1 ♕f5 seems to win for Black?

Jun-28-12  Howard: A couple of comments about this game....

First, if you look at the eye-opening website, you'll see that contrary to Alekhine's notes, Fine's 50...Kd6 was a significant mistake. (Alekhine awards it an exclamation mark.) Fine's position was now lost, but--as the website indicates--Reshevsky missed the win later.

Second, Andy Soltis's fine book on the history of the U.S. Championship (which just came out in its third edition!) mentions that Fine and Reshevsky almost got "into a fistfight" during this game because Fine was making sarcastic remarks while it was in progress.

Feb-08-14  jerseybob: Howard: I wasn't able to find Reshevsky-Fine on your link, but let me guess: 53.Qf4+ was better than 53.Qh7? and seems to win, while back on move 50, Qc7 is better than 50..Kd6
Oct-26-15  jerseybob: Howard: I finally located the Reshevsky-Fine analysis on your truechess link, and I got one out of two: I correctly picked 53.Qf4+ for Reshevsky, but missed the recommended 50..Qa2+ for Fine.

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