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Grigory Levenfish vs Savielly Tartakower
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 22, Sep-19
Spanish Game: Cozio Defense. Paulsen Variation (C60)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-27-06  paladin at large: Spirited play by the young Tartakower, a quality he never seems to have lost. I wonder if he has winning chances at move 46. with the bishop pair and slightly better pawns. After 46.....Ba3, Levenfish cleverly shuts the black dark square bishop out of the game.
Sep-22-06  dzechiel: Found it! I probably spent between two and three minutes on the position. The idea showed up when I noticed that the black king would be subject to mates on the back rank in many situations.

I finally decided that I needed to move the white knight with the mate threat of 14 Qxd8, and if an exchange of queens, the white rook would then threaten the mate while the black rook was still under attack.

I was quite surprised when I looked at the score and saw 13 Be3, but then the note showed that I had found the move after all.

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  Infohunter: Well, what do you know--I actually did better than Grandmaster Levenfish here, and got it.
Sep-22-06  chessmoron: Nb6 it is.
Sep-22-06  Confuse: doh i was thinking Nf6. Close! but cigars only go to the rich men : )
Sep-22-06  think: I first looked at Nxf6 without the idea of mate, thinking to follow up Bxh6 with Nxe5. But then I saw that I was threatening to take the queen, and I liked it more.

Do I at least get partial credit for moving the knight?

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  OhioChessFan: <think> 13. Nxf6 Qxd1+ 14. Rxd1 Bxh6
15. Rd8+ Kg7 looks like it holds.
Sep-22-06  EXIDE: I think I got this one. 13.Nb6:QxQ+ 14.RxQ;NXB 15.BXB+;KXB 16,NXR and white is up an exchange. Did I get this right?
Sep-22-06  AbhinavAsthana: Came close but missed it. I was thinking Nxf6. Didn't notice Nb6!!
Sep-22-06  ForeverYoung: It took a while for me to get this one. I spent a long time analyzing 13 Nxf6 Qxd1+ 14 Rxd1 Bxh6 15 Rd8+ Kg7 16 Ne8+ Rxe8 17 Rxe8. I ran across 13 Nb6 just in glancing at the position. What a ridiculous looking but effective move it is!
Sep-22-06  ForeverYoung: 12 Bh6!! was a jewel of a move which should have won the game. Nice stalemate at the end with 75 Kxc1 Bxg6 76 hxg6 stalemate!
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  swiss.pawn: After 13.Nb6 black responds with Bg4 and white wins "only" a tower for the knight. Or am I wrong?
Sep-22-06  greensfield: 13. Nxf6? Moved the right piece, but the wrong way. That's dyslexia for you!
Sep-22-06  eblunt: <swiss pawn> yes, but after e.g 13 nb6 Bg4 14 NxR QxR 15 Qd2 Black has absolutely nothing for the losing sac.
Sep-22-06  EmperorAtahualpa: Now that I'm looking at this puzzle again, I'm ashamed to admit I was thinking of 13.Nf4??.
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  lilfoohk: Geeeze

I was only thinking of kingside mating attack

How short -sighted am I!~

Sep-22-06  vibes43: This one blew me away. White puts two unprotected pieces in harm's way and and he comes out on top. Really gotta think ahead on this one.
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  gawain: I just could not stop looking at the B bishop at g7 protected only by the king. I was thinking that either there had to be a way to deflect the K after some combination involving 13 Nxe7 or else something good after 13 Bxg7 Kxg7. Apparently not. The actual solution 13 Nb6 is very nice.
Sep-22-06  TrueBlue: can someone post the Nb6 line, doesn' look obvious to me ... e.g.
Nb6 Qxd1+
Rxd1 Rb8
what's next?
Sep-22-06  aragorn69: My computer found 12.-Nf5!?, after which White still seems better, but I can't find a clearly winning line, neither after 13.Bxg7 Nxg7, nor after 13.exf5 Bxh6 14.fxg6 hxg6 (14.-Bb7 is highly risky: 15.Nxe5!).

Any opinion?

Sep-22-06  TrueBlue: Nf6 also wins a rook, I haven't done computer analyzes, but it looks this way. Here is one line ...

Nxf6 Qxd1+
Rxd1 Bxh6
Rd8+ Kg7
Ne8+ Rxe8
Rxe8 Kf6

Sep-22-06  aragorn69: <TrueBlue: can someone post the Nb6 line, doesn' look obvious to me ... e.g. Nb6 Qxd1+ Rxd1 Rb8 what's next?>

... Rd8 mate. ;-)

Sep-22-06  aragorn69: <TrueBlue: Nf6 also wins a rook, etc.> After 13.Nxf6 Qxd1+ 14.Rxd1, the right move is probably 14.-Nxb3.
Sep-22-06  alphee: seems we are quite a few having Nf6 as first hypothesis. May be there are folks who focus on attacking first and what more appealing than attacking the king ...
Sep-22-06  vizir: too easy ! saw it in 20secs
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