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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Wilhelm Cohn
Match (1880), Berlin GER
Sicilian Defense: Paulsen. Szen Variation (B44)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: To his great detriment black avoided to play d7-d6 at some proper point (of course, 7...d6 was optimal but also 11...d6 would have been quite reasonable choice and I guess that 12...d6 was still better than the text) and Tarrasch simply destroyed him by using weak point d5 and weaknesses on the Kingside. Of course, 12...Qxb2? is bad for 13.Rb1 Qa3 14.Nd5. Instead of 13...Qd6, which loses by force as Tarrasch has demonstrated, black could have tried 13...Nxc2+ 14.Kd1 Qxd2+ 15.Kxd2 Nxa1 16.Nc7+ Kd8 17.Nxa7 b5 18.Nb6 Bb7 19.Nd5 f5 etc. with a position where white is going to win the Knight on a1 but black gets at least two pawns for him and with active pieces he can still resist for a while. It was better for white to avoid this mess and to play 13.0-0-0 instead of 13.Nd5. The game after rout of black's KS quite naturally ends with the King hunt on the QS.
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  offramp: The final position shows something odd about chess. What is checkmate?

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Black is certainly in check. But can he capture the king? The knight on c3 is pinned.

Yes, he can.

Because after, for example, 29...Qc5, then White plays 30.Nxa4, ending the game, and Black is half a move too late with his 30...♕x♔.

THAT'S checkmate!

Dec-12-15  Howard: You are, of course, quite correct.

Certainly an interesting final position, at any rate.

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  Honza Cervenka: Well, that's interesting. But of course, the final position is not a checkmate, as the white Knight is not only pinned by the Queen but it can be taken by that Queen. But with a Rook on d4 it would be a checkmate:

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