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Savielly Tartakower vs Alexander Alekhine
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 9, Mar-27
King's Gambit: Accepted. Tartakower Gambit (C33)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Peligroso Patzer: A great and complex struggle, hardly free from mistakes by both players, but rich as a great sporting contest.

Neither is Alekhine’s analysis in the tournament book (“New York 1924”, by Alekhine, Alexander, Russell Enterprises © 2008) free from error, one example of which involves such a beautiful tactic (discovered by Fritz) that I feel compelled to post it. At move 29 (where Tartakower actually played 29. Qe4), Alekhine purports to show that "Black could have saved himself more easily" after 29. Qg4, which he notes was "suggested as a winning line by some critics". One line of his analysis goes: 29.Qg4 Rad8 30.Rfe1 f6 (Better would be 30...f5), at which point Alekhine continues his analysis with 31.c6, thereby overlooking a spectacular shot: 31.Qxd7!!, for example: 31. ... Rxd7 32.Re8+ Kf7 33.c6! Qxh5 (wholly inadequate, but Black has nothing better) 34.cxd7 Qxd5 35.d8Q .

Although the tactical pattern is far from identical, when Fritz produced 31.Qxd7!! in the above analysis, I could not help being reminded of 23. Qxd7 in Game 11 of the 1985 World Championship match: Kasparov vs Karpov, 1985 .

Oct-16-09  WhiteRook48: 32 Re1! with a threat of 33 Re8+
Jun-16-12  Howard: Back in 1976, an article in Chess Life and Review (as it was called back then), points out the fact that Tartakower indeed missed a forced win in this game.
Jun-17-12  Nerwal: Tartakower himself thought he missed a forced win in this game at move 29; he wrote in the book on his best games that an amateur had found the interesting idea 29. c6!, the point being that after the obvious reply 29... ♕xc6, white wins in spectacular fashion with 30. ♖e7!! f6 31. ♖xg7!! ♖d6 32. ♖g8+!. 29. c6 ♖d6 30. ♕e4 also seems to lose for black because of 30... f6 31. ♕e2!!; this is a much stronger way to defend the h5 pawn than Tartakower's g4, and the e file invasion with Re7 and Rfe1 will soon be decisive. So there is a strong case for white being actually winning. Modern chess engines also give the line 29. ♕e4 f6 30. d6! ♖ad8 31. ♖e7 ♕xh5 32. ♕c6!, and if 32... ♕g4 then 33. ♕d5! ♕g6 34. ♖xd7 ♖xd7 35. ♖e1! immediately winning.
Sep-27-13  poslednieje: NERWAL The amateur was Baskow.
Dec-11-14  Poisonpawns: I think 7..Bd6 is even stronger for black
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