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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Alexander Alekhine
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 7, May-18
French Defense: McCutcheon. Exchange Variation (C12)  ·  0-1


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Mar-21-04  Jim Bartle: How far does this game follow an established opening? Tarrasch is known for advocating strict (inflexible?) principles, yet he appears to be forced to move his king to d2 on move 11! Seems strange...
Mar-21-04  Bitzovich: His teachings always seemed a bit hypocritical to me, since he himself rarely followed them.. You'll find the same thing in some of his other games.
Jun-15-11  ForeverYoung: The deal with 11 Kd2 is that black already has the edge. 11 Kf1 got tried in Reti-Bogoljobov, Berlin 1920. White gave away his theoretical advantage with 5 exd5. This is a rather impressive game with black by Alekhine. He indicates that the queenside fianchetto is strong for black and that 9 ... Nd7 is even stronger, giving 10 Bg2 Ba6! 11 Nh4 Qa5! .
Aug-04-16  Demujinkhan1947: I don't get it, What is White theoretical advantage here? So, White gave it up by playing 5.exd5?
Aug-04-16  Boomie: <Demujinkhan1947: I don't get it>

Keep in mind that these are top GMs playing. We aren't supposed to understand what they are doing.

As you can see, 5. exd5 is unusual. Opening Explorer

However, this line has been tested for over 100 years and it is still being played: J Smeets vs R Buhmann, 2016

No less than Lasker used 5. exd5 in his match with Marshall: Lasker - Marshall World Championship Match (1907). Nobody really understands why Lasker was so successful. Most GMs would place him in the top 5 all time, I'd wager. Tal thought he was the best.

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  Phony Benoni: According to the "American Chess Bulletin, July 1914,p. 153, the game began with the moves <1.d4 e6 2.e4 d5>.

Unfortunately, we may never know for sure. The game was played on the same day as Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914, so nobody was watching.

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  keypusher: Tarrasch says 1.d4 in his tournament book. Presumably he at least was paying attention.
Feb-11-19  Telemus: In Alekhine's "Meine beste Partien 1908-1923", 4th ed., 1983 it is 1.e4. But I would not trust this book too much.
Feb-11-19  Telemus: "My Best Game of Chess 1908-1937" (2013) has 1.d4.
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