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Reuben Fine vs Savielly Tartakower
Zandvoort (1936), Zandvoort NED, rd 3, Jul-20
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: I would hope that this is one of Savielly Tartakower's worst-ever games.

The opening is one of those dull near-symmetrical affairs. The game looks preety level after 11.Qe2.

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Surely Tartakower must have played games like this scores of times in his life? But five moves later. after 16.Rxc5, he has already lost a pawn.

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But despite being a pawn down Black has some compensation. He has two bishops versus two knights, for example. Here is the position after 19.Qd3.

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So there was a chance of creating a bit of confusion. But Tartakower allows a load of exchanges, not noticing (and it <is> hard to miss) that after 31...Kxc7,

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...32.b4 traps the bishop!

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At the end Fine played 36.Nf4, and Black, perhaps because he no longer cared, or because he didn't notice the attack on his bishop on g2, or because he was short of time, or because there was some other event that he wished to attend, or perhaps because he was tired of Reuben Fine's somersaults, dropped another piece. That left us with this gruesome final position:

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  perfidious: <offramp....perhaps because (Tartakower) was tired of Reuben Fine's somersaults, dropped another piece....>

And we all thought conveying information via different flavours of yoghurt was over the top....

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