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Savielly Tartakower vs Akiba Rubinstein
Moscow (1925), Moscow URS, rd 20, Dec-06
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid (C28)  ·  1-0


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  FSR: Somehow the much stronger game continuation never occurred to me. I guess I was seduced by the siren song of 31.Rxe5?
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  piltdown man: Not difficult at all today. Maybe it's because I've had a couple of beers.
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  Jimfromprovidence: I diverged from the text with 35...Re6?!

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I was hoping for 36 f7, then 36..Nxf7 is winning for black. Instead white has 36 Rxe5. Black follows with 36...Rxe5 and white now wins with 37 f7.

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The threat is 38 Qf6# and black cannot stop it without giving up the queen.

Oct-01-11  ninja warrior: chawdharyudayan: I am from India and not well versed in worldly matters. I want to know, why is there so much antipathy against the Jews. Holocaust was the worst. But before then also, History says there was simmering antisemitism on regular basis. Even now there are undercurrents on the same. Can anyone enumerate why is this so.

Perhaps I can be of assistance. I have read the entire bible... it teaches that the jews are a peoples chosen by god to be a holy nation of priests, spreading his kingdom. it also teaches that satan is a fallen angel; in rebellion against god and active in our world. the christian perspective on this matter would be that satan is actively at work in our world attempting to eradicate god's peoples for the purpose of setting up a satanic world order (spoken of in the book of revelations--the last, prophetic, book in the bible).

Please note that I am only trying to inform & help, and have no desire to argue with anybody or kick off a religious debate. thanks!

Oct-01-11  sevenseaman: <35...Re5> is a logical move. Very playable and has in fact been played by <M.Hassan> too.

<Akiba>'s move <35...Ng6> is much stronger and could have rattled a lesser opponent.

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  whiteshark: Black left without a chance.
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  chrisowen: Cage any rally it is holding in grudge match again docked on one side the towering beast AKA Rubinstein eh.

On other we've got frump o so revered Savielly! 'aint no onion snivelly' Tartakowers source rag7 hot dogging rook.

Doubled cup it fill in under hole it nf6 and pawn on ST must it all like feel - his birthdays come together have punch will travel.

Oct-01-11  pogotheclown: No desire to argue, lol!

Well, maybe I should have given the caffeine a chance to work its magic before I had a go at this one. I gave up on it after a couple of minutes but after playing through I wish I hadn't because I would have got it in the end.

Oct-01-11  TheBish: Tartakower vs Rubinstein, 1925

White to play (31.?) "Very Difficult"

I considered 31. Rxe5, but it wasn't very convincing after 31...Rxe5 32. Rxg7 Re1+ 33. Kh2 Qd6+. My other candidate move proved to be much better.

31. Rxg7! Rxg7 32. Nxf6 Qf7 33. Nxe8 Qxe8 34. f6!

This move is very important to the combination.


Or 34...Rg5 35. f7, or 34...Rd7 35. Qf4 Rd5 36. c4.

35. Qf4 and White regains the piece with an extra two pawns. _______________________________________________
I think my version is just as effective, but maybe I'll put it on Fritz to compare.

Oct-01-11  chesssantosh: <sevenseaman> i have left a msg for you at my forum
Oct-01-11  KingV93: Really wonderful attack, exploiting the cramped Black king. No, I did not get the puzzle. I looked at several options but just didn't see the key push of the f pawn. Nice work Dr. Tartakower.
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  patzer2: Tartakower's 31. Rxg7!, which solves today's Saturday puzzle, initiates a combination involving a number of tactical themes. In a quick seven move sequence, White uses the decoy, Knight Fork, deflection, pinning, overloading of pieces, passed pawn, over worked piece, double attack with the Queen, and mate threat tactics to win.

In the final position, it's mate after 37...Qf8 38. Qf6+ Qg7 39. f8(Q)+ Ng8 40. QXg7#.

Working backwards from the end of the game, none of the tactics individually is very complicated. Like individual keys, notes and simple chords on a piano, none of them are extremely difficult to comprehend. However, like a finely composed sonata, initiating a beautiful combination using a variety of simpler tactical elements and themes is not such an easy task.

Oct-01-11  WiseWizard: Quick! someone give <notyetagm> a sedative!
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  rhickma4: I think I get the idea, but the details are beyond me.

31.Rxg7 Rxg7 32.Nxf6 Q moves 33.Nxe8 Qxe8 34.f6 Rg5 (to prevent 35.Qf5) 35.f7

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  morfishine: I was going to 'throw in the towel' thinking: "I hardly ever get the Sunday puzzle right anyways... when I then thought: 'Its Saturday you goof-ball!'"

So, I scratched through the candidates one more time when I hit on this: <31.Rxg7 Rxg7 32.Nxf6>

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A pleasing position to contemplate: At the cost of a rook, white nets 2-pawns and the Knight is now rampaging through the center of Black's position. More importantly, the pawn support for Blacks Knight has been removed. After <32...Qe7 33.Nxe8 Qxe8> I varied from the game with <34.f6 Rf7 35.Qf5 Qd7 36.Qxe5>

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Now I know why Alekhine preferred to have Tartakower serve as his opponent in training matches.

