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Savielly Tartakower vs Efim Bogoljubov
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Mar-16
King's Gambit: Accepted. Tartakower Gambit (C33)  ·  1-0



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Sep-08-05  paladin at large: My, 25. Re8+ is a pretty move transitioning to an endgame with a protected passed pawn. Nice game by Tartakower.
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  Peligroso Patzer: In the tournament book (“New York 1924”, by Alekhine, Alexander, Russell Enterprises ©2008, p. 31) Alekhine notes at White’s 44th move that 44.axb5 Re4+ 45.Kd3 Rxb4 46.cxb4 axb5 would have been losing for White. Interestingly, in this line Black wins by outmaneuvering White on the King-side rather than by capturing the b-pawn after taking the d-pawn:47.Ke3 Ke7 [Also winning would be: 47...Kd6 48.Kd4 f4 49.Ke4 f3 50.Kxf3 Kxd5 51.Kg4 Ke4 52.Kxh4 Kf4 53.Kh5 Ke3 54.Kg4 (54.Kg6 Kf2 55.h4 Kxg2 56.h5 Kf2 57.h6 g2 58.h7 g1Q+ 59.Kf7 Qh2 60.Kg8 Ke3 61.h8Q Qxh8+ 62.Kxh8 Kd4–+) 54...Kf2 55.h4 Kxg2 56.h5 Kf2–+] 48.Kf4 Kd6 49.Kxf5 Kxd5 50.Kg4 Ke5! [Not 50...Kc4? 51.Kxh4 Kxb4 52.Kxg3 Kc4 53.h4 b4 54.h5 b3 55.h6 b2 56.h7 b1Q 57.h8Q=] 51.Kg5 Ke4 52.Kxh4 Kf4 53.Kh5 Ke3 54.Kg4 Kf2 55.h4 Kxg2 56.h5 Kf2–+
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  Peligroso Patzer: <paladin at large: My, 25. Re8+ is a pretty move transitioning to an endgame with a protected passed pawn. Nice game by Tartakower. >

Notwithstanding Tartakower’s clever and enterprising play earlier in the game, he only won due to Bogoljubow’s blunder on move 46. Here is Alekhine’s comment re: 46. … Rg1?: “A deplorable mistake, which deprives Black of the fruits of his excellent defense. With the simple 46...Rd1+ , the game would have been drawn, for instance: (I) 47.Kc4 47...Rd2 48.Kc5 Rxg2 49.Ra7+ Ke8 50.Kd6 Rd2 , etc.; (II) 47.Ke3 Rxd5 48.Rh6 Re5+ 49.Kf3 Re4 50.Rf6 Rc4. After the text move, White connects his passed pawns and then wins without difficulty." (at page 31 of the tournament book: "New York 1924", Alekhine, Alexander, Russell Enterprises, Inc., ©2008)

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