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Larry Evans vs Samuel Reshevsky
USA-ch / Zonal (1969), New York, NY USA, rd 11, Dec-17
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov-Petrosian Variation. Main Line (E12)  ·  0-1



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Jan-07-11  AnalyzeThis: Horowitz relates that after 12 moves or so, Reshevsky offered a draw. Had Evans accepted, this would have secured at least a tie for first for Reshevsky.

Instead, Evans refused with a loud "NO".

Reshevsky then goes on to win a fine game, and the title of US champion, outright - not bad for a man in his late 50's.

Apr-10-14  Petrosianic: And this is another of my favorite games from the 1969 US Championship. What better way for Reshevsky to get the title back after 20+ years than to beat the defending champion, in the last round, with Black, in an interesting opening, sacrificial middlegame, and precisely timed endgame. A great occasion, and a great game to match the occasion.
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  SteinitzLives: Reshevsky, in his book The Art of Positional Play, claims that 20. Nd4 (allowing his impressive sacrifice) is the losing move. To hit him with an engine after all these years seems unfair, but in fact the losing move is the "wrong rook" move 22 Rfe1 (abandoning the King).

22 Rde1 holds. after best play Qg5, 23 g3 e3 24 f3 (pushing two pawns in front of a castled king shows how cold concrete calculation whips strongly held principles) 24 .. . . .h5 25 Kh1 Nxe2 26 Rxe2 Ba6, and now 27 Rfe1 holds. Great game by Reshevsky anyway.

Jun-26-20  andrewjsacks: Tough, tough cookie was Reshevsky for many, many decades.

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