|NAME:||Samuel Herman Reshevsky|
|BIRTHDATE:||November 26, 1911|
|CREDENTIALS:||Although as an adult Reshevsky was never a professional player, he won seven US Championships. Was one of five Grandmasters to compete for the World Championship in 1948, and he finished in joint third place alongside Paul Keres. He played in eight Chess Olympiads.|
|MODUS OPERANDI:||A very forceful player. He spent large amounts of time for the opening, often playing the rest of the game in a very short time interval. This dangerous gamble would often put opponents at unease. By playing slowly during the early phases of a game I am able to grasp the basic requirements of each position, Then, despite being in time pressure, I have no difficulty in finding the best continuation. Incidentally, it is an odd fact that more often than not it is my opponent who gets the jitters when I am compelled to make these hurried moves.|
Learned to play at age four. Gave simultaneous exhibitions by the age of eight. Being a chess prodigy had some substantial disadvantages as well as benefits, as Reshevsky wrote in his 1948 autobiography -- Wherever I went, great crowds turned out to see me play. For four years, I was on public view. People stared at me, poked at me, tried to hug me, asked me questions. Professors measured my cranium and psycho-analyzed me. Reporters interviewed me and wrote fanciful stories about my future. Photographers were forever aiming their cameras at me. It was, of course, an unnatural life for a child, but it had its compensations and I cannot truthfully say that I did not enjoy it. There was the thrill of travelling from city to city with my family, the excitement of playing hundreds of games of chess and winning most of them, the knowledge that there was something "special" about the way I played chess, although I didn't know why.
Due to his involvement with chess, Reshevsky did not attend school until he was 12 and then eventually worked with a tutor to be able to finish high school. Graduated from the University of Chicago in 1993 with a degree in accounting. His books include How Chess Games are Won and The Art of Positional Play. Reshevsky died on April 4, 1992 in New York.