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Savielly Tartakower vs Max Euwe
"Don't Shoot the Piano Player" (game of the day Sep-09-2013)
Venice (1948), Venice ITA, rd 5, Oct-??
Italian Game: Classical. Center Holding Variation (C53)  ·  0-1


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  aw1988: An old acquaintance made a rather humerous remark about this game and the Geller 1953 one:

Chess fans look at the masterpieces of Euwe, and they see him as a wonderful player. They especially come upon Tartakower and Geller. But Euwe is not praised for these games. These are his two greatest, but fans hate him for it? Why is the legend hated? With the Tartakower game, he would have an excuse for losing, and in the Geller game, well, it is composed! Perhaps Euwe should be excluded from the list of world champions... it would make the scientific players smile.

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  Richard Taylor: great game by Euwe < Bobsterman3000 > - says it all
Jul-18-05  notyetagm: What a beautiful concluding combination 39 ... ♘c4+!! 40 bxc4 ♖xa4+! 41 ♔xa4 ♕xa2+.
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  Whitehat1963: Nice counter attack. It took me a couple of minutes to figure out the outcome after 43. Kc5. (Opening of the Day)
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  TheAlchemist: "Don't Shoot The Piano Player" is also an album by Elton John, I think.
Feb-09-06  notyetagm: What a tremendous king hunt by Euwe!
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  Themofro: What an awesome game and enjoyable game!
Jan-16-08  2021: I though the game ended after 43.Kc4 Qxf2+
Apr-14-08  grandpianomaster: Little did these guys know that nearly 60 years later someone would comment on this game with the word "piano" in his username! What a coincidence!
May-31-08  Salaskan: What was the purpose of 9...Nd8 10. Bf1 Ne8? Suddenly both players move their developed minor pieces to the back rank again, for no apparent reason.
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  Sem: An illuminating game, since in his books Euwe - modesty incarnated - always belittled his achievements by commenting on his own defeats against great masters or his wins against weak opponents.
Jan-14-09  WhiteRook48: Euwe's king hunts are amazing!!
By the way, did anyone play classical music when this game was played? :D
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  musterlukas: All whites problems start from move 17.h4 ?!
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  AnalyzeThis: I found this to be a very entertaining game, and one that did both players credit.
Sep-04-09  TheMacMan: you all are wrong about the pun, i guess no one here is a fan of cinema, French Filmmaker Francois Truffaut, has 4 masterpieces, they include "Dont shoot the piano player", "the 400 blows" and "Jules and Jim"
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  Aware: The film is called "Shoot the Piano Player"... Loved the film
Sep-20-10  paladin at large: A good effort by the 61 year old Tartakower, who played very well over the years against Euwe and did not ever lose to him until he, T, was 49.
Sep-20-10  Eduardo Bermudez: What amazing blacks king tour !!
Oct-07-10  sevenseaman: When the White Q assigned itself the menial chore of going after the b6 pawn, I felt it was a waste of a tempo. It was more; the Q never left b6 and the cows came home.

A good hardworking win. I developed loads of respect for Max Euwe when I came across his 'Road to Chess Mastery'. It was my first book on the game and I still feel, the best I've read.

Sep-09-13  nalinw: The Elton John album is "Don't Shoot Me I'm Only the Piano Player"
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  offramp: So is this the third time this has been GOTD with the same pun?
Sep-09-13  Abdel Irada: <A syntactically similar expression is "<Don't shoot the piano player>; he's doing the best he can." It originated around 1860 in the Wild West of the United States. During his 1883 tour of the United States, Oscar Wilde saw this saying on a notice in a Leadville, Colorado, saloon. This phrase (like many witty sayings of that era) is sometimes attributed to Mark Twain, but neither Wilde nor Twain ever claimed authorship.>

[Emphasis added]

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  Honza Cervenka: Well, the piano player was shot this time.:-)
Sep-09-13  Abdel Irada: He was indeed. :-)

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  lost in space: I shot the sheriff, but I haven't shoot the deputy

----Eric Clapton

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