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Samuel Reshevsky vs Lhamsuren Myagmarsuren
Sousse Interzonal (1967), Sousse TUN, rd 1, Oct-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Exchange. Positional Variation (D35)  ·  1-0



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May-24-04  clocked: Presented today by Dennis Monokroussos as a model minority attack. Interesting is the tactical resource that black had on hand if a waiting move such as 24. ... Kh8 had been played. For example, 25.b5 c5 dxc5 bxc5 a5 Bxe3!
May-24-04  PizzatheHut: I have a couple questions about the game. First, why did Reshevsky exchange his light squared bishop with 14. Bf5? I would have left it to help the b5 push and to pressure h7. Also, why did Reshevsky spend so many moves getting his knight to e2, only not to move again?
May-24-04  clocked: The knight manuever wasn't for the purpose of getting to e2. It came over to b3 to threaten Nc5 (21. ...f5?! Nc5) instead 21. ... Nf6 threatens Ng4, so h3. Now the threat of Nc5 is back on, so b6. The knight has done his job by creating weaknesses and needs to get out of the way (Nc1). Black creates a tactical threat with Bh6. b5? Bxe3! And finally N1e2.
May-24-04  PizzatheHut: <clocked> Thank you for the reply, and please forgive my ignorance, but I have one more question. What is the threat on 23. Nc5? I see that black played 22...b6 to stop it, but why? Say 22...Nh5 (or any move other than ...b6) 23. Nc5, then black can play 23...Rd7 and everything looks okay.
May-25-04  clocked: I agree! I wrote my comments before the presentation was made... Dennis pointed out that some commentators have given b6 a '?', (so you are in good company). One of the difficulties in chess is knowing when to respond to threats, and when to ignore them and continue with your own plans. In this case, the plans are fairly obvious for both sides, white will play for b5 and black should go for f5-f4. What I failed to notice, is that the b3 knight may also go to a5 in some lines after b5 is played. With the knight on f6, b6 keeps out the knight and allows b5 to be meet with c5!, as d5 is guarded. Instead of criticizing b6, Dennis praises the move, and it is the later removal of the knight to h5 which begins blacks problems. Dennis agreed with my Bxe3 idea above and gives Kg7 (which is better than my Kh8). Back to your Nh5 suggestion, indeed Nc5 R6e7 b5 f5 is fine. Instead white should play b5 straight away. 22. ... Nh5!? 23.b5 Bh6 (f5 24.Na5) 24.Na5 The interesting thing is that with the knight on f6 (and the pawn on b6) black cannot initiate his active plan, but neither can white. The position is almost a type of zugzwang where black "blinked first" with Nh5, when it was better to just pass with Kg7
May-26-04  drukenknight: Miagmasure is just a weird player who tends to back up his pieces. Why not 17...Bd8 which looks better for the B given the pawn structure.

I didnt see Dennis analysis (where is it?) but 24..Ne4 looks more sensible, the N just starts wandering.

27...Rd6 was obvious and maybe the last chance.

Why doesnt Reshevsky simply take 28 Nxd5?

May-26-04  Bears092: <Presented today by Dennis Monokroussos as a model minority attack>

where is this?

May-27-04  clocked: Don't tell me you don't read everyday!?
May-27-04  drukenknight: I dont get it, what am I supposed to listen to the radio at a certain time? What's his conclusion anyhow?
May-27-04  clocked: It's a live broadcast, with audio and a chess board, on Playchess.
Aug-21-04  Hanzo Steel: Yasser Seirawan's "Winning Chess Strategies" says this game ends:

31 ... Nxg4 32. Rxc6 Qxd5 33. Qa8+

He also uses it to illustrate the minority attack.

Oct-22-05  Kriegspiel: <Hanzo Steel> So it does. In fact, in annotating 31...Nxg4, Seirawan actually says that Black played this instead of the move shown on the scorecard, precisely to *avoid* the subsequent response and counterresponse shown on the scorecard above!

"31...Nxg4 Desperation. Black finally noticed that his intended 31...Nxd5 fails because of 32.Rxc6 Rxc6 33.Qa8+"

What's going on?


