Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Carl Schlechter vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Tarrasch - Schlechter (1911), Cologne GER, rd 1, Jul-04
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Tarrasch Variation (C77)  ·  1/2-1/2


explore this opening
find similar games 42 more Schlechter/Tarrasch games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: The tournament is found above the game. For the newest chess events, this information may be a link which takes you to the tournament page which includes other games, a crosstable, discussion, etc.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
Premium Chessgames Member
<5.Nc3> was a particular favourite of Tarrasch as White in the Closed Ruy Lopez, and it featured seven times in his 1893 match with Chigorin. Schlechter too had played both sides. Tarrasch as White had defeated Schlechter with this opening in Ostende 1907.

<5...Bb4> was an idea of Morphy's which Chigorin used twice in their match (games 5 and 7). In both games White played <6. Nd5>, but Schlechter preferred to castle king-side in each of the three times he had this position in this match. Schlechter plays the opening in a very conservative fashion and obtains no advantage through is own manoeuvres.

<15...d5> seems thematic but <14...exd4> 15. Bxd4 Nxe4 16. Nh5 Ne5 17. Qe2 Nf6 may have been more accurate. As played Tarrasch is left with a weak isolated pawn on <e4> which is not easy to defend as it is within his opponent's pawn chain.

click for larger view

<18...Be6> is not a complete answer to Schlechter's 20th move, but <18...Bb6> is no better. 19. Re1 Qc7 (or 19... Bxe3+ 20. Rxe3 Bf5 21. Qh5 g6 22. Qxh6) 20. Bxb6 Qxb6+ 21. Qd4 c5 22. Qf2 with a significant advantage to White.

<18...exd4?> is simply ruinous for Black after 18...exf3 19. Qxf3 Be6 20. Bxe6 fxe6 21. Qf7+ Kh8 22. Rad1 Qe7 23. Rd7

<20...Qd3> intending Qb5 should not have led to equality. It is an attempt to generate some complications as after <20...b5> , for instance, Tarrasch has a very poor game, <21. Rad1> Qe7 22. Rd4 Bb6 23. Rxe4 Bxe3+ 24. Rxe3.

<25. Qxb5> does not seem necessary. Schlechter could have usefully retained the services of his Queen, for example, <25. Qc2> Re8 26. Rd4 c5 27. a4 Qc6 28. Rd6, with a strong initiative. Instead, Schlechter plays very carefully and the game is drawn.

NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
August,p. 178 [Game 200 / 2236]
from American Chess Bulletin 1911 by Phony Benoni
Game 1
from Tarrasch v Schlechter - Match 1911 by Chessical
+3 -3 =10 vs Tarrasch (Cologne, 1911)
from Match Schlechter! by amadeus

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC