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Karl August Walbrodt vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Nuremberg m (1894), rd 3, Aug-03
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Sep-22-07
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  keypusher: This was as good as it got for Walbrodt, who lost the match 1/2-7 1/2.

Here Walbrodt got nothing out of the opening, but Tarrasch, according to Fritz, got a little carried away with 14....Qh3 and 15....Bc5. Fritz fails to see any compensation for the pawn after 16. Bxc7. Later, Walbrodt correctly passes up the draw with 18. Nxc7, but then chooses 22. h3? instead of the natural 22. f3, blocking the long diagonal. He would have retained winning chances after 22....Bd7 23. Rad1 Bc6 24. c4.

Sep-22-07
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  chancho: <keypusher> how about this game? The one where Tarrasch played the brilliant combination?

Tarrasch vs Walbrodt, 1895

Sep-23-07
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  keypusher: <Chancho> <percyblakeney> got me interested in the 1894 match with this quote from Tarrasch about it:

<I played with such a level of correctness that never has been reached in any other sequence of games that I know of. Apart from the first game where I made an incorrect move to avoid a draw, I have in these games of in all more than 300 moves not just avoided to make one single mistake, but in at most three cases have I not played the strongest move.>

But I will show the Hastings game to Fritz at some point. It is intriguing that Tarrasch got a clearly bad position there, after hardly getting a bad position against Walbrodt in eight games the year before.

At Hastings, Tarrasch lost on time the round before the Walbrodt game, supposedly because he had written his name in the scoresheet on the line where his first move was supposed to go. Thus he may not have been in the best mood when sitting down to play Walbrodt.

J Mason vs Tarrasch, 1895

Oct-10-07
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  keypusher: The previous post is wrong. At Hastings, Tarrasch lost to Mason on time in the first round. In the second round he lost famously to Pillsbury. In the third round, he finally got a draw with Mieses. Tarrasch-Walbrodt was in the fourth round.
Apr-04-15
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  offramp: Tarrasch has just played 18...Bg4


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This attacks the white queen. It would be easy to go wrong here and play, for example, 19.Qd3. But that would be met by 19...Bxf2+!


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