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Samuel Reshevsky is my all-time favorite chess player, not just because I studied with him in the 1980s, but also because of his interesting and exciting career which began at age four. And even though there was a fierce rivalry between Bobby Fischer and Sammy, Fischer had great respect for him saying that he thought Reshevsky was “the strongest player in the world in the mid-1950s.” This was around the time when Reshevsky defeated world champion Mikhail Botvinnik in a four-game mini-match in Moscow.
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 following is the first game of the match played in New York.