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Harold Morton vs Samuel Reshevsky
"Morton Hears a Who" (game of the day Mar-15-2008)
United States Championship (1938), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Apr-03
Indian Game: London System (A48)  ·  0-1



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Mar-15-08  Buddy Revell: I guess that's what happens when your King is stuck in the middle and yet your Queen worries about grabbing pawns on the queenside.
Mar-15-08  GMNick: Reshevsky used the power of the d and e files very well. This is very dangerous when attacking an uncastled king? PS good pun!
Mar-15-08  RookFile: I wonder what Morton overlooked. Maybe he thought he had pressure against f7.
Mar-15-08  jovack: whoah... breakdown by white at the end!
that was a quick self destruct
Mar-15-08  Cibator: I'm pretty good with wordplay as a rule (I enjoy cryptic crosswords as well), but the significance of today's pun somehow escapes me - can someone elucidate?
Mar-15-08  samhamfast: It is a play on the title of a book by the American children's author, Dr. Seuss: "Horton Hears a Who."!

Mar-15-08  Dr. Funkenstein: I'm confused why Morton plays 22 Qa6? Isn't 22. Qg2 worth a try which allows white to castle and get the h1 rook involved in the game? Maybe white's position is already bad by this point, but allowing Reshevsky's queen to penetrate with its opposing number on the other side of the board is truly suicidal.
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  kevin86: The final position is odd:the mate is brutal-a queen and rook against an unaided king. There is a certain beauty to see how the long range pin prevents the knight from taking the queen-as well as the frustration of having your only escape square blocked by your own rook.
Mar-15-08  JG27Pyth: White can console himself with knowing that with all those extra queenside pawns he has an easily won endgame ;)

I thought white basically lost out of the opening -- His kingside was ventilated and his king ended up stuck in the middle. He never seemed to create the slightest pressure on Reshevsky. Blown off the board is how'd I'd rate it... and with the pawn-grabbing of 20.Qxa7 he looked like an idiot too, (although it's not obvious to me what would have been a better 20th move at that point... his goose was already cooked, I think.)

I hated 20.Qe2 -- I prefered 20.Ke2 connecting the rooks (with the idea of thrusting the h pawn and using the half open g file to break up black's king side and get some real counterplay) but I haven't checked it with silicon -- wonder if I'm right.

Mar-15-08  johnlspouge: <<samhamfast> wrote: It is a play on the title of a book by the American children's author, Dr. Seuss: "Horton Hears a Who.">

Before "Horton Hears a Who",

"Horton Hatches the Egg" is worth reading, too:

"I meant what I said, and I said what I meant,

An elephant's faithful, <one hundred> percent"

It's one piece of lore

That is never a bore.

Mar-15-08  johnlspouge: <JG27Pyth>, in case you did not check, I responded to one of your comments on Short vs Psakhis, 1985. (You were doing better on candidate selection than you thought.)
Mar-15-08  Cibator: Thanks Samhamfast - at least I get the allusion in your own nick. Must go now and eat some green eggs and ham ....
Mar-15-08  OlympianMentality: Why didn't white take the black queen on 30?
Mar-16-08  Cibator: <OlympianMentality:> 30.Nxf3 Ng2 (or ...Nc2) is double check and mate.
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  Messiah: What a terrible pun.

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