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Savielly Tartakower vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 9, Mar-18
Budapest Defense: Alekhine Variation (A52)  ·  1-0

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Dec-11-03  MoonlitKnight: According to Tartakower himself, this is the best game of his career.

After the match, Tarrasch supposedly said to him "You have great confidence in your pieces" where upon Tartakower responded: "It is the pieces that have confidence in me".

Dec-11-03
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  Honza Cervenka: What's wrong with 23...b5?
Dec-11-03
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  Chessical: <Honza Cervenka> Tartakower would have a very promising position after: 23...<b5> 24.gxf6 Rxf6 25.Re7 b4 26.Qd3 Rg6+ 27.Kh1 with the threat of f5 to follow.
Dec-11-03
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  Honza Cervenka: I think that Black can take with pawn on f6. For example 23...b5 24.gxf6 gxf6 25.Bh5 Rg7+ 26.Kf1 bxc4 27.Qxf6 Qxf6 28.Bxf6 Nxd5 etc.
Dec-11-03
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  Chessical: <Honza Cervenka> Instead of playing Kh1, could Tartakower simply swing the R over to the g-file?

23...b5 24.gxf6 <gxf6> 25.Bh5 Rg7+ 26.<Rg3> and Tarrasch's K is in trouble.

26..Rxg3+? 27.Qxg3+ Kf8 28.Qh4 is dreadful, but what better move can he play?

Dec-11-03
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  Honza Cervenka: Hmmm, I have thought that 26...bxc4 is possible, but now I see that there is a possibility 27.Rxg7+ Kxg7 28.Qg3+ Kf8 29.f5! Bxf5 30.Bc1! and the game is over. It means that black is really in big trouble...:-)
Dec-03-09  Ulhumbrus: Black has won in the past by playing the Budapest gambit after White has answered it with plausible developing moves, for example, those which try to defend the e4 pawn.

Tartakower manages to prevail by finding an implausible developing move instead : instead of trying to defend his e4 pawn, he offers it to Black as a sacrifice, and thereafter occupies the opened e file.

In this way Tartakower ends up answering the Budapest gambit by sacrificing a pawn instead of accepting it.

Nov-12-15
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  dernier loup de T: Had the pieces of Tartakower not even more confidence in the age of Tarrasch? With all respect due to the humor of Tartakower, a french player after all.... but maybe this is not the best of his numerous jokes: I like better his chess art, specially in this game!
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