Where novice chess players—faced with a board like the
one below—might exhaust another couple of dozen moves before a decision,
Grandmasters can foresee inevitabilities far in advance. Here the two forces
might appear roughly even. Each player has lost his queen. Each retains one
rook. But Reshevsky (white) has a bishop and five pawns remaining, while
Botvinnik has a knight and four pawns. Moreover, the white pawn in the far left
file is in an excellent position to march ahead to become a queen. Botvinnik
studied his situation, resigned the game.