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Tartakower 
 
Savielly Tartakower
Number of games in database: 1,322
Years covered: 1905 to 1955
Overall record: +520 -255 =535 (60.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      12 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (68) 
    A46 A45 D01 D02 A40
 French Defense (55) 
    C00 C01 C11 C13 C15
 Sicilian (55) 
    B20 B30 B21 B22 B40
 Bird's Opening (37) 
    A03 A02
 French (36) 
    C00 C11 C13 C12 C10
 English (36) 
    A15 A13 A18 A16 A14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (80) 
    B29 B40 B43 B41 B28
 Caro-Kann (54) 
    B15 B13 B12 B10 B14
 Queen's Pawn Game (51) 
    A46 D02 A40 A50 D00
 French Defense (48) 
    C11 C13 C01 C10 C04
 Dutch Defense (48) 
    A84 A90 A81 A95 A92
 Orthodox Defense (45) 
    D58 D55 D63 D59 D52
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922 0-1
   Tartakower vs Schlechter, 1909 1-0
   M Lowcki vs Tartakower, 1937 0-1
   Spielmann vs Tartakower, 1923 0-1
   Tartakower vs Rubinstein, 1925 1-0
   Tartakower vs R Domenech, 1934 1-0
   Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1933 0-1
   Tartakower vs R Frentz, 1933 1-0
   Tartakower vs Mieses, 1925 1-0
   R P Michell vs Tartakower, 1925 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Karlsbad (1907)
   Vienna (1908)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Baden-bei-Wien (1914)
   Vienna (1922)
   Vienna (1923)
   Marienbad (1925)
   Semmering (1926)
   Hastings 1926/27 (1926)
   Liege (1930)
   Hastings 1945/46 (1945)
   London A (1946)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   My Best Games of Chess, 1905-1954 by Tartakower by suenteus po 147
   sk.sen's favorite games .. by sk.sen
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1920-1939 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Bled 1931 by Benzol
   Bled 1931 international tournament by cuendillar

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

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

[what is this?]
Savielly Grigoriewitsch Tartakower was born in Russia and later moved to Vienna, Austria. He grew up in Vienna, a city fortified with chess, and in the 1920s he became a Pole by citizenship and then moved to Paris, giving him four different nationalities.

Tartakower is regarded as one of the founders of the Hypermodern School of Chess, alongside Richard Reti, Aron Nimzowitsch, and the lesser-known Gyula Breyer. He wrote several 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 Sicillian 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.

Tartakower is also remembered by 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".

notes: He & Julius Du Mont wrote 500 Master Games of Chess.

Wikipedia article: Savielly Tartakower


 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,322  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Schories vs Tartakower 0-150 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
2. Tartakower vs O Wegemund  1-049 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. B Gregory vs Tartakower 0-164 1905 Barmen Main B, GERD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Tartakower vs A Keller 1-026 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. D M Schapiro vs Tartakower 0-123 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
6. Tartakower vs G Schories 0-130 1905 Barmen Main B, GERD00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. P Fiebig vs Tartakower ½-½60 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB27 Sicilian
8. Tartakower vs Haertel 1-026 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC50 Giuoco Piano
9. M Schaefer vs Tartakower 0-129 1905 Barmen Main B, GERA84 Dutch
10. Tartakower vs Von Scheve 1-033 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC24 Bishop's Opening
11. H Appunn vs Tartakower 0-131 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB01 Scandinavian
12. Tartakower vs Creyghton  1-042 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC50 Giuoco Piano
13. B Yankovich vs Tartakower  ½-½49 1905 Barmen Main B, GERA03 Bird's Opening
14. Tartakower vs J Schenkein 1-032 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB20 Sicilian
15. G Schories vs Tartakower  ½-½53 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB01 Scandinavian
16. Tartakower vs G Schories 0-134 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC24 Bishop's Opening
17. D Hoelken vs Tartakower 0-130 1905 Barmen Main B, GERA80 Dutch
18. Tartakower vs Vidmar 1-029 1905 ViennaB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
19. Tartakower vs J Schenkein  1-028 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC58 Two Knights
20. Tartakower vs Z Barasz  ½-½36 1906 DSB-15.Kongress-BD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Tartakower vs P F Johner  1-030 1906 DSB-15.Kongress mB01 Scandinavian
22. Tartakower vs P F Johner  1-029 1906 DSB-15.Kongress mC11 French
23. J Krejcik vs Tartakower ½-½33 1906 2nd Neumann TrophyC46 Three Knights
24. L Mayer vs Tartakower 0-126 1906 DSB-15.Kongress-BC25 Vienna
25. Tartakower vs Nimzowitsch  ½-½34 1907 Ostende-BC41 Philidor Defense
 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,322  PGN Download
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Feb-03-12
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  TheFocus: Today, at <Edward Winter>'s Chess Notes, the following "lost" game was presented. It will be published in the upcoming <In Memoriam> the 2-volume collection by David DeLucia. I believe the price is $1,000, with the money going to charity.

