Tartakover - Znosko - Borovsky

St Petersburg 1909

Queen's Pawn Opening

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 d6 3.Nc3 Nbd7 4.g3 As this diagonal is quite free for the Bishop, this development appears only natural. 4...g6 ( But this reply is venturesome. He should play 4...e5 at once, and follow up after 5.e3 by 5...exd4 6.exd4 d5) 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.e3 e5 7.Nge2 O-O 8.O-O Re8 9.f4 ( A strong move; yet it might have been usefully deferred for one or two moves, as Black is, for the moment, at a loss what to do. Hence, first 9.h3 and perhaps 10.Kh2 was indicated, to be followed by f2-f4. Neither Black's Knight nor Queen's Bishop would then have had the important g4-square at their disposal, and the combination would, therefore, have turned out still better for White. ) 9...exd4 10.Nxd4 The Knight is effectively posted on this square, but, on the other hand, it appears somewhat risky to get the e-pawn fixed on the open file.10...Nc5 11.f5 ( Too hasty. First 11.Qc2 to be followed soon by Bc1-d2 and Ra1-e1, and then attack on the wings. ) 11...Nce4 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Qc2 Nf6 ( But he should not have abandoned this post without a struggle. He should play 13...Qe7 and, should White keep up the attack by 14.Rf4 then 14...Nc5 threatening already 15...Bh6. ) 14.fxg6 hxg6 15.Bd2 c5 ( If 15...Ng4 then 16.Bd5) ( Hence 15...c6) 16.Ne2 Bf5 17.Qb3 Rb8 18.Rad1 Ng4 19.Nf4 Ne5 20.e4 Bg4 21.Rde1 Nc6 22.Nd5 b5

White: Tartakover Black: Znosko-Barovsky
( Better was first 22...Nd4 23.Qa4 then 23...a6 and 24...Bc8. ) 23.cxb5 Nd4 24.Qa4 Nxb5 ( If 24...Rxb5 25.Qxa7) 25.e5 Bf5 26.Ba5 (26.Nf6+ Bxf6 27.exf6 Rxe1 28.Bxe1 Nd4 and White's attack does not succeed, as he cannot bring the Queen over to the Kingside. ) 26...Qg5 27.exd6 Nxd6 28.Bc3 ( To 28.Bc7 the reply would be 28...Rxe1 29.Rxe1 Rxb2 30.Bxd6 Rxg2+ White's 26th move was therefore useless. ) 28...Bxc3 29.bxc3 Rxe1 30.Rxe1 Rb2 31.Nf4 Qf6 32.Qa3 Nc4 33.Qxc5 Qxc3 34.Qe7 Qxe1+ 35.Qxe1 Rb1 36.Kf2 Rxe1 37.Kxe1 Bb1 38.Bd5 Adjourned. 38...Nb6 39.Bb3 Kg7 40.Kd2 g5 41.Nd5 Nxd5 42.Bxd5 f5 43.Kc3 Kf6 44.Kd4 g4 45.a4 Bc2 46.a5 Bd1 47.Bb7 Kg5 48.Ke5 Be2 49.Bc6 Bf1 50.Bb7 Be2 51.Bc8 Bd3 52.Bd7 Bc2 53.Be6 Bd3 54.Bc8 Bc2 55.Kd6 f4 56.gxf4+ Kxf4 57.Kc7 Bd3 58.Kb7 a6 59.Kb6 Kf3 60.Bxa6 Bxa6 61.Kxa6 Kg2 62.Kb7 Kxh2 63.a6 g3 64.a7 g2 65.a8=Q g1=Q 66.Qh8+ Kg3 67.Qg7+ Kf2 68.Qxg1+ Kxg1

1/2 - 1/2

3h. 15 - 3h. 45

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