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Siegbert Tarrasch vs David Janowski
Ostend (Championship) (1907), Ostend BEL, rd 8, May-25
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Symmetrical Variation (C49)  ·  1-0


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Apr-07-04  boobsmacfadin: Hint: everytime white has a queen on the board for one of these puzzles, look for a way to sacrifice it.
Apr-07-04  sisyfus: Black has to exchange the queen for the rook. Otherwise 30.R2f7+, winning the queen anyhow, or otherwise mate with either one of the rooks after 30.... Kh6
Apr-07-04  sisyfus: If 30....Kg8, then 31.h7+ Kg7 32. Rxf8 Kxf8 33.h8=Q+
Apr-07-04  DexterGordon: Does the immediate 28. h6+ work? Seems to win a rook.

Does 29...Qc5 allow black to fight for a while? Hmmm, no, I guess not -- 30. Rf7+ Kg8 31. h6 will win pretty quickly.

Apr-07-04  chessfected: I agree. 28.h6+ Rxh6 29. Qxf8+ Qxf8 30. Rxf8 Rxg6 31. Rf7+ and 32. Rxb7 should win as well.
Apr-07-04  rochade18: I think it is even won for white if he just exchanges all pieces and then plays h6
Apr-07-04  d4Nf6Bg5: does 30. Rxf8 also work? If 30....Kxf8 then 31. h6, and the white king marchs up the board to promote if black trys to block. If 30...Kh6 31.Rh8+ Kg7 31.Rh7 32.Rf7, ect and white gets to promote the pawns, instead of losing them. I like this variation better- but I'm afraid it might not really be much different if 30...g4
Apr-07-04  cydmd: I guess not, <DexterGordon>. The line 28. h6+ Kxh6 29. Qh3+ Kg7 30. Rf7+ Rxf7 31. Rxf7+ Qxf7 and 32. Qxh8+ is forced to not lose material. I didnīt see any other promising line, did you ?
Apr-07-04  DexterGordon: I think you're right about 28. h6+, <cydmd>. I must have only been looking at 28...Rxh6!

But I'm not sure <d4Nf6Bg5's> 30. Rxf8 is as simple as it seems. After e4, Black will have some threatening passed pawns himself.

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  kevin86: This is another case of "robbery";white start a series of exchanges and ends up a rook ahead!!
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  Honza Cervenka: <Does the immediate 28. h6+ work?> What about 28...Kxh6?

<I think it is even won for white if he just exchanges all pieces and then plays h6> After 30.Rxf8?? Kxf8 31.h6 e4 32.Kf2 g4 black also has two passed pawns, which must be guarded by white King, and the game should finish as a draw. The point of Tarrasch's 30.h6+! is 30...Kg8 31.h7+! (31.Rxf8+ would be the same mistake as 30.Rxf8.) 31...Kg7 32.Rxf8

Apr-07-04  OktHorse: I think 28. h6+ equalizes at best. 28. h6+ Kxh6 29. Rh3+ (or Qh3+ as shown by cydmd or Rh2+) Kg7 yields nothing since the rooks are connected. Also, 29. Qxf8+ Rxf8 30. Rxf8 Kxg6 is just an exchange of the Q for 2 R's.
Apr-07-04  euripides: Some creative thinking on both sides about the significance of K-side pawn weaknesses in this game.
Apr-13-04  d4Nf6Bg5: <DexterGordon> With Rxf8, e4 doesn't mean anything, black's king cannot help the passed pawn on e4. White has all the time in the world. Atleast thats what I think
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  Honza Cervenka: <d4Nf6Bg5> As I wrote here already 30.Rxf8 does not win. It is not important that after 30.Rxf8 Kxf8 31.h6 e4 32.Kf2 g4 black King cannot help the passed pawns e4 and g4 as white King cannot support passed pawns g6+h6 either. If white King goes on g3 now (33.Kg3), then black will play 33...e3, if white King goes on e3 (33.Ke3), then simply 33...g3. In both cases white King must go back to block the advance of black pawns and the game is clearly drawish.
Jun-13-05  ksadler: My records have this game over after 30. h6+, but nonetheless a brilliant conclusion to this game!
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  keypusher: The second time Tarrasch got to play this game, more or less.

Tarrasch vs Pillsbury, 1898

Sep-14-11  tacticalmonster: 1 Qxf8+ Rxf8 2 Rxf8 Qxf8 (2 Qc5 2 d4 exd4 3 R2f7+ Kh6 4 Rh7#) 3 h6+ Kxh6 ( 3 Kg8 4 h7+ Kg7 5 Rxf8 ) 4 Rxf8

time: 4 min

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  GrahamClayton: If Janowski had played 20...♖h6 to try and capture the pawn on g6, then Tarrasch would have achieved a winning postion after 21.♖xf6! ♔xf6 22.♖f1+ ♔g7 23.♖f7+ ♕xf7 24.gxf7+ ♔xf7 25.♕d7+, with a Queen and Rook versus Rook, as well as the White Queen starting to pick off the scattered Black pawns.
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