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Salo Landau vs Teunis ten Kate
"Ten Gets You Twenty" (game of the day Mar-24-2010)
Rotterdam (1929), Rotterdam NED, rd 1, May-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0



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Jan-19-09  I Like Fish: Methadone Kate...
Ten Daily Dose...
Jan-19-09  Ychromosome: Absolute classical use of the open c-file to attain the 7th rank.

Jul-21-09  backrank: A great task for the white rooks, so early in a game! With that 7th rank rook, Black is totally paralysed and has almost no sensible moves. If 18. ... ♔e7, which seems better at first sight, then 19. ♖xb6, due to the pin.
Mar-24-10  Thrajin: This final position looks so beautiful on a real (not screen-based) chess board, with the white knight turned diagonally so it faces the opposing king.

I'm reminded of a scorpion, the rooks being the two powerful wrenching claws, the knight functioning as the head, and the Bishop playing the role of the stinger waiting to strike its helpless target.

Mar-24-10  TheChessVids: Wow! When I saw such a great pun I thought that this would be an awful game, but it is indeed very instructive.
Mar-24-10  ajile: On move 9 Black needs to retake with a pawn not the knight.

As in this game for example:

Zsuzsa Polgar vs Granda-Zuniga, 1987

Premium Chessgames Member The pun was an idea of User: PPDParreira. We changed it slightly but they deserve the credit.
Mar-24-10  Andrijadj: Ten Kate? Is he a relative of Ajax&Chelsea manager&football expert???
Mar-24-10  kellmano: Super game. Careless of black to allow the white rook to c7, but an understandable oversight
Mar-24-10  bengalcat47: Very impressive. Landau was a very talented player who sadly was a victim of Nazi cruelty during the war.
Mar-24-10  Madmartigan: Maybe it's superfluous, but it should be noted that "Ten Kate" is a typically Dutch surname, which consists of two parts. Thus, "Ten" is not a first name.

The final position is rather esthetically pleasing, I must say.

Mar-24-10  Kazzak: "On my command, unleash hell!"

It is indeed a scorpion, Thrajin!

This game was inspirational. Good GOTD!

Mar-24-10  YoungEd: Where did Black go wrong? Is 8. ...b6 a standard move in this line as it is in some QGD? I've never liked it; there's little hope for a powerful fianchetto after the exchanges on d5, and here we see the importance of weakening c6. Also, by initiating the queen swap, Black just gave White tempi to claim the c-file. Any other errors by Black?
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  thegoodanarchist: A GOTD with an early exchange of queens is uncommon but quite welcome!
Mar-24-10  desiobu: What about the gambit 14...e5 for black? If 15. dxe5, then 15...Nc5, or 15. Nxe5 Nxe5 16. dxe5 and his game is freed.

It would be more comfortable to play IMO, compared with the totally passive game continuation.

Mar-24-10  ajile: <YoungEd: Where did Black go wrong? Is 8. ...b6 a standard move in this line as it is in some QGD? I've never liked it; there's little hope for a powerful fianchetto after the exchanges on d5, and here we see the importance of weakening c6. Also, by initiating the queen swap, Black just gave White tempi to claim the c-file. Any other errors by Black?>

8..b6 is fine. The bad move was 9..Nxd5. Black needs to retake with a pawn as in the game I posted above.

Mar-24-10  psmith: Black's best chance appears to be 13...Qd6 ; his position is then disorganized but there is no immediate breakthrough.
Mar-24-10  David2009: First time round I only managed to
draw the resignation position in S Landau vs T Kate, 1929 against Crafty:

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(Landau vs Ten Kate 1929, 20?) 20.Bb5 a4 21.a3 Ra5 22.Nxa5 bxa5 23.Bxa4 Ke7 24.Rcxd7+ (lazy: Rxc8 wins a piece) Rxd7 25.Rxd7+ Bxd7 26.Bxd7 Kxd7

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and now 27.Kc3?? Kc6 28. b4 a5! and I suddenly realise I have thrown away the win. Instead 27. b4! wins, but care is needed. Moral: beware of simple King and pawn endings!

Crafty link:

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  patzer2: <Where did Black go wrong?> Fritz surprisingly suggests 13...Qxd2+? was a decisive mistake. Instead, 13...Qd6 seems to offer decent counter chances by forcing the Rook off the seventh rank.

White's 17. Rd6! sets a clever pin which ties up Black with inescapable knots in trying to avoid White's overloading of pieces on the pinned knight.

In fact, one could argue the overloading begins at least as early as 15. Rhc1!

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  kevin86: A good game-white strangles the black pieces in a problem-like way.
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  keypusher: If 20....Ba6, first I thought of 21.Bxa6 Rxa6 22.Rdxd7 Rxd7 23.Rxd7?? Kxd7 24.Nb8+ but then 24...Kc7 25.Nxa6 Kb7 traps the knight.

White can just play 21.Bxa6 Rxa6 22.Rdxd7 Rxd7 23.Rc8+ and mates.

This was in some chess miniatures book I saw as a kid, but I can't remember the title.

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