Oct-22-05  Kriegspiel: <clocked> Why 27.a5 ? Seirawan says that Black cannot play c5 in response to White's b5, because after dxc5 White can then play Qxd5, winning a pawn. At that point, Bxe3 simply loses a bishop (or rather, trades it for two pawns). The knight on e2 (guarded by the knight on c3) also keeps the Black rooks from playing a bank-rank mate (...Re1 RxR ...RxR#).

Seirawan didn't say all this (merely the part about c5 losing a pawn), and in explaining the knight move to e2 he says some vague stuff about improving White's position. I had wondered, reading his text, why he wrote, after this move, "Now Black cannot play ...c5", etc.; why "now"? But after reading your kibitz (though misguided) the explanation for Ne2 becomes clear.

I'm surprised that a radio chess commentator endorsed Bxe3. Unless of course *I* am the misguided one here -- entirely possible since I've put my foot in it fairly often. :)


Sep-05-09  BISHOP TAL: I noticed this to kriegspiel, its hard to beleive after almost 4 years, nobody stated if this is another glitch in seirawans fine book, or a mistake of chessgames or no 1 really knows.
Sep-05-09  AnalyzeThis: <PizzaTheHut: I have a couple questions about the game. First, why did Reshevsky exchange his light squared bishop with 14. Bf5? I would have left it to help the b5 push and to pressure h7. >

He doesn't need the bishop to get b5 in. This is a queenside attack, to h7 is not important. The typical end result is a weak pawn on c6. Reshevsky removed a potential defender.

<PizzaTheHut: Also, why did Reshevsky spend so many moves getting his knight to e2, only not to move again? >

The knight on e2 threatens to go to f4, and black can say goodbye to the f4 pawn (after the b5 and bxc6 sequence). The knight on e2 forced black to keep his bishop on the rather useless h6 square.

Jan-17-10  notyetagm: Reshevsky vs Myagmarsuren, 1967

<Hanzo Steel: Yasser Seirawan's "Winning Chess Strategies" says this game ends:

31 ... Nxg4 32. Rxc6 Qxd5 33. Qa8+

He also uses it to illustrate the minority attack.>

<CG.COM> Perhaps you should make this correction to the PGN.


Jul-02-10  BobCrisp: <In this position (Reshevsky v Myagmarsuren, Sousse, 1967) White played 28 Rbc1. David Abrams (Syracuse, NY, USA) writes that although that move was the subject of no remarks on page 132 of Winning Chess Strategies by Y. Seirawan with J. Silman (Redmond, 1994 and London, 2003), 28 Nxd5 is much stronger.

We add that the game was annotated on pages 14-15 of Chess Review, January 1968 by Hans Kmoch, who commented as follows on Black’s previous move (27...Rec8):

‘Black is speculating on 28 Nxd5? a6!’

However, Yasser Seirawan (Amsterdam) informs us:

‘I too was seduced by the idea that the retort 28...a6 would refute the capture of the pawn at d5. That is not the case, as the continuation 29 Rxc6 axb5 30 Rxc8+ Kg7 31 Nxb6 (the move I had missed) and 32 Rxb5 is a clean win for White.’>

Jul-02-10  ounos: 33. Qa8+! is a cute way to finish this off - however black replies, there is Rxg6+!
Jun-22-12  bystander: According to the kibitzing, this game is already used in a lecture by Denis Monokroussos and a book by Yesser Seirawan to illustrate the minority attack. I saw it in a column by Nigel Davies (
Jun-22-12  bystander: Can black afford 24..♘h5? 25) b5 is very strong now. Black has no changes for a kingside attack in the short term. What about a waiting move like 24...♖d8? If 25) b5, it is possible to play c5. The night can move to d7, the queen to b8, the rook to d6 and just wait and see.
Jun-22-12  bystander: After 27...♖ec8 I think 30) ♘d5x is possible. The black queen is pinned and the white knight can move to b4. Better is 27..Qe6. (Davies recommend 28)..♕e6 but this move is also very suitable on move 27).

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