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Weaver Adams vs Samuel Reshevsky
US Championship (1936), New York, NY USA, rd 13, May-11
French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)  ·  0-1



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  Eggman: The last few "puzzles" (and I use the term loosely) should be posed as "solve in three seconds or less".
Nov-09-03  Jack21221: Eh, I am sure there are a few beginners on here that actually have trouble with the easy ones. As long as they toss in a good amount of hard ones, I am not going to complain.

As for analysis, even if white had prevented the mate by 31. h3 for example, black still has a very nice advantage.

Nov-09-03  pogo5: Is it a place to talk about chess or to bragg about like kids? I am disgusted to read such comments as eggman's. This is pure spam to me, and this answer of mine also is unfortunately.
Nov-09-03  hart: hi, pogo5. thanks for sticking up for me, because i don't understand this puzzle at all. i hope someone will bear with me, and patiently explain how black wins after 32) Kxf1

feeling like a complete dweeb,

Nov-09-03  Shadout Mapes: after 32.Kxf1 Bb5+ 33.Kg1 (forced) Re1#

Really guys, let's stop with the overblown arrogant comments.

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  Chessical: Adams got nothing out of the opening, and Reshevsky outplayed him without the need for any spectacular fireworks. A Capablance like display!

Instead of 19 bxc5, why not 19.Ne2 - the White Q has few squares, and Black is better, but at least he does not have doubled pawns on the c-file. I think Adams forgot about the loose a3 pawn and was concentrating on winning Blacks' d4 pawn.

29.Re1 is a not very obvious mistake until you see Reshevsky's clever Re8 move. This hits both White's back rank and his B on b1.

Nov-09-03  Larsker: There have been instances where I didn't solve the puzzle of the day correctly - and someone had posted comments like "I solved it immediately, it was far too easy".

Not so good for one's fragile chess ego!

The whole discussion made me think about the difference between real-life chess puzzles (taken from actual games) and constructed puzzles. Those are usually a lot more difficult because they quite often defy the logic of normal play.

If I ever grow tired of regular chess puzzles, I might consider a subscription to a magazine like this one (in Danish) which contains much more difficult puzzles. I've seen some of them and I couldn't solve them - but then, I'm not exactly a chess shark.

Nov-09-03  fred lennox: There are different levels of "pass" on chess problems which can only be enforced by the player. If your Anand and don't solve the problem quicker than a snap, it's a flunk. If you are pretty new to them you might consider 10 min. before it is a flunk. At a latter date, same problems, you give yourself 5 min. and then 2 min working yourself down to 10 or 5 seconds. This shows progress. Inmproving speed is what it's about once you get the hang of it.
Nov-09-03  patzer2: The Winnawer Variation (3 Nc3 Bb4) was popular during the prime of such players as Tal, spassky and Fischer. However, it does create positional problems for white. According to Kasparov and Keene in BCO the Winnawer "saddles White with a gashed pawn formation in return for the bishop pair and an advantage in space. " Today the Tarrasch Variation (3Nd2) is more frequently seen as it gives white no positional weakenesses while still leaving Black with long-term difficulties (e.g. isolated queen's pawn) in equalizing.
Nov-09-03  Phoenix: Weaver Adams also invented a little-known variation in the Najdorf: 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.h3!? Fischer actually used this in 4 games, if I remember correctly. One (a game with Reshevsky) is in "My 60 Memorable Games."
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  Eggman: One thing I do like about the puzzles here: they could actually occur in real games. Those are the puzzles that you learn from and can use. I'm glad to see that has avoided those "White to play and mate in two" puzzles where White is up a Queen and a Knight already - surely those are a waste of time?
Nov-11-03  hart: Thanks for your kind reply, Shadout Mapes. I will "pay it forward," as the opportunity comes my way.
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  perfidious: This is the first time I've played through this game, and the opening choice by Reshevsky was a surprise, to put it mildly-he was White in the few French games I'd ever seen in his praxis, infrequent as those were:

As to the remarks over the ease of this puzzle, more than once I've struggled with an 'easy' one and solved the more difficult relatively quickly.

Excellence in chess is about pattern recognition-the more standard ideas and other motifs one understands, the stronger one will be.

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  FSR: The conclusion of this game reminds me of my own in K Thompson vs F Rhine, 1992.

<perfidious> This game was played three years before Adams' (in)famous book "White to Play and Win," but maybe Adams was already known for obstinately playing the same pet opening lines over and over. I can imagine Reshevsky thinking that if Adams was going to give him the bishop pair for free, why not take him up on it?

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