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Savielly Tartakower vs Harry Golombek
British versus Allied Forces, Borough Club (1941), Nottingham ENG, Nov-15
Torre Attack: Classical Defense (A46)  ·  1-0


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Oct-12-07  Karpova: That's where I found the game:

There's also some commentary by Golombek. The story behind it is also quite nice:

<In that source, as well as on page 67 of Chess Treasury of the Air by Terence Tiller (Harmondsworth, 1966), Golombek related his wartime meeting with Tartakower in England. The following appeared in the Tiller book: ‘In 1941 I was stationed in an artillery unit in Northern Ireland, and my service there was relieved by a weekend trip to Nottingham where I was due to play on top board for the British against the Allied Forces. I anticipated an easy victory, as my opponent was an unknown Lieutenant Cartier of the Free French Army. I had the delightful disappointment of discovering that le lieutenant Cartier was no less a person than my old friend Dr Tartakower. When France fell, he had made his way to England via Oran and a British battleship; and there he was, looking just as quizzical as ever, incongruously attired in British battle-dress. Though by now approaching his middle fifties, he was as gallant and determined as ever in his fight for what he believed to be right.’>

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  searchforbobby1: What if black moved 43....Re7 instead of Re5?
Jun-01-17  drleper: Black can at least win a pawn after 11.Ne5? with 11...Nxe5 12.dxe5 Ng4! and white can't hold the e5 pawn in the most simple lines (as Ng4 prevents f4).

13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Nf3 Qc7

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13.Bg3 Bh4! 14.Bxh4 Qxh4 15.Nf3 Qh5

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13.Bg3 Bh4! 14.Bf4 g5 might be an interesting try. It's still better for black, but at least it's more complicated.

Jan-10-19  Retireborn: 42...Ke5 is the losing move.

In his book Fine writes 42...Ke7 43.Rd1 bxa2 44.cxb4 axb4 45.Kd4 Ba6 ("he must stop K-B4") 46.Ra1 b3 47.Kc3 Bd3 48.Kxb3 Bb1 49.Rxa2! (wins)

A Fine finish, and yet Black should not stop K-B4 but rather play the problem-like 45...b3! 46.Kc4 e3!! 47.fxe3 (47.Kxb3? Bd5+ wins) Be4 (the threat is ...Bb1) 48.Ra1 Bc2 and White cannot win, because he must endlessly fend off the threat of ...Bb1 and ...Kc2.

Is not this truly beautiful?

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