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Oscar Chajes vs Savielly Tartakower
"Oscar Winning Performance" (game of the day Feb-11-2020)
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 24, Sep-22
Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Defense (A46)  ·  1-0

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Apr-05-04  Whitehat1963: Very effectively played by Chajes!
Feb-18-08  rosenthal: why didn't tartakower play 35......Kf7? to protect the f pawn?
Feb-18-08  sneaky pete: 35... Kf7 36.Qh7+ Kf8 37.Bh6+ Ke8 38.Qg8+ Ke7 39.Qe6# or 36... Ke8 37.Qg8+ Ke7 38.Qe6+ Kf8 39.Bh6#.
Feb-18-08  Karpova: <rosenthal: why didn't tartakower play 35......Kf7? to protect the f pawn?>

35...Kf7 36.Qh7+ Ke8 (<36...Kf8 37.Bh6+ Ke8 38.Qg8+ Ke7 39.Qe6#>) 37.Qg8+ Ke7 38.Qe6+ Kf8 39.Bh6+ Rg7 40.e5 (<e.g. 41...c1=Q 41.Rxc1 Rxc1 42.exf6>)

Tartakower's move at least keeps away the queen for some time.

39...c1=Q appears to have been a mistake ruining Black's position. 39...Qc4 might have been preferable.

Feb-18-08  sneaky pete: So in my second line after 39.Bh6# I overlooked 39... Rg7 - that must be the Tarka<tower> defence the heading speaks of. Now after 40.e5 fxe5 how does white continue?
Feb-18-08  Karpova: <sneaky pete: So in my second line after 39.Bh6# I overlooked 39... Rg7 - that must be the Tarka<tower> defence the heading speaks of. Now after 40.e5 fxe5 how does white continue?>

35...Kf7 36.Qh7+ Ke8 37.Qg8+ Ke7 38.Qe6+ Kf8 39.Bh6+ Rg7 40.e5 fxe5 41.Rf1 (41...f4 42.Bxf4)

After 41.Rf1


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Feb-18-08  sneaky pete: <Karpova> Very nice, thank you. Of course I realised there had to be a win and I did look at 41.Rf1 f4, but didn't bother with the unpinning retreat 42.Bxf4 .. (with the eventual further retreat .. c1=Q 43.Bxc1+ ..) - much to subtle for my <allora!> attacking style.
Mar-03-08  rosenthal: thanks, sneaky pete & karpova. i will check your analysis out!
Feb-11-20  andrewjsacks: Fine pun--and timely, of course. Well done.
Feb-11-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Good pun!
Feb-11-20
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  Honza Cervenka: With all its mistakes (especially 34.Nf5+ was a howler dropping all advantage) this is awesome game by Chajes.
Feb-11-20  goodevans: <Honza┬áCervenka> Yes, 34.Nf5+ was a little impatient, as was Tartakower's 39...c1=Q.

39...Qc4, threatening 40...Qe2+, would have neutralised white's attack.

A great game nevertheless.

Feb-11-20
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  Honza Cervenka: <goodevans: <Honza Cervenka> Yes, 34.Nf5+ was a little impatient, as was Tartakower's 39...c1=Q.

39...Qc4, threatening 40...Qe2+, would have neutralised white's attack.

A great game nevertheless.>

Mistakes are integral part of the game of chess, and nobody knew it better than Tartakower:

"The blunders are all there on the board, waiting to be made."

"The winner of the game is the player who makes the next-to-last mistake."

"Chess is a fairy tale of 1001 blunders."

"Chess is a struggle against one's own errors."

"Erro ergo sum."

Feb-11-20  Momentum Man: This game is quite entertaining, and I like the game title. Very clever Mr Phony
Feb-11-20  TheBish: I think 12...Ne6 was an improvement (over 12...Be6), but the real mistakes came later.

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