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Savielly Tartakower vs Salo Landau
Zandvoort (1936), Zandvoort NED, rd 4, Jul-22
French Defense: Advance Variation. Ruisdonk Gambit (C02)  ·  1-0



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  fredthebear: 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.Nf3 cxd4 5.Bd3 White avoids establishing a pawn center. This gambit is occasionally played at master level today. Savielly Tartakower was never put off by playing less common openings.

As a part-time gambiteer, ol' FTB did not much care for this style of game for either color. 14...a5 instead of ...c5 leads to equality, and would have produced a different game. Stockfish notes seem to indicate that both players were a bit confused by the resulting clumsy positions, but did find their own plans. White slowly becomes the aggressor.

Black's attacking potential diminished when he purposely exchanged off both bishops to remove advanced White knights. White eventually made better use of the mishandled queenside pawns and capitalized w/the rook on the half-open h-file. 30.Rh6 gains a tempo and comes in handy there. The successful penetrator wins.

White was never seriously threatened, and makes a nice zwishenzug finish, so that must be why this game made Tartakower's best games collection. One should receive full credit for capitalizing on the opponent's mistakes, which far too often is not the case in chess.

One of Tartakower's most famous maxims is "The winner of a game is the one who has made the next to last blunder." Such could be said of this game.

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