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Carl Pilnick vs Samuel Reshevsky
United States Championship (1942), New York, NY USA, rd 12, Apr-25
Neo-Grünfeld Defense: Goglidze Attack (D70)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  JointheArmy: <keypusher> Make it seven :)

I forget who it was who said

<Member since Aug-16-06 · Last seen Feb-23-07> you had 6 months to post on this game. Maybe it was <PinkPanther> or someone.

Dec-21-07  xeroxmachine: eight!
Dec-21-07  whiteshark: Some 56 moves in a ♕endgame. If you get dozy it'll cost you. <Number nine>
Jan-04-08  dumbgai: I've always hated trying to win queen endgames with a couple extra pawns. That defensive queen always seems to have so many ways to perpetually check your king, and you have to watch out for stalemate traps too!
Jan-05-08  syracrophy: Well, in the position after 92.♕f5 it's hard to make progress. If the black ♕ leaves the a8-h1 diagonal, the white ♕ will check and maybe a perpetual. It's not that easy. Can someone please post a possible winning plan for black? I find it really hard

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  Eggman: <<I've always hated trying to win queen endgames with a couple extra pawns. That defensive queen always seems to have so many ways to perpetually check your king, and you have to watch out for stalemate traps too!>>

Not to mention the enemy Queen's awesome ability to escort a passer. Sometimes in ♕-endings the player with the further-advanced passed pawn wins without much ado, even when being down a pawn or two.

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  Eggman: <syacrophy>

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Perhaps 92...♕e1+ 93.♔g2 ♕g3+ 94.♔h1 g4 95.♕f2+ ♔a8 96.♕f8+ ♕b8 97.♕f2 h3 98.♕g3 ♕d8 and Black can trade off Queens, e.g. 99.♕xg4 (nothing better) ♕d5+ 100.♔h2 ♕g2+ 101.♕xg2 hxg2+ 102.♔xg2 ♔b8 103.♔f3 ♔c7 104.♔e4 ♔c6 105.♔d4 ♔b5, etc.

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  Eggman: Actually, no, that's terrible. 94...g4?? allows the simple 95.Qc5+ Ka8 (95...Kb8 96.Qc8+! Ka7 97.Qxb7+) 96.Qa7+!, drawing.

Going back to move 92, I guess just 92...Qc1+ 93.Kg2 Qf4 should work, e.g. 94.Qc5+ Ka8 95.Qc8+ Qb8 96.Qf5 g4!, and Black is making progress.

Jan-25-09  WhiteRook48: *Kibitzer 15* :-) nice pin on the Q
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  sleepyirv: I wonder if Reshevsky vowed never to let this happen again after this game...
Jan-25-09  Skoolboye: lucky number 17?
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  kevin86: I'm glad found this stalemate classic-first seen by me in Horowitz' book forty years ago.(CHESS TRAPS,PITFALLS,AND SWINDALS)

Three pawns ahead including a pair of connectors-and black falls into the trap...

Note how useful the lone white pawn is at a5

Jun-08-09  ughaibu: Sleepyirv: move 53 Reshevsky vs Geller, 1953
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  patzer2: Carl Pilnick - Samuel Reshevsky, New York ch-USA 1942

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Analysis by Fritz 10:

1. (-7.68): 92...Qc1+ 93.Kg2 Qf4 94.Qc5+ Kb8 95.Qd5 Qg3+ 96.Kh1 Qh3+ 97.Kg1 Qe3+ 98.Kh2 Ka7 99.Qd8

2. (-7.68): 92...Qe1+ 93.Kg2 Qd2+ 94.Kh3 Qe3+ 95.Kg2

3. (-7.68): 92...Qa3 93.Qf2+ Kb8 94.Qh2+ Ka8 95.Qd2 Qa1+ 96.Kh2 Qf6 97.Qd5 Qf2+ 98.Kh1 Qe1+ 99.Kg2

4. (-6.98): 92...Qe7 93.Kg2 Kb8 94.Kf2 Qd8 95.Ke2 Qe8+ 96.Kd2 Qb5 97.Qf8+ Kc7 98.Kc2 Qe2+ 99.Kb3 Qe3+ 100.Ka2

5. (-6.82): 92...Kb8 93.Qf8+ Kc7 94.Qf7+ Kc6 95.Qg6+ Kd5 96.Qf7+ Kd4 97.Qd7+ Kc3 98.Qc8+ Kd3 99.Qg8 Kd4 100.Qc8 Qf3+ 101.Kg1 g4 102.Qd8+ Kc5 103.Qxh4 Qe3+ 104.Kh2 Qh3+

6. (-6.81): 92...Qc3 93.Qf2+ Kb8 94.Qf8+ Qc8 95.Qd6+ Ka8 96.Qe7 b6 97.Qf6 bxa5 98.Kg1

7. (-4.66): 92...Qb3 93.Qc5+ Kb8 94.Qe5+ Kc8 95.Qe8+ Kc7 96.Qe7+

8. (-3.68): 92...Qe8 93.Qxg5 Qe1+ 94.Kg2 Qg3+ 95.Qxg3 hxg3 96.Kxg3 Kb8 97.Kf4 Kc7 98.Ke4 Kc6 99.Kd3 Kb5 100.Kc3 Kxa5 101.Kb3 b5 102.Ka3

Although not initially listed by Fritz, Black appears to have a ninth winning move here with 92...Qf4! 93. Qd5 g4 94. Qc5+ Kb1 95. g3! .

Mar-26-11  Capablanca Fan: Doesn't Reshevsky always fall for stalemate traps like in the Swindle Of The Century game against Larry Evans?
Aug-01-11  BwanaVa: Reshevsky did have the unfortunate tendency to fall into late game traps, sometimes due to time trouble. Beyond Pilnick and Evans, there was Reshevsky-Byrne ( Reshevsky vs R Byrne, 1973) that lost him a US Championship playoff and hanging his queen in a won position against Savon in the Internzonal (Reshevsky vs Savon, 1973 )
Aug-01-11  BwanaVa: of course, Reshevsky sometimes got some late game in Reshevsky vs Denker, 1942 where TD L. Walter Stephens mistakenly forfeited Arnold Denker, then refused to reverse himself.
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  kevin86: The most famous pitfall involving stalemate in history!

Pilnick is NO picnic!

May-08-13  Caissanist: Reshevsky does seem to have been a bit more vulnerable than average to stalemate swindles. Besides this and the "swindle of the century", another famous one was Reshevsky vs Geller, 1953 .
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  Phony Benoni: Let's see. Reshevsky falls for a stalemate swindle in 1942, and then again twenty-one years later in 1963.

I wish I were that vulnerable to stalemate swindles.

Jun-07-13  csmath: I find this more interesting in terms of Grunfeld theory. Obnoxious style of Reshevsky could have been punished here in the opening with

23. cxd6!!

and then 24. Rc3. It would more or less forcing of queen exchange on not favorable terms for black. By the way the whole opening and middlegame white played cowardly.

Jul-17-13  jerseybob: csmath:Sure you don't mean 23.dxc6? If that's what you mean, doesn't 23..Nc6 24.Rc3,Qd4 at least hold?
Jul-17-13  jerseybob: BTW, on the flip side of this "Reshevsky falls into traps" model we're laying out here, he had a knack for pulling off amazing draws in bad positions.
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  perfidious: <jerseybob>: Resourceful was he, despite the two notorious examples on the short side of things from his praxis.
Jan-03-22  Mathematicar: Beautiful.
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