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Savielly Tartakower vs Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky
St. Petersburg (1909), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 5, Feb-21
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  fredthebear: A rather identical material game.
Pawn thrusts give this game character, starting with the typical 6...e5 while 9.f4 is less common but well prepared. Then follows 11.f5 and 14.fxg6 which are OK given the other maneuvers. The centralizing 22.Nd5 seems ideal but White can't hold the outpost there. I prefer putting the question to the black bishop with 22.h3 instead, relieving some pressure on the light squares and allowing the White rooks a bit more freedom in their own camp. Thereafter, reviving the White rook on the d- file aiming through Black's backward d- pawn at the Queen could eventually be productive but this does not materialize again. Black's pawn lever 22...b5 starts the counter offensive that turns up the heat along with the pesky kNight and guardian rook. After 25.e5 I'm having trouble understanding why Black just doesn't take the e- pawn and give himself a passed pawn advantage, but instead 25...Bf5 proves itself quiet useful in the game. White plays the defensive 31.Nf4 to block Black from playing Qc2 and forming a deadly battery on his second rank. Black makes a nice temporary sacrifice of the queen to relieve any extended pressure on his own king and then evens up the material two moves later, rook for queen. The simple threat 37...Bb1 appears like it will eventually win the a- pawn w/the help of the pesky kNight, but White finds 38.Bd5 (attack a more important piece) to save the a- pawn and the draw. The kNights are exchanged and the game could have been agreed drawn there if not sooner but both sides played on to a pawn promotion race, w/a check skewer queen exchange finish. I doubt modern day masters would have done so, but I like to see it played out.

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