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Richard Reti vs Savielly Tartakower
Bad Kissingen (1928), Bad Kissingen GER, rd 7, Aug-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower Defense. General (D58)  ·  1-0


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Oct-31-16  YouRang: Monday 52.?

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Hardly even a puzzle.

- You have a passed pawn,

- Your opponent has one piece that can stop it

- You can eliminate that one piece with a trivial skewer.

Solution: Do it.

Oct-31-16  diagonalley: (i'm not sure that a novice would get this straightaway)
Oct-31-16  saturn2: After RxB black can give up or play on and hope for stalemate.
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  agb2002: White has a rook for a bishop.

White can finish off the game immediately with 52.Rc3+ and 53.Rxc7 followed by 54.h6.

Oct-31-16  mel gibson: Easy - saw it in 2 seconds.
The bishop can stop the pawn queening -
so get rid of it.
Oct-31-16  newzild: Good to see an endgame puzzle on a Monday.
Oct-31-16  zb2cr: 52. Rc3+ followed by Rxc7. Once Black takes, simply push the Pawn, as Black can't catch it.
Oct-31-16  morfishine: <52.Rc3+> and thats that
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  whiteshark: As Tartakower himself once commented on such positions:

<Black missed excellent resigning chances!>

Oct-31-16  Doniez: Very easy. Just check and take the bishop. But what I'll remember here is the Tartakower quote by <whiteshark>. Excellent!
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  thegoodanarchist: Tigran Petrosian would have loved it: An exchange sac to force a win.
Oct-31-16  leRevenant: <diagonalley: (i'm not sure that a novice would get this straightaway)> I agree, having plumped for the correct move, but without being 100% sure that it was indeed the correct one.
Oct-31-16  leRevenant: PS feel vindicated by:
<Phony Benoni: ...
Yes, there is more than one way to win. In fact, any move except giving the rook away on the f-file wins. Even 52.Rg3. But the quickest and simplest way is so basic and fundamental that almost anybody should see it at a glance.>
Oct-31-16  stacase: Most of us learn to count at a very early age. Learning the concept of skewering with a Bishop or Rook comes a little later unless you're on your way to becoming a chess board terror.
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  Stonehenge: 52. Rc3+ is the quickest way. You can check it here:

Oct-31-16  Caissas Clown: Hello Patzer 2 !

Re : " My 7-year-old Grandson has gone through a basic endgame book, and it's helped him a lot."

Great to hear ! If there is ONE lesson I wish I had learned at his age , it is this : the value of the pieces is relative - not absolute. I would never have solved this type of puzzle when I started out - you know , you don't give up a Rook worth "5" for a Bishop worth "3" and all that. But once I did see the value of a sacrifice,puzzles like this became really easy.

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  Sally Simpson: OK everyone gets this one but how many have noticed the nuance in the position.

White has an h-pawn and Rook, Black has dark squared Bishop.

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Reti, forever the joker, leans across the table and says:

"I won't move my Rook if you don't move you Bishop and I'll let you take my h-pawn and I won't take your f-pawn. Once you have my h-pawn the Rook and Bishop can move and the f-pawn is no longer immune."

Tartakower looks at the board and sees:

1. h6 Kd6 2. Kf4 Ke6+ 3. Kg5 Kf7 4. h7 Kg7 5. h8=Q+ Kxh8

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The King is in the wrong corner for the DSB and this is a White win(6.Rb7).

This is a draw.

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Even without the Black f-pawn.

"Oh No." says Tartakower, "You are not making a study out of me. Play Rc3+ so I can sieze the chance to resign."

Oct-31-16 Your basic skewer.
Oct-31-16  RookFile: I'm sure I would play 52. Rc3+ as Reti did. But 52. Rd3 has a lot of logic to it as well.
Oct-31-16  Pedro.Akcio: I was playing h6 automacticly....But then I realized there was a faster way. Both win though
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  kevin86: White exchanges rook for bishop then queens the h-pawn which is now out of the square of the adverse king. Easy Monday.
Oct-31-16  et1: well, easy. Interesting the position happened in a game between two such historical players,
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  TheFocus: "La la, la la la. Monday. Monday."

Nice and simple.

Oct-31-16  drollere: i agree with some of the other comments that an endgame puzzle, rather than just a middle game or botched opening game puzzle, is welcome.

it's pedestrian and humble, but sometimes accurate counting of squares and moves will win a game.

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  Phony Benoni: Let's change the starting position just a bit:

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Now White should still win easily, but the exchanging combination doesn't work: <1.Rc2+ Kd4 2.Rxc5 Kxc5 3.h5>

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And Black draws by <3...Kd4!>, since he has the double threat of catching up to White's pawn or assisting his own pawn to promote.

That's the famous Reti theme, which he showed in this study in which White can pull of a draw. If you don't know it, you should;

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somehow, I don't don't think White would have fallen for it here.

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