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Savielly Tartakower vs Efim Bogoljubov
London (1927), London ENG, rd 6, Oct-17
Ponziani Opening: Jaenisch Counterattack (C44)  ·  1-0


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Jul-05-04  ruylopez900: Very nice game (thanks to <ray keene> for sending me here! :)). Tartakower gives up the initiative, then some material then strikes back! As a matter of personal interest, does anyone know what this opening is called? Thanks.
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  acirce: The Ponziani.
Jul-05-04  ruylopez900: <acirce> really? I though the Ponziani was a straight 1.e4 e5 2.c3...hmm.
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Jul-05-04  ruylopez900: hmm, looks like I'm wrong then. Thanks for the info and correction.
Sep-03-04  Eatman: Crazy game. At times seems like Boguljubov is playing against someone not familiar with basics of chess. However Tartakower's tactics seem pretty sound at the end.
Oct-22-05  paladin at large: An exhilarating and strange game! Bogoljubov surely overlooked 26. Nb2.
Oct-22-05  suenteus po 147: This is an amazing game by Tartakower!! (double exclam!) His uncastled king is trapped in the center, he sacs the exchange of his rook, and those three passed black pawns on the kingside look unstoppable. Yet somehow Savielly manages to protect his king, win back the rook, AND stop the kingside pawn march, while demolishing the black queenside and leaving his knight en prise the whole time! I would have heart palpatations all the time if I had to play this way.
Oct-22-05  CapablancaFan: What a game by Tartakower! Bogoljubov feels good about himself during the first half of this game. He manages to trap Tartakower's king in the middle (even has the king on the run at times), manages to snatch a rook, and the whole time has an unprotected knight in his sights. Problem was that while Bogo is looking at the score card getting ready to mark down the point win, he dosen't notice the man sitting opposite of him is just giving him a false sense of security, and like Rocky Balboa begins to fight his way back into the game (Notice how Tartakower dosen't even attempt to save the knight as he can't afford the lost tempo doing it) Suddendly the alarm bells go off as Bogo Suddendly realizes the his own king's life is on the line, Bogo cannot make adequate preperations in time, and a few strike blows later by Tartakower and it's all over.
Oct-27-05  CapablancaFan: Does this game represent one of the greatest comebacks in chess history?
Nov-04-05  CapablancaFan: Who could be in the position Tartakower was in here and still keep his cool?
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  keypusher: Well, hang on. When Tartakower gives up the exchange black's bishop is trapped, so almost immediately white has two pieces for a rook (+ 2 pawns). Then Bogoljobov sacrifices his bishop, so Tartakower has three minor pieces for a rook (and an army of pawns). At move 35 Bogoljubov sacrifices the exchange, so Tartakower has two extra pieces.

I could never play a game like this, though -- my heart couldn't take it.

Jul-26-06  mistergore: awsome game!!!
Jul-26-06  AniamL: There's at least one inaccuracy by Efim here, I believe. Instead of 45...h3+?? 45...♕e2+ forces the draw, and 45...♕e4+ 46. ♔g1 (46. ♔[other] leads to mate in 5) ♖g5+ 47. ♗xg5 ♕xb7 at least has some winning chances for black.
Jan-06-08  sweeviltree: This one is sideways.
Jan-08-08  ganstaman: Can I make sure I have this?

A. 49...Kf6 50. Qf7#

B. 49...Kd5 50. Rc5+ Qxc5 51. Qe4#

C. 49...Kf5 50. Qh5+ and

C.1. 50...Ke6 51. Qf7#

C.2. 50...Kf6 51. Qf7#

Did I miss anything?

Nov-20-12  ForeverYoung: this game is rather spectactular and easily falls into the category of "slugging matches". One of the best I've seen.
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