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Ariel Mengarini vs Samuel Reshevsky
USA-ch (1951), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Aug-12
Sicilian Defense: Dragon. Levenfish Variation (B71)  ·  1-0

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Feb-17-07
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  Phony Benoni: A momentous game in U.S. chess history! Prior to this, Reshevsky had not lost in U.S. Championship tournament play since round 4 of the 1936 event--a streak of 82 games.
Feb-17-07  Wolfgang01: Then we cheer to Mr. Mengarini as streak-breaker.
Apr-25-08  Petrosianic: <Phony Benoni: A momentous game in U.S. chess history! Prior to this, Reshevsky had not lost in U.S. Championship tournament play since round 4 of the 1936 event--a streak of 82 games.>

Not only that, it's the game that eventually gave Evans the title (if Reshevsky had won this game, he'd have tied for first), making Evans the first person to beat Reshevsky for the US Title. (Previously others had won the US Title only when Reshevsky failed to defend it).

Definitely one of the most significant games in US Championship history, along with Denker-Fine 1944, Fine-Reshevsky 1940, Reshevsky-Denker 1942 and Horowitz-Denker 1942.

Jun-03-11
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  GrahamClayton: 15. f5! is a key move, stopping the Black Queen from getting "onside" with 15...♕f5.
Sep-14-12
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  FSR: Mengarini beat Reshevsky like a drum.
Feb-14-18  BwanaVa: Horowitz-Denker 1942-can you please describe the game and its importance? Chessgames.com does not seem to have said game in its database.
Nov-13-20  BwanaVa: I did some looking, and believe that Petrosianic is refering not to Horowitz-Denker 1942 but to Reshevsky-Horowitz 1942, which was a last round game where Horowitz could not put Reshevsky away and allowed a draw which put Reshevsky into a tie with Kashdan for first. Reshevsky won the playoff.

The story: http://tartajubow.blogspot.com/2015...

Feb-22-21
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  MissScarlett: Interesting that Reshevsky couldn't find <9...Ng4> as a better defence than <...Nd7>. It's not straightforward, of course, but he had plenty of time to go into the tank.

It's a little reminiscent of Fischer vs Reshevsky, 1958

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