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Samuel Reshevsky vs Zalman Margalit
Simul, 39b (1958) (exhibition), Haifa ISR, Nov-24
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Huebner. Rubinstein Variation (E42)  ·  0-1



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Sep-24-03  aulero: This game reminds me one of mine:

1. d4 ♘f6 2. ♗g5 e6 3. e4 c5 4. e5 h6 5. ♗d2 ♘e4 6. ♗e3 ♘c6 7. c3 d6 8. f4 cxd4 9. cxd4 dxe5 10. dxe5 ♗b4+ 11. ♘d2 ♘d4 12. ♘e2 ♕h4+ 13. g3 ♘f3#

The white player, one of the friends that taught me chess, was simply shocked.

Sep-24-03  Benjamin Lau: <PinkPanther: 1.d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 0-0 5. Ne2 (These opening moves constitute the Reshevsky variation of the Nimzo Indian.) >

Pinkpanther, there is no ...o-o in the gamescore. Margolit played c5, which later led into the Rubinstein variation.

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  Benzol: White can't even play 9.♕a4+ ♕xa4 10.♖xa4 because of 10...♘d3+ 11.♔d1 ♘xf2+ picking up a Rook. How is it that Reshevsky a noted expert on the Nimzoindian fell into this one?
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  FSR: I've seen this game referred to elsewhere as having been played in a simul, which would make sense.
Dec-10-05  chesscrazy: Yes, Samuel Reshevsky himself played this horrible game. <FSR> This was played in a simul.
Mar-22-07  ughaibu: Hey! RookFile! Look at this!!
Mar-22-07  sitzkrieg: Clearly a thrown game...
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  technical draw: Give the man a break! Reshevsky had been playing simuls for about 50 years when he played this game. He was probably hallucinating after playing the same variation for about the trillionth time.
Mar-23-07  RookFile: Well, this is silliness, of course. White just plays 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Nf4 and has a clear advantage bordering on an outright win.
Mar-23-07  HLecter: RookFile: Well, this is silliness, of course. White just plays 9. cxd5 exd5 10. Nf4 and has a clear advantage bordering on an outright win.

well. looks to me like 9.cxd5 also runs into 9. ... Nd3++ ;)

Mar-23-07  RookFile: Ah, yes, thank you sir. I had my move numbers wrong, I meant on the previous move, in lieu of 8. axb4.
Jan-17-09  WhiteRook48: Reshevsky got checkmated??!!
May-14-09  WhiteRook48: 8 axb4??
Nov-18-10  Tigranny: How could Reshevsky overlook the smothered mate?
Oct-05-12  The Last Straw: 9.♘g3 should probably should be 1-0 so Mr.Margolit got lucky! I still don't see why 8.axb4 is bad.
Jan-29-14  gabriel112000: After 9. ♘g3 ♕xa1 10. ♕xa1 ♘c2+ with a clear advantage to black.
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  Korora: <How could Reshevsky overlook the smothered mate?> Maybe he was going over so many possibilities in his head that some fell out.
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  sea7kenp: Poisoned Queen?
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  saffuna: This is the only game in the db with 7. Bd2, And I guess it left d3 unprotected.
Feb-26-21  oded789: CG has got many wrong things about this game.
It was not played in 1968, but in 1958, as the simul was a side event of the Haifa/Tel-Aviv tournament celebrating a decade for Israel, which Reshevsky won (10.5/13).

Second, there is not such name as "Remir" in Hebrew, and it's not too common in other languages either. There's also inconsistency regarding the order of Black's first moves.

The following publication in a Israeli newpaper shorting after the simul ("Davar", Dec 5th, 1958) is much more credible:

White: Samuel Reshevsky.
Black: Zalman Margalit.
Annotator: A. A. Mendelboim (Davar's chess columnist, represented Israel in the 1952 chess Olympiad).

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. e3 c5 5. Nge2 Nc6 6. a3 Qa5 7. Bd2 d5 8. axb4? (Ng3! is necessary) Nxb4 9. Rxa5?? (Qa4+!) Nd3#

Please correct the game info.

Feb-26-21  oded789: Addedum:
There were also publications of the game in Israeli press on the very next day, including a short interview with the winner Zalmat Margalit, a local club player. He was 51 at the time, a mechanic, born in Vilnius. He said he prepared this Nimzo line according to a Russian book (didn't say which one), but obviously didn't expect such a quick win.

It was part of a 39-board simul given by Reshevsky. He only lost one other game other than this one.

Feb-26-21  oded789: Boy, that was a fast correction.
Well done to the CG editors. Impressive.
Feb-27-21  oded789: It's nice to give a Stockfish analysis built in, but in doing it the order of Black's 5th and 7th moves got mixed up again...
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  Dionysius1: Even if 9. Nf4 then 9...Qxa1 10.Qxa1 Nc2+ and wins.

...Therefore ye soft pipes play on.

Mar-27-22  Mathematicar: Reshevsky, Reshevsky!
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