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|Jun-27-11|| ||sneaky pete: Giving a simul doesn't always run as smooth as the master might hope. Even the greats sometimes face unexpected tough opposition and end up with an embarassing score. During an exhibition in Rotterdam, April 27, 1937, Dr. Tartakower (white) found this out the hard way in his game against (black) Gustaaf de Clercq, president of the A.V.R.O. (who would sponsor the 1938 candidates tournament).|
<1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 Nc6 4.fxe5 Bb4>
Bold play. Instead of losing tempi with 4... Nxe5 5.d4 .. etc black aims for quick development.
<5.exf6 Qxf6 6.Nf3 Bxc3 7.bxc3 d6 8.d4 d5 9.e5 Qe7 10.Bd3 ..>
Uninspired play. He's aiming for the tired old Bxh7+ trick, should black castle kingside.
<10... Be6 11.O-O f6 12.exf6 gxf6>
So all white's hackneyed strategy has accomplished is opening the g-file for black against his king.
<13.Nh4 O-O-O 14.Re1 Qf7 15.Rxe6 Rd6 16.Rxd6 cxd6 17.Nf5 Qe6 18.Bf4 ..>
We don't know what happened here - did someone open a window or what? - but black at this point missed the thematic 18... Ne5, when after 19.dxe5 dxe5
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white no doubt would have fainted at the sight of the central black pawn avalanche.
<18... Rd8 19.Qg4 Kc7 20.Qg3 Ne5>
Not as effective as it would have been 2 moves earlier.
<21.dxe5 fxe5 22.Bg5 Rd7 23.Re1 b6 24.h4 h5>
White is saddled up with a backward g-pawn.
<25.Bb5 Qxf5 26.Bxd7 Qxd7 27.Qf3 e4>
The passed pawn proudly marches on, leaving white no choice but to grab pawns wherever he can.
<28.Qxh5 Kc6 29.c4 Qf5 30.cxd5+ Qxd5 31.Qe8+ ..>
Patzer sees a check, patzer gives a check.
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Unfortunately the manuscript in my possession doesn't give the final moves, nor the result. Black can boast of a queen side majority and an advanced central passed pawn. Tartakower, however, was a clever and ingenious fellow. He may have found a way out.
|Jul-09-11|| ||Antiochus: "It's always better to sacrifice your opponent pieces."|
|Jul-12-11|| ||markwell: At the least, his bio on Chessgames should note he was one of the original group of Grandmasters.|
|Jul-13-11|| ||Benzol: You can't please some people.|
|Aug-16-11|| ||Inquiry: I am looking to verify a quote by Savielly Tartakower. I have seen it three different ways. I am also trying to find the source when and/or where it was said to gain permission to use it.|
"Victory goes to the player who makes the next to last mistake."
"The winner of the game is the player who makes the next to last mistake."
"The winner of a game is the one who has made the next to last blunder."
The Webmaster of this site suggested I ask in this forum.
Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
|Aug-16-11|| ||chancho: <Antiochus>
"It is always better to sacrifice your opponent's men."
|Aug-16-11|| ||kingfu: Too true no matter who said it.|
|Aug-16-11|| ||I play the Fred: <Inquiry>: The Tartakower quote you cited may exist in three ways because of translation issues. I don't know whether Tartakower ever said it in English.|
The best person to ask - if only because he will dig around for years if necessary, should he himself not know the answer - is Edward Winter. Below is the link to his site:
|Aug-17-11|| ||Inquiry: Thank you:)|
|Aug-19-11|| ||Karpova: Edward Winter's C.N. 7228 shows that the saying with the next to the last mistake predates Tartakower (e. g. in "Deutsche Schachzeitung" from 1890, when Tartakower was 3 years old).|
|Sep-17-11|| ||whiteshark: He once lost five games in a row and was asked why. He replied,|
" I had a toothache during the first game. In the second game, I had a headache. In the third game, it was an attack of rheumatism. In the fourth game, I wasn't feeling well. And in the fifth game? Well, must one have to win every game!? "
[Quote of the Day]
|Sep-17-11|| ||chancho: <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
|Jan-09-12|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders." >
I love that quote. :)
|Jan-20-12|| ||rapidcitychess: I think he instead of opening, he meant chess.
<There are only two kinds of moves in the opening, moves which are wrong and moves which could be wrong. >
|Jan-20-12|| ||Penguincw: I like his fairy tale quote better.|
|Jan-24-12|| ||Antiochus: "Castling is the first step toward an orderly life."|
|Jan-28-12|| ||Antiochus: " If chess is an art, Alekhine. If chess is a science, Capablanca. If chess is a struggle, Lasker."|
Saviely Tartakower (on who was the greatest chess player)
|Jan-29-12|| ||Antiochus: "Lasker have the results, Capablanca the title, Alekhine the style."|
|Feb-03-12|| ||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
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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||Calli: Some say it was this game: Tartakower vs Book, 1950|
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