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Samuel Reshevsky vs Eric Schiller
Simul, Manhattan Chess Club (1972) (exhibition), New York, NY USA
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Smyslov Variation (D25)  ·  0-1



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Nov-03-05  bishopawn: <Eric Schiller> I have had problems with QGA because of slow Q-side development. I see in your game that you bring the knights over, and don't even bother with the a and b pawns. Have you had success with this version. I have given up on the Accelerated Fianchetto, because of numerous pawn moves.
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  Eric Schiller: <bishopawn> A funny thing happened shortly after this game. Gligoric played an improvement (I believe it is in the notes) and clobbered me. I lost faith in the line, and only a couple of years ago realized that Black is perfectly fine. So it is now in my repertoire, but I prefer to use it only on 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4, and I tend to play 2...e6, so it hasn't had another outing yet. But it is definitely in my repertoire. It is gruenfeld-like without requiring all the theory. I certainly recommend it to students and am confident it can stand up at any level of play.
Nov-04-05  bishopawn: <Eric Schiller>, Thanks for the context. I found the line in my old I.A. Horowitz Openings book. I was about to jump to the Chigorin, but maybe I will look at this. I guess you should have played the Albin-Counter Gambit against Gligoric!! :-)
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  Eric Schiller: <bishopawn> I relied on the big Horowitz book when I was a kid, and it inspired me to write my big opening books Standard Chess Openings, Gambit Chess Openings and Unorthodox Chess Openings. Horowitz wrote some fine stuff!
Mar-28-06  TigerPawns: eric schiller is awesome. never mind that he's only a fide master, lets go buy some of his chess books, there's plenty to choose from.
Mar-28-06  dakgootje: very nice game, especcialy when you think that Eric was only 17 at the time...
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  Richard Taylor: <ErciSchiler> Great game Eric! Congrats on beating one of the all time greats! Kasparov puts him in the pantheon (pantheon?).
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  ToTheDeath: Nice game. Beating a GM in a simul when you're just starting out in chess can be a real confidence booster.

It's true White could have held the advantage with 20. Bb4 or 20. Qf5, but when you're playing a much stronger player you have to risks if you want to win.

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  HeMateMe: Just curious eric, in this game, instead of playing 26... Bxc1 (taking the Rook, winning the exchange), why not just grab the Knight on a3? White seems to have no counter play whichever capture is made, it just seems that winning a minor piece is better than winning the exchange?
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  Eric Schiller: I figured the knight was out of play but the rook might be useful. Both win. I was a bit excited by that point.
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  GrahamClayton: This game was played in a 25 board exhibition in March 1972. Reshevsky finished with a +22, -2, =1 result.
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  Eric Schiller: Video of this game:
Mar-20-13  justin2seo: good!
Jan-02-14  nummerzwei: I don't think this opening is any good for Black.

In the case of 6. Nc3!? 0-0, the following position arises:

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(White to move)

On the other hand, the game Petrosian vs Botvinnik, 1963 began 1. d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. e3 0-0 6.Be2 dxc4 7. Bxc4, giving rise to the following position:

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(Black to move)

Botvinnik was a tempo up on the above diagram, which he made use of to fight the centre with 7... c5. Still, subsequent black players including Bobby Fischer have even avoided the tempo-up transposition in favour of an immediate 6...c5.

So, logically speaking, the text is an inferior way to reach Gruenfeld-type positions, despite the nice games won by Schiller an Smyslov.

Jan-02-14  SChesshevsky: <nummerzwei: I don't think this opening is any good for Black.>

It doesn't seem very sound. It looks like Sam got incautious in a simul and fell into a somewhat prepared line.

If Reshevsky could take back a move, I'm guessing 13. Nb5 would probably be it. As the notes suggest there are probably at least a few moves that put White much better at even that early stage.

Jan-02-14  RookFile: I think that black players are aware they are a tempo down. In the more usual position, black is fully equal, and may even be better. It's a lame way to play the Gruenfeld with white.

In the position where black has lost a tempo, it's admittedly not quite as good, but black argues that he still has a good position and there isn't much white can do constructively with his extra tempo.

Not sure who is right or wrong, but I do know that black players go into this with their eyes wide open about the tempo loss.

Jan-03-14  nummerzwei: Well, Petrosian won a very nice game in the tempo-down (for White) line. I don't think Botvinnik was ever 'better' in that encounter.

That actually was my point: Not only does Black lose a tempo, but even <with> the additional move his position is not that great, and indeed 6... dxc4 has been criticized by Fischer or at least he has given an exclam to 6... c5.

Of course you're right that there isn't much going on either way, but White gets a lot of freedom in the text.

Jan-14-17  joddon: 17 d5 is just such an ammateur decision by such a prime confused how great masters like that can make such bad moves......
Jan-14-17  TheFocus: <Eric Schiller>, this was a nicely played game and an impressive win over a great grandmaster.
Mar-10-21  Nosnibor: Why did Schiller not play 25...Bf6 ! winning white`s Queen after 26 Qh6 Rg6 ? Game over.
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  moronovich: <Nosnibor: Why did Schiller not play 25...Bf6 ! winning white`s Queen after 26 Qh6 Rg6 ? Game over.>

Seems you overlooked that white goes 26.QxBf6 with check...

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  keypusher: < moronovich: <Nosnibor: Why did Schiller not play 25...Bf6 ! winning white`s Queen after 26 Qh6 Rg6 ? Game over.> Seems you overlooked that white goes 26.QxBf6 with check...>

25....Bf6 26.Qxf6+ Qxf6, unless I'm <really> missing something.

Earlier I was going to triumphantly correct <nosnibor> with 1....Bf6 2.Rxg8+ Rxg8 3.Qh6 Rg6 4.Qf8+. Problem is, I was starting on move 26, not move 25.

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  moronovich: <25....Bf6 26.Qxf6+ Qxf6, unless I'm <really> missing something.>

No,you are not.It was me who had the black
Queen on d7.

Mar-11-21  Nosnibor: It is somewhat amazing that Schiller missed this in his annotations to the game. Anyway Kudos to him for his victory against a legend.
Jul-09-21  TheBish: <Nosnibor: Why did Schiller not play 25...Bf6! winning white's Queen after 26 Qh6 Rg6 ? Game over.>

I was wondering the same thing.

<Nosnibor: It is somewhat amazing that Schiller missed this in his annotations to the game. Anyway Kudos to him for his victory against a legend.>

Missed it, or conveniently omitted it! (Never mind that, let me show you how I won!) Also no mention of 28...Qd6! (dual threats of Rx(Q)g4 and Qx(N)a3) which would have most likely induced instant resignation. Hard to believe Eric completely missed this (and the earlier move) while analyzing/annotating, or that it wasn't pointed out to him by someone. During the game, he most likely missed it, knowing that he had a won endgame. Often when you see a winning line, you stop looking for an improvement! (Fischer, in My 60 Memorable Games, often chides himself for missing a quicker mate or win, even if the move missed only mates one move sooner!)

But as <Nosnibor> said, kudos to Schiller for defeating a legend. His opening preparation paid off (even if the line is not Black's best).

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