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Samuel Reshevsky vs Miguel Najdorf
Reshevsky - Najdorf (1952), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Apr-06
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Meran Variation (D45)  ·  1-0



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Apr-21-14  offramp: Game 2 of the match. This game was played on 6th April 1952 in New York. After this game the score was 2-0 to Reshevsky.

The game is a bit of a one-hit wonder.
Reshevsky as white plays 22.Rd2-c2

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...which threatens 23.Nxe6 & 23.Nb3, uncovering an attack on the black Nc5.

Najdorf's shoulders droop. He might have put up a bit of a struggle later with 28...a6-a5. Instead he finds an unusual way of trapping his own bishop.

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Black has just played 30...Rc8-c7.
31.Qa4! settles black's argentinian corned beef hash for good.

Aug-26-15  zydeco: Yeah, I would have a coronary if 22.Rc2 were played against me. Everything seems perfectly in order for black and then all of a sudden he's losing material.

If 22....Qe7 23.Nxe6 wins a pawn: 23....Nxe6 24.Rd7 Rxc2 25.Qxc2 (25....Bxe4 26.Rxe7 Bxc2 27.Bxc2; 23....fxe6 24.Bxc5 Rxc5 25.Rd7.

If 22....Qa5 23.Rxc5 Rxc5 (or 23....Qxc5 24.Nxe6 followed by 25.Nxf8 wins a pawn) 24.Nb3 and then if 24....Qxa4 25.Nxc5 Qc6 26.Nd7 wins the exchange.

And then if 23.....Qe7 24.Rxd6 Qxd6 25.Bxc5.

I imagine that it's as much out of disgust as anything that Najdorf selected the line he did - sacrificing his queen with 23....Nxa4.

There's a lot to keep straight in all these lines, so maybe I'm missing something?

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  keypusher: Enjoyable kibitzing on this page (at least until now).

After the unexpectedly strong 22.Rc2:

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It appears that Black can save himself with 22....Bxd4 23.Bxd4 Qa5 (stepping out of the pin and attacking the bishop) 24.Rxc5 Rxc5 25.Bxc5 Qxc5+ =.

As <zydeco> pointed out, 22....Qa5 loses to 23.Rxc5!. Note that if 23....Rxc5 24.Nb3 Rc2, then 25.Nxa5 Rxe2 26.Nxb7, and if Black tries to keep it even with 26....Rxe3, then 27.Kf2 traps the rook.

Jan-15-23  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 22...Qb8 23. Rxc5 Rxc5 24. Nxe6 Ra5 25. Nxf8 Kxf8 26. Bb6 Rxa4 ( Bc7 27. Bxa5 Bxa5 28. Rd7 Qc8 29. Qd2) 27. Rd8+ Qxd8 28. Bxd8 Rxa2 29. Qc4 Ra1+ 30. Kf2 Bd6 (Ke8 31. Bc7 Bf6 32. Bd6) 31. e5 wins

22...Qb8 23. Rxc5 Rxc5 24. Nxe6 Rcc8 25. Nxf8 Rxf8 26. Bb3 Rd8 27. Qc4 Rxd1+ 28. Bxd1 Bxb2 29. Bb3 Qe8 30. Qc7 Ba8 31. Bc5 h6 32. Qd6 a5 33. Qc7 a4 34. Bc4 b3 35. axb3 a3 36. b4 Qa4 37. Qxf7+ Kh7 38. Qf5+ Kh8 39. Qc8+ Kh7 40. Bg8+ Kg6 41. Qg4+ Kf6 42. Qf5#

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