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  iking: <chawdharyudayan: I am from India and not well versed in worldly matters. I want to know, why is there so much antipathy against the Jews. Holocaust was the worst. But before then also, History says there was simmering antisemitism on regular basis. Even now there are undercurrents on the same. Can anyone enumerate why is this so.>

sorry but, please find another forum where you can find an answer ~

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  Once: Every Vienna/ Bishop's opening player dreams of a finish like this one - sacrifice a piece to clear the path for the f pawn to storm forwards. After all, the whole point of Nc3/ Bc4 is to leave the f file clear for an advance of the f pawn. A sort of delayed king's gambit.

I can't decide whether it was fitting for black to resign after 37. f7 or if we would really have wanted to see this finish...

37.f7 Qf8 38.Qf6+ Qg7 39.f8=Q+ Ng8 40.Q8xg7#

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I got as far as 33...Qxe8, but then wanted to play 34. Qd3 which isn't as good as 34. Qf4. A sparkling finish by Tartakower.

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  FSR: <chawdharyudayan> As iking said, this game is not really the right place for your question. I would suggest The Kibitzer's Café or Kenneth Rogoff (this page has become primarily a page for discussion of politics and religion). Many books have been written on the subject you raise, so it does not lend itself to a one-paragraph answer. Here is a place to start:
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  kevin86: An odd ending-the advanced pawn opens the way...for mate.
Oct-01-11  BOSTER: Looking at <POTD> you can see couple nice ideas for white. First to move knight on e6, and second to take away support from black knight on e5-the pride the black position pawn f6 with advancing then pawn f5. But because <CG> believe that this position is puzzle you should play 31.Rxg7 Rxg7 32.Nxf6 Qf7 33.Nxe8 Qxe8 (now black knight on e5 is almost hanging in the air). This is the position after 33...Qxe8.

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And here the possibility to go wrong.
If you in hurry (like me) you play f6 and game is getting more complicated.

But if you play the forced line like 34.Qf4 and black has to answer ...Re7, and then 35.f6 you would win.

One line like this 35...Re6 36.Rxe4 Rxe4 37.f7 Re1+ 38.Kh2 and white win.

Oct-01-11  stst: W N got a very nice f6 to fork the Bk Q & R, but that's guarded by g7P. So it hints to get rid of it, by a R sac. One line goes like this:
31.Rxg7, then Bk has no obligation to take this R, yet it does not quite make any sense to let it sit there, with Rxe7 on next, while fleeing the Q or R@e8. So in all probability, RxR, thus allowing the N-fork: 32.Nxf6 Qf7
33.Nxe8 Qxe8
34.f6 (a hopeful pass P) Rf7 (stop it!)
35.g4 (need to support the front soldier) Qe6 (try exchange) 36.g5 (guarding f6, but leaving the h3 P unguarded) Qxh3 37.Kg1, now the Bk Q has no good landing spot on the h-file, and its N is under attack, so back it goes Qe6 38.Kf1, not allowing any chance for the Bk N to check, and ready for marching the gP. Bk is doomed.
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  CHESSTTCAMPS: Material is even, but white's more active pieces (especially the knight) are better deployed to attack the pawns protecting the king. The weakness at f6 suggests the following combination:

31.Rxg7! Rxg7 32.Nxf6 Q-moves (d8/e7/f7) 33.Nxe8 Qxe8 34.Qe2 Re7 35.f6! Re6 36.f7 Qxf7 37.Rxe5 Rxe5 38.Qxe5+

White has won a pawn and black's play is essentially forced, but this may not be enough in a difficult Q&P ending. Backtracking, I see a likely improvement with 34.f6 immediately, but my time is very limited today, so I'm not going to take this limited solution any further. Time for review...

Oct-01-11  Eduardo Leon: White has a more space, but his position does not look particularly impressive. However, a very concrete (and forced!) tactical line will destroy black's chances.

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<31.♖xg7! ♖xg7 32.♘xf6 ♕d8>

Or 32...♕e7, which does not alter the result.

<33.♘xe8 ♕xe8 34.♕f4 ♖e7>

After a brief forced sequence, we have arrived to the position white sought:

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For the first time in this combination, black can choose between two alternatives: 35...♖e6 and 35...♘g6. However, no matter what he plays, his fate has already been sealed by the strength of the f pawn.


The sneaky in spirit 35...♘g6 unfortunately leads to an even worse result: 36.♖xe7 ♘xe7 37.f7, with an even greater material disadvantage than in the main line.

<36.♖xe5! ♖xe5 37.f7>

And black has to give up the queen in view of 37...♕f8 38.♕f6+ ♕g7 39.f8=♖#. (The intermediate moves 37...♖e1+ 38.♔h2 may be added as well, without varying the result.)

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Apr-23-12  Anderssen99: Edouardo Leon: There is also a fine point in Tartakover's combination that highlights Black's helplessness: 35....,Ng6. 36.Rxe7,Nxf4. 37.Rxf8 mate!! This is Tartakover's most beautiful game ever.
Jul-27-12  kunjankp: i think 13...f5 was b8r than 13...f6. can anyone tell me if I am wrong or right?!
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