To settle who was the better player once and for all, Jacqueline Piatigorsky organized a 16 game match between Reshevsky and the then-current U.S. Champion Robert James Fischer.
The match was to be held in New York and Los Angeles. The match began with four games in New York. They were played at forty moves in 2.5 hours at the Empire Hotel with adjourned sessions at the nearby Manhattan Chess Club. Reshevsky won the toss for colors the day before play began and so had White for odd-numbered games.
The following is the second game of the match played in New York.