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Geza Maroczy vs Savielly Tartakower
Vienna (1920), Vienna AUT
Scotch Game: Tartakower Variation (C45)  ·  0-1


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  hesyrett: Tartakower's first win against Maroczy.  Geza was usually very solid (lots of draws!), but in this game Savielly tempted him into Q-side pawn captures, leaving his Q offside and out of play while his other forces were undeveloped.  While not having, say, Spielmann's reputation as an attacking player, Tartakower knew how to take advantage of such an opportunity.  This looks as if it could have been Amateur vs. Morphy!
Jan-07-08  paladin at large: <hesyrett> Thanks for this one. It seems incongruous that the steady Maróczy would lose this way. Tartakower was certainly bold and creative - and did it to him again in perhaps his most attractive win:

Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922

Jan-07-08  crwynn: <in this game Savielly tempted him into Q-side pawn captures, leaving his Q offside and out of play while his other forces were undeveloped. >

I don't think that's exactly what happened - Maroczy never seemed comfortable with his opening after 6.Nd2 (or dare I say, 3.d4). I think 9.Qf3 was optimistic and 10.h3 loses time - I don't see that Qh4 is a threat anyway, so why force Black to complete his manuever? Anyhow White is in trouble after 15...a5 because 16...Ba6 is threatened and ...a4 becomes a possibility; Black has the bishop pair, a very free position and a lead in development.

Jan-07-08  crwynn: The point is that he grabbed a few pawns because otherwise he's just much worse.
Jan-10-08  paladin at large: Maroóczy looks uncomfortable playing the Scotch with White; it does not seem to suit him. He only played it twice in serious games. Now, here's a curious observation: The great tactician Blackburne said something like (please correct me if I'm wrong): "You can play the Ruy Lopez for years and not know how good you are, but if you play the Scotch, you will find out real fast how good you are."

Maróczy's record against Blackburne in this database is 5+ 0- 3= (One of the 6 wins for M is a duplicate.)

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