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Savielly Tartakower
Number of games in database: 1,336
Years covered: 1905 to 1955
Overall record: +520 -257 =543 (60.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      16 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (69) 
    A46 A45 D01 D02 A40
 Sicilian (57) 
    B20 B30 B21 B22 B40
 French Defense (52) 
    C00 C01 C11 C13 C15
 English (36) 
    A15 A13 A18 A14 A16
 Bird's Opening (36) 
    A03 A02
 French (32) 
    C00 C11 C13 C12 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (80) 
    B29 B40 B43 B41 B28
 Caro-Kann (54) 
    B15 B13 B10 B12 B14
 Queen's Pawn Game (52) 
    A46 D02 A40 D00 A50
 Dutch Defense (48) 
    A84 A90 A81 A95 A92
 French Defense (47) 
    C11 C01 C13 C10 C04
 Orthodox Defense (47) 
    D58 D55 D52 D59 D63
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922 0-1
   M Lowcki vs Tartakower, 1937 0-1
   Tartakower vs Schlechter, 1909 1-0
   Spielmann vs Tartakower, 1923 0-1
   Tartakower vs Rubinstein, 1925 1-0
   Tartakower vs R Domenech, 1934 1-0
   Tartakower vs R Frentz, 1933 1-0
   Alekhine vs Tartakower, 1933 0-1
   Tartakower vs J Mieses, 1925 1-0
   Tartakower vs NN, 1932 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Vienna (1923)
   Hastings 1945/46 (1945)
   Baden-bei-Wien (1914)
   Vienna (1922)
   London (1927)
   Teplitz-Schönau (1922)
   London A (1946)
   Semmering (1926)
   Marienbad (1925)
   Kemeri (1937)
   Vienna (1908)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Bled (1931)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Karlsbad (1907)

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
   The tT Players (Bonus Addition) by fredthebear
   LJ.Davison's favorite games by LJ.Davison
   Bled 1931 international tournament by cuendillar
   Bled 1931 by Benzol

   Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1912
   Bogoljubov vs Rubinstein, 1920
   Rubinstein vs Spielmann, 1912
   J Mieses vs Rubinstein, 1912
   Rubinstein vs O Bernstein, 1911

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

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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.

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 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 54; games 1-25 of 1,336  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tartakower vs G Schories 0-130 1905 Barmen Main B, GERD00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. B Yankovich vs Tartakower  ½-½49 1905 Barmen Main B, GERA03 Bird's Opening
3. Tartakower vs Creyghton  1-042 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC50 Giuoco Piano
4. Tartakower vs Von Scheve 1-033 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC24 Bishop's Opening
5. D Hoelken vs Tartakower 0-130 1905 Barmen Main B, GERA80 Dutch
6. G Schories vs Tartakower  ½-½53 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB01 Scandinavian
7. Tartakower vs J Schenkein 1-032 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB20 Sicilian
8. B Gregory vs Tartakower 0-164 1905 Barmen Main B, GERD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
9. G Schories vs Tartakower 0-150 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
10. Tartakower vs J Schenkein  1-028 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC58 Two Knights
11. Tartakower vs G Schories 0-134 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC24 Bishop's Opening
12. P Fiebig vs Tartakower ½-½60 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB27 Sicilian
13. D M Schapiro vs Tartakower 0-123 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
14. Tartakower vs A Keller 1-026 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
15. Tartakower vs Vidmar 1-029 1905 ViennaB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
16. Tartakower vs O Wegemund  1-049 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. H Appunn vs Tartakower 0-131 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB01 Scandinavian
18. H M Schaefer vs Tartakower 0-129 1905 Barmen Main B, GERA84 Dutch
19. Tartakower vs W Haertel 1-026 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC50 Giuoco Piano
20. L Mayer vs Tartakower 0-126 1906 DSB-15.Kongress-BC25 Vienna
21. Tartakower vs P F Johner  1-030 1906 DSB-15.Kongress mB01 Scandinavian
22. Tartakower vs Z Barasz  ½-½36 1906 DSB-15.Kongress-BD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Tartakower vs P F Johner  1-029 1906 DSB-15.Kongress mC11 French
24. J Krejcik vs Tartakower ½-½33 1906 2nd Neumann TrophyC46 Three Knights
25. Tartakower vs Dus Chotimirsky  1-056 1907 KarlsbadB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,336  PGN Download
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  TheFocus: <An isolated pawn spreads gloom all over the chessboard> - Savielly Tartakower.
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  TheFocus: <Psychologically, the choice of an appropriate opening is of the utmost importance for a player's success in a tournament> - Savielly Tartakower.
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  TheFocus: <A Queen's sacrifice, even when fairly obvious, always rejoices the heart of the chess-lover> - Savielly Tartakower
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  TheFocus: <A thorough understanding of the typical mating continuations makes the most complicated sacrificial combinations leading up to them not only difficult, but almost a matter of course> - Savielly Tartakower
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  TheFocus: <To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game> - Savielly Tartakower
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  TheFocus: <It is always better to sacrifice your opponents' men> - Savielly Tartakower.
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  TheFocus: <The tactician must know what to do whenever something needs doing; the strategist must know what to do when nothing needs doing> - Savielly Tartakower.
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  TheFocus: <The first essential for an attack is the will to attack> - Savielly Tartakower.
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  TheFocus: <The ability to create and to control the tension of battle is perhaps the principal attainment of the great players>- Savielly Tartakower.
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  TheFocus: <The tactician must know what to do whenever something needs doing; the strategist must know what to do when nothing needs doing> - Savielly Tartakower.
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  MissScarlett: The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, April 8th 1915, p.21:

<Georg Marco of Vienna reports in the December number of the Wiener Schach Zeitung, issued under date of February 22, and received in the last European mail, that Dr. S. Tartakower, the well-known international player, fully recovered from his mishap on January 28, after eight days in the hospital. It appears the young master was on his way to make a purchase at a druggist's in the early evening and, in taking a short cut to reach the establishment, fell into an excavation, the approach to which had been left unguarded by a careless workman. The papers the next day reported that he had sustained severe injuries, including a fracture of the skull and bruises about the eyes and nose, and that he was taken unconscious to the hospital. Under the circumstances, his quick recovery is very gratifying.>

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  TheFocus: <He, who ventures, should lose. He, who does not venture, loses> - Saveilly Tartakower.
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  TheFocus: <As for me, I am unfortunate enough not to possess a happy temperament like Najdorf, who views every happening in a rosy light and avoids any possibility of self-criticism. I am one of those unlucky skeptics who never overlook the dark side of even the happiest experience> - Savielly Tartakower.
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  TheFocus: <It's always better to sacrifice your opponent's men> - Saveilly Tartakover.
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  TheFocus: <To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game> - Savielly Tartakover.
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  TheFocus: <Some part of a mistake is always correct> - Savielly Tartakover.
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  TheFocus: <The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake> - Saveilly Tartakover.
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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.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Saveilly Tartakower.
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  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.



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. ">

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  kevin86: Amazing that R_T matchup should end in a draw:R 15 T: 15 draw= 14
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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.

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  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  Pyrandus: Le Juif génial?
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