Saturday, November 2

Tartakower-Spielmann match: Tartakower wins 9th game in 22 moves, leads 3 1/2 - 1 1/2

Dr. Saviely Tartakower defeated Rudolf Spielmann in only 22 moves to take the ninth game of their match at Vienna and increase his lead to 3 1/2 - 1 1/2.  The winner of the contest will be the player who first reaches five points; the Masters have also played four drawn games that, by agreement, are not included in the official score.

Tartakower opened the ninth game with Bird's move 1.f4, to which Spielmann replied in gambit style, 1...e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6. The second player seemed determined to develop an attack at all costs, offering the exchange as early as the 10th move, a sacrifice Tartakower saw fit to decline.  By the 16th move Spielmann had aligned his Queen and Rook on the h-file with a view toward a mating attack, but Tartakower, confident in the security of his King's position, continued calmly, pocketing a second pawn at the 17th move, a third at 20th, and a fourth at the 21st, all while developing a threatening offensive of his own.  Spielmann, finding his attack thwarted and his game hopeless, resigned after delivering a final "spite check."

We append the game score.


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