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Georg Marco vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Hastings (1895), Hastings ENG, rd 14, Aug-23
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  0-1


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Jun-30-08  sneaky pete: The most curious and worst played game of the day however was that between Marco and Tarrasch. The first named opened Ruy Lopez and the doctor gradually drifted into a most unpleasant position. Marco, however, seemed determined not to dishonour the title <großer Verlustmeister> (great loss-master), with which he had adorned himself, and made an effort to undo his earlier good play with weak moves. He succeeded so well, that Tarrasch at a certain point could initiate a decisive attack, which he refrained from however. Marco didn't let this first failure of his plan discourage him. He ventured a second attempt to entice his opponent to win, and this time Tarrasch suddenly became so ferocious, that he made a completely unjustified bishop's sacrifice, threatening mate next move. On the notation form Tarrasch had already written down <aufgegeben> (resigned) as his adversary's last move [after 24... Rh5 -sp] and one can easily imagine, that he was thunderstruck when Marco with a simple and ridiculously obvious little move refuted the entire mating combination. To sketch the full further course of the game would serve no purpose, and the statement may suffice here, that with an incredible effort Marco still managed to direct the game into a for Tarrasch positive result.

Norman Van Lennep in Tijdschrift van den Nederlandschen Schaakbond, 1895.

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