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Samuel Reshevsky vs Vera Menchik
BCF Major Open (1935), Great Yarmouth GB, rd 5, Jul-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern. Knight Defense (D51)  ·  0-1



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Oct-18-07  RookFile: Did Reshevsky lose on time? He's up a pawn.
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  chancho: <RookFile> Yes. Sammy was trying to sweep the event and lost on time to Menchik.
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  FSR: Eek. While playing through this game, I was wondering how on earth Reshevsky could lose a pawn-up ending . . . .
Dec-28-08  YoungEd: Speaking of being a pawn up, White's material advantage results from Black's b5 pawn thrust on move 11. I wonder what Menchik's thinking on that was. She could have tried to regain the pawn on move 13 with Qxb2, but that was probably too dangerous. I don't see any advantage from the b5 pawn sac. Can anyone suggest what I'm missing?
Jul-21-09  AnalyzeThis: I guess Reshevsky was really careless here. The position on the board is a complete win for him, of course, but he did a poor job of managing his time.
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  GrahamClayton: <YoungEd>She could have tried to regain the pawn on move 13 with Qxb2, but that was probably too dangerous.

You are correct. 13...♕xb2 14. ♖b1 ♕a3 15. ♘b5 ♕a5 16. ♗g3 with the threat of 17. ♘c7+.

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  MissScarlett: By my calculation, this was Reshevsky's first loss in 60 serious games, since Kashdan vs Reshevsky, 1932. This is, assuming, of course, the DB is complete for the period.

Final round from Pasadena 1932: +1

Western Championship, 1933: +9 =4

Western Championship 1934: +13 =5

Syracuse 1934: +10 =4

Margate 1935: +6 =3

BCF Major Open: +4 (first 4 rounds)

Total: +43 =16

Oct-25-18  Parachessus: I don't think Sammy should be in the Menchik Club for a loss on time where he's got enough to win.
Oct-25-18  Granny O Doul: He's not Groucho Marx.

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