Capablanca vs Tartakower
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[Event "New York"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Capablanca"] [Black "Tartakower"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "A40"] [Opening "Queen's Pawn: 1...e6 2.Nf3"] 1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. c4 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Nc3 O-O {White prepares to trade off Black's king knight or king bishop, both of which are important attacking pieces in this opening.} 6. e3 b6 7. Bd3 Bb7 8. O-O Qe8 { Black plans to attack on the kingside by 9...Qh5 and 10...Ng4.} 9. Qe2 { White prepare to meet 9...Qh5 by 10.e4 when Black's pieces will be embarrassed in the center.} 9... Ne4 10. Bxe7 Nxc3 11. bxc3 Qxe7 12. a4 {Preventing 12... Qa3 and preparing to play on the queenside by 13.Rfb1 and a later a5.} 12... Bxf3 {This is horrible: Black's bishop is his best piece and he voluntarily gives it up. He should play 12...d6 and 13...Nd7 to solidify his position in the center.} 13. Qxf3 Nc6 14. Rfb1 Rae8 15. Qh3 {Preventing Black from freeing himself by 15...e5. Black should now try to get some play on the kingside by 15...g5.} 15... Rf6 16. f4 Na5 17. Qf3 d6 18. Re1 Qd7 19. e4 fxe4 20. Qxe4 g6 21. g3 Kf8 22. Kg2 Rf7 23. h4 d5 24. cxd5 exd5 25. Qxe8+ Qxe8 26. Rxe8+ Kxe8 { We have now reached a classic ending) White has a bishop against a knight and a target on g6. Black struggles to get counterplay, but by giving up material White strengthens his bind until Black finally gives up.} 27. h5 Rf6 { 27...gxh5 28.Rh1 Kf8 29.Rxh5 Wins a pawn for White.} 28. hxg6 hxg6 29. Rh1 { Now each of White's pieces is more active than its Black counterpart.} 29... Kf8 {Black wants to move his rook to the c-file but can't allow a pin by Bb5.} 30. Rh7 {Now White's rook has an ideal position on the seventh rank. Black's king is in a box and will soon become the object of attack by all White's pieces.} 30... Rc6 31. g4 Nc4 {Black doesn't take on c3 as that would give White connected passed pawns on the kingside. He brings his misplaced knight to the kingside, but the time this takes lets White tighten his bind there.} 32. g5 Ne3+ 33. Kf3 Nf5 34. Bxf5 gxf5 {White has given up his bishop for Black's knight and must now lose his c- pawn, but now his king has a clear path into Black's position by g3-h4-g5-f6.} 35. Kg3 Rxc3+ 36. Kh4 Rf3 { 36...Rc1 37.Kh5 Rh1+ 38.Kg6 Rxh7 39.Kxh7 c5 40.g6 And White gets a new queen.} 37. g6 Rxf4+ 38. Kg5 Re4 {38...Rxd4 39.Kf6 Kg8 40.Rd7 And Black get mated.} 39. Kf6 {White doesn't take the f-pawn because it will shield his king from checks on the f-file. The g6 pawn is all he needs to win with his mating battery of king and rook in place.} 39... Kg8 40. Rg7+ Kh8 41. Rxc7 Re8 42. Kxf5 { White only captures after Black's rook has been reduced to passive defense.} 42... Re4 43. Kf6 Rf4+ 44. Ke5 Rg4 45. g7+ Kg8 {45...Rxg7 46.Rxg7 Kxg7 47.Kxd5 Kf7 48.Kd6 Ke8 49.Kc7 Ke7 50.d5 And the d- pawn can't be stopped.} 46. Rxa7 Rg1 47. Kxd5 Rc1 48. Kd6 Rc2 49. d5 Rc1 50. Rc7 Ra1 51. Kc6 Rxa4 52. d6 {White will get a new queen. If you don't see this, play the position out with Gambit.} 1-0
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WhiteCapablanca
BlackTartakower
Game
Moves52
OpeningA40 — Queen's Pawn: 1...e6 2.Nf3
Result1-0
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TournamentNew York
Location?
Round0