Capablanca – Tartakower
Queen’s Indian Defense
Paris, circa 1938
Off-hand Game

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.Nc3 Bb7 4.f3 d5 5.cxd5 Nxd5 6.e4 Nxc3 7.bxc3 e6 8.Be3 Nd7 9.Bc4 Bd6 10.Ne2 O-O 11.O-O c5 12.e5 cxd4 13.cxd4 Be7 14.f4 g6 15.Ng3 Kh8 16.Qd3 Rg8 17.Rfd1 Rc8 18.Rac1 Nb8 19.d5 Bxd5 20.Bxd5 Qxd5 21.Qxd5 exd5 22.Rxc8 Rxc8 23.Rxd5 Rd8 24.Rxd8+ Bxd8 25.Kf2 Nc6 26.Kf3 f5 27.Ne2 Kg7 28.g4 fxg4+ 29.Kxg4 Kf7 30.Kf3 Ke6 31.Ke4 b5 32.Nc3 a6 33.Bc5 Be7 34.Bb6 Kd7 35.Nd5 a5 36.Nc3 b4 37.Na4 Bd8 38.Bxd8 Kxd8 39.Kd5 Na7 40.Kc5 Kd7 41.Kb6 Nc8+ 42.Kxa5 Ke6 43.Nb6 Ne7 44.Kxb4 g5 45.fxg5 Kxe5 46.Kc5 Nf5 47.a4 Nd4 48.Nd7+ Ke4 49.Nf6+ Ke5 50.Nxh7 1-0.

Feb-21-12
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Dr.Tartakower.
Feb-21-12  Penguincw: Happy B-Day Tartakower.
Feb-27-12  Penguincw: Not quite his birthday, but he is the POTD.
Mar-27-12
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  wordfunph: from Rudolf Teschner's Learn Chess in 40 Hours..

<When Efim Bogoljubow (a german national of Russian origin, a challenger to the world champion Alexander Alekhine) was playing against Savielly Tartakower (born in Rostov-on-Don, a prominent Polish grandmaster and an intelligent aphorist), he found himself under fierce attack and announced mate in four moves for his opponent. Tartakower responded: 'I will not tolerate any disturbance!'>

:-)

Mar-27-12  sneaky pete: What Tartakower is supposed to have said on that occasion: "Bitte, bleiben Sie seriös", forcing Bogoljubow to execute the mate.
Mar-27-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Calli: Some say it was this game: Tartakower vs Book, 1950
Apr-08-12  Penguincw: Quote of the Day

< "The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made." >

--- Tartakower

Jul-29-12
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  Karpova: Von welchem bekannten Schachspieler haben Sie das meiste gelernt?

