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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Josef Noa
Frankfurt (1887), Frankfurt am Main GER, rd 16, Jul-29
French Defense: Winawer. Delayed Exchange Variation (C01)  ·  1-0
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May-05-16
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  zanzibar: Tarrasch, in his Drehundert Schachpartien, G-85 p88 gives 3...Bf8-b4 a question mark - as in 3...Bf8-b4?

And some people think I'm opinionated.

May-05-16  Retireborn: Tarrasch was well-known for his dogmatism - after 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Nf6 he labelled 4.Ng5 a "duffer's move" - of course many GMs (Korchnoi, Portisch) always play 3...Bc5 because they don't want to sacrifice a pawn so early!

Having said that, I recall that Fischer (in my 60 MG) also expressed doubts about the soundness of the Winawer, which he called anti-positional. And dogmatism about correct opening play is something which seems to infect the majority of writers about the game.

May-05-16
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  zanzibar: I forgot that he's the one to comment on the knight move. Of course, it is rather committal.

Fischer's 60 MG is one of the few books I have in my library. Again I don't remember his comment about the Winawer, but I vaguely remember something about his record against the Winawer not being so hot. Let me check...

MillBase gives it as (+3,-2,=1), a slight edge, but not overwhelming.

I would think only those with a great fondness for bishops over knights would lack respect for the Winawer.

(Note- I only face it as White, but respectfully so!)

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