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Savielly Tartakower vs Carl Schlechter
"Saucy Tart" (game of the day Jul-02-2006)
St. Petersburg (1909), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 17, Mar-09
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  1-0

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Nov-24-03  stinkymagoo: 10...h6 definitely doesn't sit right with me. Was it so late for black that 23...Qxf1 was absolutely necessary? I wonder if there was any other possible way out.
Nov-24-03  Calli: 10...h6 - I think Lasker writes a good note on that move. 23...Qxf1 was best because if the queen moves say 23...Qg4 then 24.Qe8+ wins immediately.
Aug-04-05
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  chancho: Wow,This game was simply a sacrificial orgy.And to Think Mikhail Tal was not yet born.
Aug-04-05  aw1988: This is a fabulous game. Generally I look at the headline before looking at the game, and seeing Schlechter and Tartakower at their prime promises to me a wonderful clash.
Aug-04-05  Koster: The only way to refute this gambit is to accept it.
Aug-04-05  Boomie: The good doctor's note to move 10 misses a white resource. However I hesitate to post a correction to Lasker. He may have seen a way out of this for black.

10... ♘d7 11. ♘bd2 ♘df6 12. ♘xe4 ♘xe4 13. ♕c2 ♕e7 14. ♖e1 f5 15. ♘g5 (1.30/13)

Aug-04-05  Boomie: Oddly enough, Uncle Fritz seems to prefer 10...h6! When a tactician as fine as Schlechter makes a defensive move, it usually means it is required.

At move 11 black needed to exchange knights.

11...♘xd2 12. ♘xd2 ♕h4 13. ♘f3 ♕h5= (0.09)/13)

Apr-19-06
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  chancho: Tartakower wrote: <"This game almost, but not quite, received a brilliancy prize; however the squares f7, f6 and h6 on which the initial sacrifices took place, seemed to the judges too familiar and, as it were, lending themselves too easily to the feats accomplished by my troops.">

Tartakower's "My Best Games Of Chess 1905-1954"

Jul-02-06
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  suenteus po 147: <chancho> Thanks for posting the Tartakower excerpt. I have to get that book...and everything else that Tartakower ever wrote.

<chessgames.com> Fun pun!

Jul-02-06  Confuse: tartar sauce yesterday, and today saucy tart? i think i get it.. ? _ ?
Jul-02-06  dakgootje: nice game but it is strange Lasker criticized a move, and says it again at whites 14th, which turned out to be neccessary. but of course, even the famous old worldclass players make mistakes in analysing.
Jul-02-06
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  kevin86: Here is just another case where a sacrifice is followed by an attack that GAINS material.

Good notes by Lasker-good lyrics by Tartakower!

Apr-21-07  Kingsider: 3.Q5h?!
Apr-16-08  Zickzack: Fritz10 has its own vision of things. According to it, 12. ... c5 is the losing move. Bf8 should have been played instead. And 13. ... cd4: aggravates the situation. Here Rf8 should have been tried, e.g.: 14. Nd6: Qd6: 15. Nc4 Qe7 16. dc:. However, White's positional advantage is rated as a won game.

Black missed some points in the opening. 9. ... Re8 diverts a defender of f7. Hence, Nf6 is given as better. White missed something, too, namely the unlikely move 8. Nf7:. One lines goes as follows: 8. ... Qe7 9. Nd6: cd: 10. Nd2 Ne4: 11. Bc4+ Be6 12. Be6:+ Qe6: 13. Qe2 d5 14. Ne4: de: 15. Qb5. It looks risky, however.

By the way, 19. Bh6: is seen as inferior to 19. Bd3 Qf6 20. Bd2.

May-15-08  notyetagm: White to play: 21 ?


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<Chapter 13,<<< EXPANDING THE POSITION>>>, features exercises in which a number of White pieces move up the board in concert, <<<and usually with tempo>>>, in order to create or convert an advantage.

363. Tartakower-Schlechter, St. Petersburg, Russia, 1909.

363. 7 Ply. White is up a pawn and can rearrange his pieces on c4 and f1. Visualize the position after the moves 21 Nd6 [1] Bxd6 22 Bc4+ Be6 23 Rf1 Qxf1+ [2] 24 Bxf1. What is the material balance?

<<<[1] This move frees c4 for the Bishop, while White's next move frees f1 for the Rook.>>> [2] 23...Qe5 loses to 24 Qe8+ Kh7 25 Bd3+ Bf5 26 Bxf5, when Black has to give up his Queen to avoid mate. >

Feb-01-09
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  Phony Benoni: <Tartakower wrote: <"This game almost, but not quite, received a brilliancy prize; however the squares f7, f6 and h6 on which the initial sacrifices took place, seemed to the judges too familiar and, as it were, lending themselves too easily to the feats accomplished by my troops.">

The irony being that the game which did win the brilliancy prize, Schlechter vs Salwe, 1909, was later found to have a flaw big enough to drive a sleighthrough.

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