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Savielly Tartakower
Number of games in database: 1,334
Years covered: 1905 to 1955
Overall record: +522 -257 =541 (60.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      14 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (68) 
    A46 A45 D01 D02 A40
 Sicilian (57) 
    B20 B21 B22 B30 B40
 French Defense (52) 
    C00 C01 C11 C13 C15
 Bird's Opening (37) 
    A03 A02
 English (36) 
    A15 A13 A18 A14 A16
 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 (53) 
    A46 D02 A40 A50 D00
 Dutch Defense (48) 
    A84 A90 A81 A95 A92
 Orthodox Defense (47) 
    D58 D55 D63 D59 D52
 French Defense (47) 
    C11 C01 C13 C10 C04
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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?]
   Vienna (1923)
   Hastings 1926/27 (1926)
   Hastings 1945/46 (1945)
   Baden-bei-Wien (1914)
   Vienna (1922)
   Scarborough (1929)
   London A (1946)
   1st Trebitsch Memorial (1907)
   Semmering (1926)
   Moscow (1925)
   Baden-Baden (1925)
   Vienna (1908)
   London (1922)
   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
   Guess-the-Move Chess: 1920-1939 (Part 3) by Anatoly21
   Bled 1931 international tournament by cuendillar
   Bled 1931 by Benzol

   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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(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 1,334  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. B Yankovich vs Tartakower  ½-½49 1905 Barmen Main B, GERA03 Bird's Opening
2. Tartakower vs J Schenkein 1-032 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB20 Sicilian
3. G Schories vs Tartakower  ½-½53 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB01 Scandinavian
4. Tartakower vs G Schories 0-134 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC24 Bishop's Opening
5. D Hoelken vs Tartakower 0-130 1905 Barmen Main B, GERA80 Dutch
6. Tartakower vs J Schenkein  1-028 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC58 Two Knights
7. Tartakower vs Vidmar 1-029 1905 ViennaB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
8. G Schories vs Tartakower 0-150 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
9. Tartakower vs O Wegemund  1-049 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
10. B Gregory vs Tartakower 0-164 1905 Barmen Main B, GERD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
11. Tartakower vs A Keller 1-026 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
12. D M Schapiro vs Tartakower 0-123 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
13. Tartakower vs G Schories 0-130 1905 Barmen Main B, GERD00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. P Fiebig vs Tartakower ½-½60 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB27 Sicilian
15. Tartakower vs W Haertel 1-026 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC50 Giuoco Piano
16. H M Schaefer vs Tartakower 0-129 1905 Barmen Main B, GERA84 Dutch
17. Tartakower vs Von Scheve 1-033 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC24 Bishop's Opening
18. H Appunn vs Tartakower 0-131 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB01 Scandinavian
19. Tartakower vs Creyghton  1-042 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC50 Giuoco Piano
20. J Krejcik vs Tartakower ½-½33 1906 2nd Neumann TrophyC46 Three Knights
21. Tartakower vs P F Johner  1-029 1906 DSB-15.Kongress mC11 French
22. L Mayer vs Tartakower 0-126 1906 DSB-15.Kongress-BC25 Vienna
23. Tartakower vs Z Barasz  ½-½36 1906 DSB-15.Kongress-BD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Tartakower vs P F Johner  1-030 1906 DSB-15.Kongress mB01 Scandinavian
25. J Perlis vs Tartakower 0-111 1907 OstendeB22 Sicilian, Alapin
 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,334  PGN Download
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Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <A Queen's sacrifice, even when fairly obvious, always rejoices the heart of the chess-lover> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <It is said that an ounce of common sense can outweigh a ton of "variations"> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Shall we ever live to see the following wise prohibition - the audience is forbidden to smoke and the masters are forbidden to 'smoke out' the audience by playing exchanging variations?> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Psychologically, the choice of an appropriate opening is of the utmost importance for a player's success in a tournament> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <The ability to create and to control the tension of battle is perhaps the principal attainment of the great player> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Seize the outpost K5 with your knight, and you can go to sleep. Checkmate will come by itself> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Whenever Black succeeds in assuming the initiative and maintaining it to a successful conclusion, the sporting spirit of the chess lover feels gratified, because it shows that the resources of the game are far from being exhausted> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <An isolated pawn spreads gloom all over the chessboard> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <In chess, there is only one mistake: over-estimation of your opponent. All else is either bad luck or weakness> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <To avoid losing a piece, many a person has lost the game> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Some part of a mistake is always correct> - Tartakower
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <The tactician must know what to do whenever something needs doing; the strategist must know what to do when nothing needs doing> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  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> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <A draw can be obtained not only by repeating moves, but also by one weak move> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Drawn games are sometimes more scintillating than any conclusive contest> - Tartakower.
Feb-21-15  Chessdreamer: 6 games from Tartakower's book "My Best Games of Chess 1905-1954" not included in this database.

