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Richard Reti vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Teplitz-Schönau (1922), Teplice-Sanov CSR, rd 11, Oct-13
Tarrasch Defense: Two Knights Variation (D32)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

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Feb-04-03
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: 20...Rxe7 21.Rxe7 Qxe7 22.d6! winning a whole rook.
Sep-12-03  unclewalter: that is soooo nice
Sep-12-03  ughaibu: What about 20....Re7 21.d6 Re1 22.Qe1 Nc6 23.Qe8#
Apr-04-06
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  Gypsy: If 12...Bxc3 13.Bxc3 Qxa2(?), then 14.Nd2 Qa6 15.bxc4 dxc4 16.d5 Ne5 (if Nd8 or Nb8, then Bb4 Nxc4 and d5-d6-d7) 17.Bxe5 fxe5 18.Nxc4... with rather simple but deciding threats of Nxe5 and d5-d6-d7.
Dec-23-06  ivanov90: Tarrasch is wrong with 14...Bxc3. If he had playing 14...Be6, position had become not bad for black. And 15...Qxa2 is the terrible mistake. 15...Qa3 or 15... Qa6 were the best moves I think. But Reti is too good with 16. Nd2!
Dec-01-09  psmith: <Gypsy> Fritz 5.32 thinks Black is OK after 12...Bxc3 13. Bxc3 Qxa2 14. Nd2 cxb3 so that if 15. Ra1 Qc2 and if 15. Nxb3 Qa3 with the following possible continuation: 16. e4 dxe4 17. d5 Ne5 18. Bxe5 fxe5 19. d6 Nf5 20. Nc5 Nd4 21. d7 Qxc1 22. Qxc1 Ne2+ 23. Kh1 Nxc1 24. Rxc1 b6 25. Bxe4 bxc5 26. Bxa8 Bxd7 27. Bd5+ Kh8 .

Moreover, Fritz 5.32 finds the following resource for White at move 13: 13. Nxd5! Nxd5 14. Ne5 and now:
14... fxe5 15. Bxd5+ Be6 16. Bxe6+ Kh8 17. Bxb4 Qxb4 18. Bd5 Rac8 19. bxc4 bxc4 20. Rxc4 Qb6 21. Bxc6 Rxc6 22. Rxc6 Qxc6 23. dxe5 or 14... Nce7 15. Nc6
Nxc6 16. Bxd5+ Kh8 17. Bxb4 Nxb4 18. Bxa8 Nxa2 19. Ra1 or 14... Nde7 15. Nxc6
Nxc6 16. Bxb4 Nxb4 17. Bxa8

in each case with advantage to White.

If this is correct then in fact 12...Bxc3 may be best after all!

Apr-16-15  Whitehat1963: Taking out the Tarrasch!
Dec-19-16
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  SteinitzLives: Loved black's position up to move 7, after that it is all down hill. 8 . . . . . Nge7 is as lame as it looks, and ultimately is the final weakness that loses. When black did not take enough active queenside initiative (which is often, but not always what playing . . . . c4 is all about in this opening), Reti stopped it with 10. Bd2.

After that, its just a case of simplifying on the Q-side for white, taking down the center and exploiting the position of one and then two lame black knights.

Tarrasch, though certainly well past his prime in 1922, seemed off form in this tourney considering the field overall, and certainly in this game.

His famous extreme quote (applied in this case to his N on e7) "When you have one poorly placed piece, your whole position is bad" haunts him in this game.

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