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Savielly Tartakower
Tartakower 
 
Number of games in database: 1,365
Years covered: 1905 to 1955

Overall record: +532 -259 =558 (60.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 16 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (71) 
    A46 A45 D02 D01 A40
 Sicilian (55) 
    B20 B30 B21 B40 B50
 French Defense (54) 
    C00 C01 C11 C15 C13
 Bird's Opening (37) 
    A03 A02
 English (36) 
    A15 A18 A13 A10 A14
 French (33) 
    C00 C11 C13 C12 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (74) 
    B29 B40 B43 B41 B28
 Queen's Pawn Game (56) 
    A46 D02 A40 A50 D00
 Caro-Kann (52) 
    B15 B13 B10 B12 B18
 Dutch Defense (51) 
    A84 A90 A81 A95 A91
 French Defense (49) 
    C11 C01 C13 C10 C04
 Orthodox Defense (47) 
    D57 D55 D63 D50 D59
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922 0-1
   Tartakower vs Schlechter, 1909 1-0
   Tartakower vs R Domenech, 1934 1-0
   M Lowcki vs Tartakower, 1937 0-1
   Tartakower vs R Frentz, 1933 1-0
   Tartakower vs Rubinstein, 1925 1-0
   P F Johner vs Tartakower, 1928 0-1
   Spielmann vs Tartakower, 1923 0-1
   Tartakower vs Vidmar, 1905 1-0
   O Bernstein vs Tartakower, 1937 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vienna (1923)
   Liege (1930)
   Hastings 1945/46 (1945)
   Baden-bei-Wien (1914)
   Vienna (1922)
   Scarborough (1929)
   Teplitz-Schönau (1922)
   London A (1946)
   Semmering (1926)
   Moscow (1925)
   Baden-Baden (1925)
   London (1922)
   Vienna (1908)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Karlsbad (1907)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   My Best Games of Chess, 1905-1954 by Tartakower by suenteus po 147
   My Best Games of Chess (Tartakower) by Qindarka
   My Best Games of Chess, 1905-1954 by Tartakower by Chessdreamer
   The t_t Players: Staunton, Steinitz & Zukertort by fredthebear
   sk.sen's favorite games .. by sk.sen
   LJ.Davison's favorite games by LJ.Davison
   LJ.Davison's favorite games by fredthebear
   Bled 1931 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   Bled 1931 international tournament by cuendillar
   Bled 1931 by Benzol

GAMES ANNOTATED BY TARTAKOWER: [what is this?]
   Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1912
   Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1912
   Bogoljubov vs Rubinstein, 1920
   J Mieses vs Rubinstein, 1912
   Rubinstein vs O Bernstein, 1911


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SAVIELLY TARTAKOWER
(born Feb-21-1887, died Feb-05-1956, 68 years old) Russia

[what is this?]

Savielly Grigoriewitsch Tartakower was born in Russia and moved to Vienna at age 17. He became a doctor of law in 1909, but he never became a practicing lawyer(1). During World War I, he served in the Austro-Hungarian army. In 1918, after the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire at the end of World War I, he became a Polish citizen (although he did not speak Polish) and moved to Paris. He became a French citizen after World War II.

He won Vienna (1923), Hastings (1926/27), London (1927) (shared with Aron Nimzowitsch), Hastings (1927/28), Scarborough (1929) (shared with Harold Saunders), Liege (1930), and Hastings (1945/46). He also won the Polish championship twice (1935 and 1937) and the French championship at age 63, in 1950. In the 1930s Tartakower represented Poland in six chess olympiads, and France in 1950, winning three individual medals (gold in 1931 and bronze in 1933 and 1935), as well as five team medals (gold in 1930, two silver in 1931 and 1939, and two bronze in 1935 and 1937).

Tartakower is regarded as one of the founders of the Hypermodern School of Chess, alongside Richard Reti, Nimzowitsch, and the lesser-known Gyula Breyer. He wrote many books, including The Hypermodern Game of Chess, and Modern Chess Strategy. He has made many impressions on modern opening theory; his name is attached to variations in the Caro-Kann Defense, the French Defense, the Dutch Defense, the Scotch Game, the Sicilian Defense, the Queen's Gambit Declined, and the Torre Attack, and he created the Polish Opening, a.k.a. the Orangutan Opening, 1.b4. He is also one of the 27 original grandmasters that were appointed by FIDE in 1950.

