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Alexander Kotov vs Savielly Tartakower
Saltsjobaden Interzonal (1948), Stockholm SWE, rd 3, Jul-19
Queen's Gambit Declined: Chigorin Defense. Main Line Alekhine Variation (D07)  ·  1-0



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Oct-15-05  paladin at large: Tartakower gets in big trouble early, but fights back and makes Kotov work and work. Well played by Kotov.
Jul-14-11  ozmikey: Kotov might have made things a bit easier for himself with the simple 31. Kg1 - he probably didn't want to allow 31...Nd4 with the idea of 32...Qxc1+ next, but 32. g3! is even stronger then, basically forcing Black to bail out into a dead lost ending.
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  plang: Taking the pawn with 7..Qxd4 looks dangerous for Black but Tartakower's 7..Bd6?! was no improvement. Kotov, however, missed the strongest continuation: 8 d5!..exd 9 Ba6..Qc8 10 Nxd5..Ne7 11 Nxe7..Bxe7 12 Qxc6!..bxc 13 Bxc8..Rxc8 14 Be3 with an easily won endgame. Black would have had better chances of saving the game with 13..Qxc6 14 Qxc6..Nxc6 15 Nxd6..cxd 16 Rxd6..Rad8. Instead, after 13..Rd8? White's connected queenside pawns were ultimately too strong despite Tartakower's clever attempts at counterplay. In time pressure Kotov missed the stronger 31 Kh1..Nd4 32 Qc5..Rxh3+ (32..Nf3 33 gxf..Rxh3+ 34 Kg1) 33 gxh..Qf3+ 34 Kg1..Ne2+ 35 gxf..Nxc1 36 Qxe5+ and wins. Kotov, h seconds left on his clock, found the bishop sacrifice 37 Bxe5+! that avoided perpetual check.

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