Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tartakower Blackmar-Diemer Simonovic

The Blackmar-Diemer Gambit was a favorite of Tartakower in the last years of his life. One of his most important games was played against Simonovic in a Paris tournament. I quote a portion by Anders Teijler in one of my previous blog posts about this game:

"In the Paris Christmas Tournament (admittedly an "unimportant" tournament), wily old Tartakower beat the winner of the tournament, Simonovic, with a Blackmar-Diemer Gambit. It is true that Simonovic held out for 59 moves, but the BDG got him in the end."

Years earlier Tartakower had lost a gambit to Huebsch as Black which is important to BDG theory. Years later as White, the grandmaster demonstrated a good way to face the BDG Vienna with the Hara-Kiri attack 5.g4 as a good alternative to Diemer's 5.fxe4. Also, Tartakower tried 5.Bg5. After 5.g4 Bg6 6.g5 Nd5 Tartakower played 7.Nxe4 e6 8.c4 which holds the pawn and attacks at the same time. Below I add a recent short game with 8.c3 I found on The Week In Chess (TWIC) from Mark Crowther.

Tartakower - Simonovic, Paris, 1954 begins 1.d4 d5 2.e4 dxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.f3 Bf5 5.g4 Bg6 6.g5 Nd5 7.Nxe4 e6 8.c4 [A recent game continued: 8.c3 Be7 9.Bd3 h6 10.f4 hxg5 11.fxg5 Bxe4 12.Bxe4 Bxg5 13.Bxg5 Qxg5 14.Nf3 Qe3+ 15.Qe2 Qxe2+ 16.Kxe2 Nc6 17.Ng5 Ke7 18.Rae1 Rad8 19.Kd1 Rh5 0-1 Harnandan,S-Krishna,U/Katerini GRE 2014] 8...Ne7 9.Ng3 Nbc6 10.Be3 Nf5 11.Nxf5 Bxf5 12.Bh3 Bxh3 13.Nxh3 Be7 14.Qa4 Bb4+ 15.Kf2 0-0 16.Rad1 Bd6 17.c5 Be7 18.Rhg1 Rb8 19.Rg4 Qd5 20.Nf4 Qf5 21.Ne2 Rfd8 22.b4 a6 23.Nc3 Rd7 24.h4 Rbd8 25.Kg2 Bf8 26.Qb3 Ne7 27.Re4 Nd5 28.Ne2 Nxe3+ 29.Qxe3 Qd5 30.Nc3 Qf5 31.Rd2 Qg6 32.Ne2 Qf5 33.Rb2 Qd5 [33...h6!?] 34.Nc3 Qc6 35.a4 b5 36.axb5 axb5 37.Qd3 Rb8 38.Ra2 Qb7 39.Re1 c6 40.Rea1 Rbd8 41.Ra7 [Or 41.Ne2 e5 42.Qe4 exd4 43.Ra7 Qc8 44.Ra8 Qc7 45.R1a7 Rxa8 46.Rxc7 Rxc7 47.Nxd4=] 41...Qb8 [Black should hold fine with 41...Qxa7! 42.Rxa7 Rxa7=] 42.Rxd7 Rxd7 43.Qe4 g6 44.Ra6 Qd8 45.Ne2 Rd5 46.Rxc6 Bg7 47.Ra6 Bf8 48.Rb6 h6 49.f4 hxg5 50.hxg5 Bg7 51.Kg3 [51.Rxb5 Bxd4 52.Rb7+-] 51...Bxd4 [51...e5 52.Rb8 Qxb8 53.Qxd5 exd4 54.Nxd4+/-] 52.Nxd4 Rxd4 53.Qe5 Rd3+ 54.Kh4 Qe8 55.c6 Rd8 56.c7 Rc8 57.Qd6 Kh7 58.Rb8 Kg7 59.Qd8 1-0

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  1. Hi Tim, you said "Below I add a recent short game with 8.c3 I found on The Week In Chess (TWIC) from Mark Crowther.". You mean in this post or are you going to add it in another post? Greetings! :)

    1. Ah I see, is in the commentary to the game.


    2. Yes, I thought I might be confusing with the extra game, but I wanted to add it in the notes anyway. Thanks again Jorge.
      Leaving comments is very nice.


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