1951: A master touch

@@Game Tartakower,S - Thomas,ARB, Southsea, 1951

A master touch

Tartakower gave two games of Thomas' in 100 master games of modern chess , and in the second he was the victim. Club players always dream of beating grandmasters, but in Andrew Thomas we see a player who could do it. — DR

Catalan

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O c5 5. d4 Nc6 6. c4 dxc4 7. Qa4 Bd7 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. Qxc4 Be7 10. Nc3 Rc8 11. Qh4!? O-O

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|.+r1.4k+|
|0p+bgp0p|
|.+n+ph.+|
|+.+.+.+.|
|.+.+.+.!|
|+.H.+N).|
|P).+P)B)|
|$.G.+RI.|
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12. e4? [12. Rd1 is better. ] 12...e5! 13. Bh3?

[13. Rd1 or 13. Bg5 was necessary. White is in trouble. ]

13...Nd4! [13...Ng4 14. Ng5 h6 15. Bxg4 hxg5 16. Qh3] 14. Nxe5

[14. Nxd4 exd4 15. Ne2 Bxh3 16. Qxh3 Nxe4 with an important Pawn as booty, but this move costs the Queen]

14...Ng4 15. Bxg4 Bxh4 16. Nxd7 f5 17. Nxf8 fxg4 18. Be3

[18. gxh4 Qxh4 19. Bf4 Rxc3 20. Bg3 Rxg3+ 21. fxg3 Ne2+ 22. Kf2 Qxh2+]

18...Nf3+ 19. Kh1 Qxf8 20. gxh4 Qd6 0-1

Black has taken advantage of his opportunity in a masterly manner . " — says Tartakower in 100 Master Games of Modern Chess , a comment " typically generous ", according to ARBT.  The finesse required to catch the master's Queen is by any standards a fine one. 

Chess Quotes

"Combinative vision manifests itself at an early age, and children are quick to notice and execute combinations which chance to turn up. Preparing combinations, however, is more difficult for them."
— ZAK, Improve your chess results.