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Mikhail Chigorin vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893)  ·  Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0
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Aug-19-04  xiaolin: this could be the game of the day sumtime k ♕
Aug-19-04  I sacrifice like Tal: I don't normally play 1.e4 but on the occasion that I do it tends to be a surprise for my opponents. Even more so when I play 2.Qe2 in reply to their 1...e6. A lot of them tend to still throw the d5 pawn forward out of habit. But other than playing 2.Qe2 in blitz, I don't think it's a very good move.

Somebody should lend Tarrasch a copy of Jeremy Silman's 'Reasses your Chess.' It seems he dosn't have a clue as to what he's doing in this game.

Mar-08-06
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  Knight13: Thus he loses a piece and the game.
Nov-23-06  syracrophy: Check that if 34...♖g5? 35.♕xg5!! ♕xh3<35...fxg5 36.Bxd7 > 36.♕h6+ ♔g8 37.♘xe7+ ♖xe7 38.♖xe7 mates in a few moves <38...Qg4+ 39.Kh1 and there are no more checks>
Nov-23-06  Wolfgang01: <I sacrifice like Tal>Dr. Tarrasch was like we are: Mostly he talked better chess than he played it. Hahaha He went from us in 1934.
May-20-07  frank124c: If Knights are doubled it usually pays to attack both knights, this is a good way to win a piece!
Dec-04-10  JohnBoy: <Wolfgang: Dr. Tarrasch was like we are: Mostly he talked better chess than he played it.> Hardly. He was probably the best player in the world on average from 1885 until 1905. Look at his games before you make such a statement. This is hardly exemplary.
Feb-06-11  Robeson: "Somebody should lend Tarrasch a copy of Jeremy Silman's 'Reasses your Chess.' It seems he dosn't have a clue as to what he's doing in this game."

Wow, you sound like someone who knows a LOT about chess.

Feb-06-11  M.D. Wilson: <JohnBoy: <Wolfgang: Dr. Tarrasch was like we are: Mostly he talked better chess than he played it.> Hardly. He was probably the best player in the world on average from 1885 until 1905. Look at his games before you make such a statement. This is hardly exemplary.>

Why was he better than Lasker during this period?

Dec-28-14
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  keypusher: Tarrasch got himself into a lot of trouble after 13....e5 14.Nd5 Bxd5 (14...Nxd5 15.exd5 Qd6 16.c3 bxc3 17.bxc3 Nf5 18.c4 is given by Tarrasch in Dreihundert Schachpartien) 15.exd5 Qd6 16.Nd2. Now 16....Nxd5 is refuted by 17.Nc4 Qe6 18.Bxd4 (necessary, so Black doesn't have ...Nf3+ later) 18....cxd4 19.Bxd5 Qxd5 20.Nb6. I wonder if Tarrasch thought he could play 17....Nxe3, overlooking that 18.Nxd6 comes with check.

As many kibitzers have said, this is a great match, an incredible clash of styles. Every game is a battle. But given both men's tactical errors and occasionally questionable plans, I would guess Lasker would have beaten either one of them in a hypothetical 1893 match as badly as he beat Steinitz the following year.


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