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Mikhail Chigorin vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 20, Nov-11
French Defense: Chigorin Variation (C00)  ·  1-0


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Apr-25-07  Timex: What's the whole idea behind the chigorin variation?
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  furrer: That black cant play d5 and take back with the pawn on his 2nd move.
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  whiteshark: <58...Qe7> is the losing move. However 58...Ke8 or 58...Ne8 should have kept the balance.
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  whiteshark: <39...Nxa3> was playable, too.

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  ajk68: There are a lot of tactical shots at the end of this game.

I could not figure out why not 60...Ke8.
Then I realized 61. Qxf8 wins a piece.

60. Qg7+ also is interesting. One might be tempted to grab the knight. But 60...Qf2+! leads to perpetual due to the pin on the f4 knight.

I sat there looking at 61. Ne8 as a possible defense but it fails to Nf6+.

A key tactical element to a lot of black's defensive problems is the knight at b4 (seemingly doing nothing). It is always waiting to jump to c6 to fork the king and queen if it the king goes to d8.

61...a2 is a tempo too late. White can let it Queen and be up a piece and a passed pawn with initiative. The knight on b4 thwarts any chance of perpetual.

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  Willem Wallekers: 54. Na2 allows a perpetual. Probably white should have played something like Ke2 before Na2 to keep an advantage.

The easiest way to force the draw was 55 ... Kd8.
Then there was no escape from the perpetual.

And 61. Nc6 wins even faster.

"By move 26 my thinking apparatus stopped functioning normally." Tarrasch as quoted by Kasparov in My Great Predecessors.

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