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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Karl August Walbrodt
Nuremberg m (1894), rd 2, Aug-02
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Mason Variation (C42)  ·  1-0
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Sep-23-07
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  keypusher: Having obtained a reasonable position from the opening, Walbrodt plays the unmotivated 14....g5? and 15....Kh8?, allowing Tarrasch to get an immediately overwhelming position with 16. d5! (16....Nxd5 17. Nxd5 cxd5 18. Qxd5 Be6 19. Qe5+ Kg8 20. Rad1). After 16....c5, Tarrasch convincingly demonstrates his precept that a knight on b6 stands badly (17. a4 g4 18. Nd2 Rc8 19. a5 Na8 20. Nce4 (20. Nc4 is probably slightly more accurate) 20....b6? 21. axb6 axb6 22. Ra7!).

22....Rc7 gives up two pieces for a rook, but 22....Nc7 23. Bxd6 Bxd6 24. Nxd6 Qxd6 25. Nc4 isn't much of an improvement (25....Qxd5? 26. Re5). As <notyetagm> would say, loose pieces drop off.

After 26....Bxd5, Tarrasch plays the pretty "sacrifice" 27. Rxe7 Bxb3 28. Be5+ Rf6 (necessary to prevent immediate mate) 29. Bxf6+ Kg8 30. Nxb3, netting four pieces for the queen. 31....Qd6 slightly accelerates Black's resignation, though honestly I couldn't have blamed him if he had given up around move 19 or so.

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