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Rudolf Spielmann vs Savielly Tartakower
"Savvy Savielly" (game of the day Oct-11-08)
Copenhagen (1923)  ·  Caro-Kann Defense: Exchange Variation (B13)  ·  0-1
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Jul-03-03  ForeverYoung: An amazing King march, which I first saw years ago in "The Complete Chess Course" by Reinfeld, but unidentified as such there. This game is given as an abstract in Tartakower's best chessgames 1905-1954. Paul W.
Dec-18-04  GreenDayGuy: Does 34. Qd5 do anything? It seems to hold, and after 34... Rd8, a deflection sac, white has 35. Qb3, which stops the attack.
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  tpstar: <GreenDayGuy> 34. Qd5 seems to be White's best move, protecting the Pa2. Black would probably continue 34 ... Qe2 forcing 35. Qb3, then 35 ... Rd8 & 36 ... Rd2 with a quick win. Too bad White's Rooks are literally stuck in place, so the second rank weakness will prove fatal. Good suggestion.
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  An Englishman: Good Afternoon: Petrosian pulled off another King march which is also worth a look:

It's nice to see this one again after all these years, but I'm taken aback at how badly both White & Black played in the opening. Still, this is a fun finish.

Oct-11-08  andymac: What's wrong with 34. a4? I can see 34. ... Rd8 35. Qxd8 Qxa4 looks to mate, but White has 36. Qg5+ and that looks to win for White. I'm guessing 34. Rd8 is the wrong way to distract White from guarding the a4 pawn, but if so, how does Black win from here? Obviously I'm missing something...
Oct-11-08  CapablancaFan: Nice game from Tartakower. Here's another game in which Petrosian embarks on one of the most wildest king marches I've ever seen. R T Cardoso vs Petrosian, 1975
Oct-11-08  DoubleCheck: <andymac>

After the ugly looking 34. a4?!

Black should be winning with 34...Qe2!! (threatening 35...Qb2 mate)

White is again forced possibly losing more material after;

35. R4f2 Rxf2
36. Rxf2 Qe1!! (forcing king to second rank)
37. Kb2 Qxf2+
38. Kb3 and now black has a rook up

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  bright1: Instead of 33. Qd7 perhaps 33. Qd1 (with the threat of Qe1+) would have been better.
Oct-11-08  paul1959: After 33 Qd1 Qe3 (threat:Qe2) 34 Qd6 Qd3+ 35 Qxd3 e4xd3 36 R4f3+ Kxh4 37Rxd3 (all this looks forced) Black will double on the second rank and it looks like a win. Black could have simplified by 32..Qa6 with the threat of Qe2. It looks like R1f2 is forced and Black should have an easy win in the Queen ending by pushing the e4 pawn.
Oct-11-08  ThePawnOTron2: I hate these lame puns on players' names. If Tartakower was alive, he'd probably be rolling over in his grave. Nice king march though.


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  Chessmensch: <ThePawnOTron2> That sounds like something Yogi Berra would have said, but it's not in his list of quotations:
Oct-11-08  ThePawnOTron2: Chessmensch, I don't know where it's from, but it's definitely not from me. :-)


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  kevin86: It is rare to see the king of the winning side is so far advanced with both rooks and queen on the board for both sides.
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  Jimfromprovidence: White missed a really strong attacking move, 24 Rd7!, threatening Rf7+.

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If 24Qxg2, 25 Rf7+ Kg5 26 Qe7+ etc., winning material.

If 24Rxd7, 25 Qxd7, threatening Qc6+, winning the rook. If 25Qxg2, then 26 Qd4+, which should lead to a draw by perpetual check. If 25Kg5, then 26 Qxh7, again leading to a draw by repetition.

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  playground player: How come my King marches always end badly?
Oct-11-08  A.G. Argent: < of the most wildest king marches...> Yes sir, extremely deft manoeuvering but he's being checked and chased, all forced moves. You wanna see an amazing, voluntary march of the King, check out Fischer's inexorably bringing of his King all the way from one diagonal around and down to the other to become a major part of his offense in his winning attack in Armando-Acevedo-Millan vs Robert James Fischer, 1970.
Oct-11-08  Alphastar: This game reminds me of a wild king hunt I once performed in a blitz game. Chased the black king all over the board until it was at h2, sheltered by my own pawns. Then I chased it back to g8 or so, I really didn't get anything out of it. Game ended in a draw
Oct-11-08  ruyfanatic: Black has a wicked pawn structure.
Oct-12-08  DoubleCheck: <<Jimfromprovidence> White missed a really strong attacking move, 24 Rd7!, threatening Rf7+. >

Couldnt black just play the counter threat of 24... Rab8 now the queen is somewhat pinned to the mate of ...Qb2

Just a possibility

Oct-12-08  ThePawnOTron2: That is true, DoubleCheck! 24.Rd7 Rab8 25.Rd6+ [decoy] Kg5 White is run out of checks (25...Ke5? 26.Qd5+ [pin-breaking with tempo].) This is not a very detailed analysis but the game seems to be in Black's favor.


Oct-12-08  ThePawnOTron2: Stupid me! That'll teach me not to analyse without a chessboard! After 24.Rd7 Rab8?! 25.Rf7+! Kg5 26.Qe7+ Kf4 27.Qc7+, White forces draw. Then 24...Rxd7 25.Qxd7 is equal IMO.


Oct-13-08  DoubleCheck: <<ThePawnOTron2>: That is true, DoubleCheck! 24.Rd7 Rab8 25.Rd6+ [decoy] Kg5 White is run out of checks (25...Ke5? 26.Qd5+ [pin-breaking with tempo].) This is not a very detailed analysis but the game seems to be in Black's favor.>

Just to follow up
I found this line;

24. Rd7 Rab8!?
25. Rf7+ Kg5
26. Qe7+ Kf4 (26...Kh5/h6 is met with 27. Rxh7 mate)
27. Qc7+ Ke3
28. Qc5+ Ke2
(note now how white has pushed the king in front of the queen gaining time for white) 29. Qc7 Qxg2?
30. Rc1! and white now is far better

What do you think <ThePawnOTron2> ?

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  Mating Net: <If Tartakower was alive, he'd probably be rolling over in his grave.> That was pretty funny<ThePawnOTron2> not sure if it was intentional.
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