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Alexander Alekhine vs Savielly Tartakower
The Hague (1921), The Hague NED, rd 5, Oct-31
Dutch Defense: Nimzo-Dutch Variation (A90)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-14-11  Calli: Tartakower had rather simple win here: 30...Rxg2+ 31.Kxg2 Nc2 etc
Oct-15-11  sneaky pete: On the other hand, it's hard to find a good move for black after the obvious 30.exd5 ..

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Then if 30... Be2 31.Qd4 .. and black is in trouble, as Albert Becker indicates.

After the game continuation 30.Qd4? Rc2 Tartakower questionmarks 37... Nd3 (he claims black still has a win after 37... a5) and 44... Rd5 (better .. Rd2 or .. Rd4).

Oct-15-11  Calli: 30.exd5 is another obvious move.

I looked up the game in the tournament book, only to see this annotation:

"Nach Tg2+ 31. Kg2 Sc2 33. De5 Se1 34. Tel Lf7 35. Ta1 (auf 35. Tfl würde Te8; auf 35. Sf2 nummehr Dd6 36. Df6 ed: folgen) würde Weiß noch treffliche Ausgleichschancen behalten."

Totally confusing. Move 32 is missing and is followed by 33.Qe5 Nxe1. Then they say White has compensation?

Oct-15-11  JoePhysics: Dear Sneaky Pete,

30 exd5 Be2
31 Qd4 Nd3

And white loses.

Oct-15-11  andrewjsacks: White's seventh and eighth moves, played consecutively, probably constitute about the only time those two moves have been played in that sequence by any player over, say, a 1300 rating.
Oct-15-11  DrMAL: <andrewjsacks> LOL looks "grim" indeed, I can think of one opening variation where both Nh3 and Na3 are played there may be more but this is definitely not one of them, cheers.
Oct-15-11  sneaky pete: <JoePhysics> Not after 30.exd5 Be2 31.Qd4 Nd3 32.Qxd3 ..

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Oct-16-11  Calli: <sneaky pete> Qc5+ in that diagram gets Black out of the pin.

Alekhine won the tournament with 8 pts and Tartakower finished second with 7. This 5th round game, therefore, had a significant effect on tournament outcome.

Oct-16-11  sneaky pete: <Calli> You're right, 32... Qc5+ is what Becker (and I) overlooked. So after 30.exd5 Be2 31.d6+ .. is forced, which doesn't look very convincing after 31... Bxc4 32.dxe7 Re8

Tartakower on 7.Nh3 .. with 8.Na3 ..: So that should be the "Last Truth" in chess? One believes to discover a weakness in the enemy position (pawn e6) and then dances like an indian around the holy fire.

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