[Event "Southsea"]
[Site "Southsea ENG"]
[Date "1951.04.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Tartakower, Savielly"]
[Black "Fry, W.J."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E81"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 Nbd7 7.Qd2 Re8 8.O-O-O Nf8 9.g4 N6d7 10.h4 e5 11.d5 Qe7 12.h5 f6 13.hxg6 hxg6 14.Nge2 Nb6 15.Ng3 Qf7 16.Bd3 g5 17.Nf5 Bxf5 18.exf5 Nfd7 19.Ne4 Qe7 20.Qf2 Rad8 21.Rh5 Kf7 22.Bxg5 fxg5 23.Nxg5+ Kg8 24.Ne6 Rc8 25.Rg5 Qxg5+ 26.Nxg5 Bh6 27.Qh4 Kg7 28.Qh5 1-0

[Event "Southsea"]
[Site "Southsea ENG"]
[Date "1951.04.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Teschner, Rudolf"]
[Black "Tartakower, Savielly"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "B09"]

1.d4 d6 2.e4 Nf6 3.Nc3 g6 4.f4 Bg7 5.Nf3 O-O 6.Be2 c5 7.dxc5 Qa5 8.Nd2 Qxc5 9.Nb3 Qb6 10.Bf3 Nc6 11.Nd5 Nxd5 12.exd5 Nd4 13.Nxd4 Bxd4 14.c3 Bf2+ 15.Kf1 a5 16.Qe2 Bc5 17.g4 Bd7 18.Kg2 e6 19.dxe6 fxe6 20.h4 Rae8 21.g5 e5 22.h5 exf4 23.Bd5+ Kg7 24.Qf3 Rf5 25.Bxf4 Qxb2+ 26.Kg3 Qf2+ 27.Qxf2 Bxf2+ 28.Kxf2 Rxf4+ 29.Kg3 Rf5 30.hxg6 Rxg5+ 31.Kf2 Rf8+ 32.Ke3 Re5+ 33.Be4 Bf5 34.Rxh7+ Kxg6 35.Rh4 Rfe8 36.Rg1+ Kf7 0-1

[Event "Paris"]
[Site "Paris FRA"]
[Date "1952.04.??"]
[Round ""]
[White "Tartakower, Savielly"]
[Black "Kemp, P."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B10"]

1.e4 c6 2.Nc3 d5 3.Nf3 dxe4 4.Nxe4 Bf5 5.Ng3 Bg6 6.h4 h6 7.Ne5 Qd6 8.Nxg6 Qxg6 9.d4 Qe6+ 10.Be2 Nf6 11.O-O g6 12.h5 gxh5 13.Nxh5 Nbd7 14.Bf4 Nxh5 15.Bxh5 Qf5 16.Qg4 Qxg4 17.Bxg4 Nf6 18.Bf3 Nd5 19.Be5 Rg8 20.c4 Nb6 21.Rac1 Bg7 22.Bxg7 Rxg7 23.d5 c5 24.Rfe1 Rg6 25.Re3 Rc8 26. b3 Rc7 27.Be4 Rf6 28.Rg3 Nc8 29.Rg8+ Kd7 30.Bf3 Nd6 31.Bg4+ e6 32.Re1 Nf5 33.Bxf5 exf5 34.Ree8 Kd6 35.f4 Re7 36.Rc8 Rg6 37.Rgd8+ Rd7 38.Kf2 Rxd8 39.Rxd8+ Ke7 40.Rb8 Rb6 41.Ke3 Kd7 42.Kd3 a5 43.Rf8 Ke7 44.Rc8 a4 45.Rxc5 axb3 46.axb3 Rxb3+ 47.Kc2 Rg3 48.Rc7+ Kd6 49.Rxb7 Rxg2+ 50.Kd3 h5 51.Rb6+ Kd7 52.Rh6 Rg4 53.Ke3 h4 54.c5 Rg3+ 55.Kd4 h3 56.Rh7 Ke7 57.c6 Rf3 58.Rh8 Kd6 59.Rh6+ f6 60.Rxf6+ Ke7 61.Rh6 1-0

