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Ernst Gruenfeld vs Savielly Tartakower
Karlsbad (1923), Karlsbad CSR, rd 17, May-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit. Tartakower Defense (D08)  ·  1-0


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  Phony Benoni: Look at forcing moves, and <28.Rxf6> comes to mind. We quickly see 28...Kxf6 29.Qe5#

Meanwhile, White has gone up a rook and the pressure on f7 is becoming Big Time. Will a counter-sacrifice by 28...Qxe1+ 29.Qxe6 Kxf6 work? No, White's up Q for R.

Oct-18-16  dfcx: white is ahead with a rook for a knight, and wins another piece with

28. Rxf6 Kxf6?? 29.Qe5#

28...Qxe1 29. Qxe1 Kxf6 white wins with Q+B against R+N.

Oct-18-16  Aunt Jemima: I blew this one! I thought it was 28. Qxf8+ and 29. Rc8 mate. Oops.
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  agb2002: White has a rook for a knight.

White can take advantage of the position of the black king with 28.Rxf6:

A) 28... Kxf6 29.Qe5#.

B) 28... Qxe1+ 29.Qxe1 Kxf6 30.Qe4 Rd7 31.Bxa6 + - [Q+B+P vs R+N].

C) 28... Ne6 29.Rfxe6 fxe6 30.Qxe6 + - [B+P] (30... Rxb2 31.Qe7+ Kh6 -31... Kh8 32.Qf6(8)#- 32.Qh4+ Kg7 33.Re7+ Kf(h)8 34.Qf6#).

D) 28... Rxb2 29.Qxf7+ Kh6 30.Qxf8+

D.1) 30... Kg5 31.Rf5+ gxf5 32.Qg7+ Kh5 33.Bf7#.

D.2) 30... Kh5 31.Rf5+ gxf5 (31... g5 32.Bf7#) 32.Bf7+ Kg5 33.Qg7#.

Oct-18-16  saturn2: Rxf6 and the queen mates next.
Oct-18-16  Cheapo by the Dozen: I went with Rc8, forgetting that after ... Nd7 that Qxf7+ isn't actually mate.

White is still winning, but my line is much inferior even so, especially because he has to slow down to do something about the hanging-with-check e1 rook.

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  YouRang: Tuesday 28.?

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Not too hard. A move like <28.Rxf6> has to be considered in this position because recapturing draws the king into the open: <28...Kxf6>

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Is the black king in any danger there at f6? Oh yes: <29.Qe5#> dovetail mate.

So, clearly black cannot recapture, and instead accept being a piece-down, which is probably only a slightly slower form of death given white's continued pressure on Pf7.

Looks like Tartakower opted for the quick way out.

Oct-18-16  AlicesKnight: 28.Rxf6 looks playable If...Kxf6 then 29.Qe5 mates, meanwhile White has piled up on the f7 pawn. If 28...Ne6 (putting both white Rs en prise) then 29.Rexe6 and now ....fxe6 loses to 30.Qf8 with mate; otherwise the black f-pawn goes and white is "in". In both these mates the Black K-side Ps are a block, not a protection. Let's see - OK, Tartakover took the least painful route.
Oct-18-16  et1: Monday !
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  moronovich: <et1: Monday !>

Groundhog Day ;)

Oct-18-16  bachiller: Today's POTD is rather obvious, and the conclusion is brutal: 28. Rxf6 leaves black between the devil and the deep blue sea, either he recaptures and is inmediately mated or accepts being a whole rook behind.

Tartakower chose the faster of the two deaths; I woud have done the same: "Para poca salud, mejor estar enfermo" (if I may write a Spanish saying).

Oct-18-16  leRevenant: Not Groundhog Day cos yesterday was Tuesday. -> rather . . . Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Oct-18-16  zb2cr: Saw 27. Rxf6 and the main line, 27. ... Kxf6; 28. Qe5#.
Oct-18-16  et1: Yesterday was Tuesday or even Wednesday, today is Monday, time goes around strangely in Chessgames puzzles, let us see what day will be tomorrow !:)!
Oct-18-16  Abdel Irada: ∞

White is already winning, but he wins at least another piece, and puts the game out of reach, with a pseudo-sac of the exchange.

<<+> 28. Rxf6! ... <+>>

Already Black should resign, for after

<28. ... Kxf6
29. Qe5#>

it's "The king is dead; long live the king!"

And if he doesn't recapture, he's simply a rook down without compensation, and his f-pawn will fall, and with it his kingside.

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  gawain: "Easy" but I missed it anyway! I could see nothing better than 28 Rc8 (intending 29 Qxf8#)and I don't even know if that wins.
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  kevin86: The exchange sac leads to immediate mate or a piece gained.
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  Sally Simpson: Ahhh... Tartakower.

A player you would never bet on or bet against.

Capable of paying some stunning chess and yet cheerful games like this also pop up where he seems to set himself up for some classic finishes.

Fortunately for us his great games far outweigh his trips on banana skins.

His consistency is in his notes. Always instructive.

Plan A to unsettle Grünfeld in the opening failed.

Plan B to lose as instructively as possible was a success.

"Not enough Dovetail Mates in Master Chess. I must add one."

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  patzer2: saw 28 Rxf6 immediately for my TUesday solution, and wondered if it didn't get accidently switched with yesterday's more difficult Monday puzzle.

White's play is quite impressive throughout the entire game. I particularly enjoyed the double attack combination 18. Nb6! Rab8 19. Qe4 , winning the exchange and the game.

Oct-18-16  drollere: Rxf6 is obvious. the reply 28. ... Qxe1+, 29. Qxe1 Kxf6 seems like a better fight, although down a piece he will certainly lose the queenside pawns and the game.
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  Dionysius1: Aye well. A Queen (capital q, I'm British) covers many squares, and when the rest are occupied by defending pawns, it's not so difficult. I like it when defender's pawns or pieces act for the attack - if they occupy a potential flight square, it's like having them on my side.
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  Dionysius1: I seriously think ChrisOwen is just a program designed to create random text at intervals. On that basis I move that CrisOwen be banned
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  PawnSac: < Dionysius1: I seriously think ChrisOwen is just a program designed to create random text at intervals. On that basis I move that CrisOwen be banned >

I ran CCleaner earlier and that clears out cookies, so i entered as an unregistered user and actually saw CrisOwen's comments for the first time in a long time. I added him to my IGNORE list long ago, and you can do the same

Oct-18-16  eblunt: <Pawnsac> Thanks (*), just did that. No more CrisOwen Drivel.

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  patzer2: For a Black improvement, I prefer the popular move 4...Nc6 as in Huzman vs P Potapov, 2015.

In my view, 4...c5 is too slow. In this game, White always seems to be a step or two ahead after 4...c5 5. e3, and there seems little Black can do to prevent White from securing a big advantage.

The opening explorer (OE) database seems to support this conclusion. In the OE, 4...Nc6 was played 766 times with White winning 50.3% of those games. In contrast, 4...c5 5. e3 (White's strongest reply) was played only 9 times with White winning 7 (78%), losing one and drawing one.

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