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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Siegbert Tarrasch
"Keene Analysis" (game of the day Jan-29-2005)
San Sebastian (1912), San Sebastian ESP, rd 7, Feb-27
French Defense: Advance Variation. Milner-Barry Gambit (C02)  ·  1-0
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Jan-28-05  aw1988: I know, I forgot to repost saying I made a rather dumb mistake. But thank you for the input!
Jan-29-05  dac1990: Great, another Keene pun. Real keene, CG, real keene.
Jan-29-05  aw1988: I hope most of you get the real point of this pun.
Jan-29-05  MindlessOne: what about 12...a6 instead of a5?
Jan-29-05
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  kevin86: White's pawn marches on and on...The rook cuts off the black king and the minor pieces are out of position.
Jan-29-05  GreenDayGuy: <MindlessOne> 12... a6 has to be better. It stops the bishop from entering at b5 and doesn't break up the queenside pawn structure as much as 12... a5?
Jan-29-05
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  patzer2: I enjoyed the subtle passed pawn combination starting with 30. g5! Black thrashes about like a big fish on a hook for a few moves, but White's plan of protecting his h-pawn and bringing the major artillery to bear on the g-file proves decisive. After a few forced excahanges, Black's g-pawn falls and White's passed h-pawn proves decisive.
Jan-29-05  Milo: aw: we're all keenly aware of it.
Mar-22-05  aw1988: Hooray!
Aug-10-05  SneechLatke: <aw> The pun is so funny, so subtle, I'm still laughing 8 months later. :)
Feb-14-06  ArturoRivera: whats the pun, i dont get it
Feb-14-06  CapablancaFan: <ArturoRivera> Raymond Keene annotates this game himself. Look at the commentary box after the first move 1.e4.
Dec-17-08  JG27Pyth: I feel compelled to mention that Nimzowitsch loathed Tarrasch and considered him a "total mediocrity"
Sep-10-09  WhiteRook48: I like to play 3. e5 as white
Jun-04-10
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  whiteshark: I'm not too keen on it.
Jun-05-10
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  whiteshark: <bishop55>

Your suggestion <29...e5> is indeed a great improvement of Black's position.


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one possible continuation is <30.g5 Rf7 31.gxh6 gxh6 32.Rg1 e4 33.Bxh6 Rf3> where I'd prefer the black side.


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My comment was meant as wordplay to GotD headline <Keene Analysis>. Sorry for the caused confusion.

Apr-02-12  bystander: In the annotation, 12)...a5 gets a question mark, without any further explanation. What about 12)...f6, 13)Nc3, 0-0? <mindlessone, GreenDayGuy, 12...a6> 12...a6, 13) Nc3 0-0, 14) Kg2. I prefer 12)...f6, because after 12..a6, Nc3/a4/c5 is possible and a black advance like a6/b5 does not look very harmfull to white.
Apr-03-12  bystander: 13 a4? Should the pawn on a5 really be stopped? I think white can develop it's kingside instead. So 13) ♔g2 a4 14) g4 ♘h4+ 15) ♘h4x ♗h4x 16) f4 0-0.
Apr-03-12  bystander: Why does white play 17 ♗e2? It is possible for black to castle now, for example 17) 0-0 ♘a6 18) ♘b5 ♘b4 19) ♕d2 ♖c6 and I think black has better play. Maybe 17) ♗d7x ♔d7x 18) Tc1.
Apr-03-12  bystander: 25)...♖f8 with the intention 26...f6 is a very agressive move but the black king is stuck in the middle. After this move, I tink that white has an advantage. Why not a more defensive approach like 25)...♘bc6 and 26)...♗d7?
Apr-03-12  bystander: I do not like to move 35)..♖h4 so much, because the rook gets nowhere. But I do not see a good alternative for black either. Any thoughts?
Apr-03-12  bystander: <whiteshark, bisshop 55; 29)..e5 is an improvement of blacks position> Agreed. And even on move 32, 32..e5 seems to be better than 32)..♕e7.

But the defence looks very complicated and in many variantions black has to sacrifice a pawn. It looks more or less even to me after 32) ..e5 33)♕h5+ ♔d7 34)♕g4 + ♔c7 but a little more complicated after 32)...e5, 33)de5x ♗e6 34) f4 g5. My sillicon monster prefers black, but I do not really see a good continuation for black after this line.

Nov-10-18  sallyx: According to book by Edward Lasker "Chess Strategy" (1915) the game began 1. e4 c5 2. c3 e6 3. d4 d5 4. e5 Jc6
Nov-10-18  The Kingfish: This is such great analysis. Thanks GM Keene!
Nov-12-18
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  Pawn and Two: <sallyx> The tournament book, <II. Internationales Schachturnier zu San Sebastian 1912>, by Mieses & Lewitt, Leipzig 1920, also shows the opening move order for this game as: 1.e4 c5 2.c3 e6 3.d4 d5 4.e5 Nc6.
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