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Samuel Reshevsky vs Bozidar Ivanovic
Skopje (1976), Skopje YUG, rd 12, Mar-14
Modern Defense: Queen Pawn Fianchetto (A40)  ·  0-1



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Sep-24-08  RookFile: Agreed - Reshevsky played a bad game here.
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  chrisowen: So nar yet so far, mind you it is perhaps not one of the sweeping great chess upsets. Reshevsky pings out 25. Re2 but does not determine the depth of position Rc4 gives and soon gets poleaxed. 25. Qe2 counters the majer threat of Rc4 e.g. 25. Qe2 Rc4 g3 Qh3 Bg5 h4 Bg2 Qg4 Kh7 Bf3 Qh3
Sep-24-08  AlfieNoakes: Can't believe I didn't get that. Saw all the ideas but abandoned Qxh2, Rh4+. Think I'm playing far too much speed chess, it's killing my game....
Sep-24-08  YouRang: I actually managed to solve this fairly quickly once I noticed that bishop hiding over on a7.

Anyone can see the g3 is a rather "hot spot" on the board, and it wouldn't be as well-defended as it looks if the king were on g1 (because Pf2 would then be immobilized by the bishop pin).

Also with the rook on the 4th rank to slide over to h4, the old "reloader" queen sac looked like a great way to take advantage of the situation: 17...Qxh2+ 18.Kxh2 Rh4+ 19.Kg1 is all nicely forced and Pf2 is nicely pinned, leaving g3 wide open for 19...Ng3 beautifully blocking g3 and threatening 20...Rh1# -- a threat that cannot be stopped.

Sep-24-08  kevin86: What a brilliant queen sacrifice. Three days in a row! I notice a pattern developing.

I missed this puzzle but saw the conclusion AFTER the first move. The long-distance pinning of f2 by the bishop way over on a7-fixes the black calvalry at g3-to enable the rook incrsion at h1!

Just think about it! The bishop at a7-allows a mate on h1.

Sep-24-08  jackpawn: I got the combo fairly easily. I actually am more taken with the opening. I haven't seen the Modern played this way. I need to investigate it more. Seems like it would be a good fit to my style of play.

Anyone else out there with experience in this opening?

Sep-24-08  mworld: i got this one easy - i think i8ts just because when you are looking at a puzzle or a position like this, your first instinct is to look at the queen sac.
Sep-24-08  skemup: 3/3
BTW name Bozidar means God's gift.
Sep-24-08  jhoro: <MostlyAverageJoe> nice puzzle. thanks!

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i saw Ne4 but could not find the next move for white. pretty mate that gave free Rybka hard time. Toga fared better

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Sep-24-08  arnaud1959: I understand that Rashevsky was old but still I don't understand his strategical mistakes to find himself in such an inferior position. Moves like 17.b4 are so strange. The final combination wouldn't even be necessary to win this game.
Sep-24-08  Hector Maluy: Black to play and win!
27)...Qxh2+!! 28)Kxh2 Rh4+ 29)Kg1 Ng3! And it's over!
Sep-24-08  JG27Pyth: Goodevans:<Don't know much about Reshevsky, but whenever I've come across his games he seems to have been on the receiving end of a spectacular defeat.>

I have the exact same impression... This is the one time prodigy, who was at some points in his career called (rather dubiously IMO, but it was said) the greatest chessplayer in the world never to be world champion -- And yet he seems to survive in chess puzzles and books as this poor bloke who is perpetually "not at his best" and getting embarassed by some hot shot.

Has there ever been a better player more consistently represented by failure?

Sep-24-08  Jason Frost: Got it after about a minute, seemed a bit difficult for whatever day today is.
Sep-24-08  sataranj: got it otherwise.

27.Ng3+ fxg3 28.Qxh2 Kxh2 29.Rh4#

didn't think about the numerous ways that it can be prevented. thats the diff between me and a GM

Sep-25-08  lost in space: Found no earlier time today:

27...Qxh2+ 28. Kxh2 Rh4+ 29. Kg1 Ng3

with Rh1# to follow.

Time to check and solve the already published next puzzle.

Sep-25-08  Gilmoy: Three themes jumped out, triggering two patterns.

A. Ba7 might-see g1
B. Greco sac Ng3(+)
C. Q + Rook lift = Anastasia Qh2+

First thought: A+B. Sac Ng3 to deflect f2? But the pawn on g3 controls h4 -- whew.

Second thought: C+B, using A for a pin. That works.

D. White has congestion bordering on slapstick. Cue a facade of a house falling forward, with Reshevsky perfectly positioned under the arc of an open window.

Sep-25-08  arnaud1959: <sataranj> after 27.-fxg3 white controls h4 with ♙g3, making 29.♖h4 impossible. Slight differences in move order may destroy a good idea.
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  Once: <Gilmoy> Great post - thanks!
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  egilarne: This is "study" nr 570 in Blokh's CT-Art 3.0.
Jun-10-09  hedgeh0g: Why did Reshevsky always seem to be on the receiving end of these famous swindles and combinations?
Jun-10-09  AnalyzeThis: It's because for defensive purposes, he always tried to get away with the smallest concession possible. Really an aggressive approach when you think about it. Problem is, make the slightest mistake, and things like this happen to you.
Aug-24-10  Grantchamp: What about 15f3?
Aug-24-10  theodor: <JG27Pyth: Goodevans:<Don't know much about Reshevsky...

Has there ever been a better player more consistently represented by failure?> l've read in the ''corriere della sera'' in the late sixties, that the most popular chess player loosing games in a spectacular way, was the german player Schlosser (not so sure about spelling!). if I remember well, his black king was mated on e1!

Aug-24-10  theodor: <Grantchamp: What about 15f3?> maybe 15.c4; fxg4 16.hxg4
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