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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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Oct-25-15  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....

Mar-07-21  sudoplatov: The position after 11.Qe2 shows Black's difficulties in this type of opening. Black's Bishop on e7 blocks the Queen from her best square. Thus Black must try something with the Queen on c7 or b8; c7 is more exposed and b8 is less active. The White Queen supports a later e4 (if necessary) and White keeps the Kingside threats alive throughout the game (even if not materializing, this attack still constrains Black.)

Black's Bishop is often moved to e7 as White (being a half-temp ahead) may pay e4 (or rarely c5) with tempo gain should the Bishop reside on d6. Basically, White gets to break the symmetry first (though hesitation may allow Black to seize the initiative.)

Problems like this may partially explain the popularit of the various Indian defences.

Mar-07-21  Retireborn: One supposes that Tarta played 11...Qc7 rather casually, and didn't feel like putting up much resistance when he realized it loses a pawn.

He had the position once before, and won quite an interesting game then:-

J Cukierman vs Tartakower, 1933

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