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Ernst Gruenfeld vs Savielly Tartakower
Grünfeld - Tartakower (1922), Vienna AUT, rd 1, Jun-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: Tartakower. Exchange Variation (D57)  ·  0-1

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Nov-26-14  Karpova: This game was played in the German Chess Club Vienna. Grünfeld annotated the game (I only give some excerpts).

On 1...d5, Grünfeld notes that recently <1...Nf6> became more popular. Both, Bogoljubov's <2.Nf3 e6 3.c4 Bb4+> and Grünfeld's <2...g6>, are sufficient for Black to equalize. He refers to his article "Das Pistyaner Turnier in seiner Bedeutung für die Eröffnungslehre" (Arbeiter-Schachzeitung, number 9/10).

3...Nf6: Tarrasch's <3...c5> has vanished from tournament play completely, since White has several good ways of handling it. The best one is the variation introduced by Schlechter and elaborated (<ausgearbeitet>) by Rubinstein - <4.cxd5 exd5 5.Nf3 Nc6 6.g3! Nf6 7.Bg2 Be6 8.0-0 Be7 9.dxc5 Bxc5 10.Na4! Be7 11.Be3! b6 12.Nd4> (Reti vs Tarrasch, 1922).

Grünfeld considers 5.Nf3 to be slightly better than <5.e3> (<5.Nf3 dxc4 6.e4!>).

According to Grünfeld, 6...h6 was only played to avoid theory. It's usually not advisable to drive the ♗ to h4 in the Orthodox Defense, since White can avoid the trade against the ♗e7 later (<...dxc4 Bxc4 ...Nd5 Bg3>).

9...Be6: <9...Bb7> is in accordance with the position, but White plays <.Ne5> and <.f4> and gets an attacking position, against which no antidote has been found yet.

13.Ba6<!>

With 14...Bh4, Tartakower was already planning the exchange sacrifice, since he felt he had been outplayed. The sacrifice is not sound, though. Grünfeld gives <14...Bb4! 15.Bb7 Bxc3+ 16.bxc3 Qe7 17.0-0 Rad8 18.Ba6 Nf6> instead.

16.Bxa8<!> (<16.hxg3 Rb8 17.Bxd5 Bxd5 18.Nxd5 Re8+ 19.Ne3 Nf6 20.0-0 Re4> and the d-♙ becomes too weak, according to Grünfeld).

Grünfeld gives <22.Qd3! Bf5 (or 22...f5 or 22...Nxc3 23.Qxg6) 23.Rhf1 Qd6+ 24.Kg1> as much clearer for Wite.

Grünfeld suggests <27.h4>.

According to Grünfeld, weaker than 27...f4 was <27...Qxe5+ 28.dxe5 e3 29.Rfd1> and the White ♖s invade the Black position (and White has a passed ♙).

30.Rc6<?> Grünfeld gives <30.Rc7> (sample line <30.Rc7 Rf7 31.Rc6 Re7 32.d5 Bxd5 33.Rxh6 Kg7 34.Rd6 Bb7 35.a4>. Now the Black ♔ can advance and support the passed ♙s.

33...e3<!>

36.Rd7 threatens to win the ♗ (<37.Re7+ Kf5 38.Re5+>), but I wonder if 36...Rf7 was not a better way to meet the threat, than 36...Re8.

On 37.Rg7, Grünfeld notes that also <37.Kg1> would be insufficient to save the game (<37.Kg1 Be6! 38.Rg7 e2 39.Re1 Ke3 40.Rg5 Bxh3! 41.gxh3 f3>).

39.Bxg2<!>

Source: 'Österreichische Schachrundschau', July 1922, issue 5, pp. 34-36

Sep-17-15  leow: What happens after 40 Rg2 ?
Sep-17-15  Nerwal: 40. ♔xg2 ♔e3! 41. ♔g1 f3 42. ♖g3 ♖g8 43. ♖xe2+ ♔xe2 44. ♖xg8 f2+ - Tartakower
Sep-18-15  leow: To answer my own question: after 40Rg2 follows 40...f3 41 Rf2 Ke3 and its all over
Sep-18-15
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  keypusher: What if White plays 40.Kxg2 Ke3 41.Rf5?
41....Rg8+ 42.Kh2 Kf2 43.Rc1 and does Black have more than a draw?
Dec-09-18  sudoplatov: This seems like the first game with the Tartakover system: combination of ...h6 and ...b6 and ...Be6. These moves were played previously but not necessarily in the same position. The Fianchetto (...b6) was common (Pillsbury-Tarrasch 1895); ..Be6 is often played in the Tarrasch defence; ...h6 is iffy (though in combination with ...Ne4 it's OK); the question is whether the Pawn on h6 is a target or not.

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