Tartakower Power

billwall
billwall
Aug 30, 2007, 12:00 AM |
1 | Amazing Games

Saviely Tartakower (1887-1956) was one of the top 10 players in the world in the 1920s and 1930s.  He was a Jew of Austrian and Polish parentage who lived in Russia, went to school in Switzerland, moved to Vienna, became a German master, served in the Hungarian Army in World War I, moved to Paris, played for Poland in 6 Chess Olympiads, though he never lived in Poland and could not speak Polish, was in the French Underground during World War II, and finally played for France in the 1950 Chess Olympiad at the age of 53.  Here is one of his games from that Olympiad where be beat Estevan Canal of Peru with an interesting combination.  Black tried to hide his King on the queenside while attacking on the kingside.  But Tartakower, as White, found a way to open up the position with a rook sacrifice that could not be taken.

 

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