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Savielly Tartakower vs Jose Raul Capablanca
New York (1924)  ·  King's Gambit: Accepted. Tartakower Gambit (C33)  ·  0-1
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Mar-31-04  Whitehat1963: Which rook do you want to lose?
Mar-31-04  slylonewolf: Black's 9...Nd5 was a great in-between move :)
Apr-02-04  Whitehat1963: Does Capa make anything but the best move here?
Mar-15-05
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  Karpova: 8....dc looked like losing a piece for black.
tartakover didn't see 9....nd5! and played 9.bb8: (plan of course: 10.qa4+). Capa's pawn sacrifice on move 17 is also very nice.

Capa makes perfect use of the insecure position of the white king.

Mar-17-07  Billy Ray Valentine: According to Wikipedia, Irving Chernev dubbed this game "the Immortal Zwischenzug Game."

"Tartakower (White) played 9. Bxb8, thinking he had caught Capablanca in a trap: if 9...Rxb8, 10.Qa4+ and 11.Qxb4 wins a bishop. However, Capablanca sprang the zwischenzug 9...Nd5!, protecting his bishop and also threatening 10...Ne3+, forking White's king and queen. After Tartakower's 10.Kf2 Rxb8, Capablanca had regained his piece and went on to win in 20 more moves. Note that after 10.Bf4 (instead of 10.Kf2), Black would not play 10...Nxf4??, which would still allow 11.Qa4+, winning a piece. Instead, after 10.Bf4 Black would play a second zwischenzug, 10...Qf6!, attacking the bishop again, and also renewing the threat of 11...Ne3+. After a move like 11.Qc1, Black could then either take the bishop or consider still a further zwischenzug with 11...Bd6 or 11...g5."

I should search for a zwischenzug game collection...

Mar-17-07  paladin at large: Capa had a bad cold at the start of the great 1924 tournament, acquired in the transition from balmy Havana to blustery New York. He should have arrived earlier. In any case, his result in the first five games was 0+ 4= 1- (losing to Réti). The rest of the way he was 10+ 5= 0- ; the game above was part of that stretch in excellent form.
Jun-26-07  Jake Robertson: 9 was a beautiful example of zwischenzug
Jun-26-07  CapablancaFan: <Jake Robertson> Yeah, you're right, 9 was a beautiful in between move. What we have here is that Tartakower basically tried to pull a fast one on Cap. Obviously, 9...Rxb8? loses the bishop. (Did he not think Capa would see this?). But it is Tartakower that overlooked 9...Nd5! this one move turns the entire game in Cap's favor. Forks are threatened, deadly checks loom and the king cannot find safety. Surprised this thing even lasted 30 moves.
Jun-26-07  newton296: capa is like a machine with the tactics, he's got forks , Checks, in-betweem moves and thats just on move ...9 .
Jun-27-07
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  Wolfgang01: Tartakower could try this line against other collegues but not Capa, Alekhine or the great Lasker. It's not only the zwischenzug 9. … Nd5. He plays the whole game foolish. 18. Bxh7+?? Did he think, Capa would become frightened and forget about his plan?
Sep-03-07
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  notyetagm: From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zwisch...:

<Another example occurred in Tartakower-Capablanca, New York 1924,[1] which Irving Chernev christened "the Immortal Zwischenzug Game." In the position at right, Tartakower (White) has just played 9. Bxb8, thinking he has caught Capablanca in a trap: if 9...Rxb8, 10.Qa4+ and 11.Qxb4 wins a bishop. However, Capablanca sprang the zwischenzug 9...Nd5!, protecting his bishop and also threatening 10...Ne3+, forking White's king and queen. After Tartakower's 10.Kf2 Rxb8, Capablanca had regained his piece and went on to win in 20 more moves. Note that after 10.Bf4 (instead of 10.Kf2), Black would not play 10...Nxf4??, which would still allow 11.Qa4+, winning a piece. Instead, after 10.Bf4 Black would play a second zwischenzug, 10...Qf6!, attacking the bishop again, and also renewing the threat of 11...Ne3+. After a move like 11.Qc1, Black could then either take the bishop or consider still a further zwischenzug with 11...Bd6 or 11...g5.>

So one possible tactical sequence would be 9 Bf4xNb8 Nf3-d5! <zwischenzug> 10 Bb8-f4 Qd8-f6! <zwischenzug> 11 Qd1-c1 Bb4-d6 <zwischenzug>. "Immortal Zwichenzug Game" indeed.

Sep-03-07
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  notyetagm: <Whitehat1963: Does Capa make anything but the best move here?>

Yes, it seems that Capablanca plays the absolute strongest move in this game move after move.

Sep-29-07  patzerboy: Capa was definitely "on" his game here.
Oct-02-07
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  whiteshark: Nice Zwischenzug, but immortal ? That's toplofty.
Jan-29-08  HNP: "18. Bxh7+?? Did he think, Capa would become frightened and forget about his plan?"

There is no alternative. If 18. Qd3 Qg5+ wins.

Oct-29-08
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  plang: 3 Be2 was developed by the British master Bird in the 19th century. Tartakower reintroduced the variation in the tournament playing it four times scoring +1 (wins against Bogoljuboff and Yates and a draw against Alekhine). 3..d5 is a very logical response as the standard response in the Modern variation (3 Nf3..d5) after 4 exd..Nf6 is 5 Bc4 or 5 Bb5+ which would lose a tempo here. 5 Nf3 seems a more solid response than Bogoljuboff's 5 c4?!. The response 7 Bd2 would have been
7..Ne4!. 9 Bxb8? overlooked Capablanca's clever reply; 9 Bxc4 would have been better. Tartakower should have eliminated the Black knight with 12 Bxd5..Qxd5 14 Nc3 but by this time he was already clearly worse.
Jul-19-10
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  sevenseaman: 'Isolate and strangulate' is the theme here


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Capablanca is as much entertainment as Alekhine and Tal.

Aug-25-10  muwatalli: <Tartakower could try this line against other collegues but not Capa, Alekhine or the great Lasker.> on the contrary he played the be2 kings gambit against alekhine in this same tournament and drew the game, he even had a winning tactic which he missed on move 29.
Nov-07-11  knighterrant999: There is nothing immortal about 9...Nd5
Apr-02-12  ephesians: Wonderful game by Capablanca.
Jan-02-13  jussu: <the Immortal Zwischenzug Game>

Besides, unlike the original immortal thing, it was a tournament game, and precisely played by at least one side.

Jan-02-13
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  maxi: One can get an idea of how Tartakover felt in that he kept on playing after 26...RxB for four more moves.
Aug-23-13  Chessman1504: Once of my favorite Capablanca games. It shows that he wasn't some boring positional player. His moves look very natural, but are hard to find in all the complications!
Aug-23-13  Chessman1504: 8...dxc4! allowing 9.Bxb8, which appears to win a piece. However, 9...Nd5! is a zwischenzug that allows him to win the piece back safely.
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