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Savielly Tartakower vs Carl Schlechter
Vienna (1908), Vienna AUH, rd 2, Mar-24
Spanish Game: Exchange. Keres Variation (C68)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: To open the position via 15.e5 was not the best idea. Activity of black pieces after that even without the Queen was deadly. Tartakower's witty 23.Nf6 with idea 23...Rxg7 24.Re8# was refuted by Schlechter's 23...Bc5+ 24.Kf1 (24.Kg2 Nf4+ ) 24...Nf4 with threatening 25...Rh1#.
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  vonKrolock: Only two moments in this highly tense and interesting struggle are mentioned in the brief notes provided by Marco for the Tourney's book(actually, a kind of bulletin...) one is after <15.e5>, after which black seems to obtain a steady advantage (as also remarked above by <Honza>) - The other was the position after <18...♖xf2>

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The alternative 19.♖e2 is considered with a sharp line starting with 19...♗xc3 and the compelling sequele 20.♖xf2 ♗xg7 21.♖g2 ♗xb2 22.♖b1 22...♘h4 (or f4) 23.♖xb2 ♘xg2 24.♔xg2 - Marco went further till <"24...c6-c5! 25.♖b1 c4! with advantage"> - but of course it's a ♖♖s endgame, where the risk (or opportunity depending of the side) of draw is always present... Schlechter himself would presumably prefer, in case of 19.♖e2, the more effective 19...♖f3!}(Today we would call it a <"computer's first choice"> but it appeared already in compilations of contemporary (1908 on) notes...

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  vonKrolock: Schlechter himself drew attention to the position after <16...fxe5>

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<"Better would be 17.♖g1! ♖h6 (or ♖d6) 18.♘e4, and white's game had possibilities, the black King's side Pawns being very weak"> This remark of the winner himself seems to - in some way - rehabilitate Tartakower's <15.e5>...

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