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Savielly Tartakower vs Lodewijk Prins
Zandvoort (1936), Zandvoort NED, rd 6, Jul-25
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Mestel Variation (A02)  ·  1-0



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Nov-03-04  suenteus po 147: How the heck does Tartakower make Bird's work like this?!? He is the most insane practitioner of Bird's I've ever seen! Of course it immediately leads me to believe he's a genius. I could never pull something like this off.
Sep-12-05  Rama: 9 Bh3 ... is nice isn't it.
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  Phony Benoni: Not to mention 20.Nh8.
Aug-03-07  beginner64: I don't think either white or black played that well.

14.. Rxf3 (15. Be6 Rf7 16. Bxf7 Qxf7 leaves black a piece up, with no attack from either side)

15. Bh6 Qh4+ 16. Qxh6

Overall, I am not sure white should have won after white's 14th move.

Oct-27-07  rhedrich: beginner64, you're missing the fact that after 14...Rxf3 Tartakower has

15 Bg5!

and the queen can no longer stay on the e file, allowing white to capture the rook with attacking prospects. Any attempt to save the rook fails miserably, e.g. 15...Qf7 16. Be6 and win.

Conclusion? Bird rulez ;P

Oct-27-07  Abaduba: <rhedrich> 15. ♗g5 ? leaves Black a piece up after 15. … ♖f6! But 15. ♗e6+! does the trick, since after 15. … ♖f7 16. ♘g5, Black is in trouble: the threat of 17. ♕h7+ ♔f8 18. ♕h8# is hard to meet. After 16. … ♔f8 17. ♗xf7 there is no defense to the threat of 18. ♘e6, winning the Queen.
Oct-27-07  rhedrich: Anyone know how to reply directly? I'm a new kibitzer. Here goes

<Abaduba> you seem to be right about Bg5, but your alternative, Be6+, is good, but Rf7 still keeps black in the game. You might have forgotten that in this variation, there is no white knight anymore. Remember? Move 14...Rxf3 got rid of it. But it still might be better than my suggestion. If 15...Rf7 16.Bg5 looks best (stopping Qxh4+ and gets another bishop in the mix), and black must play 16...Qe7 (intending Be5 and forcefully stops threat of 17.Bf5). White, running out of pieces for an attack and desperately trying to keep black's queenside pieces out of play, probably will either castle queenside or push the h-pawn. I think black survives, actually, but I'm tired. I'll be sure to break out the board later and work on it.

Jul-05-10  Atking: <Abaduba & rhedrich> It seems you have both a part of true as 14...RxN 15.Be6+ Rf7 16.Bg5 Qf8 17.0-0-0 Nc6 18.Rf1 wins So one Be6 two Bg5
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  GrahamClayton: <rhedrich>White, running out of pieces for an attack and desperately trying to keep black's queenside pieces out of play, probably will either castle queenside or push the h-pawn.

Pushing the h-pawn seems to be the best option, eg:

17.h5 ♔f8 18.♕h7 ♖f1+ 19.♔d2 ♗f4+ 20.♔d3 ♕b5+ 21.c4 ♕xg5 22.♕g8+ ♔e7 23.♕f7+ ♔d6 24.♖xf1 winning.

Mar-25-14  Morphized: <suenteus po 147> Because the Bird's itself is a great weapon :)
Aug-20-17  andrewjsacks: A singular capping move.
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  cwcarlson: 12.♗c8!+- Houdini.
Mar-28-18  JimNorCal: Just think how crushing white's win would have been if he'd developed his queenside pieces!
Jan-27-20  HarryP: "A singular capping move." Well put! Thanks, andrewjsacks.
Jan-27-20  andrewjsacks: Thank you <HarryP>.

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