|Sep-26-06|| ||nasmichael: Making sure of an attack, the development of Tarrasch's forces builds in an understandable way for me--the story unfolds move by move, 'page by page'. I would enjoy being able to see a battle like this one unfold at some table today.|
|Jul-02-08|| ||birobidjan: Reggio's move 25...c5 deserves a "???". 25...Rb8 was probably a better way to continue.|
|Jan-09-09|| ||Travis Bickle: I really like this system. You can really surprise some people with it that arent that used to playing against The English.|
|Jan-10-09|| ||Pawn and Two: A good try for Black would have been the Pawn offer, 6...Nc6!. After this move, Tarrasch would have had to play very carefully to maintain the position.|
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After 6...Nc6!, Fritz indicates White's best choice is (-.42) (21 ply) 7.Nxd5 Nd4 8.Nxf6+ gxf6 9.Qd1, (-.09) (20 ply) 9...Qc7 10.Kf1 Be6.
After 6...Nc6! 7.Nxd5, Black could also play: 7...Nxd5 8.Qxd5, (-.15) (20 ply) 8...Bd6 9.Nf3 Nb4 10.Qe4 f5, (-.08) (22 ply) 11.Qb1 Qc7 12.0-0 Nc2 13.d3 0-0 14.b3 Bd7 15.Bb2 Nxa1, with approximately an equal position.
More favorable for Black is: 6...Nc6! 7.d3 (-.58) (21 ply) 7...Bb4 8.Bg5 Qa5 9.Bxf6 Nd4 10.Qxd5 Bxc3+ 11.Kf1 gxf6 12.bxc3 Qxc3 13.Re1 0-0.
Very favorable for Black is 6...Nc6! 7.Bxd5? Nd4, (-1.30) (21 ply) 8.Qc4 Be7 9.Bxf7+ Kf8 10.Nf3 Nc2+ 11.Kd1 Nxa1 12.Nxe5 Bd6, or (-2.22) (21 ply) 8.Bxf7+ Ke7 9.Qc4 Bf5 10.a4 Nc2+ 11.Kf1 Nxa1 12.Nf3 Rc8.
|Jan-10-09|| ||Pawn and Two: Instead of 12...a6?, (1.12) (22 ply) 13.Bd2 Nc6 14.0-0 Nd5 15.Nxd5 Qxd5 16.f4 Qb5 17.Qxb5 axb5 18.Rfc1, Black would have had better chances by playing 12...b6!, (.75) (24 ply) 13.Bd2 Nd5 14.Nxd5 Qxd5 15.b4 Bd7 16.Qc2 Nc6 17.f4.|
|Jan-10-09|| ||Wild Bill: In this game White:
1. Opens with his c-pawn;
2. Develops a Knight at h3;
3. Delays castling.
What would Dr. Tarrasch say about that?
|Jan-10-09|| ||Pawn and Two: At move 14, Fritz preferred: (1.05) (22 ply) 14.0-0 Qb6 15.Rab1 Re8 16.Rfc1 Bf5, (1.17) (20 ply) 17.b4 h6 18.Rc2 Bd7 19.b5 axb5 20.Qxb5 Qxb5 21.Rxb5.|
Instead, after the move Tarrasch played, 14.Rc1, Black had a little better chance of survivial: (.94) (21 ply) 14...Re8 15.Kf2 Nd5 16.Nxd5 Qxd5 17.f4 Qd8.
Reggio then erred with 14...Nd7?. This move gave White a considerable advantage: (1.46) (21 ply) 14...Nd7? 15.Nd5 Nb6 16.Nxe7+ Nxe7 17.Qa3 or 17.Qa5, or 14...Nd7? 15.Nxd5 (1.49) (21 ply) 15...f5 16.Nxe7+ Qxe7 17.Ng5.
|Jan-10-09|| ||Pawn and Two: When Tarrasch played 16.Rxc6?, he no doubt anticipated the possibility of 16...bxc6 17.Ba5 Qe8 18.Nc7, attacking the Black Queen and Rook.|
However, 16.Rxc6? was a very serious error, with this move Tarrasch gave up most of his advantage.
