Saturday, June 30, 2018

Sammy Reshevsky


Samuel "Sammy" Herman Reshevsky (born Szmul Rzeszewski; 1911 – 1992) was a Polish chess prodigy and later a leading American chess grandmaster.
Reshevsky with Dutch Grandmaster Max Euwe
He was never a full-time chess professional. He was a strong contender for the World Chess Championship from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s: he tied for third place in the 1948 World Chess Championship tournament and tied for second in the 1953 Candidates Tournament. He was an eight-time winner of the U.S. Chess Championship. 
Reshevsky with Czech-American Grandmaster Lubomir Kavalek
An outstanding match player throughout his career, Reshevsky excelled at positional play, and could be a brilliant tactician when required. He took a long time over his opening moves, and often found himself in time pressure, but this sometimes unsettled his opponent more than it did Reshevsky.
Reshevsky with Dutch Grandmaster Jan Timman
He was an accountant by profession, and a well-regarded chess writer.

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