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Savielly Tartakower vs Geza Maroczy
Karlsbad (1907), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 1, Aug-20
Sicilian Defense: Alapin Variation. General (B22)  ·  0-1



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Mar-11-03  kostich in time: This game was ,somewhat controversially,awarded a first brilliancy prize at Karlsbad,1907(by the way, when is somebody going to translate Marco and Schlechters magnificent tournament book into English?)
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  Honza Cervenka: Another nice game of these two players is Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922
Mar-13-03  Bears092: Why didn't white claim a 3-fold? It's rather obvious that black has the advantage.
Feb-28-05  ForeverYoung: I'm going to guess they didn't have the 3 time repetition rule at that time. Chigorin apparently thought a more worthy game for the first brilliancy prize was Olland vs. Wolf.
May-15-08  Banoboy: "kostich in time: This game was ,somewhat controversially,awarded a first brilliancy prize at Karlsbad,1907(by the way, when is somebody going to translate Marco and Schlechters magnificent tournament book into English?)"

It's been done (and I have a copy). Caissas Editions, a Division of Dale A. Brandreth Books, P.O. Box 151, Yorklyn, DE 19736, if you're interested. I ordered it on Jeremy Silman's website.

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  keypusher: The Brandreth edition, with notes by Marco corrected by an engine, is well worth looking up. Here are just a few of the might-have-beens:

34....Qe2!! 35.Qxe2 Ng3+ 36.Kg1 Nxe2+ 37.Kf2 Nxd4 38.Rd1 Rf3+ 39.Ke1 N6f5.

Tartakower could have stayed in the game with 36.Ne6 instead of 36.Nxa6.

Instead of 36....Ne4, Black could have won with 36....Qh5 37.Qf3 Ng3+ 38.Kg1 Ne2+ 39.Kh1 Rf5!

If Tartakower had played 40.Qh4, then Maroczy had 40....Ne2! But White can battle on with 41.Rc8+ Kg7 42.Rc7+ Kh6 43.Kh1 Qxh4+ 44.Nxh4 Rh5 45.Rc5 Rxh4+ 46.Kg2 Nxd4 47.Rxd5 Kg6 48.Nc7 b4 49.Rd6.

If 45.Ng2, then 45...Rg5+ 46.Kxg3 Rg5+ 47.Kh3 Qxg2+ 48.Kh4 Rh5+ 49.Kxh5 Qh3+ 50.Qh4 Qf5+ -- remind you of anything?

May-12-13  alfilferoz: Hi! I´m looking for a , pdn,pdf or jpg copy of the game Tarkakower-Maroczy, published in Brandreth´s book (with annotations by Marco). Is for my chess club bulletin (I am going to quote properly the book, is fair use).

If someone is able to help, please write me at

Feb-07-16  TheFocus: At Carlsbad, Maroczy was awarded the first brilliancy prize of 300 crowns for this game.

See <American Chess Bulletin>, November 1907, pg. 216.

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