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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Georg Marco
DSB-07.Kongress (1892)  ·  Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Tarrasch Trap (C66)  ·  1-0
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  patzer2: My six-year-old Grandson and I have been playing quite a few games in which he plays his favorite Ruy Lopez as White. We've also been studying Rook and Pawn endings which might occur out of this opening.

So today's 8. Bxc6!! Sunday solution is a good reminder of an excellent game we can study together. After all, it has a game important to the historical opening theory of the Ruy Lopez (i.e. 3...d6 lines), an opening trap (i.e. 7...O-O? instead of 7...exd4 =), possibilities with a pawn advantage and a superior endgame for White (e.g. 8...bxd6 9. dxe5 ) and a deep tactical threat (i.e. the game continuation all the way to 18. c4 ).

P.S.: My Grandson's well rounded and not just into Chess. He's a year ahead in his school work, orange belt in Taekwandoe, studies gymnastics and plays goal keeper and forward on his soccer team. However, the lessons he learns in chess help him with his school work and also with the mental aspects of his sports activities.

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  Penguincw: Doesn't look like the hardest Sunday ever, even though I didn't get anything other than 8.Bxc6 Bxc6.
Mar-29-15  A.T PhoneHome: <patzer2> All that sounds really brilliant! I am happy for your grandson; it's good to have diversity in things you do, it's great for shaping one as a whole.

And he must be grateful for having such a brilliant chess teacher! :P sports and chess go hand-in-hand. From sports you get stamina, fresh air etc. to focus and chess is a good tool for honing one's logical sense and memory. They make a brilliant cocktail!

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  perfidious: <Penguin> Agreed; though the process is long, it is all 'only' moves.
Mar-29-15  cunctatorg: Wow!! Arrrgghhhh....
Mar-29-15  Nichth: The basic idea for the trap is featured in my first chess tuition book, by Leonard Barden. He called it the "master standby" as it was often used by masters during simuls, to pick up a free pawn and an early advantage. In Barden's version, white prepares to win the free pawn by pushing 6.Qd3 instead of castling, in order to protect white's e pawn from recapture by the knight, as in the above game.
Mar-29-15  mruknowwho: I found the move but not the continuation. I was thinking a crazy sacrifice with Nxe5 after Bxc6.
Mar-29-15  5hrsolver: Great game. Didn't get the solution.
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  jientho2: <aw> Unfortunately, as in the game, White interposes 17 Be7 before c4 and the idea still doesn't go through -- Black will lose a whole knight for the pawn (or a full exchange without any pawn compensation).
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  chrisowen: An clobbered rave club cab at cabby knight swallowed queen's a fag pin d8 rumbles on back buck beck and call shave cleans up bic razor glide cub hole aha bin low cabbed breach chubb lock black sprung block and tackle glory c6 backer ala show boat bifurcate a good punch a grin go divide marcate delivery am route c6 won bounce cobble crib and crab walks bracked branch eg basic called club buck bow clench ive inletbasically batch em up drive botch castle a pine e5 had to take ate d4 first and trade away botch job 0-0 corroborated,

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  morfishine: <perfidious> I like this comment: <Penguin Agreed; though the process is long, it is all 'only' moves>. It was easy enough to see <8.Bxc6> as a 'guard removal' theme after 8...Bxc6 9.dxe5 dxe5 10.Qxd8 Raxd8 11.Nxe5

But what was deeper and more sinister and harder to visualize is the forced loss of the exchange or a piece after 11...Be4 12.Ne4 Ne4 13.Nd3 f5 14.f3 Bc5 15.Nxc5 Nxc5 16.Bg5

That I didn't see


Mar-29-15  crazyim5: What a Markov chain! #HorizonEffect
Mar-29-15  bobthebob: <chrisowen: c5 looks good but jam sponge have at d3 interpret sand>

Exactly! I remember Fischer made a very similar comment about this game. The interpret sand does create a harsh texture on the jam sponge.

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  chrisowen: <bobthebob> An fates till ave splice the,

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  sfm: Instead of 10.-,Raxd8?, Black can play 10.-,Rfxd8.
If the games otherwise continues with the same moves, then on 16.Bg5
Black can simply play
No material lost, but White is probably better.
Mar-29-15  SimonWebbsTiger: @<sfm>

with 10...Rfxd8, white plays 15. Kf1! and with 10...Raxd8, not 15. Kf1 but 15. Nxc5! as pointed out by Tarrasch in 1891.

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  Sally Simpson: One of the Tarrasch Traps in the Lopez. Spotted (recalled) in seconds then about 30 seconds to recall each winning line depending on what Rook takes back d8.

I say recalled - I only have to see Marco's name and this game pops up.

I'm afraid in my mind he is in the Dufresne, Kieseritzky, Levitsky club (there are other members...)

If they want to select their Sunday Problems from famous games or traps I've had on my demo-board in front of a class then no complaints from me.

Black comes out of it a piece down if either the a8-Rook or the f8-Rook takes on d8.

In the Rf8xD8 line here.

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White plays Kf1, The e5 Knight moves and the c5 Bishop falls. (but see below)

This Kf1 idea is not available in the Ra1xd8 line.

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Here White takes on c5 and wins as in the game.

