chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

(If you register a free account you won't see all these ads!)
Siegbert Tarrasch vs Allies
"Ashes Tarrasch's" (game of the day Jun-26-2009)
Naples (1914)
Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 38 times; par: 54 [what's this?]

Annotations by Fred Reinfeld.      [2 more games annotated by F Reinfeld]

NOTE: You are using our new chess viewer, "Olga." For more info see the Olga Quickstart Guide. You can switch back to the old viewer (pgn4web) from the pulldown menu below. If you have questions or suggestions see our Olga chessforum.

explore this opening
find similar games 946 more games of Tarrasch
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To access more information about the players (more games, favorite openings, statistics, sometimes a biography and photograph), click their highlighted names at the top of this page.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 1 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Dec-17-05  Petrocephalon: Holy Plachutta cutting-point themes, Batman!!!

A famous, problemistic combo. The R at c8 defends c5, while the Q at d7 defends b7, but if either piece captures on c7 it is in effect forced to do both duties and becomes over-worked. A weird type of self-obstruction.

Dec-05-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <Petrocephalon: Holy Plachutta cutting-point themes, Batman!!!

A famous, problemistic combo. The R at c8 defends c5, while the Q at d7 defends b7, but if either piece captures on c7 it is in effect forced to do both duties and becomes over-worked. A weird type of self-obstruction.>

Yes, Plachutta! 31 ♗c7!!.

Dec-05-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: In fact, this very example is discussed on the Plachutta page at Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plachu...:

<The Plachutta is a device found in chess problems: a white piece sacrifices itself on a square where it could be captured by one of two similarly-moving black pieces (for example, a bishop and a queen moving along a diagonal, or two rooks) moving along a different line; whichever black piece captures, it interferes with the other. Plachutta theme is named by Joseph Plachutta (*1827 †1883).

...

Tarrasch v Allies, Naples 1914

Although the term Plachutta is confined to the world of chess problems, not being used in a wider chess context, the underlying Plachutta pattern does occasionally (though rarely) appear in an actual game. One example is to the right, a position which occurred in a 1914 game between Siegbert Tarrasch (with white) and an amateur (quoted in John Littlewood's How to Play the Middle Game in Chess, Batsford, 1976). In the given position, the black queen defends against Qb7 and the rook on c8 defends against Rxc5. Tarrasch played 31.Bc7!, a Plachutta interference after which black cannot maintain control over both b7 and c5 (black actually resigned after this move). If 31...Rxc7 the rook is overloaded, having to look after both the key squares: 32.Qb7+ Rxb7 and the rook is deflected from defence of c5, allowing 33.Rxc5#. If instead 31...Qxc7 it is the queen which is overloaded: 32.Rxc5+ Qxc5 deflects the queen from defence of b7, allowing 33.Qb7+ Kxa5 34.Ra1#.>

Dec-05-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Position after 31 ♗e5-c7!!:


click for larger view

31 ... ♖xc7 32 ♕b7+! ♖xb7 <deflection from c5> 33 ♖xc5#

31 ... ♕xc7 32 ♖xc5+! ♕xc5 <deflection from b7> 33 ♕b7+ ♔xa5 34 ♖a1#

Gorgeous. A tremendous tactical coup by Dr. Tarrasch. Fischer said that Tarrasch's play was "razor-sharp", this Plachutta 31 ♗c7!! being a very good example.