[Event "Paris"]
[Site "Paris FRA"]
[Date "1953.08.??"]
[Round ""]
[White "Tartakower, Savielly"]
[Black "Thiellement, Andre"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A46"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.g3 b6 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.O-O c5 6.Bf4 Nc6 7.c4 cxd4 8.Nxd4 a6 9.Nc3 Be7 10.e4 Nxd4 11.Qxd4 O-O 12.Rad1 Bc5 13.Qd3 Ra7 14.Na4 Qa8 15.Nxc5 bxc5 16.Bd6 Rc8 17.f3 Ne8 18.Bf4 Bc6 19.Qa3 f6 20.Bh3 Kf7 21.Rd2 Qb7 22.Rfd1 Qb4 23.Qd3 Rb7 24.e5 Kg8 25.Qe2 f5 26.Be3 a5 27.Bf1 Nc7 28.Qf2 Na6 29.Bd3 Qb6 30.Bb1 Qd8 31.g4 fxg4 32.fxg4 Qe7 33.Rf1 Rbb8 34.Qg3 Rf8 35.Rdf2 Rxf2 36.Qxf2 g6 37.Bh6 Re8 38.h4 Rb8 39.h5 gxh5 40.gxh5 Kh8 41.Qf6+ Qxf6 42.exf6 1-0

[Event "Paris-Saar match"]
[Site "Paris FRA"]
[Date "1953.08.??"]
[Round ""]
[White "Benkner, Otto"]
[Black "Tartakower, Savielly"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "E19"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 b6 4.g3 Bb7 5.Bg2 Be7 6.Nc3 Ne4 7.Qc2 Nxc3 8.Qxc3 O-O 9.O-O f5 10.Rd1 Bf6 11.Qb3 Qe7 12.Bd2 d6 13.Rac1 Nd7 14.e3 Kh8 15.Bc3 Be4 16.Ne1 e5 17.f3 Bb7 18.Qc2 e4 19.f4 d5 20.Qb3 Qe6 21.Bf1 Be7 22.Ng2 Rfd8 23.Be1 c5 24.cxd5 Bxd5 25.Bc4 Bxc4 26.Qxc4 Qxc4 27.Rxc4 Nf6 28.h3 Kg8 29.Kf2 Rd7 30.Rcc1 Rad8 31.Bc3 Nd5 32.Ke2 Kf7 33.Be1 h5 34.dxc5 Bxc5 35.a3 Be7 36.Rd2 Bf6 37.Rc6 Ne7 38.Rxd7 Rxd7 39.Rc2 Rd3 40.Bd2 Rb3 41.Bc1 Nd5 42.Ne1 a5 43.Ng2 Ke6 44.Kd1 a4 45.Re2 b5 46.Ne1 b4 47.Nc2 bxa3 48.Nxa3 Rxa3 49.bxa3 Nc3+ 50.Kd2 Nxe2 51.Kxe2 Kd5 52.Kd2 Kc4 53.Kc2 Bc3 0-1

[Event "FRA-ch 28th"]
[Site "Paris FRA"]
[Date "1953.09.??"]
[Round "5"]
[White "Tartakower, Savielly"]
[Black "Roethel, Michel"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A48"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.b3 g6 3.e3 Bg7 4.Bd3 d6 5.Bb2 O-O 6.Nf3 Nfd7 7.h4 e5 8.h5 exd4 9.hxg6 hxg6 10.Bxd4 Bxd4 11.Nxd4 Qf6 12.Nc3 Re8 13.Be2 c6 14.Qd2 d5 15.Rd1 Nc5 16.b4 Ne6 17.Nxe6 Bxe6 18.e4 Qg7 19.Qd4 Nd7 20.exd5 cxd5 21.Qxg7+ Kxg7 22.Nxd5 Bxd5 23.Rxd5 Nb6 24.Rd4 Rac8 25. Kd2 Re5 26. Rb1 g5 27.c4 Rc7 28.Bd3 Rce7 29.g3 Nd7 30.f4 Re3 31.Rxd7 1-0

Feb-21-15  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday kiddo :)
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  suenteus po 147: <Chessdreamer> I hope you also submitted them to the <> database.
Mar-26-15  TheFocus: <A draw can be obtained not only by repeating moves, but also by one weak move> - Savielly Tartakower.
Mar-27-15  TheFocus: <Whenever Black succeeds in assuming the initiative in maintaining it to a successful conclusion, the sporting spirit of the chess lover feels gratified, because it shows that the resources of the game are far from being exhausted> - Savielly Tartakower.
Mar-27-15  TheFocus: <Drawn games are sometimes more scintillating than any conclusive contest> - Savielly Tartakower.
Mar-29-15  TheFocus: <Like the alchemist of old, forever searching for the philosopher's stone, the analyst today never stops looking for stronger moves to prevent the defender from establishing equality> - Savielly Tartakower
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  WannaBe: A Chess game is divided into three stages: the first, when you hope you have the advantage, the second when you believe that you have an advantage, and the third when you know you're going to lose ! - Savielly Tartakower

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