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

Siegbert Tarrasch vs Allies
"Ashes Tarrasch's" (game of the day Jun-26-2009)
Consultation game (1914), Naples ITA
Bird Opening: Dutch Variation (A03)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 41 times; par: 53 [what's this?]

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

explore this opening
find similar games 948 more games of Tarrasch
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: To flip the board (so black is on the bottom) press the "I" key on your keyboard.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

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  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  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  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  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, is 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, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

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, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

<This page contains Editor Notes. Click here to read them.>

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
White's last move is one of the most beautiful ever played
from A Players Announced to Fredthebear's Audience by Patca63
31.Bc7!! An interference with the Plachuta theme of obstruction
from Attacking the King and the Kings of the attack. by syracrophy
Unusual ending-matt
from laszlosantha's favorite games by laszlosantha
Bird b3: Dutch Variation (A03) 1-0 Stunning move
from Swede Larsen & Fredthebear were classmates by fredthebear
#63, after 30...Kb5.
from Instructive Positions from Master Chess by Jaredfchess
Naples 1914 "Ashes Tarrasch's" (GOTD) 31.Bc7!!
from Favorite Games from (1515-1916) by wanabe2000
Plachutta interference
from Hitokiri Battousai's favorite games by Hitokiri Battousai
A Plachutta Theme. Nice one.
from Chess Masterpieces by ChessApplet
Best Chess Games of All Time
by 3sun3moon
A beautiful quiet move. The Plachutta is rarely seen in chess.
from Walk the King, Feel the Sting; Fredthebear Thing by fredthebear
31. Bc7!
from Deadly Quiet Moves by MorphyMatt
incredible interference tactics
from favorite games by nckmrrtt
Brilliant final interposition move!
from MJCB likes those games by MJCB
Bc7, Plachutta
from rinus' favorite games by rinus
zatara's favorite games
by zatara
thouston's favorite games
by thouston
Game #3
from The most beautiful games in chess 4 by keywiz84
26 - Ashes Tarrasch's (sleepyirv)
from Get Thee to a Punnery! by AdolfoAugusto
Tarasch Teaches Interferrence!
from Karnatakiaditya's favorite games by Karnatakiaditya


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 | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC