Advent calendar: December 2

12/2/2016 – From December 1 to December 24 we invite our readers every day to open a door in our advent calendar. Click and enjoy a little chess treat. Advent calendar, door 2.

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Endgame Magic!

Richard Réti was born on May 28, 1889, in Pezinok, near Bratislava.

Réti did not get old - he was just 40 years of age when he died on June 6, 1929, of scarlet fever. His grave is on the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna. As chessplayer he was an autodidact. His most famous game was his win over World Champion Capablanca in New York 1924, Capablanca's first defeat in eight years. The opening he used in this game (1.Nf3 d5 2.c4) carries his name.

When he died Réti left 53 endgames studies behind. The following is the most famous:

 

 



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