During World War II, he served in the Free French Army under General Charles de Gaulle. His French colleagues found his name too difficult to pronounce, so he changed it to Lieutenant Dr. Georges Cartier.

Tartakower was a prolific writer. In addition to chess books, he also wrote a screenplay and a collection of poems. He worked for more than 30 chess magazines in multiple countries and his newspaper correspondence appeared in 11 languages.(1)

Tartakower is also remembered for his sense of humor and his speaking ability. One of his most famous maxims is "The winner of a game is the one who has made the next to last blunder".

Wikipedia article: Savielly Tartakower

(1) "Café Central and the Life and Times of Savielly Tartakower (1887-1956)" by Genna Sosonko. New In Chess 2010, No.6, pp 38-45.

Last updated: 2019-07-11 14:36:30

 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,366  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tartakower vs Vidmar 1-0291905ViennaB32 Sicilian
2. Tartakower vs Creyghton  1-0421905Barmen Main B, GERC50 Giuoco Piano
3. Tartakower vs Von Scheve 1-0331905Barmen Main B, GERC24 Bishop's Opening
4. D Hoelken vs Tartakower 0-1301905Barmen Main B, GERA80 Dutch
5. G Schories vs Tartakower ½-½531905Barmen Main B, GERB01 Scandinavian
6. Tartakower vs J Schenkein 1-0321905Barmen Main B, GERB20 Sicilian
7. B Gregory vs Tartakower 0-1641905Barmen Main B, GERD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. G Schories vs Tartakower 0-1501905Barmen Main B, GERC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
9. Tartakower vs J Schenkein  1-0281905Barmen Main B, GERC58 Two Knights
10. P Fiebig vs Tartakower ½-½601905Barmen Main B, GERB27 Sicilian
11. Tartakower vs G Schories 0-1341905Barmen Main B, GERC24 Bishop's Opening
12. D M Schapiro vs Tartakower 0-1231905Barmen Main B, GERC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
13. Tartakower vs A Keller 1-0261905Barmen Main B, GERB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
14. H Appunn vs Tartakower 0-1311905Barmen Main B, GERB01 Scandinavian
15. Tartakower vs O Wegemund  1-0491905Barmen Main B, GERB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
16. H M Schaefer vs Tartakower 0-1291905Barmen Main B, GERA84 Dutch
17. Tartakower vs W Haertel 1-0261905Barmen Main B, GERC50 Giuoco Piano
18. Tartakower vs G Schories 0-1301905Barmen Main B, GERD00 Queen's Pawn Game
19. B Yankovich vs Tartakower  ½-½491905Barmen Main B, GERA03 Bird's Opening
20. Tartakower vs P F Johner 1-0301906DSB-15.Kongress mB01 Scandinavian
21. L Mayer vs Tartakower 0-1261906DSB-15.Kongress-BC25 Vienna
22. Tartakower vs P F Johner 1-0291906DSB-15.Kongress mC11 French
23. Tartakower vs Z Barasz  ½-½361906DSB-15.Kongress-BD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. J Krejcik vs Tartakower ½-½3319062nd Neumann TrophyC46 Three Knights
25. Tartakower vs Vidmar 1-02319071st Trebitsch MemorialC12 French, McCutcheon
 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,366  PGN Download
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May-30-15
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  TheFocus: <It's always better to sacrifice your opponent's men> - Saveilly Tartakover.
Jun-01-15
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  TheFocus: <To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game> - Savielly Tartakover.
Jun-01-15
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  TheFocus: <Some part of a mistake is always correct> - Savielly Tartakover.
Jun-01-15
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  TheFocus: <The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake> - Saveilly Tartakover.
Jun-01-15
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  TheFocus: <The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made> - Saveilly Tartakover.
Sep-09-15  The Kings Domain: One of the finest masters and one of the best authors and editors. His book with J. Du Mont, "500 Master Games of Chess", is a personal favorite and a classic.
Feb-21-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Saveilly Tartakower.
Jul-15-16  zanzibar: RE: Tartakower's parents death mentioned by Karpova:

Savielly Tartakower (kibitz #191)

Tartakower was in Vienna from Dec 8, 1910 to Jan 14, 1911 for the <3e Trebitsch Memorial Tournament>.

A NZ newspaper reporting the result of this tournament also contained this excerpt:

<

The Vienna correspondent of the 'Daily Chronicle' reports that M. Tartakover, the well-known chess player, has learnt that an anti-Jewish mob at Kieff has murdered his parents.

