Freymann - Tartakover

St Petersburg 1909

Queen's Pawn Opening

1.d4 c5

After this White does not seem to have anything better than to turn into the Sicilian Defense by 2.e4.


 After 2.e4 cxd4 3.Nf3 e5? 4.c3 White gets sufficient compensation for the pawn sacrificed ) (2.d5also deserves consideration, as the pawn is here in a secure position, and White succeeds in hampering Black's game a little, without having lost time.

2...d5 3.c4 e6 4.Nf3 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.cxd5 Nxd5 7.Bd3 Nc6 8.O-O cxd4 9.exd4 Be7 10.Re1 O-O 11.Be3 b512.Rc1


 Black has risked 12.Qc2 Ncb4 13.Bxh7 Kh8 14.Qb1 g6 15.Bxg6 fxg6 16.Qxg6 whereupon White would have already three pawns for the piece with good attack.

12...Bb7 13.Ne4 Nxe3 14.fxe3 Nb4 15.Nc5

 After 15.Nc3 White would have quite a good position.

15...Bxf3 16.gxf3 Nxa2 17.Ra1 Nb4 18.Be4 Ra7 19.f4 Qb6

The logical winning continuation was 19...Bxc5 20.dxc5 Qxd1 21.Raxd1 f5

20.Nd3 Nd5 21.Bxd5 exd5 22.Re2 Re8 23.Rg2 Qe6 24.Ne5 f625.Qh5 Bf8 26.f5 Qe7 27.Ng4 Rc8 28.Rg3

 If28.Rxa6 Rc1 ( and not, by any means 28...Rxa6 on account of 29.Nh6 and 30. Nf7+ giving perpetual check.

29.Kf2 Rc2 30.Kf1 Rxg2 31.Rxa7 (necessary to cover the mate) 31...Qxa7

28...Kh8 29.Nf2 Rac7 30.Rxa6 Rc2 31.Re6 Qb4 32.Rf3 Rxb2 33.Kg2 Rbc2 34.Rh3 h6 35.Rg3 Qe1 36.Rf3 b4 37.Rb6 b338.Rxb3 Qd1 39.Rb6 Rxf2 40.Kxf2 Rc2 41.Kg3 Qg1 42.Kf4 Rxh2 43.Qg4 Qh1 44.Rb8 Kg8 45.e4 Rh4 46.e5 h5
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