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Savielly Tartakower vs Leon Szwarcman
Paris (1929), Paris FRA, rd 4, Jun-??
Scotch Game: Classical Variation (C45)  ·  1-0


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Feb-20-12  YoungEd: Tartakower was a great endgame player; Black made a mistake in trading down to a slightly inferior endgame by move 13!
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  beatgiant: Didn't Black too easily allow White a passed h-pawn? If e.g. 23...Ke6 24. Rh5 Re7, it seems a lot harder for White to prove a win.
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  GrahamClayton: <beatgiant>Didn't Black too easily allow White a passed h-pawn? If e.g. 23...♔e6 24. ♖h5 ♖e7, it seems a lot harder for White to prove a win.

I think that if Schwarzmann defended the h-pawn as you said, Tartakower would have shifted his attention to the other weakness in the Black position - the f6 pawn.

So 24...♖e7 25. ♔e4 ♔f7+ 26. ♔f5 and Black loses a pawn, or 24...♖e7 25. ♖g7 26. f5+ ♔f7 27. ♔g3, followed by g4.

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  beatgiant: <GrahamClayton>
Agreed, Black must not allow White's king to reach f5, or his own king to be driven back to f7.

Maybe a better defense is 23...c6 24. Rh5 Re7, preventing White's Ke4. Then if 25. g4 Kd6 26. h4 Ke5. It doesn't look that easy to attack the f6 pawn.

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  Mating Net: This game was as good as over by move 12. Black's 10...f6 guaranteed that he would have too many weaknesses to defend. Tartakower didn't have to break a sweat to secure the point.
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