>

EVENING STAR, ISSUE 14524, 25 MARCH 1911

https://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/n...

At the moment I'm researching other matters, but I did investigate the story a little more. There is a very detailed article which claims that Tartakower's parent were killed in a robbery:

<"... they were killed during a pogrom in Rostov-on-Don in 1911. [according to Kmoch -ed]". Year Set exactly, but with the pogrom (and, as we shall see later, religion mother) Kmoh [sic] wrong!

The prove? Rostov newspaper for which I have brought good fortune to face Olga Blinkina mentioned above. In her article for the "Russian writers" I was surprised to read: "February 18, 1911 parents Tartakower rich shopkeepers in Rostov-on-Don, were victims of a robbery. The brutal murder stirred the whole Rostov. At the funeral (February 24 and 25 - were buried in different rituals and different cemeteries) from Moscow and St. Petersburg arrived daughter, but from Austria-Hungary - sons. ">

http://chesspro.ru/thesaurus/tartak...

Nov-01-16
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  kevin86: Amazing that R_T matchup should end in a draw:R 15 T: 15 draw= 14
Nov-09-16
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  TheFocus: Quote of the Day:

<There are only two kinds of moves in the opening, moves which are wrong and moves which could be wrong> - Tartakower.

Dec-17-16  RookFile: This guy was one of the first to play the type of Sicilian that would later be called the Najdorf varation.
Jan-28-17
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  Pyrandus: Le Juif génial?
Oct-27-17  posoo: now DIS man thinks dat he is SO CLEAVER but I BELEVE dat he is not all dat da mombulas SAY SO

da old posoo is a KING when it coms to da quotes, I SHOULD HAVE A CHESPAGES.

Feb-21-18  schnarre: ...Tartakower was a big influence on me when I was getting started.
Feb-21-18  gars: A great player, a great teacher and a great wit.
Aug-04-18
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  Jean Defuse: ...

<'Airplane game'>

The following miniature was played by Tartakower on a blindfold simul above the clouds:

[Event "Blindfold Display"]
[Site "Airplane (Budapest-Barcelona)"]
[Date "1929.??.??"]
[White "Tartakower, Savielly"]
[Black "Ratkan"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C01"]
[PlyCount "23"]

1. e4 d6 2. d4 e6 3. f4 Bd7 4. Nf3 Nc6 5. c3 Nh6 6. Bd3 f6 7. O-O Na5 8. e5 g5 9. fxg5 fxg5 10. Nxg5 Be7 11. Qh5+ Nf7 12. Qxf7# 1-0

.

<Does anyone have further information about this event?>

...

Aug-04-18
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  OhioChessFan: <Does anyone have further information about this event?>

I was Black, but was always too embarrassed to admit it.

Aug-04-18
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  ChessHigherCat: <gars: A great player, a great teacher and a great wit.>

Who's a grey twit?

Aug-04-18  john barleycorn: Tartakower would have sold his grandmother for a witty quote. but since he did not have too many grandma's most of his "witticisms" are stilted.

(wow, almost <morfishine> like post hahaha. unintentionally)

Nov-12-18  posoo: now DIS man is EXTREAMLY handsum. I am SO GLAD dat they added in a new picture with his VERY ROUND HEAD. most apealing!

It is inarguable dat da old posoo is a very attractive person.

Feb-18-19  Telemus: Tartakower gave a speech on the Jewish poet Bialik: http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/a... (right column, lower half).

For more information on the peot, please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayim....

Feb-18-19  JimNorCal: Is anyone aware of the nature of his service in the Free French during WWII? Did he see combat or did he have a desk job and so on ...
Feb-18-19
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  Sally Simpson: ***

" This guy was one of the first to play the type of Sicilian that would later be called the Najdorf variation."

from wiki - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savie...

"In 1939, the outbreak of World War II found him in Buenos Aires, where he was playing the 8th Chess Olympiad, representing Poland on a team which included Miguel Najdorf, who always referred to Tartakower as "my teacher".

Tartakower took on the name of lieutenant Cartier in WWII (which thanks to the BCM was the worst kept secret of the war) lots more here.

http://www.francaislibres.net/liste...

***

Feb-18-19  JimNorCal: Well. If true, this is startling:
"We still seek substantiation of the claim that Tartakower was several times ‘dropped by parachute behind enemy lines on secret missions’ (see page 331 of Kings, Commoners and Knaves)."

From Sally's link.

Mar-03-19  Jambow: Grandmaster at chess and wit that excels beyond that.
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