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Savielly Tartakower vs Salomon Flohr
London (1932), London ENG, rd 8, Feb-09
Queen's Indian Defense: Kasparov Variation (E12)  ·  1-0



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Apr-21-05  paladin at large: Very prettty win by Tartakower 12. dxe5 shuts out the black bishop. White then takes control of the e file and exchanges off the heavy pieces to suit his better knight and king for the ending. The white king beats the black king into position while black looks for something for his bishop to do. Flohr has nothing to do but wander around aimlessly in his basement. White, having taken away all counterplay, then calmly withdraws his own king and plays the decisive b4.
Sep-10-18  goser: 38...Kf7 looks to be a terrible blunder while 38...ab4 probably would lead to a draw (I don't see how white could break through with a5 and c5 in any order).
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  beatgiant: <goser>
After 38...axb4 39. Kxb4. To prevent White's king from reaching b8, Black must then reply 39...Kd8 40. a5 bxa5+ 41. Kxa5 Kc8. And now White switches to the other side with 42. Kb5.

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If Black covers the kingside with 42...Kd8, then 43. Ka6 Kc8 44. Ka7 and White will soon outflank Black on the queenside. Or if Black covers the queenside with 42...Kb8, now 43. c5 dxc5 44. Kxc5 and the king will reach e6. I don't see a good defense for Black here.

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  Retireborn: Houdini suggests 33...a5 and 37...d5 as possible equalizers. It's surprising that Flohr entered the pawn endgame though; after 32...Kf7 there doesn't seem to be much to fear.
Sep-11-18  goser: <beatgiant> Well, initially I thought about either 42...h6 or 43..d5 but now it looks to me that White has decisive triangular maneuvers in both cases.
Sep-22-18  goser: OK, this time I employed Stockfish. It says that last time black could equalize with 37...d5. After this, the game was lost. What a non-trivial and instructive (don't miss counterplay at the right time) pawn ending!

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