A Beautiful Tactical Masters Game
There are a number of moves that I find interesting:
which sacs the bishop for development followed by
which puts the knight into the attacking field of the pawn which Reti can't take because it is pinned to the queen.
which sets up Whites queen to the back rank
By Move 14, White appears by the standards of development to be way ahead. Before this move black has only one piece off the back rank: the Queen and his King is on the 7th rank. Whites Rooks are centrally located and his king appears to be safely tucked away behind a wall of pawns.
But the most amazing thing is Reti's seven move combination started by Blacks rook sacrifice. Reti develops his bishops while sacrificing his rooks twice. I would love to know how much of this Reti had calculated out and when he saw the win. I want to think he saw the 7 moves (which I believe are all forced) before playing them.
This game truly is a beautiful work of art!!
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