The US Championships Part 1: 1936

2. Morton – Simonson 0-1

This game was one of the more perplexing games I found. I had a tough time analyzing it and trying to figure out what is going on. Amusingly on move 26, I was completely wrong in my evaluation of the position. I don’t think we’ll ever know just how many variations Black saw but the game is complex and he handled it masterfully, choosing the first line recommended by the computer almost every move towards the end where precision was required.

1. Reshevsky – Denker 1-0

This was a nice victory by the eventual champion. In this game black employs a somewhat risky gambit line. I don’t really think black had very much until Sammy slipped up with 16.Qb3 that allowed black some play for the pawn. Play continued normally until White played the blunder 22. f4? That allowed black the shot starting with 22. … d3! Denker didn’t find the move and after some “back and forth”, Reshevsky launches an attack against Denker’s king.

I found a great site called which provides a wonderful annotated pgn giving the back story to all the games. Again please leave any comments you may have below.

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