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Fred Dewhirst Yates vs Savielly Tartakower
"Yates Mates" (game of the day Sep-02-2017)
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 18, Apr-10
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  1-0



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Sep-02-17  ChessHigherCat: I don't know what kind of eevil deevil possessed Tartakower to play 23... g5 (better he should have been Taught-to-cover if not to cower!). What a horrible move from one of the all-time greats. Why not just 23...a4?
Sep-02-17  AlicesKnight: 39...Qxc1 followed by e.g. ...h6 to relieve the mate leaves fight in the position; the avoidance is puzzling. Yates plays well using and maintaining his Q-side space and c-file grip throughout.
Sep-02-17  dumbgai: Is it just me, or is Tartakower always on the losing end of GOTD? Great player obviously, but he seems to have a special ability to lose in interesting ways.
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  PawnSac: I guess dis is just da case of
< DeWorst beats DeBest >
Sep-02-17  The Kings Domain: White's win is Fischer-like in its step by step progress to victory.
Sep-02-17  RookFile: I loved Tartakower's opening - the Sicilian Kan in 1924. These guys were geniuses.
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  Willber G: <PawnSac: I guess dis is just da case of < DeWorst beats DeBest >>

Dewhirst is pronounced dew-hirst.

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  tamar: Just a case of Savielly not playing savvily enough.
Sep-02-17  ChessHigherCat: <tamar: Just a case of Savielly not playing savvily enough.>

Sorry to rain on your parade, tamar, but it in the relevant Uzbek dialect it's pronounced "Save Willy!" (a popular child's name in the early 19th Century commemorating a killer whale beached on the shores of Lake Azov, as you probably already know).

Sep-05-17  kevin86: White wins slowly, but surely.
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  plang: This opening is unusually modern for 1924. 8 Nb3 was new and is rarely played nowadays; 8 0-0 is the main line. Giddens was skeptical of 10..Nxd3+?! opening the c-file recommending 10..Nc4 11 Bxc4..bxc 12 Nd2..Bb4 with adequate play for Black. 15..b4? just created weaknesses on the queenside. 23..g5? made matters worse but passive defense was not promising.

Black played poorly in this game.
I am surprised that:
(1) This was chosen as a Game of the Day
(2) Giddens chose to include this game in his article on Yates.

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