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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Mikhail Chigorin
Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 1, Oct-08
Spanish Game: Open. Zukertort Variation (C80)  ·  1-0


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Apr-21-06  suenteus po 147: An excellent game. I love to play over Tarrasch's games; his tactics are always clear and crisp.
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  tamar: 21...f5? was a blunder right when Black had stabilized his position.

After 21...Qe7 Black is not too bad off.

May-04-15  lost in space: After 21...f5? 22. Nxd5! black has the option to play 22...Bxd2:

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After 23. Nf6+ I thought for a moment that 23...Rxf6 would safe Black, but after 24. exf6 we have this position:

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Mate threat on g7, the rook b8 is hanging and the Ne6 is pinned to the king - and Re1 is in addition attacking the Ne6.

Black's position is completely lost. 22..Bxd2 would have been an additional blunder (after the poor 21...f5.

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It is no exaggeration to say that the match between Tarrasch and Tschigorin is one of the most interesting chess events of modern times. The encounter began on Sunday, when Dr. Tarrasch opened with the much hackneyed Ruy Lopez.

The Russian champion defended, as he has done often before, but this time he was thoroughly outplayed. Tarrasch's tactics were beautiful and his moves of great depth and combinative power, and contained many subtle pitfalls, in one of which Black stumbled on his 21st move.

Most chessplayers will so agreeably surprised by the style of play of the German master, which is not, as was generally supposed, exclusively based on what German players call the Modern School, designated by the Rev. W. Wayte as " The perfection of the commonplace."

<Source: Morning Post - Saturday 14 October 1893, p.3.>

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In his notes Chigorin said that 21...Bc5 would be ⩱. Instead he played a move which almost always turns out badly: an unforced pawn move right in front of one's own king: 21...f7-f5. This lost immediately.

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