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Siegbert Tarrasch vs David Janowski
"Tarrasch Bulba" (game of the day Feb-10-2013)
Budapest (1896), Budapest AUH, rd 9, Oct-16
Vienna Game: Paulsen Variation (C25)  ·  1-0
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Feb-17-09
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  Marmot PFL: Tarrasch was too good a tactician to overlook Rxc5!, though I'm surprised Janowsky missed it.
Feb-17-09
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  YouRang: It took me a minute of chasing false leads, but I finally found 28.Rxc5!, stealing a bishop.

If black recaptures with 28...dxc5, his king gets trapped on the back rank: 29.Nxc5+ Ke8 (only move to avoid 30.Ra8#). Then, white gets the rook back with the skewer: 30.Ra8+ Kf7 31.Rxa8.

One way or another, black is hosed.

Feb-17-09  SmotheredKing: White steals a piece with 28. Rxc5! dxc5 29. Nxc5+ Ke8 (otherwise Ra8 is mate) 30. Ra8+ skewering the Ke8 and the Rh8 and thus winning the game. (Note that 25. ...(Not dxc5) allows 26.Rc1 and white is still up a piece)
Feb-17-09
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  patzer2: For today's Tuesday puzzle solution, Tarrasch wins a piece with 28. Rxc5! due to the threat of a winning skewer tactic. See <YouRang>'s and <SmotheredKing>'s posts for the details.
Feb-17-09  njchess: 28. Rxc5! is crushing for if 28. ... dxc5? 29. Nxc5+ Ke8 30. Ra8+ Kf7 31. Rxh8 is winning for White. If Black doesn't recapture, 29. Rxc7+ is unstoppable as well, though I doubt Janowski will resign any time soon. Time to check.

In this game, a young Janowski meets the much stonger, at the time, Siegbert Tarrasch. Though Tarrasch plays the opening in insipid fashion, Janowski does nothing to hinder his progress (4. ... a6? and 9. ... Nh6? simply waste tempi). Despite having plenty of time to castle, Janowski declines and neatly yields the center on move 11.

With the center more or less locked and Black's king side in a shambles, Tarrasch needs little incentive to attack the queenside. Still, Janowski decides to give him some anyway with 18. ... Qb5? and 19. ... Kd7?? forcing the exchange of queens, which favors White.

After 21. cxd3, we have a study in positional contradictions. White is saddled with the "bad" bishop, while Black has what should be a very well positioned knight. Yet, Black's knight has nowhere to go, and can do little without help, and White's bishop is the glue that locks the center. Still, given the position, Black simply needs to make his rooks more active and he should have a fighting chance.

Unfortunately, just when Black needed to play accurate if not inspired moves, Black plays the timid 21. ... a5?, 22. ... Re8? and 23. .... Re7 instead of 21. ... g6! 22. fxg6 f5! 23. Bf3 Rxg6. Black is still in a losing position, but it is better. After 23. .... Re7, the game is over. This is not Tarrasch's best game, but then, it didn't need to be.

Feb-17-09  WhiteRook48: Tarrasch's best game, I think, is with Queen Odds
Feb-17-09  LIFE Master AJ: I took several minutes to solve this one.

I saw 28.Rxc5 fairly quickly. Yet I was concerned that the idea of ...Rb8; and Black just shoving his QNP could prove to be very troublesome for White. (Containing Black's counterplay might prove to be difficult.)

I decided to go with Rxc5 only after I found the game continuation!

Feb-17-09  LIFE Master AJ: One line that I looked at was 32...Ng4+; 33.hxg4, hxg4; 34.Bxg4, g6; 35.fxg6, b3; 36.g7 "+ / -" (White is winning.)

I guess Janowski did not need to see this last line to know that White was winning.

Feb-17-09  LIFE Master AJ: This might seem rather difficult, but I found it realtively easy. Most of the variations - while a little long - are fairly linear. (Not many side lines.)

The variations that I find difficult to calculate today are the one where I am not sure of the ideas, or there are constant new branches opening up that must be calculated. (These kind of positions give me a headache.)

