Great Players

Born in 1911 in a small Polish village, Sammy Reshevsky played well enough to give simultaneous exhibitions throughout Europe (Berlin, Vienna, Paris, and London) at just 8 years of age. His chess was fantastic as the following game, played during that early tour, well demonstrates.

Reshevsky,S - Doery,L [C35]
Berlin, 1920

1.e4 e5 2.f4 exf4 3.Bc4 Be7 4.Nf3 Bh4+ 5.g3 fxg3 6.0-0 gxh2+ 7.Kh1 Nh6 8.d4 Qe7 9.Bxh6 gxh6 10.Ne5 Bf6 11.Qh5 Rf8 Diagram

12.Nxf7 Qxe4+ 13.Kxh2 Qxc2+ 14.Kg3 [14.Nd2 Qxd2+ 15.Kh1 Rg8 16.Ne5++-] 14...Bh4+ [14...Rg8+ 15.Ng5+ Rg6 16.Bf7+; 14...d5 15.Rxf6 Rg8+ 16.Ng5+ Kd8 17.Qxh6 dxc4 18.Rf8++-] 15.Qxh4 Qxc4 [15...Rg8+ 16.Kf4+- Qxc4 17.Re1++-] 16.Qd8# 1-0

Reshevsky went on to tour the United States for a year at the age of just 9. He drew huge crowds and and substantial interest to chess in America. He is also well known, of course, for winning the US Championship five times and holds what must be an unbeatable record: 76 consecutive tournament games without a loss!

I am pleased to have on my shelf Reshevsky's Best Games of Chess. The book is well out of print, but the games are timeless. Here they are.