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Dr. Siggy
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  1. Dr. Siggy's favorite games!
    Dr. Tarrasch, "The Game of Chess", english transl., London 1935, page xi: - "Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy."
    11 games, 1873-1982

  2. Endgame themes.
    Dr. Tarrasch, "The Game of Chess", english transl., London 1935, page 38: - "If by captures or exchanges most of the pieces have been removed from the board, then the endgame is reached. Here the problem is either to force a mate by means of a superiority in force or to queen a pawn and thus gain this decisive superiority."
    59 games, 1870-2013

  3. Middle game themes.
    Dr. Tarrasch, "The Game of Chess" english transl., London 1935, page 97: - "Whereas in the opening far-seeing general strategy is the predominating factor, the middle game, which follows it without any sharp line of demarcation, is the time of tactical manoeuvres and attacks, of combinations, more or less hidden, and of the exploitation of mistakes. The middle game is chess 'in excelsis', the most beautiful part of the game, in which a lively imagination can exercise itself most fully and creatively in conjuring up magnificent combinations."
    81 games, 1858-2012

  4. Opening themes.
    Dr. Tarrasch, "The Game of Chess", english transl., London 1935, page 238: - "I expressly warn him [the beginner] against trying to learn by heart the following openings. A terrible thought! He must thoroughly assimilate THE PRINCIPLES and then, when he has played a game, he should study the application of those principles to the particular opening adopted. Thus he will discover the INNER SIGNIFICANCE of the various openings. This is the only correct way. CHESS CANNOT BE PLAYED FROM MEMORY but only with judgement and combinative ability."
    100 games, 1889-2014

  5. Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part I.
    From the dust jacket of the original edition of "Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Selected and Annotated by Fred Reinfeld", London 1947: - "This volume has been prepared by Mr Fred Reinfeld, the American chess expert and author of 'Chess Mastery'. In it he has assembled 183 of the best games played by the late Dr Tarrasch over a period of approximately fifty years [...]. It will be welcomed by chess players, since Dr Tarrasch, the winner of seven International Tournaments, has long been regarded as one of the greatest exponents the game has ever known."
    99 games, 1883-1932

  6. Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part II.
    From the biographical introduction to "Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Selected and Annotated by Fred Reinfeld", London 1947: - "So many of these games are classics, but to me they are more: they are old friends. Among such a luxurious richness of material, it is difficult to pick and choose, to say which games are outstanding; they all have their memorable and endearing qualities. And this despite the fact that so many of them depend on TECHNICAL DISPLAY for their stronger effects. But this should not surprise us, for the great artists infuse a creative element into even what is banal."
    21 games, 1893-1916

  7. Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part III.
    From the biographical introduction to "Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Selected and Annotated by Fred Reinfeld", London 1947: - "What, in the last analysis, gives these games their eternal attraction? I think the source is Tarrasch's own enormous zest and passion for the game of chess. All his love for chess went into these masterpieces. Tarrasch, like all other human beings had serious faults of character. But he had at least one great redeeming quality: he had an unbounded urge to communicate to others all the pleasure which he received from chess. He devoted a whole lifetime to that task."

    [N.B. - Missing games: Nuremberg, 1907, game 165, Köhnlein vs Tarrasch, Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 0-1; game 166, Cologne, 1908, Oppenheim vs Tarrasch, QGD, Tarrasch Defense, symmetrical variation, 0-1; Nuremberg, 1909, game 167, Tarrasch vs Vogel, QGD, Tarrasch Defense, symmetrical variation, 1-0; Nuremberg, 1910, game 170, Tarrasch vs Spielmann, QGD, Tarrasch Defense, symmetrical variation, 1-0; game 171, Spielmann vs Tarrasch, Ruy Lopez, Closed, Worlmald Attack, 0-1; game 172, Tarrasch vs Mosbacher, Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 1-0; Nuremberg, 1911, game 172, Tarrasch vs Köhnlein, French, Classical, 1-0; Nuremberg, 1912, game 174, Tarrasch vs von Bardeleben & Lindström, Four Knights, Italian Variation, 1-0; Munich, 1915, game 178, Tarrasch vs Allies, Ruy Lopez, Open, 1-0; Munich, 1922, game 180, Tarrasch vs Dauer, French MacCutcheon, 1-0; Munich, 1925, game 181, Ottensooser vs Tarrasch, QGD, Semi-Slav, 0-1; Munich, 1926, game 182, Gebhardt vs Tarrasch, Giuoco Pianissimo, 0-1.]

    51 games, 1879-1932

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