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Savielly Tartakower vs Richard Reti
Vienna (1908), Vienna AUH, rd 11, Apr-06
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1-0

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Sep-06-05  paladin at large: The first meeting (in the DB) of two evenly matched young bucks. Steady pressure by Tartakower all the way - Réti is too cramped at the end for effective defence.
Sep-06-05  euripides: <evenly matched> Reti scored 1 and a half points in this tournament and finished last. There's hope for us all.
Sep-06-05  paladin at large: Yes, evenly matched - Réti beat Tartakower in 1910 and scored +12 -10 = 13 over twenty years against him. They were both probably quite nervous in this tournament.
Sep-07-05  euripides: I think Reti simply wasn't very strong yet. It was his first international tournament - he had done reasonably in the Hungarian championship and in a small tournament in Prague. At this stage Tartakower was much more experienced. As you say, Reti caught up quickly thereafter and I agree they're well-matched over their lives as a whole.
Mar-01-06  Mating Net: This game is an excellent example of a transposition from a quiet, dull opening, the Symmetrical English, into a sharp tactical battle, the Sicilian.

As an English Opening player, I try and steer the game into these kind of lines when Black replies 1...c5 as the resulting positions are anything but quiet positional struggles, which is probably what Black wanted when he played 1...c5.

In this game, Tartakower put the Maroczy bind and the resulting space advantage to great use and finally forced his way into the Black camp with decisive effect.

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