Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blogging Tartakower - 1

I like his pithy introductions to each game. Here’s a few taken at random.

Game: Yates – Gunsberg, Chester, 1914

The time spent in effecting a pawn capture of doubtful value often allows the enemy pressure to become irrestible. This is the painful lesson to be learnt from the very beautiful game that follows.

Game: Alekhine – Euwe, World Championship Match, 1935

A most tense struggle, in which the interest never flags, in spite of one or two missed opportunities, due perhaps to the importance of the occasion.

Game: Lasker – Rubenstein, St. Petersburg, 1914

There are rook endings in which the advantage of one or two pawns is not sufficient to ensure victory. But here is an endgame, apparently simple and, after Black’s 58th. move, with equal material on each side, in which a seemingly unimportant feature turns the scale in White’s favor.

Game: Burn – Tarrasch, Ostend, 1907

After lengthy, consolidating maneuvers on either side, White succeeds in winning a well-merited pawn, after which Black’s resistance quickly collapses. On the whole, a game won in simple but eloquent fashion.

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