Feb-17-09  LIFE Master AJ: Of course 28.Rxc5!, dxc5; 29.Nxc5+, Ke8; (Of course, not 29...Kb7??; because of 30.Ra8#) 30.Ra8+, Kf7; 31.RxR/h8, is an easy win for White. Now Black has no time for 31...b4-b3??; as 32.Rf8 is mate!
Feb-17-09  LIFE Master AJ: There are a few other pathways, but the ones given (above), are probably the pertinent ones.
Feb-17-09  Kasputin: 28. Rxc5 puts black in a bad way. After ...dxc5 then white plays 29. Nxc5+. This forces the black king unto the bank rank (...Ke8) and then white plays 30. Ra8+ and soon wins the black rook on h8. (Or if the black king goes elsewhere on the back rank, then it is mate). White is up a piece.

Black can try something like 28 ...Rxe6 but with the recapture with a pawn and a check on the black king, then white still wins a piece.

Feb-17-09  YoungEd: I surprised myself by getting this one right in an instant. Sometimes I think I'm a 2400 player. Only problem is, that's 1200 playing White and 1200 playing black.
Feb-18-09  TheaN: Tuesday 17 February 2009

<28.?>

Material: /-\ 2♙(!?)

Candidates: <[Rxc5]>

-ML-
Not too hard to conclude this one, if I base my analysis on the fact that there seems to be only one 'puzzle' move.

<28.Rxc5!> wins a piece outright, and Black might be thinking he can take it back, but that trades one Rook and places White's Knight on a powerful square, at least to stop the b-pawn; similar to Monday's puzzle.

/A\
<28....dxc5 29.Nxc5 Ke8 <(29....Kc8/Kd8 30.Ra8 1-0)> 30.Ra8 Kf7 31.Rxh8 > and White, winning a piece, a pawn back, a good square and a displaced Black King should win this easily. More fierce is declining the Rook.

/B\
<28....Rc8> but this is pretty much Black's only move to protect against Rxc7, and it doesn't really help Black's cause. I would settle on:

<29.Rb5 Nc2 30.Ra2 > winning at least the passed b-pawn, and Black should resign. But maybe there's something better in that variation.

Time to check.

Feb-18-09  TheaN: 2/2

Hm. I kind of underestimated Rb8. I would have needed a re-thought if my opponent played that OTB, and I might even not have made the best moves. Still, Rxc5 was White's only try and deserves the point.

Feb-18-09
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  gawain: I saw Rxc5 and I saw how White wins easily after Rxc5 if Black takes the rook. But I did not look into other Black replies. Partial credit only.
Feb-10-13
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  Phony Benoni: Slightly higher cultural reference this time. <Taras Bulba> is a Cossack folk hero of a novel by Nikolai Gogol.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taras_...

Outside of the name resemblance, I suppose it might be a reference to the ♘e6.

Feb-10-13
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  morfishine: I remember this game. Sad Blunder by Janowski, who supposedly had a 'fine feel' for the Bishops according to Alekhine. Funny thing is, Janowski made almost the exact same error vs Alekhine in a long forgotten game. No hard feelings between those two though: good friends, bridge partners, drinking buddies...

I don't have a clue about this pun

Feb-10-13  Snehalshekatkar: For me it is hard to believe that in the opening Tarrasch was playing such a bad strategic game!! I would say that today 1800 rated player knows much better strategy!
Feb-10-13
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  morfishine: <Phony Benoni> Now I get it: Cossacks, Knights, horses...Wish I read the book

Who's up for Pancakes? http://www.uschess.org/content/view...

Feb-10-13  Abdel Irada: Nearly 117 years after the act, I can still see Siegbert Tarrasch driving in the 23. Ne6 with a sledgehammer and a railroad spike.

***

Incidentally, in the final position, best play seems to be on the order of 34. ...Ng4 35. hxg4, b3 36. g5, g6 37. gxf6! and mate in two. If there is any more productive move that 35. ...b3, it is not apparent.

Feb-10-13
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  Castleinthesky: <morfishine> I'd be glad to join you, but I'm snowed in at the moment.
Feb-10-13
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  offramp: Good pun. Buckaroo, pard'ner!
Feb-11-13
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  kevin86: The king is held fast! Either the bishop will mate of the white pawn will queen and win!
Feb-11-13  fokers13: A very strong possibility for white in the game that noone pointed out yet even if black hadn't gone wrong would be 28.Ra7 which should generate at least enough counterplay for the draw and with less than optimal defence could even win.
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