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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Mikhail Chigorin
Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 11, Oct-28
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Tarrasch Variation (C77)  ·  1-0


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  AdrianP: 52 ... Bc7??

Oops, allowing 53 Nf8+ (1-0). If 52 ... Bd6, Black is probably winning.

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  ksadler: If you ever do this in a game, think that it happened to one of the greatest players in the late 19th century on several occasions (also Chigorin vs Steinitz, 1892 comes to mind).
Feb-28-07  M.D. Wilson: This is one hell of a fight.
Sep-16-09  WhiteRook48: stupid fork
Oct-09-11  Robeson: One of the best games of Chigorin's career ruined by a double question mark blunder.
Apr-05-18  pawnpro: The famous....just got to relaxed
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  Sally Simpson: Tarrasch in his 300 games notes up all the games from this match. These 22 games are well worth the cost of the book alone. The other 278 are an excellent bonus.

Here (Black to play)

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Tarrasch says Black can win the pinned c3 Knight with 42...Qc2. (43.Rd3 Rxc3!)

He takes no pleasure from the win admitting he is lost, he writes here.

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"On 52...Bd6 Black would have won this finely played game."

Apr-05-18  SChesshevsky: <Sally Simpson> Did Tarrasch comment on Black's little queen dance starting 27...Qh6?
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  Sally Simpson: Hi SChesshevsky,

Not on move 27 but after 28...Qg6

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"Black takes advantage of the poor posting of the Rook on c2. The primary threat is the Bishop sacrifice on e4. If the pawn recaptures then f3."


"Much stronger is 29.Rd2 forcing the exchange of one of the dangerous Rooks."


"Now preventing 30.Rd2 which would lead to the h-pawn loss after 30...Rxd2 31.Nxd2 Bxf2+ 32.Kxf2 Qxh2. "

Apr-06-18  SChesshevsky: Thanks for presenting Tarrasch's notes. I think the best analysis often comes from top players objectively pointing out where they might've missed something.

Seems Tarrasch does that well in this book. I'll check it out. Thanks.

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