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Samuel Reshevsky vs Robert Byrne
USA-ch Playoff (1973), Chicago, IL USA, rd 3, Feb-05
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  0-1



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Sep-21-09  DrCurmudgeon: <It doesn't work the other way- 39...Bxe5+ 40.Qxe5+ and black cannot mate at g2 >

That's the least of his worries. After 40.Qxe5+ Rg7 41.Rg3, White mates on g7.

Sep-21-09  patzer2: After Reshevsky's 39. Be5??, Byrne's 39...Qxg2+! wins the game and solves today's Monday puzzle using the discovered check tactical theme.
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  playground player: <SamAtoms1980> Holy cow! I made exactly the same mistake--reading it as White to play--and coming up with exactly the same move, Rg3. Set it up on my chessboard, too, and it does win. But I did waste some time looking for a way for White to sac his Queen!

Happily for me, I discovered it was Black to move before I looked for the solution: and Black's Queen sac was obvious.

Sep-21-09  lentil: <keypusher>: thanks: it was the evans game that I was looking for.
Sep-21-09  Free Thinker Boy: Isn't 39...Bxe5ch(double) 40...Qxg2 mate a better move?
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  Gypsy: <Free Thinker Boy: Isn't 39...Bxe5ch(double) 40...Qxg2 mate a better move?>

39...Bxe5+?? 40.Qxe5+ Rg7 41.Rg3... 1:0

Sep-21-09  Free Thinker Boy: Ahhh...didn't see that check! haha..silly me, thanks Gypsy!
Sep-21-09  MiCrooks: Sammy was one of the greatest ever, but he had other things in his life than just chess. Time trouble was a problem for him his whole career.

The amazing thing here is that he was that in his mid-60's he was kicking the very talented Robert Byrne's butt before he blundered! Byrne was what--30? Back then (and even now to some extent) that would have put him in his prime!

Sammy, Fischer, Morphy three best Americans ever.

Sep-21-09  soprano: 39... Qxg2 hehe
Sep-21-09  VincentL: Didn't see this instantly, as some Mondays and Tuesdays; first I tried 39... Bxe5, but saw the recapture is with check. So 39.... Qxg2+ 40. Kxg2 Bxe5+
Reshevsky must have been in time trouble here.
Sep-21-09  remolino: Hi guys, I am back after holidays.

So Monday is a good day to be back, and 39...Qxg2 will do the trick. Typical Monday queen sac. Nice variation on the motif though.

Sep-21-09  wals: 39.Be5 instead of Re7 scuttled Swinging Sammy.
Sep-21-09  mig55: Sax vs Smejkal, 1977

Another nice one

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  Eggman: <<Sammy, Fischer, Morphy three best Americans ever>>

No doubt about Fischer and Morphy being in the top three, but as for Reshevsky, there is at least some doubt; legit arguments could be made for Fine and most especially Pillsbury, both of whom had their careers cut short, and neither of whom got a chance to go for the world championship, despite being very deserving of a shot.

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  Eggman: Easy Monday puzzle, as expected. One obvious try (...Bxe5 followed by ...Qxg2) doesn't quite work, but a different COMBINATION of these same moves (...Qxg2 followed by ...Bxe5) brings home the bacon.
Sep-21-09  minasina: <Hy0gA: Hello! Somebody know wich was the game/problem from yesterday??? I miss it. Thanks!!!>

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Sep-21-09  ChessPraxis: You have to include Steinitz as one of the best American players ever, too.
Sep-21-09  WhiteRook48: 39...Qxg2+ setting up a discovered check
40, Kxg2, Bxe5+ wins a piece
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  al wazir: <MiCrooks: Sammy, Fischer, Morphy three best Americans ever.>

If you're going to count Reshevsky as an American (he was born in Poland and learned to play chess there), then you have to consider other American citizens who were born abroad. Steinitz, Benko, Nakamura, Onishcuk, and Kamsky come to mind. (But I think Sami was stronger than any of them.)

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  Phony Benoni: <al wazir> Reshevsky's case is a bit different than, say, Steinitz or Benko, as the major part of his chess development and activity was done in the U.S. But you could also add Seirawan, a former WC Candidate, to your list.

I once checked, and of all the U.S. Mens Olympiad teams since 1928, just <one> had only U.S. born players on it (1933 with Kashdan, Marshall, Fine, Dake, and Simonson).

Sep-21-09  fyad reject: ugh i thought it was bxe5 qxe5 qxg2# and was so proud of myself for getting a puzzle and totally didnt even see that qxe5 is check. fml
Sep-21-09  Formula7: I was certain I had solved the puzzle. My reasoning was like this: "After Bxe5+ White has 5 legal moves. Qxe5, Rxe5, Kh1, and Kg1 all fail to Qxg2#, and Rg3 fails to Bxg3+ Qxg3 Rxg3 Kxg3 Qxb3+ winning easily."

Unfortunately, I stupidly overlooked that Qxe5 is check.

Mar-25-10  riverunner: Perhaps more of a blunder by Reshevsky at the end. His position looked dominant for most of the game.
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  tpstar: Anand vs Topalov, 1999

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 Bg7 4. e4 d6 5. d4 0-0 6. Be2 e5 7. 0-0 Na6 8. Re1 c6 9. Be3

"In the Classical King's Indian Defense, this developing move maintains the tension in the center and hopefully discourages Black from embarking on a kingside attack; White can then open the center and make it the chief battleground. How this theme is carried out can be seen in an instructive game from the US Championship playoff in 1973 (Reshevsky-Byrne). It diverged from the present game with:

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7. Be3 Ng4 8. Bg5 f6 9. Bc1!? f5 10. Bg5 Qe8 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Nxe5 Qxe5 13. exf5 Qxf5 14. Be3 Nc6 15. Qd2 Be6 16. 0-0 Rae8 17. b3 Bc8 18. Rad1 Qf7 19. Nd5 b6 <Reshevsky's advantage is very clear now. He has a strong knight outpost at d5 and a mobile kingside pawn majority with which to attack. I don't have anything.> 20. f4 Nd8 21. Bf3 Ne6 22. Bg4 Nc5 23. Bxc8 Rxc8 24. f5! gxf5 25. Rxf5 Qd7 26. Rdf1 Rxf5 27. Rxf5 c6? 28. Bxc5! Kh8 29. Ne7! Qxe7 30. Qxd6 Qe2 31. Rf2 Qh5 32. Be3 Re8 33. Rf3 c5 34. h3 Qh4 35. Bf2 Qe4 36. Re3! Qb1+ 37. Kh2 Rg8 38. Bg3 Qxa2 <Now 39. Re7! with the terrible threat of 40. Rxg7! wins routinely, but in terrible mutual time-pressure, he plunges into a super-slimy trap.> 39. Be5? Qxg2+!, White resigns."

GM Robert Byrne, "65th Square: When You Have the Advantage, Keep Control."

"Chess Life" June 1999

May-29-15  BwanaVa: Of course, such fingerfehlers do not always run against Reshevsky:

Szabo vs Reshevsky, 1953

Szabo misses mate in two in the 1953 Zurich candidates tournament.

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