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Mikhail Chigorin vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Monte Carlo (1902), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 1, Feb-03
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights Variation (C50)  ·  1-0
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Feb-04-03  mrwonkabar: A nail biter between Tarrasch and Chigorin.
Oct-30-05  lopium: It sounded a bit like a sicilian to my eyes... I'm on another computer, so excuse that comment! But very well played at the end! What a pressure!! wuuy!
Sep-15-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: that was a great game by two of the strongest players of their era! even if you don't understand all of it,it's still a pleasure to play over
Apr-06-08  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 11...Qb8 is 11...Ng4 12 Bd2 f6 13 h3 Nh6 14 Bxh6 gxh6.

Another alternative is 11....exd4 12 Nxd4 Bd7

After 15...Bc4 Tchigorin ignores the attack on his Rook for no less than six moves in succession, making threats of his own, after which Tarrasch finally withdraws his QB from c4.

Nov-28-11  Ulhumbrus: Suppose that instead of 41 Rf2 Tchigorin plays 41 Re3 to be followed by 42 Rh3 and 43 Ng6+. On 41 Re3 Rfg7 42 Rh3 the R on e3 is pinned to the B on d2, so that in a manner of speaking it does not really defend the pawn on e4 at all, and this invites 42..Bxe4
Nov-28-11  Retireborn: <Ulhumbrus> If we extend your line 41.Re3 Rfg7 42.Rh3 Bxe4 43.Rxe4 Qxd2 44.Ng6+ Nxg6 45.fxg6 Qd1+ 46.Kf2 Qxc2+ and Black has perpetual check, which would have been a worthy finish to this fine game.

As played, 42...Rg4 was a blunder, whereas 42...Qg4 would have kept it unclear.

Nov-29-11  Ulhumbrus: <Retireborn: <Ulhumbrus> If we extend your line 41.Re3 Rfg7 42.Rh3 Bxe4 43.Rxe4 Qxd2 44.Ng6+ Nxg6 45.fxg6 Qd1+ 46.Kf2 Qxc2+ and Black has perpetual check, which would have been a worthy finish to this fine game. As played, 42...Rg4 was a blunder, whereas 42...Qg4 would have kept it unclear.> This suggests 41 Re3 Rgg7 so that on 42 Rh3 Bxe4 43 Rxe4 Qxd2 44 Ng6+ Nxg6 45 fxg6 Qd1+ 46 Kf2 Qxc2+ 47 Kg1 Black has 47..Qxe4 as h7 is covered by both of the black rooks
Nov-29-11  Retireborn: <Ulhumbrus> Thanks for your response. My Fritz program reacts to 41.Re3 Rgg7 42.Rh3 Bxe4 with 43.g3 (instead of 43.Rxe4) when the Bd2 and the Rf4 are nicely protected and it assesses that as clearly better for White.

So it looks to me as if Black has to defend actively (pressure on g2) rather than passively (piling up on h7).

Nov-29-11  Ulhumbrus: <Retireborn> What does Fritz have to say after 41 Re3 Rfg7 42 Rh3 Bxg2 43 g3?
Nov-30-11  Retireborn: <Ulhumbrus> It likes 43...Bxc2 in that case, giving 44.Rc4 Qxg3+ 45.Rxg3 Rxg3+ 46.Kf2 Bxf5 47.Nxf5 Nxf5 which it calls "equal" (not sure if it really is!)

In the other line 41.Re3 Rgg7 42.Rh3 Bxe4 43.g3 then 43...Bxc2 44.Rc4 wins for White, because 44...Qxg3+ doesn't work with the black rook on f7 instead of g8.

Nov-30-11  Ulhumbrus: <Retireborn: <Ulhumbrus> It likes 43...Bxc2 in that case, giving 44.Rc4 Qxg3+ 45.Rxg3 Rxg3+ 46.Kf2 Bxf5 47.Nxf5 Nxf5 which it calls "equal" (not sure if it really is!) In the other line 41.Re3 Rgg7 42.Rh3 Bxe4 43.g3 then 43...Bxc2 44.Rc4 wins for White, because 44...Qxg3+ doesn't work with the black rook on f7 instead of g8.> This looks as if it can't be right. On 41 Re3 Rfg7 42 Rh3 Bxg2 43 g3 White is threatening, amongst other things, to trap Black's Queen by 44 Nf3. On 44.Rc4 Qxg3+ 45.Rxg3 Rxg3+ 46.Kf2 Bxf5 White has a queen for a rook, as he does after 43...Bxc2 44 Nf3 Qxg3+ 45 Rxg3 Rxg3+
Nov-30-11  Retireborn: <Ulhumbrus> I see your point. After 41.Re3 Rfg7 42.Rh3 Bxe4 (I assume this is what you mean by Bxg2) 43.g3 Bxc2 44.Nf3 then 44...Qxg3+ 45.Rxg3 Rxg3+ 46.Kf2 Fritz thinks that 46...Nxf5 is playable, but it may well be that eg 47.Bc3 Rg2+ 48.Qxg2 Rxg2+ 49.Kxg2 does give White real winning chances. I can well believe that Fritz was being too optimistic here!
Nov-30-11  Ulhumbrus: <Retireborn> How about this: 41 Re3 Rfg7 42 Rh3 Bxe4 43 g3 and now 43...Bc6 putting the bishop in a safe place. Can White make then any good discovered attacks with the rook on f4?
Nov-30-11  Retireborn: <Ulhumbrus> if 43...Bc6 Fritz still likes 44.Rc4 - attacks the black Q - 44...Qxg3+ (44...Qh5 loses to 45.Ng6+) 45.Rxg3 Rxg3+ 46.Kf2 with the same sort of advantage as before.

Fritz does suggest 43...Nxf5 as an alternative defence; but I suspect that too is rather good for White in the end.

Dec-01-11  Ulhumbrus: <Retireborn: <Ulhumbrus> if 43...Bc6 Fritz still likes 44.Rc4 - attacks the black Q ...44...Qh5 loses to 45.Ng6+...> I missed the sequel to this before. On 45 ...hxg6 White does not take the black Queen at once by 46 Rxh5+? gxh5 47 Qxh5+ Rh7 but plays instead 46 fxg6! removing the g6 pawn which defends the black Queen so that she is now en prise as well as pinned and on 46...Qxh3+ 47 Qxh3+ Black has to lose one of his Rooks in addition to the Queen after 47...Rh7 48 gxh7.
Dec-02-11  Retireborn: <Ulhumbrus> Yes, 46.fxg6 is a fine killing move, which I didn't see myself, although Fritz presumably did!

Many thanks for your contributions.

Sep-15-15  Mr. V: How about 38... Rg5? Sure, Black will lose the exchange, but maybe it defuses White's threats. After the capture Black will attack the night on h4 using his pawn.
Sep-15-15  Mr. V: is it viable?
Jun-21-16
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  Mateo: 42...Rg4?? was a blunder. Now the Black Queen is trapped as Chigorin showed with the very nice 43.Rh3!. 43...Bxe4 or 43...Rxe4, 44.Ng6+. 43...Kg7 or 43...Kg8, 44.Nf3.
Jun-21-16
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  Mateo: 45.fxg6! was nice too. Very accurate tactical variation from Chigorin.
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