Saturday, November 26, 2005

First Chess Prodigy

This is good day to refresh memories on the great chess player. GM Samuel Herman Reshevsky was born on 26th November 1911 in Ozerkovo, Poland. He started to play chess when he was 4 years old and at the age of 5 he was already giving simuls to adults. Famous masters Rubinstein and Salve were amazed with the kid's capabilities.

After the "Big War" he started to win the tournaments across the Europe - Berlin, Wien, Paris, London... In 1920 Reshevsky family is moving to New York, US. He didn't show up big interest for the science, chess was his first love. Samuel wins Western States Championship in 1931 and then on 1934 he wins Syracuse tournament. Soon he became first man to outplay famous Franck Marshall and win US Championship after 27 years of Franck's domination.

He is participating in the world's strongest tournaments, 1936 he finished 3rd-5th in Nottingham and in 1938 he tied for 4th place in AVRO super-tourney. After Alekhine's death, five players are gathering in Hague to determinate new world champion. Botvinnik grabs the title while Reshevsky is sharing 3rd-4th with Paul Keres.

Later he was playing 1953 candidates tournament and Interzonals on 1964 and 1967. He has won US Championship 5 times total.

Samuel Reshevsky has passed away on 4th April 1992.

Samuel Reshevsky - Jose Raul Capablanca, Margate 1935
1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bg5 Nbd7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. e3 Be7 7. Bd3 O-O 8. Qc2 c5 9. Nf3 c4 10. Bf5 Re8 11. O-O g6 12. Bh3 Nf8 13. Bxc8 Rxc8 14. Bxf6 Bxf6 15. b3 Qa5 16. b4 Qd8 17. Qa4 a6 18. b5 Re6 19. Rab1 Rb8 20. Rb2 Be7 21. bxa6 Rxa6 22. Qc2 Ne6 23. Rfb1 Ra7 24. a4 Nc7 25. Ne5 Qe8 26. f4 f6 27. Ng4 Qd7 28. h3 Kg7 29. Nf2 Ba3 30. Ra2 Bd6 31. Nfd1 f5 32. Nb5 Ra5 33. Nxc7 Bxc7 34. Nc3 Qd6 35. Qf2 b6 36. Qf3 Rd8 37. Rab2 Qe7 38. Rb4 Rd7 39. Kh1 Bd8 40. g4 fxg4 41. hxg4 Qd6 42. Kg1 Bc7 43. Kf2 Rf7 44. g5 Bd8 45. Ke2 Bxg5 46. Rxb6 Qa3 47. Kd2 Be7 48. Rb7 Rxa4 49. Qxd5 Ra5 50. Qxc4 Rh5 51. Kd3 Qa8 52. Qe6 Qa3 53. Rd7 Rhf5 54. Rb3 Qa1 55. Rxe7 Qf1+ 56. Kd2 1-0

Emanuel Lasker - Samuel Reshevsky, Nottingham 1936
1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Bxc4 c5 6. Nc3 a6 7. O-O b5 8. Bd3 cxd4 9. exd4 Bb7 10. Bg5 Be7 11. Qe2 O-O 12. Rad1 Nbd7 13. Ne5 Nd5 14. Bc1 Nxc3 15. bxc3 Nf6 16. a4 Qd5 17. Nf3 Rfc8 18. Bb2 Ne4 19. Rc1 Ng5 20. axb5 axb5 21. Bxb5 Nxf3+ 22. gxf3 Qg5+ 0-1

Mikhail Botvinnik - Samuel Reshevsky, Hague/Moskow 1948
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.e3 c5 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.bxc3 Nc6 7.Bd3 O-O 8.Ne2 b6 9.e4 Ne8 10.Be3 d6 11.O-O Na5 12.Ng3 Ba6 13.Qe2 Qd7 14.f4 f5 15.Rae1 g6 16.Rd1 Qf7 17.e5 Rc8 18.Rfe1 dxe5 19.dxe5 Ng7 20.Nf1 Rfd8 21.Bf2 Nh5 22.Bg3 Qe8 23.Ne3 Qa4 24.Qa2 Nxg3 25.hxg3 h5 26.Be2 Kf7 27.Kf2 Qb3 28.Qxb3 Nxb3 29.Bd3 Ke7 30.Ke2 Na5 31.Rd2 Rc7 32.g4 Rcd7 33.gxf5 gxf5 34.Red1 h4 35.Ke1 Nb3 36.Nd5+ exd5 37.Bxf5 Nxd2 38.Rxd2 dxc4 39.Bxd7 Rxd7 40.Rf2 Ke6 41.Rf3 Rd3 42.Ke2 0-1

Samuel Reshevsky - Miguel Najdorf, San Salvador 1952
1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 e6 5.e3 a6 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bb3 c5 9.O-O Bb7 10.Qe2 Nbd7 11.Rd1 Qb6 12.d5 e5 13.a4 c4 14.Bc2 Rc8 15.axb5 axb5 16.Nxb5 Qxb5 17.Ba4 Qc5 18.Nxe5 Qc7 19.Nxd7 Nxd7 20.Qg4 h5 21.Qh3 Bd6 22.Bd2 Ra8 23.Bc3 f6 24.Bc6 Rxa1 25.Rxa1 Bxc6 26.Qe6+ Kf8 27.dxc6 Nb8 28.Ra8 Qe7 29.Qd5 g6 30.Bb4 1-0

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