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Savielly Tartakower vs Henry Ernest Atkins
"Atkins' Diet" (game of the day Oct-09-04)
London (1922)  ·  Four Knights Game: Italian Variation (C55)  ·  0-1
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Oct-09-04
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  patzer2: <Chessgames.com> Nice to see you have an appreciation for grammar and punctuation (i.e. Atkins' Diet not Atkins's diet nor Atkin's Diet nor Atkins Diet). In any event Atkins put Tartakower on a Chess "diet" in this game by "eating his lunch" and then "taking him out to the woodshed" for a little exercise in strategy and tactics.
Oct-09-04  notsodeepthought: Shoot, I didn't expect to start such a debate when I commented on the need for an apostrophe - or lack thereof - in my earlier post. Coming soon: my thoughts on the use of the semicolon... nah, I'll spare everyone that topic.
Oct-09-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Hanada: I think Tartakower could have resigned much much earlier in this game. Guess he was @#$%* off or something....or maybe he had a little of that "Marshall" spirit on this day.
Oct-09-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: From http://www.write101.com/sample.htm:
<When you're using names that end in -S, you follow the same rules as with any other name and add apostrophe S:

Chris's car, Bridget Jones's Diary.>

Oct-09-04  Seraph88: This is was a great game.
I would like to see more games like this.
Oct-09-04  Catfriend: Really liked the confident way Atkins attacks!
Oct-09-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: <offramp> From the site you gave "Some words sound awkward when an apostrophe 's' is added: Jesus's disciples.

The accepted form here is to just use the 's' apostrophe:

Jesus' disciples."

I'd say it's the same for Atkins' Diet as opposed to the clumsy sounding Atkins's Diet.

The usual rules for using the apostrophe with possessive nouns are nicely summarized by example at http://www.dowlingcentral.com/MrsD/...

Oct-09-04  Catfriend: <patzer2> you added it to the collection about deflections. Can you explain please why 19..♖a6!! is a deflection? Perhaps I just don't know the precise definition.
Oct-09-04
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  patzer2: <Catfriend> A strong "deflection" move forces (i.e. deflects) your opponent to a square that weakens their position and strengthens yours. In this case, 19...Ra6!! initiates a whole series of deflection moves to weaken the White position and give Black an overpowering attack. Note that if 20. cxb4? then 20...axb4! 21. Qc2 Bxa2+ 22. Kc1 Rxb6 is immediately decisive.
Oct-09-04  Catfriend: thanks a lot!
Oct-09-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  patzer2: <Mack> I've changed my mind and will defer to conventional useage and your suggestion of "Atkins Diet." "Atkins Diet" without the apostrophe is apparently the singular trademark name.

If it were not for the trademark, I suppose it could be Dr. Atkins's Diet or Dr. Atkins' Diet if you think it sounds less clumsy that way. I've even seen it on the internet as the ridiculous "Atkin's Diet." Best I think is to refer to it by the official trademark or trade name "Atkins Diet."

Oct-11-04  Sadgrinner: Can someone please tell my why Atkins doesn't play 20. ...b5 to win the queen?
Oct-11-04  Swindler: The Queen can escape to the c2-square.
Oct-11-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Willem Wallekers: <Sadgrinner> Qc2
Oct-11-04  Zaius: <Granite> I completely agree with your assessment. Since this is a pun that refers to a man that did not come up with the well known diet, you should be allowed to say that it is his diet. The connection between "Atkin's Diet" and "The Atkins Diet" is to be made by you, the reader. The writer of the pun is simply making you "pronounce" the title in your head and letting you make your own connection.
Oct-14-04
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  Hanada: <Zaius> Exactly what I was trying to convey as well, in my own primordial way.
Oct-14-05  Averageguy: Dr Atkins died while on the Atkin's diet.
Understanably, this wasn't good for business.
Jan-23-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: A very fun game to move through.Great Tactics by Atkins,he really understood the Zwischenzug tactic.19...♖a6!! brilliant move.
Aug-11-07  sanyas: 38...♗f5+ mates in three.
Jun-07-11  jerseybob: Atkins' handling of the whole game reminds me of Lasker: the opening unpretentious but effective, the middlegame deadly. White's whole idea of castling long with the center lines open couldn't have been more wrong. There was never any chance of a kingside attack.
Jun-08-11
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  FSR: Atkins is a remarkable player - an amateur who won the British Championship 9 times in 11 attempts. He tied for first in 1904 (his first championship) but lost the playoff to William Ewart Napier. Then he won every year from 1905 through 1911. Then he took 12 years off, and won again in 1924 and 1925. In 1937, he finished equal third at age 65. Oh, and then there was Hanover 1902, where he finished third, behind Janowski and Pillsbury but ahead of Marshall and Tchigorin. There is no doubt that if he had devoted himself to the game he would have been one of the world's top players.
Jun-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: Some good advantage trading by Atkins, but Tart should have gotten the better game from the opening. What is wrong with 8. Bxc6+ destroying blacks Q side pawn formation permanently? Black can have the two bishops. Tarts'. Q side castling was very ambitious considering how unsettled the center of the board was.

Atkins was a great British player. Tarts' lack of pragmatism in the opening helped him a bit.

Jun-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <SteinitzLives: Some good advantage trading by Atkins, but Tart should have gotten the better game from the opening. What is wrong with 8. Bxc6+ destroying blacks Q side pawn formation permanently?>

It's been an unpopular move, rightly or wrongly -- only two in the database. Here's an example featuring a cg.com kibitzer.

Smejkal vs J Cervenka, 1994

Tartakower won some good games after 8....exd4 9.Bxc6+ bxc6 10.Qxd4.

Tartakower vs Reti, 1920

Tartakower vs Bogoljubov, 1922

Jun-08-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: <jerseybob: Atkins' handling of the whole game reminds me of Lasker: the opening unpretentious but effective, the middlegame deadly. White's whole idea of castling long with the center lines open couldn't have been more wrong. There was never any chance of a kingside attack.>

I think that is a good comparison! The book of his games is a bit HTF but there are some real gems in it. <FSR> is correct - devoted to the game he would have been a chess power in his day.

Apr-09-14  Conrad93: Why would one of the Founding Fathers of Chess castle queenside in that postion...

Bizzare!

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