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French, Tarrasch (C06)
1 e4 e6 2 d4 d5 3 Nd2 Nf6 4 e5 Nfd7 5 Bd3 c5 6 c3 Nc6
7 Ne2 cxd4 8 cxd4

Number of games in database: 518
Years covered: 1891 to 2016
Overall record:
   White wins 42.1%
   Black wins 24.3%
   Draws 33.6%

Popularity graph, by decade

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With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Tomas Oral  22 games
Ratmir Kholmov  17 games
Milan Matulovic  15 games
Gerald Hertneck  22 games
Emanuel Berg  14 games
Sergey Volkov  10 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Oll vs Barsov, 1986
Adams vs M Gurevich, 2006
Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner, 1891
P Carlsson vs Timman, 2007
S J Hutchings vs Keene, 1975
M Sorokin vs Ulibin, 1986
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 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 518  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs M Kuerschner 1-043 1891 Nuremberg club mC06 French, Tarrasch
2. Foltys vs M Foltys 1-037 1943 ZlinC06 French, Tarrasch
3. P Mueller-Breil vs J H Donner  ½-½53 1952 Helsinki ol (Men)C06 French, Tarrasch
4. J Sefc vs J Marsalek  1-052 1955 Prague tmC06 French, Tarrasch
5. J Sefc vs I Ivanco 1-059 1955 CSR-chC06 French, Tarrasch
6. M Mukhitdinov vs B Vladimirov 0-117 1957 URS-ch sfC06 French, Tarrasch
7. F R Anderson vs M Czerniak  1-050 1958 13th olm final BC06 French, Tarrasch
8. J Goncalves vs A Franck  1-033 1960 Leipzig ol (Men) fin-CC06 French, Tarrasch
9. Lutikov vs Popov  ½-½42 1960 Bad SalzungenC06 French, Tarrasch
10. Kholmov vs W Pietzsch 0-133 1965 TbilisiC06 French, Tarrasch
11. E Keogh vs B Kchouk  ½-½27 1966 Havana ol final-CC06 French, Tarrasch
12. H Bouwmeester vs J Moles ½-½26 1967 EU-ch casualC06 French, Tarrasch
13. R Nicevski vs Uhlmann  ½-½23 1968 2. Turnir solidarnosti, Skopje/OhridC06 French, Tarrasch
14. E Paoli vs Hecht  0-138 1973 FRG-ch intC06 French, Tarrasch
15. B Friedman vs B Wall 1-024 1973 World OpenC06 French, Tarrasch
16. A Van Dop vs Huebner  0-156 1974 WchT U26C06 French, Tarrasch
17. Matulovic vs Hecht  1-042 1974 HoogovensC06 French, Tarrasch
18. Sznapik vs J Lechtynsky  ½-½42 1974 Rubinstein Memorial 12thC06 French, Tarrasch
19. Matulovic vs Vaganian  0-143 1974 Belgrade-MoscowC06 French, Tarrasch
20. M Litinskaya-Shul vs A B Grinfeld  1-028 1975 URS-ch (Women)C06 French, Tarrasch
21. D Parr vs D Berry  0-143 1975 Lone PineC06 French, Tarrasch
22. S J Hutchings vs Keene 0-127 1975 World Championship Zonal TournamentC06 French, Tarrasch
23. L Santos vs Keene  0-125 1975 AlgarveC06 French, Tarrasch
24. R Ervin vs D J Strauss 1-033 1976 Lone PineC06 French, Tarrasch
25. Matulovic vs K Pytel  ½-½58 1977 Le HavreC06 French, Tarrasch
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Kibitzer's Corner
Nov-17-05  Assassinater: Is the main reason this move is played instead of 8. Ngf3 because of 8... Qb6, which might be a bit awkward if white has to parry with Nb3?
Nov-18-05  jahhaj: <Assassinater> 7.Ngf3 is perfectly playable for White. The knights are more awkwardly placed than after 7.Ne2 though.

7...cxd4 8.cxd4 Qb6 is possible but White should gambit the d pawn, 9.O-O Nxd4 10.Nxd4 Qxd4 11.Nf3 with plenty of compensation.

More promising for Black is 7...Be7 8.O-O g5, with interesting play.

Sep-22-06  Kwesi: I know thats the book generally frowns on 9.Nb3 after 8...Qb6, but I find it more fun to play, like in this (unsound) FICS game:

1. e4 e6
2. d4 d5
3. Nd2 Nf6
4. e5 Nfd7
5. Bd3 c5
6. c3 Nc6
7. Ne2 cxd4
8. cxd4 Qb6
9. Nb3 Bb4+
10. Kf1 O-O
11. h4 a5
12. Nf4 Nxd4
13. Nh5 Nxb3
14. axb3 g6
15. Qg4 Nxe5
16. Nf6+ Kg7
17. Qg5 Nxd3
18. Qh6+ Kxf6
19. Bg5+ Ke5
20. Qg7+ Ke4
21. f3+ Kf5
22. g4#

Has 9.Nb3 been refuted yet?

Sep-22-06  NateDawg: <Kwesi> 9. ♘b3 is probably not refuted, although it isn't the best choice according to Fritz 9 and Crafty 19.19. Play might continue 9...a5 10. a4 ♗b4+ 11. ♔f1 0-0, and Black is at least even.
Apr-16-07  gambitfan: Opening of the day OPOD Mo 16/04/2007
Dec-19-09  waddayaplay: games have not been classified as c06 on chessgames since November 2007. For example M Vachier-Lagrave vs E Berg, 2008 is c05.
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