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Samuel Reshevsky vs Isaac Kashdan
United States Championship Playoff Match (1942), USA, rd 3, Oct-17
Gruenfeld Defense: Russian. Accelerated Variation (D81)  ·  1-0



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Dec-29-06  Whitehat1963: Excellent finish, and a great weekend puzzle after 29...Nf8. Also features the Opening of the Day.
Apr-02-07  Sydro: Actually black could defend his position if he plays 35...Rg3
Apr-02-07  RookFile: Not a bad performance for the #1 rated player in the world, on the December, 1942 chessmetrics list.
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  Phony Benoni: There is a questionbout the finish after <36...Kg7>

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Now, our score gives mate in three with <37.Qf8+ Kh7 38.Qf7+> and mate next. An amusing line: first the bishop blocks the 7th rank so the queen can check, then the queen blocks the 7th rank so that the bishop can mate.

However, this is not the finish which appears in early reports. For instance, the game score in the <New York Times> (October 17, 1942, p. 26) ends with a relatively inefficient mate-in-five:

<37.Qg6+ Kh8 38.Qh6+ Kg8 39.Qf8+ Kh7 40.Qf7+> and Black resigns.

This longer line is also found in BDE (10/22/1942), ACB (1942, p. 76), and Chess Review (November 1942, p. 217 with notes by Reshevsky).

Lahde's collection of Kashdan's games includes this as game #492, p. 231-232. He uses the shorter version which our score has, but cites <Chess review> as his source -- which, as mentioned, actually has the longer version!.

Finally, as I'm sure somebody must have noticed in the last eighty years, White has a simple mate-in-two with <37.Bf6+> and <38.Qg6#>. If only Reshevesy had found that line, we might not have this problem!

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  fredthebear: <Phony Benoni> always has an interesting angle for us. He put some effort into his research on this game.

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  Phony Benoni: It occursto me that Reshevsky just didn't look for mated-in-two against Kashdan.

(Let's see how many of you get that joke!)

May-20-22  Retireborn: <PB> My notes for this game give the 40.Qf7+ version and also mention the faster mate in two.

They are derived from Reshevsky's own book (sadly I no longer own it), although I've seen speculation that someone (Reinfeld?) wrote it for him.

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  Sally Simpson: Can confirm that Reshevsky does mention 37.Bf6+ 38.Qg6 mate in his book saying he missed it due to time pressure.

and here;

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The book (game 97) finishes with the moves being played as 37.Qg6+ Kh8 38.Qh6+ Kg8 39.Qf8+ Kh7 40.Qf7+ and Black resigns.

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