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Georg Salwe vs Savielly Tartakower
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 18, Sep-14
Dutch Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A84)  ·  0-1


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  e4Newman: Can you say tension!?!
Aug-11-04  maoam: <e4Newman> Thanks for pointing this game out. It's a very instructive example of how to exploit doubled pawns and in a similar fashion to

Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1948

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  Zenchess: Nice win, but why not 25...f3 forking R and N?
Aug-11-04  suenteus po 147: <Zenchess> Maybe Tartakower was afraid of opening up the f-file to white's advantage.
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  Zenchess: I don't see how White can use it, though. The Q is stuck on the Q-side defending the c4 pawn. And with Black up a piece, the only person who can benefit from the open file is Black.
Aug-12-04  suenteus po 147: <Zenchess> Then my guess is Tartakower simply didn't see it :)
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  Zenchess: At any rate, this game also resembles P F Johner vs Nimzowitsch, 1926.
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  e4Newman: <maoam> I can't take all the credit, someone else who's name I can't remember put me onto it. At any rate it appears to be one of those games that gets missed because the best analysis is of the middle game, not the opening. This is where I have the most difficulty, turning an advantage into a win by maintaining the initiative through threats and tension.
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  Zenchess: I have trouble with that sometimes too; I guess you use up so much energy getting the better game in the first place that you have no more energy left to finish the opponent off.
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  e4Newman: So I'm getting a better understanding of the pawn blockade, especially where your opponent's pawns are doubled. This will help me if I can then determine how to take advantage of it :} ...back to the board for more brainstorming!

Good game examples <maoam> and <Zenchess>. I often reach similar positions but procede differently.

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  Zenchess: Here's another one; White trades down prematurely and Rubinstein's ...Ba4 ties down Reti's pieces. This position is a little more wide open than the others, but is still instructive.

Reti vs Rubinstein, 1920

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  YoungEd: This game interests me to see the way that Black ties White's queen down for defense on the Q-side and then opens things up on the K-side. It's also notable that this Dutch Defense ends up with a Stonewall of pawns on the black squares instead of the white squares, as is usual!
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