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Mikhail Chigorin vs Siegbert Tarrasch
"Bishop Odds?" (game of the day Oct-01-2017)
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 36, Jul-22
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Lasker Variation (A02)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  acirce: <M. Chigorin offered a draw, and S. Tarrasch unexpectedly rejected his offer. Then Chigorin took his bishop away from the board and suggested his opponent to try to win with an extra piece. Tarrasch immediately accepted the draw proposal.> -- Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual
May-17-04  TrueFiendish: Tarrasch rejected the offer? Why on Earth...It's obvious that the kings can never cross the frontier lines.
Sep-08-04  suenteus po 147: Tarrasch still saw chances to break up the pawns, either by Chigorin's doings, or his own, but when Chigorin made it abundantly clear that he would fight for stasis (while else offer a piece advantage?) the only outcome possible was a draw and Tarrasch had to take it. In positions like this it only takes one person to draw :)
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  wwall: Then Dvoretsky must have gotten this anecdote from Lombardy and Daniels, which wrote about this incident in Chess Panorama (page 68) in 1975. We don't know if it is true.

Instead of 15...g5, perhaps better is 15...Bc4 16.Rf2 (or 16.Ne2) Rhe8

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  offramp: Bird (From) Vienna.
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  Richard Taylor: The anecdote is so good it deserves to be true.
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  offramp: <Richard Taylor: The anecdote is so good it deserves to be true.>

Absolutely! I hope so too.

Incidentally, these two played one of the best chess matches I've ever played through. And of course it is all here at
Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893)
courtesy of User: keypusher.

Thanks, <Keypusher>!

Oct-01-17  The Kings Domain: Two titans of their time and one of my fave openings. A fine Victorian piece.
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  kevin86: Both bishops are trapped by their own pawns.
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