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Adolf Georg Olland vs Savielly Tartakower
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 4, Aug-24
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense (C63)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: In his best games collection, Tartakower broke off the score after 30...fxg3, writing "And after a few more despairing moves (during which Black played cat-and-mouse), White resigned."

That's an apt description of the fate of White's bishop. Black totally ignores 30.Bg8+, wins the queen with check for nothing--then goes and ahead takes the bishop anyway.

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  oao2102: An interesting game. I believe 26. Kh1 is the decisive error given that after 26. Kf1 Black's best bet is to force a draw by repetition. However, is Black's attack sound? It seems that after 25. Nxa8 the best White can hope for is a draw with 26. Kf1, but what if 25. Qc4? Surely, Black must have had something planned if White responds differently on move 25, but I don't see it.

Also, notice that Tartakower misses the forced mate via 33...Rxf3+ or 33...Bxf3 although his continuation is sufficient to win.

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Tartakower's counter-attack against Olland's King is energetic but it should not have won; repeteadly the motif <Nf3+> comes into play:

<25. Rf1> Nf3+ 26. Kh1 Nxh2 27.Kxh2 Qh4+ 28. Kg1 g3 29. fxg3 fxg3 30. Rxf8 Bg4 31. Rf7+ Kh8 32. Rf3 Qh2+ 33. Kf1 Qh1+ 34. Ke2 =

<25. Bc4> Nf3+ 26. Kh1 g3 27. fxg3 f3 28. gxf3 Nxf3 29. Rf1 Bg4 30. Nd7

Olland could have manitained an advanthae with the prophylatic:

<25. Kh1!> Rb8 26. Bc4 g3 27. fxg3 f3 28. gxf3 Nxf3 29. Rf1 Bg4 30. Nd7 Rfd8 31. Nxb8 Rxd3 32. Rxd3 with a significant advantage.

It seems therefore that <22...Qh4!?> was too ambitious. Olland could have played <23. Bxb7> Bxb7 24. Rd7+ Kh8 25. g3 Qh3 26. Rxb7 and Black has a difficult game.

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  NM JRousselle: Can White equalize with 27 Kg1??
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  oao2102: Thanks <Chessical> for the response. Your lines are quite convincing.

<NM JRousselle> I don't think 27. Kg1 works b/c Black does not have to accept a draw by repetition. 27...Qh4 and what can White do?

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  Chessical: After <27.Kg1> Qh4! <oao2102> appears to win, although the position is very sharp and I am sure the better combinative player would probably have won:

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(a) <28. Qc2> f3 29. Re3 g3 30. fxg3 Qxg3 31. Qf2 Qxf2+ 32. Kxf2 Ng4+ 33. Ke1 Nxe3 34. gxf3 (34. Rd2? loses to fxg2); and Black will push his <h> pawn

<28. Qc4> to penetrate with the Queen is too slow 28... Nf3+ 29. Kf1 Nd4 and 30. Qc7+ cannot prevent the crushing <f3!>

(b) <28. Rd2> g3! leaves White with no satisfactory choices:

..(b)(i) <29. f3> Ng4 30. Qc4 (30. fxg4 Qh2+ 31. Kf1 Bxg4) 30... Qh2+ 31. Kf1 Ne3+ 32. Rxe3 fxe3 33. Qc7+; and White cannot cope with the passed <<e> and <g> pawns; or

..(b)(ii) <29. Qc4> Nf3+ 30. gxf3 g2 31. Kxg2 Bh3+ 32. Kh2 Bg4+ 33. Kg1 Bxf3 and White will be mated.

so in both variations White is lost. His King is in too immediate a peril to afford White the time to bring enough pieces into Black's position for adequate counter-play.

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