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George Alan Thomas vs Samuel Reshevsky
Nottingham (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 13, Aug-25
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1



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  Peligroso Patzer: I wonder whether, when Thomas played 20. Qe4, he failed to see that after 20. ... Bxb3, White cannot continue 21. Qxc6 because of 21. ... Rxe1+ 22. Rxe1 Bd5 after which the White Queen is lost.

In the tournament book, Alekhine merely says of 20. Qe4: "Black has achieved a strategical masterpiece, of which the result is to reduce his opponent to this desperate combination." ("Nottingham 1936", by Alexander Alekhine, Russell Enterprises, Inc. (c)2009, at page 167). Alekhine does not mention a better alternative for White (after 20. Qe4 Bxb3) viz.: 21. Ne5 Bxe5 22. dxe5 Bd5 , which would leave him with a position that is difficult but not yet clearly lost.

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  plang: 6 f3?! is rarely played; it is not included in any of the books I have on the Ruy Lopez. 11 f4 had been played in Nadporoshky-Botvinnik Leningrad 1925 (Black won); 11 Nd2 was new. 12 dxe looks more logical. 14 Qh5? left the queen vulnerable to attack; 14 Qe2 would have been better. 27 Rc4..Qxb3 28 Nd2..Qd1+ 29 Nf1..Qd3 30 Rc6..Qb5 31 d5..Qxd5 would have won easily for Black. Reshevsky's king march including his triangulation with 40..Kc3! (so that White couldn't answer ...Kf1 with Ng3+) was highly instructive.
Feb-14-19  Granny O Doul: White loses too much time with his knight toward the end where he might have been playing badminton.

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