|Oct-31-04|| ||keypusher: This game won the second brilliancy prize at Hastings, after Steinitz' famous win. |
Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895
Steinitz deserved his prize, especially since Tarrasch had a lousy position for most of the game. But the final combination is a stunner. Check it out!
|Sep-16-06|| ||chancho: An incredible combination by the "Praeceptor Germaniae."|
|May-01-07|| ||chancho: It's truly surprising that this famous game is not getting the comments other games in this site are getting. Particularly so when you see the gorgeous combination that Tarrasch came up with to win this game.|
|May-01-07|| ||whiteshark: brilliant !!!|
|Nov-30-07|| ||newzild: My final reaction was ... whoa!|
|Jun-24-08|| ||Lutwidge: Walbrodt was a little cooperative here, but still one of the funkier combinations on record.|
|Apr-01-09|| ||WhiteRook48: 38 Rg4! is brilliant, uncovering a pin like that, with mate threats with the pin|
|Jul-05-11|| ||newzild: 32. Nd6 ignites amazing complications. I suspect that Tarrasch did not see it all the way to the end.|
|Dec-22-11|| ||Nerwal: The position after 29. g3 is quite interesting. The fact that black lost the game probably led Tarrasch and others to the claim that 29... gxf4 was a mistake, but it rather looks like the manoeuver Ne8-g7-h5 was to blame as it breaks the coordination of the black pieces. Tarrasch recommended instead 29... g4, and then play along h file with h7-h5-h4xg3 etc., but this is slow and like in the game, white will just play Nd6 at some point and disturb black's plans by applying pressure on f5. |
Instead, Pillsbury's recommendation of 29... Bc7, a prophylactic move to prevent all this Nd6 counterplay, looks better and probably keeps black's advantage, but why can't black go for the straightforward, and natural as it includes the queen into the attack, 29... gxf4 30. gxf4 Qh6. In the subsequent lines, the f5 pawn is not important, and quite often black can use the open f file for his attack. The variation are quite complicated, eg 31. Qxf5 Nc7, or 31. Rxf5 Qh3 32. Nf1 Bh4 and then either 33. Rh5 Rf8 or 33. Kf2 Rg5 34. Rf4 Rg4, but black seems close to a decisive advantage; at any rate he would maintain some strong pressure on white's camp.
But maybe all this indicates that white's position isn't as "completely lost" as commentators have claimed : everywhere he keeps some interesting defensive resources or at least forces black to be very precise in his attack.
Sure enough, 38. Rg4 is a beautiful move.