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Savielly Tartakower vs Ramon Rey Ardid
"Ardid Better Than You" (game of the day Feb-07-2005)
Sitges (1934), Sitges ESP, rd 1, May-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense (D40)  ·  0-1



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Feb-07-05  Saruman: There is no good way for white to parry the threat of 20.-♕xf1+ and then mate. For instance 20.♕a4+ b5 , or 20.♔c1 ♕xf1+ 21.♗e1 ♕xe1#.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: It almost looks as if 6.g3 was the losing move. Perhaps 7.Nxd5 was better? After that, White looks like roadkill, while Rey Ardid looks like Alekhine.
Feb-07-05  Saruman: ...However 14.-♘d4 is most likely the best move, in view of 15.♕xa5?? ♘c2#, as it sets up a mating-pattern while joining another piece into the attack. Also it sets up the devasting threat of 15.-♕d5 followed by 16.-♘f3+ 17.exf3 ♕d1#.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Yes, 14...Nd4 looks like an Alekhine move to me. Such moves are always a jolt, no matter how simple the tactics. I am still curious about where Tartakower lost this one.
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  patzer2: The deflection combination starting with 9...Qa5! helps to setup the decisive 18...Qd5! double attack, which forces White's reisgnation.
Feb-07-05  meloncio: This game is one of the gems of Spanish chess. It's easy to think Tartakower underrated his opponent, but Rey Ardid was then (until 1942) the Spanish chess champion, and anyway they met before in 1929 Barcelona Int.Tourn. I didn't get this game yet.
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  Marius: 17... Qd5 wouldn't work because of 18. Qb5+
Feb-07-05  euripides: ...nor does 14...Qd5 work because of 15 f3. The threat hangs over White in various forms for several moves.
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  patzer2: <an Englishman> <I am still curious about where Tartakower lost this one.> I think the move 7. Nxd4? is an opening blunder. White is OK after 7. Nxd5! as in Benko vs Korchnoi, 1962.
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  patzer2: Of course 7. Nxd5! doesn't guarantee White much more than equality, and the first player must be careful not to press too hard as in Piket vs Van Wely, 1997.
Feb-07-05  Castle In The Sky: It seems that Whites first big mistake was 9.♘b5 allowing ...♕a5 Would not ♘b3 be better?
Feb-07-05  jkiipli: ehh, this Tartakower guy always gets beated like a dog, if you see a gameoftheday with Tartakower playing, you can be sure of the result
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  kevin86: Tartokower has his k-rook stolen in this one,after getting his q-rook out of unending fire.

A possible pun involving Savielli:Let's Tartakower.

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  patzer2: <Castle In the Sky> The line 9. Nb3 Qxd1+ 10. Kxd1 Nc6 or 10...Bf5 gives Black a long term advantage due to the isolated White pawn.
Feb-10-05  Mate Hunter: Black attacked white's weaknesses and at the same time developed his pieces freely. He played very aggressively and not everybody has a courage to do so.

In the opening white could also play 7.Qxd4 instead of 7.Nxd5 to avoid isolated pawn on c3. What about white's winning chances then?

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  patzer2: <Mate Hunter> Don't like 7. Qxd4 because of 7...Nc6 gaining a tempo for Black's development.
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  GrahamClayton: You don't expect a player of Tartakower's standing to get wiped off the board on the White side of a Queen's Gambit.

10.♕d5 was an attempt at a cheapo - 10...a6? 11. ♘d6+ wins the Black Queen, but Rey-Ardid calmly develops and takes over the board.

Dec-20-13  YoungEd: I agree with <Castle In The Sky>. ♘b5 seems to be overreaching the position. <An Englishman> is probably right that g3 was an error, but I think that after ♘b5 White's game is junk.
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  master8ch: Another way, just as good, is 17...Rxd2+ 18.Kxd2 Qd5+ 19.Kc1 O-O, with the devastating double threat of Rd8 and Qxh1.

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