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Savielly Tartakower vs Paul Keres
Warsaw Olympiad (1935), Warsaw POL, rd 6, Aug-20
English Opening: King's English. Four Knights Variation General (A28)  ·  1-0



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Jun-19-06  paladin at large: An unusual looking game in that it is not until move 15. that white allows his king's bishop the prospect of any air! I like the way that Tartakower shores up his queenside in the middlegame, where his king is, and carries the advantage into the ending.
Jul-07-06  Runemaster: Actually, White didn't allow his king's bishop out into the air until move 33.

Tartakower converted the ending nicely. I liked 48.c6, temporarily giving up a pawn in order to invade with the king.

Mar-14-11  DoctorD: This score does not match the one in ChessBase.
Dec-08-12  peteg000: Why 52. Kb4 instead of the more natural Kb6?
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  beatgiant: <peteg000>
If 52. Kb6, Black can play to draw by clearing all the pawns: 52. Kb6 <Bxa4> 53. Bxa4 Kd5 54. Be8 Ke4 55. Bxg6 Kf3 56. Bxf5 Kxg3 57. Bg6 Kxf4 58. Bxh5 Kg3.

By guarding the a-pawn with his king, White prevents this counterplay.

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  keypusher: < beatgiant: <peteg000> If 52. Kb6, Black can play to draw by clearing all the pawns: 52. Kb6 <Bxa4> 53. Bxa4 Kd5 54. Be8 Ke4 55. Bxg6 Kf3 56. Bxf5 Kxg3 57. Bg6 Kxf4 58. Bxh5 Kg3.>

Nice point!

Position after 58.Bxh5:

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The amazing thing is that even if Black misses 58....Kg3, he can still draw with 58....Kf5, 59....Kf6 followed by running his king to the corner. Sometimes chess seems very unfair.

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  beatgiant: <keypusher>
Yes, but what I missed back in 2012 is that in the line I posted, White can rush the king back just in time and still win:

52. Kb6 Bxa4 53. Bxa4 Kd5 54. Be8 Ke4 <55. Kc5> Kf3 56. Kd4 Kxg3 <57. Ke5> (which is probably the move I missed, 57. Ke3 Kxh4 is drawn)

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and then 57...Kxh4 58. Bxg6 Kg4 59. Bxh5+ Kxh5 60. Kxf5.

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  keypusher: <beatgiant> Wow, right you are! I checked my library and 2012-beatgiant is in good company: Tartakower also thought that 52.Kb6 threw away the win. Maybe chess isn't so unfair after all.

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