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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Carl Schlechter
Tarrasch - Schlechter (1911), Cologne GER, rd 16, Aug-05
Four Knights Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  whiteshark: A (fake-up) photo
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  Calli: <(fake-up)> Why do you think that photo is a fake?
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  whiteshark: <Calli> I wasn't precise in wording. I meant the position on the photo never occured during the game, e.g. there was never a black pawn on h6 and there is a black rook on a2 (23...Ra2) while white's ♘ is on f3 (photo) whereas it's on f7 in the game.
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  vonKrolock: Then maybe the caption was shot during the after-game analysis !?
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  Calli: Perhaps a "photo-op" in current English. A staged scene, in other words. Among the kibitzers, I think, are Borislav Kostic , Stefan Levitsky and Willem A T Schelfhout .
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  Pawn and Two: I think vonKrolock's guess of post-game analysis is correct.

In "A Picture History of Chess" edited by Fred Wilson, the caption for this photo states: <Schlechter and Tarrasch analyzing a position from their match in 1911.>

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  Calli: Wilson is probably looking at the board position and guessing the circumstances too. I made a mistake earlier, its Moishe Lowcki not Levitsky. These names get me mixed up! Lowcki is known on CG as Moishe Leopoldowicz Lowtzky
Feb-07-09  WhiteRook48: 27...Nf3+ is interesting
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  Chessical: Neither player risks much in the last game of their match, probably exhausted by the marathons 100+ games 9 and 10. Tarrasch abandoned the Ruy Lopez which he had played throughout the match (with his opponent's concurrence) scoring 4.5 out of 7 (64%).

Tarrasch had never used this variation before or again in a serious game, and Schlechter as White had only played it once in his career Schlechter vs Lasker, 1900

In this game, perhaps Tarrasch felt that as White he had to make some effort to complicate, hence <20.f5!?> rather than the inevitable and immediate draw by exchanging rooks.

Schlechter is not interested in stirring up complications. He had a chance to win a pawn on his 23rd move with a "little combination" based on back rank threats to the White King:

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<23... Nxb4!> 24. cxb4 Qd4+ 25. Kh1 Ra1 26. Qe2 Rxf1+ 27. Qxf1 (so far forced, <26.Qf2??> simply lost the Q) Qd5 (the N has no squares to go to) 28. Nh8 (this is only temporary salvation) Qd8 29. Qf3 Qa8 30. h3 Kxh8; and Black is a doubled pawn up in a Q and pawn endgame which could have been the third 100+ game of the match!

If <24...Qd7??> 25.Nh6+ Kh8 26.Rf8 mate.

Aug-30-12  master of defence: What´s wrong with 15...exf4?
Aug-30-12  Dr. Siggy: <master of defence>: After 15...exf4 16. Qxf4, Black's castling becomes too vulnerable, namely at f7 and h7. For instance: (1) 16...Qd7 17. Qh5 h6 18. Nxf7; (2) 16... Qd5 17. b4 Bb6 18. Bxb6 cxb6 19. N or Qxf7; (3) 16...Qf6 17. Qxf6 gxf6 18. Ne4 Kg7 19. Rf3 followed by Raf1.
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