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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Josef Noa
Hamburg (1885), Hamburg GER, rd 1, Jul-13
French Defense: Classical. Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1-0
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Jan-03-08  micartouse: Tarrasch as far as I know never played the "Tarrasch Variation" with 3. Nd2, but he acheives similar play with games like these. The knights should end up on e2 and f3, and it should take 3 moves to get there whether you start with 3. Nd2 or 3. Nc3. The point of the refined move order 3. Nd2 (which seems too clunky for Tarrasch's tastes) is that it avoids the Winawer if White fundamentally distrusts that defense.

Tarrasch played many endings like these with the pawns on e5, f4, and c3, and in general demonstrated the lethal potential of White's position.

Jan-04-08  micartouse: Repertoire Explorer: Siegbert Tarrasch (white)

Oops, thanks to a comment by <Honza Cervenka> on the Nimzowitsch page, I see Tarrasch did indeed play the "Tarrasch Variation" with 3. Nd2. I used the Repertoire Explorer incorrectly before.

Apr-05-10  akachan: A lovely game by Tarrasch, and poor Noa must have felt as though caught in a vise from start to finish. I was struck by the use of outposts, and by the way Tarrasch denied exchanges (e.g., 18.Nb5) to keep his opponent cramped.
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  fredthebear: This game is #20 in the classic chess book "Masters of the Chessboard" by Richard Reti.
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