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Henrique Mecking vs Samuel Reshevsky
"Mecking a Name for Himself" (game of the day Jul-10-2004)
Petropolis Interzonal (1973), Petropolis BRA, rd 6, Jul-30
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1-0

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Aug-28-03  Qian: I am guessing it would continue 32...Ke8 33. Rxf8 Kxf8 34. Rxb8+ Nxb8 35. Ng6+ ? and black would have been down a piece? I am a beginner someone please explain to me how it should work out.
Aug-28-03  ughaibu: Qian: Looks correct to me.
Aug-28-03  JSYantiss: You've got the right idea Qian, but I would do 33. Rxb8+ first. Black could also play 32...Kg8 here, which would make things more difficult for White. What about 32...Kg8 33. Rxb8 Bxf1 34. Rb7, and White wins another piece. If Black were to play 32...Ke6 here, White would reply 33. Rxb8. 33...Bxf1 would be met by 34. Re8+ Kf6 35. Rxe5 Kxe5 36. Kxf1, and White would win a piece. 32...Ke6 33. Rxb8 Nxb8 34. Rxf8 also wins a piece for White.
Aug-28-03  crafty: 32. ... ♔g8 33. ♖xb8 ♗xf1 34. ♖b7 ♘f6 35. ♘hf3   (eval 4.94; depth 18 ply; 500M nodes)
Aug-29-03  Calli: 21.f4 is interesting. I am not sure what happens on 21...exf4. Possibly 22.Bxf7+ Rxf7 23.Nxf7 Kxf7 24.Qa2+ Ke8 25.Nf3 and then 26.e5 or maybe he just moves 22.Rf1 and attacks on the f-file. What's the best line?
Aug-29-03  JSYantiss: Crafty apparently missed 35. Kxf1 instead of 35. Nhf3. What does everyone else think?
Jul-10-04  actinia: 35. Nhf3 just gains a tempo or something by attacking the rook on e5. When a human has a clear winning advantage, they usually keep it simple. Computers tend to go with the more complicated but faster wins.
Jul-10-04
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  kevin86: IMHO,Reshevsky is one of the most overrated players in history. He couldn't even carry Fischer's shoes.
Jul-10-04  weirdoid: Maybe Reshevsky was overrated, but again, in 1973 he was already 62. Not everyone could be compared with Fischer. I am not saying Fischer was definitely superior to GK, but IMHO there is no guarantee GK could have been world champ if facing the same problems as Fischer faced - and it is no shame for Reshevsky not to be that good. Back in his prime (1950's), he was good enough for the Soviets to fear him - and play dirty tricks against him, whether they needed to do so or not to stop him.
Jul-10-04  iron maiden: Dirty tricks? You mean like Soviets beating Smyslov while the two of them were fighting for the lead in the Candidates?
Jul-10-04  weirdoid: No, the Soviets weren't that Mussolini-ish IMHO ... not like they threatened their players "win or die".

But even a player like Taimanov partly admitted that something was weird: http://www.bs-chess.com/latin/lectu... and there was (to my understanding anyway) a public spat between Bronstein and Smyslov over that sort of thing a few years back (and that was not just about the old Sammy). IIRC Bronstein essentially said things like that did happen, and in response, Smyslov accused him of hypocrisy because in his view Bronstein had been a beneficiary of that sort of thing himself.

Aug-26-04  lao tzu: doesnt Fischer say in his book
60 Memorable Games that if Reshevsky hadnt been side-tracked by his decision to pursue accounting that "who knows..." he might have gone all the way? pretty high praise from Bobby
Aug-26-04  iron maiden: <lao tzu> Fischer was an admirer of Reshevsky, despite their rivalry. He included him on his list of the ten greatest players of all time, saying that, "For a period of ten years-- bewteen 1946 and 1956--Reshevsky was probably the best chess player in the world. I feel sure that if he had played a match with Botvinnik during that time, he would have been world champion. He can see more variations in a shorter period than most players who ever lived."
Aug-27-04
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Reshevsky might well have become World Champion if it had not been for his most dangerous foe--the chess clock.
Aug-27-04  iron maiden: <GSM> Funny, I always heard that Reshevsky was one of the greatest players ever in time scrambles.
Aug-27-04  iron maiden: Except for Reshevsky vs Savon, 1973, that is. :-)
Aug-27-04
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <iron maiden> Reshevsky was famous for always getting into time trouble--he relatively good in time scrambles because he had lots of practice! IMO, time-pressure forced him into making a lot of blunders (of which you cited a particularly disastrous example). I think I once read an opinion that said Reshevsky was addicted to the "rush" he felt during time-trouble and would have had problems with even the longest time limits.
Aug-27-04  lao tzu: i forget who, but some master once said of Reshevsky that he handled the queen better than any master he had ever seen
Jan-24-05  JohnnyRambo: Reshevsky was good enough
to beat Botvinnik 2.5 to
1.5 during their small match
in 1955. Funny how you don't
hear a lot about that match,
the Russians didn't exactly
want to publicize that one.
The games you see mostly are
from the 1948 tournament, where
Reshevsky was forced to play
unsoundly to try for a win
against Botvinnik, because
Keres had agreed to throw 4
games to Botvinnik.
Jan-24-05  iron maiden: Instances like that are what make me think that Reshevsky would probably have become World Champion if he was given a match with Botvinnik at any time in the fifties.
Dec-23-14  jerseybob: Reshevsky in this game is like a juggler with too many plates in the air at one time. If black wants to mix the Smyslov system(Re8/Bf8) with the Breyer, the move h6 has to be played, either by 12..h6 or as late as move 14 with 14..h6, but instead he plunges into the risky 14..a5!?, and by the time white plays 18.Bb3,Re7 is forced because h6? loses to 19.Bf7+! Mecking latches onto the f7 weakness and rides it to victory in a very Fischer-like way.
Dec-23-14  RookFile: Apparently, even after what happened, if Reshevsky comes up with 20....Qe8 instead of 20....Bb7, he has a position that can be defended. I think he was worried about Qa2 at some point (hitting a loose bishop on a6). Perfectly reasonable concern. The trick is that 20....Qe8 21. Qa2 Ra8 is OK for black.
Dec-23-14  jerseybob: Rookfile: Yes, your line plugs up that one hole in the dyke, but wouldn't 21.f4 keep up the pressure?
Mar-04-16  Fanques Fair: Another beautiful game by Mecking in the Interzonal he won undefeated. He squeezes Black´s postion from the queenside towards Black´s kingside in an incredible way . 21-f4! is a superb move. Reshevsky was still a great player despite his age, but Mecking was unsresistable at that time.
Mar-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Reshevsky was canny enough to use time trouble to his own advantage. Kortschnoi also did it. Bad position - get into time trouble - opponent thinks he'll win on time - plays too quickly - blunders - loses - LOL.

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