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Samuel Reshevsky vs Israel Albert Horowitz
"Al Benoni's Adagio" (game of the day Apr-15-2022)
Rosenwald (1955/56), New York, NY USA, rd 6, Dec-25
Benoni Defense: King's Indian System (A56)  ·  0-1



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Nov-21-07  ForeverYoung: Now this is the sort of game I would like to see masters comment upon. Of course I can see a few things like Black's effort to get in ... b5 on the queenside and the vacating sacrifice 23 ... e5. The tactical play looks very deep to me. It is difficult to judge how far ahead Al looked to overcome the great Reshevsky. 34 ... Nxg4+ is a great shot. Nice work on his part handling White's counterplay.
Nov-21-07  Riverbeast: This was a very interesting battle
Nov-21-07  goldenbear: I don't rate this game very highly. I think the majority of these moves were sub-par. For one thing, Horowitz tries to make counterplay on the queenside, which doesn't make sense. As soon as Reshevsky played g4, he should have done everything possible to play f5, since Black's counterplay is always going to be on the kingside. Reshevsky should have had a terribly strong attack, but instead he decided to waste time on moves like 16.Rb1, a move I don't understand at all.
Apr-01-09  Ulhumbrus: The move 34...Nxg4+! instead of taking White's N on d6 or trying to save the N on c5 offers White as well the other N on g4. Then on 34 Bxg4 the in- between move ( zwischenzug) 34...Qe5!! forks White's R on a1 and the N on d6. Horowitz annotates this game in his outstanding book "Point count chess", perhaps one of the best chess books ever written in the English language.
Nov-14-15  jerseybob: <goldenbear:...Horowitz tries to make counterplay on the queenside, which doesn't make sense.> In a Benoni, if black DIDN'T try queenside counterplay it wouldn't make sense.
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  Breunor: So it looks like white’s mistake was 33 Nxd6 allowing Nxg4 ch! Simply playing 33 Rxb4 gives white +2 according to Stockfish. After …. Nxg4 black is up about half a pawn.
Apr-15-22  areknames: An absolutely unique pun; sophisticated, literate and witty yet hopelessly lame all at the same time. Well done to all involved.
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  Teyss: Outstanding pun but only with the precision "in G4 minor" as on the homepage, which fits the game (34...Nxg4+). (To avoid you checking as I did, the adagio is indeed in G minor.) No clue why it doesn't show on this page or why it says "by" on the homepage, probably a bug caused by the brackets.
Apr-15-22  Cheapo by the Dozen: Fun article about the musical piece and its uncertain provenance

Well -- somewhat fun. My mother was a Dresden native and always took the firebombing hard.

Apr-15-22  goodevans: I've never encountered this 3...e5 line OTB and I can't say I'm impressed.

Judging by this game it would seem the whole philosophy behind this move is for Black to concede an awful position in order to lock the centre up in the hope that White will overstretch himself or (as here) make some miscalculation whilst trying to open the position up.

Seems a strange philosophy to play by and I would be surprised if it met with success too frequently.

And, yes, an excellent pun.

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  keypusher: Great pun. This game is a pleasure for fans of root canals, trench warfare and the Czech Benoni. I'm two out of three.
Apr-15-22  TheTamale: What kind of tournament holds games on Christmas? Okay, so these fellows were Jewish, but that doesn't mean Santa just skips over their houses.
Apr-15-22  Saniyat24: Traffic jam...!

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