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Samuel Reshevsky vs Alexander Alekhine
AVRO (1938), The Netherlands, rd 8, Nov-17
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation (E46)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  wwall: Perhaps 52.h4 is better. After 52...Rb2+ 53.Kf3 a2 54.h5 Rb3+ 55.Kg4 Rb2 56.Kg3 Rb3+ 57.Kh2 and White may have some good chances to win.

If 55.Rxa3, then 55...Rxg2 56.Kh3 Rd2 and 57...Rxd5 should draw.

If 56.g4, then 56...Kf4 57.d6 Rd2 58.Ra4+ Kg5 59.Kg3 Rd3+ and 60...Rxd6 should draw.

If 60.h4, then 60...Rb3+ 61.Kf4?? (61.Kg2 should draw) 61...Rb4+ 62.Kf5 Ra4 63.Rb8+ Ka5 64.Ra8+ Kb4 65.Rb8+ Ka3 wins.

If 61.Kh4, then Kb3 62.g5 Rb1 63.g6 a1=Q 64.Rxa1 Rxa1 65.Kg5 Rg1+ 66.Kf6 Rf1+ 67.Kg7 Rf3 68.h4 Rh3 69.Kf7 Rxh4 70.g7 Rg4 draws.

Does 61...Kb3 lose? After 62.g5 Rf2+ 63.Kg4 Kb2 64.g6 a1=Q 65.Rxa1 Kxa1 66.h4 Rg2+ 67.Kf5 Kb2 68.h5 Rf2+ 69.Kg5 Rg2+ 70.Kh6 and it looks like White wins.

Does 62.Rxa2 lose? After 62...Rxa2 63.g5 Rf2+ 64.Kg4 Rg2+ 65.Kf5 Kc5 66.g6 Kd6 67.h4 Rf2+ 68.Kg5 Ke6 69.h5 Rf5+ 70.Kh6 Kf6 71.g7 Rg5 and Black wins.

Oct-22-05  RookFile: I don't have it in front of me, but I'm pretty sure Smyslov's and Levenfish's "Rook Endings" takes a look at this one. My memory was, there was a win for Reshevsky.
Oct-22-05  ughaibu: How about 46.Ra5?
Jul-28-09  WhiteRook48: 56 d6+ probably something better
Nov-13-11  Calli: Reshevsky could have won with 51.Kg4! Rd2 52.g3 Rxh2 53.Rxa3 Kxd5 54.Ra6 cutting off the king.

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  plang: 9 Bxe4 seems like a easonable move thought this is the only game in the database where it has been played; 8 Be2 and 9 Qc2 are the only two moves played more than once. After 20 e5! Reshevsky effectively opened the position for his bishop. 46 d5? was an error blocking his rook; better was 46 Ra5..Rxd4 47 Kg3 followed by h4 which should win easily. Despite this Reshevsky still could have won had he played 51 Kg4 (instead of 51 Ke2?); one line given by Kasparov was 51..Rd2 52 g3..a2 53 h4..Kd6 54 h5..Rd4+ 55 Kf3..Rxd5 56 Ra6+..Ke5 57 Rxa2..Kf5 58 g4+..Kg5 59 Ra6..Rd3+ 60 Ke4. Had Reshevsky played 61 Kh4..Kb3 62 g5..Rb1 63 Kh5..a1(Q) Alekhine's king would have been able to get back in time to neutralize the two pawns. With 61..Rc2! Alekhine threatened 62..Rc4+ followed a check on c5 or c3 and transferribg the rook to the a-file.
Nov-14-11  King Death: A long time ago, I played this for Black and I think it's okay for him. No matter what happened here, he can do better than in this game from much later.

Reshevsky vs Fischer, 1965

Mar-03-18  tigreton: Smyslov and Levenfish, in their great manual about rook endgames, say that after 57 g4 Black chose the right side for his king, because 57 ... Ke6 would have lost in view of Kg3, h3, Kh4 and nothing can stop the march of king plus pawns.
Mar-03-18  tigreton: They also say that after Black moves Kb4 and Rc2 is White who has to seek the draw, because Black is threatening the known manoeuvre of interference Rc4+ followed by Rc3+ and Ra3 or Rc5+ and Ra5, queening. Alekhine was frightening even in endgames!

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