Should White try 15.Kf1 in the Ra8xD8 line.then Black drops the Bishop back to b6. If White takes the e5 Knight then fxe5 is a CHECK.

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Black is actually good here.

It is worth noting (you might have this OTB as White one day) that even here (in the Rf8xd8 line) with Black to play.

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Black can play 15...Rf8 (Reinfeld mentions this try.)

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and again White cannot (yet) grab the e5 Knight, He has to prepare it with, according to Reinfeld 16.Ke2 (it looks OK it's one of them better to know than having to dig it out OTB type moves. May even be worth falling for this trick in blitz just to play 15...Rf8.)

I will point out that if White tries 16.Re2 intending Nd3-f2 after taking on e5 there is a neat perpetual lurking.

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16.Re2 Rad8 (this stops the Nd3-f2 idea) 17. fxe5 fxe5+ 18.Nf4 Rd1+ 19.Re1

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19...Rxc1! 20.Raxc1 Rxf4+ 21.Ke2 Rf2+ 22.Kd1 e3.

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Actually threatening a cheeky pawn and Rook Epaulette mate.

And White's best appears to be to settle for the perpetual with 23.Re2 Rf1+ etc...etc...

The final position:

And finally, we must wrap it up correctly and squeeze the last instructive point out of the game, writers (and kibitzers) never seem to go deep enough when discussing this game. Tarrasch had it worked out right down the nth degree. No surprises.

Here Marco resigned.

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Try 18... Nd3 19. cxd5 Nxe1 20. Rxe1

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And no win of the pinned Bishop with 20..Kf7 as 21.Bb4 or Bh4.

Well that was fun.

Mar-29-15  kamagong24: Tarrasch made it look sooooo easy!
Mar-29-15  M.Hassan: "Insane"
White to play 8.? and sides are equal

8.Bxc6 Bxc6
9.dxe5 dxe5
10.Qxd8 Raxd8
White exchange Queens so that he would have two protectors of e4 pawn. had he not done so, Blak could have made the exchange of Queens and either Rook or the Knight would be sitting on d1 and e4 pawn would hav had one protector

White is now a pawn up. Any attempt to capture e4, will cause further loss to Black:

12.Nxe4 Nxe4
e file belongs to White now, there are two unsupported Black pieces there, one has to go:

14.f3 Nf6
And White becomes a piece up.
I did not see anything "insane" about this puzzle.

Mar-29-15  randhomykchess: 13.♖xe4?? ♖d1+ 14.♖e1 ♖xe1#

14...♗c5+?! Better is 14...♗h4 15.g3 ♘xg3 16.hxg3 ♗xg3 where Black get two pawns for the knight.

If 10...♖fxd8 follows 11.♘xe5 ♗xe4 12.♘xe4 ♘xe4 13.♘d3 f5 14.f3 ♗c5+ 15.♔f1! ♖f8 16.♔e2!

a)16...♗b6 17.fxe4 fxe4 18.♘f4 (to prevent 18...♖f2+) g5 19.♘h3 (to prevent 19...♖f2+ again) g4 20.♘f4

b)16...♗d6 17.fxe4 fxe4 18.♘f2 ♗xh2 19.♘xe4 ♖ae8 20.♔d3 ♖f2 21.g4 ♖g2 22.g5 ♗g3 23.♖f1 (23.♖e2 ♖xe2 24.♔xe2 ♖xe4+) ♖d8+ 24.♔c3 ♗e5+ 25.♔b3 ♖d4 26.♘c3 ♖gg4 27.a3 (27.♗e3 ♖b4+ 28.♔a3 ♗d6 Δ 29...♖a4+ and 30...♖gb4# 29.b3 ♖be4+ 30.♔b2 ♖xe3) 27...a5 28.♗e3 a4+ 29.♔a2 ♖c4 30.♗d2 ♖gd4 (30...♗xc3 31.bxc3 ♖g2 32.♖ad1 ; 30...♗f4 31.♗xf4 ♖cxf4 32.♖xf4 ♖xf4 33.♖g1 ♖f2 34.♔b1 ) 31.♖ad1

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  patzer2: <A.T PHONEHOME> Thanks for the nice comments and compliments. I'll pass them on to my Grandson.
Mar-30-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: In this opening position, the amount of development is similar for both sides, but white certainly has a space advantage and pressure on e5. White can play to win a pawn with 8.Bxc6 Bxc6 de 10.Nxe5, but after Qxd1 11.Rxd1 Bxe4 (Nxe4?? 12.Nxc6 wins a piece) 12.Nxe4 Nxe4 13.Re1 Nf6 black gets the pawn back and seems to be OK. I think I might consider 8.d5 Nb8 9.Bxd7 then play for planting a knight on f5, with white having a big space advantage, the good bishop, and king-side attacking chances.

Time for review....

Mar-30-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: I didn't really have much time for analysis, but in the game line, I'd thought black might (almost) come out ok with 11... Bb4. I'll see if anyone has supplied any engine analysis...
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  patzer2: <CHESSTTCAMPS> I ran 11...Bb4 up to 24 depth on Deep Fritz 14. However, other than giving slightly over a pawn advantage after 11...Bb4 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. f3 (+1.16 @ 24 depth) the computer doesn't offer much help.

With an extra pawn and no positional compensation for Black, White should have the better end game chances.

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