Dec-22-06  Themofro: Beautiful last move by Tarrasch. I agree with Reinfeild on this, gorgeuos move.
Aug-14-07  Dr. Siggy: All I can say about Tarrasch's 31. Bc7!!! is three little words: - Chess is art!...
Aug-14-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: A brilliant move, whether it really happened or not.
Aug-25-07  get Reti: I think 31.Bc7 is the most amazing move I've ever seen. It is based around a different concept, not just a long combination with forks, pins, deflections, and discoveries in which every variation wins. I also like Fischer's Rf6 in his game versus Benko.
Sep-12-07  Capablanca44: Thanks to notyetagm for clearly explaining the Plachutta theme in this game, otherwise I would not have understood the 31.Bc7 move. It is a truly remarkable move.
Sep-12-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: <Plachutta> - Verstellung zweier zumeist gerader Figuren durch ein Opfer im Schnittpunkt ihrer Zugrichtungen.
Sep-12-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Here is a description and another nice example of a Plachutta: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plachu...
Sep-12-07  twin phoenix: i must echo capablanca44 sentiment of thanking notyetagm stating that i too would not have understood B-c7 without his explanation. am familiar with alot of tarrasch's games but have never seen this gem before. tks again chessgames!!!
Sep-12-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  fm avari viraf: A very imaginative & creative move 31.Bc7 that accomplishes the "Plachutta Theme. Simply a fantastic & marvellous game by a Great Master Tarrasch!
Sep-15-07  Karpova: His opponents (the "Allies") were D. Marotti, E. Napoli, de Simone and del Giudice. http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...
Sep-19-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: Very good! I saw this on the page that Karpova mentions, but I couldn't see the continuation - so I came here. Thanks everyone.
Nov-07-07  Chess Addict: Beautiful, indeed.
Mar-05-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gilmoy: Saw it after a bit. I recognized right away that it was an interference of some kind; took about a minute to calculate the rest of the pattern. If a sac only deflects a piece, with no other gain, then the deflection <is> the point. (After Rubinstein, the concept that a deflection can win should not surprise us any more.)

I did learn that there exist two distinct kinds of interference patterns involving line-movers.

- Nowotny is when they move differently, e.g. R+B. This implies that the moving piece <cuts off> the non-moving piece, which instantly gives the -1 defender.

- Plachutta is when they move similarly, e.g. R+R. This implies that there is no <cutting off>, but the moving piece does become <overworked>. Then you can deflect it further for the -1.

Hence I muttered to myself, "Oho, it's a Nowotny", having never heard of Plachutta until now. Corollary: Two Queens cannot Nowotnize, but they could Plachuttate.

In xiangqi (Chinese chess), where it is possible to block an N (corollary: an N can pin a defender), you could get the other two kinds of interferences, between N-E (elephant/minister) and N-R.

Mar-19-08  Mr. Mags: best move i have ever seen !!!!!
May-13-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark:

Is there a second OTB game known with a <Plachutta interference> ???

Oct-26-08  sleepyirv: <whiteshark> Apparently not
Jan-21-09  hedgeh0g: Next to Marshall's Qg3!!!, Bc7!!! is probably my next favourite move of all time. They stand out as truly memorable to me which is why I denote them "!!!" :)
Mar-10-09  WhiteRook48: what's up with 31 Bc3?
Apr-25-09  WhiteRook48: 31 Bc7!!!!
May-16-09  WhiteRook48: the Allies lost World War I
Jun-26-09  LimSJ: Plachutta. i just learned that chess term and concept today (since i learned to play chess 26 years ago!). thanks, CG.com!
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 3)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 1 OF 3 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.


NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please submit a correction slip and help us eliminate database mistakes!
This game is type: CLASSICAL (Disagree? Please submit a correction slip.)

Featured in the Following Game Collections [what is this?]
tedster's favorite games 3
by tedster
sezaiunal's favorite games
by sezaiunal
Best Chess Games of All Time
by Timothy Glenn Forney
6. Siegbert Tarrasch
by Roshon N
philo's favorite games
by philo
Bc7!!!
from Essentials sacrifices by castillov
Kállai's selected games
by Dougie39
Tarasch Teaches Interferrence!
from Karnatakiaditya's favorite games by Karnatakiaditya
31.?
from Insane moves by tommy boy
hallu45's favorite games
by hallu45
June 26: Ashes Tarrasch's
from Game of the Day 2009 by Phony Benoni
Game 48: World's Great Chess Games (Fine)
from Published Games by Year & Unconfirmed Source II by fredthebear
The Immortal Interference Game
from Missing Immortals by FairyPromotion
KidEunuch's favorite games
by KidEunuch
Plachutta, 31st move.
from Novotny, Plachutta and other interferences by Sleeping kitten
The Flying Dutchman........
from king bee's favorite games by king bee
31. Bc7!
from Deadly Quiet Moves by MorphyMatt
White's last move is one of the most beautiful ever played
from A Players Announced to Fredthebear's Audience by fredthebear
Travis Bickle's favorite games
by Travis Bickle
zatara's favorite games
by zatara
plus 85 more collections (not shown)


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2017, Chessgames Services LLC