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Frank James Marshall vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Marshall - Tarrasch (1905), Nuremberg GER, rd 7, Sep-26
Bishop's Opening: Vienna Hybrid. Spielmann Attack (C26)  ·  0-1


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Mar-18-12  Naniwazu: I'm surprised there isn't more kibitzing on this game. A modern approach by Tarrasch. He not only allows doubled pawns on the e-file after 7...♗e6 but his Rook maneuvers along the fourth rank are reminiscent of modern play. The Rook and Pawn ending is superbly played by Tarrasch.
Mar-18-12  iamdeafzed: @ Naniwazu

There probably isn't more kibitzing because a.) most of the kibitzing seems to be done on recent chess games and b.) this game is, frankly, boring to go over. It is an illustration of good endgame technique with rook + pawns (which is certainly important), but that doesn't typically make for exciting chess.

Besides, mistakes tend to be more obvious in the endgame than elsewhere, and by move 19 this game was probably objectively drawn.

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  NM JRousselle: This game reminds me of the 1st match game Marshall-Lasker. I wonder if Dr Lasker was thinking about his game when he played Ra8-b8-b5 in game 1 of the match?
Sep-21-13  thomastonk: From Tarrasch's match book, p 33, the following comment on 8.. ♗e6, which got a ! by him:

"Dieser Zug verfolgt auf das konsequenteste den Vorteil, den die offene Turmlinie gewährt. Der Bauer a2 gedeckt von Läufer c4 wäre für alle Zeiten stark. Deshalb muß der Läufer c4 abgetauscht werden. Daß ich dabei einen isolierten Doppelbauern bekomme, kümmert mich nicht im geringsten. Ich kann nur immer wieder betonen, daß ein freies Figurenspiel das allerwichtigste Erfordernis ist, und daß die Bauerstellung erst in zweiter Linie in Betracht kommt. Ich befinde mich darin in ausgesprochenem Gegensatz zu Philidor und Steinitz."

Content: He was going to use the half open a-file for an attack against a2. Hence it was necessary to exchange ♗c4, even at the costs of an isolated double pawn, which caused him no trouble. Then he emphasized that in general free piece play is more important than the pawn structure, and that this/his opinion is opposite to Philidor and Steinitz.

Sep-21-13  thomastonk: Tarrasch furthermore believes in an advantage for Black, which can only be demonstrated in an ending. The advantage - acording to Tarrasch - is the advanced d-pawn (comment after 16.. ♕xd4). Let's look at the position after the exchange in the next move:

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I cannot detect any advantage, but I don't like White's exchange on f8, because thereby the Black king becomes space, and though White gets the f-file, Black gets the more useful 5th rank. The rook ending is quite interesting until the very end.

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