Instead of 16.Rxc6?, Tarrasch should have played either (1.38) (23 ply) 16.Nxe7+ Qxe7 17.Ng5 h6 18.Qb3+ Kh8 19.Ne6 Re8 20.Nf4 Nde5 21.0-0, or (1.43) (23 ply) 16.Qb3 Kh8 17.Nxe7 Qxe7 18.Bg5 Nf6 19.Nc5, with a strong advantage for White in either line.
After 16.Rxc6? bxc6 17.Ba5, Black should have played 17...Qe8! 18.Nc7 (.53) (23 ply) 18...Qh5 19.Nxa8 fxe4 20.dxe4 Ne5 21.Qb3+ Kh8, or (.51) (23 ply) 18...Qf7 19.Ng5 Bxg5 20.Nxa8 Be3.
Additional anaylsis is needed, but Reggio appears to have fairly good drawing chances with 17...Qe8!.
|Jan-11-09|| ||Pawn and Two: Instead of 17...Qe8!, with drawing chances, Reggio erred with 17...Nc5?.|
Perhaps Reggio was hoping for 17...Nc5 18.Nxc5 Qxd5!, when it Black who has the advantage!
Tarrasch in his turn, should have played 18.Bxd8! Nxa4 19.Nxe7+ (2.99) (24 ply) 19...Kh8 20.Ng5 Bb7 21.Bc7 Rae8 22.Bd6, or (3.44) (24 ply) 19...Kf7 20.Ng5+ Ke8 21.Nxc8 Rxc8 22.Ba5, with a large advantage for White.
When Tarrasch played 19.Nxe7+?, Reggio was able to put up considerable resistance with: 18...Qxe7 19.Qc4+ Ne6 20.Bb4 Qc7 21.Bxf8.
Reggio now made a serious error by playing 21...fxe4?.
He had a much better defense with: (.97) (27 ply) 21...Kxf8 22.Nd2 Rb8 23.Nb3 Qd6 24.f4 c5 25.0-0 Bb7.
|Jan-12-09|| ||Pawn and Two: At move 23, the best continuations are: (2.05) (22 ply) 23.exd3 Qa5+ 24.Ke2 Bd7 25.Re1 Re8 26.Kf2 Kh8 27.Re2, or the variation that starts with the move Tarrasch selected: (2.04) (22 ply) 23.Qxd3 Bb7 24.Qb3 Qf7 25.f4 g6 26.0-0 Re8 27.Rd1, with a large advantage for White in either variation.|
|Jan-13-09|| ||Pawn and Two: Reggio quickly ended his resistance with his final moves 24...a5? and 25...c5?. Emil Kemeny in "The American Chess Weekly" summed it up in his comment on 25...c5?, <"Saves White considerable work".>|
At move 24, Black could still resist for a considerable time, (2.16) (22 ply) 24...c5 25.f4 Bb5 26.Qb3 c4, (2.45) (22 ply) 27.Qf3, (27.Qb4 is also good), Re8 28.f5 Nd8 29.Qd5+ Nf7 30.Qxd4 Rxe2 31.Bd5 Qe5 32.Qxe5 Rxe5 (3.20) (23 ply) 33.Rd1, and White is winning.
|Jan-13-09|| ||Pawn and Two: Tarrasch won this game in relatively few moves, but his play was not real convincing as Reggio could have obtained a good game in the opening with 6...Nc6!.|
Later, at move 16, Tarrasch could have maintained a strong advantage with either 16.Nxe7 or 16.Qb3, but instead he made a faulty exchange with 16.Rxc6? bxc6 17.Ba5. Reggio then missed 17...Qe8!, with drawing chances.