Dr. Savielly Tartakower: <Von Maroczy, der kurz und prägnant ist.>

From page 168 of the 1929 '(Neue) Wiener Schachzeitung'

Aug-26-12
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  Karpova: On January 28, 1914, Dr. Tartakower had a grave accident:

<Am 28. Januar ist Dr. Tartakower von einem schweren Unfall betroffen worden. Die Morgenblätter vom 29. Januar brachten darüber folgende Notiz:

"Dr. Tartakower wollte gestern um 6 Uhr abends in der Feldapotheke auf dem Stephansplatz einen Einkauf besorgen. Er ging jedoch nicht beim Haupteingang vom Stephansplatz in die Aptheke, sondern wollte durch die Tür von der Brandstätte aus eintreten. Er kam an eine Tür, die zum Lastenaufzug der Apotheke führt, nach außen mit einem Knopf verschloseen ist und für gewöhnlich auch versperrt zu sein pflegt. Gestern um 3 Uhr nachmittags hat nun ein Arbeiter einer in diesem Haus befindlichen Speditionsfirma von dem Aufzug mehrere Kolli genommen. Wahrscheinlich hat er vergessen, nach der Arbeit die Tür zu schließen. Dr. Tartakower öffnete die Tür und stürzte in den ungefähr acht Meter tiefen Aufzugsschacht. Er erlitt schwere Verletzungen: Bruch der Schädelbasis, Quetschung des Auges und des Nasenbeins. Bewußtlos wurde er ins Garnisonsspital Nr. 2 gebracht."

Diese Nachricht hat inzwischen auch in der Schachpresse Verbreitung gefunden. Glücklicherweise hat aber der böse Sturz für Dr. Tartakower keine üblen Folgen gehabt. Schon nach acht Tagen war er völlig wiederhergestellt.>

From page 274 of the 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

(Dr. Tartakower wanted to buy something at a chemist's shop but did not enter through the main entrance but a side door instead - this was the door to the freight elevator which had accidently been left open. So Dr. Tartakower fell down the lift shaft, about 8 metres deep. He suffered a basal skull fracture and contusion of the eye and nasal bone. He was unconscious while they brought him to hospital. It took him 8 days to recover.)

Aug-26-12  Cibator: Not the only time he suffered a head injury, according to his friend Harry Golombek. On another occasion he was in a car accident. The driver broke an arm and some ribs, but Tartakower, in a letter to HG, said "I was injured in a less vital part of the human frame, to wit, the head, and, as you know, we chess masters don't have to use that much".
Feb-08-13
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  PhilFeeley: The stand-up comic of the chess world.
Feb-08-13
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  Shams: "Take my bad bishop-- please!"
Oct-07-13  Penguincw: K Quote of the Day K

< "Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders." >

-Tartakower

He sure makes a lot of quotes on blunders.

Dec-07-13
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  Karpova: Dr. Tartakower visited Denmark at the beginning of 1923 (he arrived on January 5), to work as a chess instructor in the "Industrieforeningens Kampklub" in Copenhagen for the first 3 months of the year.

Among his activities was playing <Uhrenpartien> (clock games) against the best club players every week and this game belongs to them: Tartakower vs A Holte, 1923

He attacked so furiously out of instinct of self-preservation as he had seen Holte doing this A Cruisberg vs A Holte, 1923 the day before in the club championship tournament.

Source: Report by Dr. Savielly Tartakower on pp. 3-6 of the March 1923 'Neue Wiener Schachzeitung'

Dec-29-13
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  Karpova: Chess at the front:

White: Lieutenant P

Black: Tartakower (Blindfolded)


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24.fxe6 Re8 25.c3 Rf8+ 26.Kg2 dxc3 27.bxc3 Bxf2 28.Rxf2 Rxf2+ 29.Kxf2 Kf8 30.Kf3 Ke7 31.Kf4 Kxe6 32.h4 g6 33.a4 b6 34.c4 h6


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White resigns.

Source: Page 109 of the May-June 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-07-14
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  Karpova: 5-board Blindfold-Simul in the Vienna Chess Club on October 18, 1914, against Lanz, Dr. Heinrich Viktor Klein, F. Hagen, Emmerich Wellisch and Leopold Zuckerbäcker: Score after 2.5 hours fight was +2 -2 =1 with Lanz and Dr. Klein being the winners.

