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Samuel Reshevsky vs Salomon Flohr
AVRO (1938), The Netherlands, rd 7, Nov-15
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Accelerated Variation (D81)  ·  1-0



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  plang: Black's system with 4..c6 is rarely seen today. 6 e3 is not mentioned in any of my books on the Gruenfeld although Reshevsky's comment was "This move is less conservative than it seems". 6 cxd, 6 Bf4 and 6 Bg5 are the theoretical moves. It is hard to imagine that a Gruenfeld specialist like Svidler learned anything from Black's play in this game which seems very passive by todays standards. Reshevsky thought that 12..c5 would have been an interesting attempt to complicate. 19..a6? weakened Black's queenside; 19..Rd8 was an alternative. Again Flohr had the opportunity to achieve the ..c5 break at either move 22 or 23 but chose not to. After 25 Ne5! Reshevsky had a clear advantage as 25..Bxe5 26 dxe..Qxe5 27 Qxh6 would have been clearly good for White. After 32 fxe! it would have been bad for Black to play 32..Qxd4+ 33 Kh1..Kg8 34 34 Rc7..f5 36 Bc3. After 36 Kh1! there is no defense for if 36..Bxa4 37 Qc8+..Kh7 38 Qc7+..Kg8 39 e6..Qf6 40 Qc8+..Kh7 41 Bd6 is winning.
Apr-18-15  RookFile: In the middlegame, Flohr thought he was making a combination, but later we find out that really Reshevsky was. Reshevsky was a terrific calculator.

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