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Savielly Tartakower
Number of games in database: 1,328
Years covered: 1905 to 1955
Overall record: +519 -256 =539 (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 (56) 
    B20 B21 B30 B22 B40
 French Defense (54) 
    C00 C01 C11 C13 C15
 Bird's Opening (37) 
    A03 A02
 English (36) 
    A15 A13 A18 A16 A14
 French (35) 
    C00 C11 C13 C12 C10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (80) 
    B29 B40 B43 B41 B28
 Caro-Kann (54) 
    B15 B13 B12 B10 B14
 Queen's Pawn Game (53) 
    A46 D02 A40 A50 D00
 Dutch Defense (48) 
    A84 A90 A81 A95 A92
 French Defense (47) 
    C11 C01 C13 C10 C04
 Orthodox Defense (46) 
    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?]
   London (1927)
   Vienna (1923)
   Hastings 1945/46 (1945)
   Vienna (1922)
   Baden-bei-Wien (1914)
   Budapest (1929)
   London A (1946)
   Semmering (1926)
   Marienbad (1925)
   Vienna (1908)
   Kemeri (1937)
   Karlsbad (1911)
   Bad Pistyan (1922)
   Bled (1931)
   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 by Benzol
   Bled 1931 international tournament by cuendillar

   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 1,328  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P Fiebig vs Tartakower ½-½60 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB27 Sicilian
2. Tartakower vs W Haertel 1-026 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC50 Giuoco Piano
3. H M Schaefer vs Tartakower 0-129 1905 Barmen Main B, GERA84 Dutch
4. Tartakower vs Von Scheve 1-033 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC24 Bishop's Opening
5. H Appunn vs Tartakower 0-131 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB01 Scandinavian
6. Tartakower vs Creyghton  1-042 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC50 Giuoco Piano
7. B Yankovich vs Tartakower  ½-½49 1905 Barmen Main B, GERA03 Bird's Opening
8. Tartakower vs J Schenkein 1-032 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB20 Sicilian
9. G Schories vs Tartakower  ½-½53 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB01 Scandinavian
10. Tartakower vs G Schories 0-134 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC24 Bishop's Opening
11. D Hoelken vs Tartakower 0-130 1905 Barmen Main B, GERA80 Dutch
12. Tartakower vs J Schenkein  1-028 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC58 Two Knights
13. G Schories vs Tartakower 0-150 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
14. Tartakower vs O Wegemund  1-049 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. B Gregory vs Tartakower 0-164 1905 Barmen Main B, GERD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Tartakower vs A Keller 1-026 1905 Barmen Main B, GERB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
17. D M Schapiro vs Tartakower 0-123 1905 Barmen Main B, GERC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
18. Tartakower vs Vidmar 1-029 1905 ViennaB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
19. Tartakower vs G Schories 0-130 1905 Barmen Main B, GERD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. L Mayer vs Tartakower 0-126 1906 DSB-15.Kongress-BC25 Vienna
21. Tartakower vs Z Barasz  ½-½36 1906 DSB-15.Kongress-BD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Tartakower vs P F Johner  1-030 1906 DSB-15.Kongress mB01 Scandinavian
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. Salwe vs Tartakower  1-048 1907 Ostende-BD61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
 page 1 of 54; games 1-25 of 1,328  PGN Download
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Sep-02-14  posoo: CLEVR PUN uffrump! LOL I get It! DARK TOWER sounds like TARTKOWER.

i'll send a note to da pollitzer committee!

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  Karpova: Dr. Wotawa reports on the match between Tartakower and Ernst Gruenfeld:

Right after coming back from Bad Pistyan (1922), Grünfeld stated that he wanted to play a match. Tartakower immediately declared his willingness to contest a 6-games match in case of a 180,000 Kronen prize fund.

The Austrian Chess Federation financed 2 games, the Landstrasser Chess Federation, Hakoah and the Deutsche Schachverein financed 3 further games. In addition, von Döry and and Godai financed the last two games.* Gerbec donated a Brilliancy prize.

The match took place from 25 June to 1 July 1922.

Game 1: Tartakower chose the Orthodox defense in the Queen's Gambit. Grünfeld soon had the better position, but he missed the winning continuation. Tartakower went on to win a beautiful endgame.

Game 2: A Queen's Pawn game, which was drawn after 19 moves, since Grünfeld couldn't maintain his small positional plus.

Game 3: A Dutch defense with Grünfeld strengthening his somewhat freer position, after hazardous play by Tartakower. Yet, Tarakower switched to defense in time and the game ended drawn after 35 moves.

Game 4: Tartakower opened 1.c4 and Grünfeld first got the better position, then won a pawn. He played for the win of a second pawn and allowed Tartakower to save the game with excellent endgame play.

Game 5: The longest and most dramatic game. The opening was a Queen's pawn game in the style of Bogoljubov. Grünfeld handled the opening better and got an advantage. Tartakower managed to neutralise it after 48 moves and the position was drawn. Grünfeld sacrificed a piece, trying to win and catch up with Tartakower. However, Tartakower refuted the sacrifice and got a winning endgame. He missed the winning continuation and got a worse position. In the end, he missed the chance to draw and lost on move 80.

Game 6: Again a better position for Grünfeld, but the position was drawn even though Grünfeld had the opportunity to win a useless pawn.

The match ended drawn, +1 -1 =4.

Source: 'Österreichische Schachrundschau', July 1922, issue 5, pp. 33-34

*I don't know why it adds up to 7 games, and if this was intentional or a printing error.

Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <No one ever won a game by resigning> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <It is always better to sacrifice your opponents' men> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <The mistakes are there waiting to be made> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made> - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <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! > - Tartakower.
Dec-26-14  TheFocus: <Like the alchemist of old, forever searching for the philosopher's stone, the analyst to-day never stops looking for stronger moves to prevent the defender from establishing equality> - Tartakower.
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.
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