Source: Page 233 of the September-November 1914 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-13-14
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  Karpova: Match against Rudolf Spielmann in the Vienna Chess Club, winter season 1913. The winner was the first to gain 5 points, with the first 4 draws not counting.

Dr. Tartakower won 5.5-2.5. In the overall 12 games, he used up 20 hours and 34 minutes, while Spielmann consumed 29 hours and 34 minuts.

Source: Page 288 of the August-September 1913 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-15-14
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  Karpova: Match between Dr. Tartakower and Richard Reti in the <Ersten Wiener Schach- und Billard-Klub "Jungwien"> (First Vienna Chess and Billards Club "Young Vienna"), Alserbachstraße Nr. 41, Cafe "zur Brigittabrücke" (president is Erich Dezort, an architect).

The 6-games match commenced on February 23, 1913. Both players were in a separate room, so there were messengers who reported their moves and the audience followed their games on pocket chess sets and the gigantic chessboard.

First game: Dr. Tartakower chooses the Sicilian Defense and plays very fast and confidently (<er spielt in rapidem Tempo mit absoluter Sicherheit.>). Reti wins a P but his position becomes critical. After 5 hours, Reti appears to be lost, but he finds a fabulous combination and Dr. Tartakower's apparently decisive advantage fades away. The game ends in a draw.

Dr. Tartakower won games 2, 3 and 4. Reti won game 5.

Source: Page 326 of the October-November 1913 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Jan-18-14
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  Karpova: The games from the aforementioned blindfold Simul - see Savielly Tartakower - are now in the database. They are all from pages 138-139 of the May-June 1915 'Wiener Schachzeitung':

Tartakower vs H V Klein, 1914

Tartakower vs E Wellisch, 1914

Tartakower vs K Hagen, 1914

Tartakower vs H Lanz, 1914

Tartakower vs L Zuckerbaecker, 1914

Jan-27-14
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  Karpova: 5-board blindfold Simul in the Vienna Amateur Chess Club on December 6, 1910. The score after 2 hours was +3 -1 =1.

Source: Page 24 of the January 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Feb-01-14
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  parisattack: A great writer, also. His '500 Games' is a classic and the two volumes (combined I believe in a paperback now) of his own games, 1905-1930/1931-1954 are immensely interesting and instructive. Great explorer in 1. d4 games without an early c4.

A serious biography of him would be nice to see. How about it, <TheFocus>?;)

Feb-18-14
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  MarkFinan: <When it comes to annotations, Tartakower is virtually in a class by himself. If the title of GM were to be awarded for a lifetime of chess work, chess writing and annotations of chess games, then he might be in the ten best who ever commented on a single game ... and one could make a serious case for him being the #1 chess annotator of all time! I don't think that most people even realize just how many games that he actually annotated.)>

I read this about Tartakower (I thought he was that guy from the police academy films, lol) from a well known chess video creators webpage, and just cracked up, lol. It's David Brent meets Monty python! Brilliant, just brilliant 😃

Feb-18-14
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  Sally Simpson: " A great writer, also. His '500 Games' is a classic."

It is important to remember his 500 games was co-written with Du Mont who was himself was a very instructive writer on the game.

Du Mont's comments are mingled in with the games and it is this uncredited 'mingling' that makes this such a great book to read and enjoy.

Du Mont's notes with a fairly large dose of Tartakower and you have a collection of 500 short stories for you to play over again and again. It's a beautiful double act.

Tartakower's instructive and thought provoking comments, often just one-liners' hit you out of the blue, like a comedian using a straight man to deliver the punchline.

It is your desert island book. A collection of the best and most instrucitve games from the year dot to the 1950's.

The games are put into openings, then into their relevant variations and then placed in chronicle order so you can actually witness the progress and research done on each opening.

One of the best chess book ever written.

Apr-12-14
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  Karpova: On November 15, 1910, Dr. Tartakower and Richard Reti played 2 games blindfolded against each other simultaneously in the Vienna Chess Club. Both games ended drawn.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', December 1910, p. 419

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