From Reshevsky's journal: Oct. 12: " Russia refused to allow me to start at 7 p.m. The great surprise of the tournament—the U.S. tied on all four boards, and that without my participation."
Midway in the finals, with Russia pulling ahead and the United States barely holding even with Yugoslavia and Argentina, the Americans decided to play all-out for wins on all four boards—"like a football team that has decided only to pass," Bisguier said. By this time nerves were getting tense. Driving a car lent by the Munich branch of Coca-Cola, Lombardy skidded on wet cobblestones, crashed and was badly stunned. It was two days before he could play again.
Moreover, Reshevsky, one of the most cautious tacticians in the history of chess, could hardly be called a forward passer. Sometimes the result succeeded by its novelty. Reshevsky wrote of his game with Alexander of England: "I saw a terrific move, and when I saw it, I felt an indescribable joy, and my whole body relaxed. I knew I was going to win, and I did."
But more often the passes failed. Chess literature contains no more vivid account of a master's reaction to defeat than Reshevsky's notes of his game with Unzicker of West Germany: "Suddenly he made an inobvious move I had completely overlooked. I began to perspire; my face turned red. My mind became a complete blank. I sat there a few moments gazing at the board. There was no way out, I finally reconciled myself to the fact that I was lost. I made a few more moves, than I resigned."
The result: Russia 34�-9� (25 won, 19 drawn); Yugoslavia 29-15; Argentina 25�-18�; United States 24-20. Another result, from Reshevsky's notebook: "The Russians seem to be making an effort to be friendly." Lombardy's accident gave the Russian captain, Alexander Kotov, a chance for a gesture. In Moscow for a chess match some time ago Lombardy had played bridge with Kotov and, finding Kotov relatively weak, sent him a bridge book by Charles Goren, with an inscription: "Next time, I hope you play better." After the accident Kotov wrapped up the nearest chess book for Lombardy. "Next time," said the inscription, "I hope you drive better."