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Siegbert Tarrasch
Number of games in database: 949
Years covered: 1879 to 1933

Overall record: +443 -203 =256 (63.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 47 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C77 C67 C78 C66 C65
 French Defense (60) 
    C11 C10 C01 C14 C05
 French (36) 
    C11 C10 C12 C00 C13
 Four Knights (36) 
    C49 C48 C47
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    D02 D05 A46 E10 D00
 Orthodox Defense (24) 
    D50 D63 D55 D61 D51
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (98) 
    C67 C77 C83 C80 C82
 French Defense (48) 
    C00 C01 C12 C11 C13
 Tarrasch Defense (33) 
    D32 D34 D33
 Sicilian (30) 
    B40 B25 B45 B32 B23
 Ruy Lopez, Open (30) 
    C83 C80 C82
 French (30) 
    C00 C12 C11 C13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Allies, 1914 1-0
   Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 1-0
   Tarrasch vs K Eckart, 1889 1-0
   Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894 1-0
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 1/2-1/2
   Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1923 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Breslau (1889)
   Manchester (1890)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Vienna (1898)
   Marshall - Tarrasch (1905)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893)
   Ostend (1905)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   Hastings (1895)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)
   Frankfurt (1887)
   Hamburg (1885)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch) by Qindarka
   Tarrasch's 300 Chess Games by yesthatwasasac
   Tarrasch's Dreihundert Schachpartien by Honza Cervenka
   good games by sk.sen
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part I. by Dr. Siggy
   T Players Tease Fredthebear by fredthebear
   Veliki majstori saha 6 TARRASCH (Petrovic) by Chessdreamer
   Praeceptor Mundi by chocobonbon
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part III. by Dr. Siggy
   1870s - 1890s Classic Chess Principles Arise by fredthebear
   Vienna 1898 by suenteus po 147
   Vienna 1898 by JoseTigranTalFischer
   American Chess Bulletin 1905 (July-December) by Phony Benoni
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147

   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894
   M Porges vs Lasker, 1896
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Marshall vs Lasker, 1914

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(born Mar-05-1862, died Feb-17-1934, 71 years old) Germany

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Siegbert Tarrasch was born in Breslau. At 15, he learned the game of chess, and he shot to prominence quickly, winning four consecutive international tournaments: Breslau (1889), Manchester in 1890 (, Dresden (1892), and 9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894). He also won the Monte Carlo (1903) tournament. After Tarrasch's compatriot Emanuel Lasker won the World Championship, the two agreed to terms for a match to take place in autumn of 1904, but the negotiations collapsed after Tarrasch requested a postponement. A Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908) eventually took place, but by then Tarrasch was aged forty-six and he was defeated by the score of +3 -8 =5. Tarrasch was held in high regard throughout his career for his contributions to opening theory. Tarrasch was an editor for Deutsche Schachzeitung, and also published his own Tarrasch's Schachzeitung (1932-1934) and the books Dreihundert Schachpartien (1895), Die moderne Schachpartie (1912), and Das Schachspiel (1931).

Lines from both the Queen's Gambit and the French Defense are named after him. He is known for guidelines in rook endings that rooks generally serve their best purpose behind passed pawns. Many of his theories on the principles of mobility and other aspects of positional play still stand as well, and today guide players of all levels of ability.

Tarrasch also played consultation chess on the teams of Tarrasch / von Bardeleben / von Scheve / Schotlaender and Tarrasch / Harmonist / Heidebreck. Cf. Wikipedia article: Siegbert Tarrasch.

Last updated: 2017-11-23 14:12:37

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 949  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0321879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
2. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0391879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
3. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241879BreslauB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
4. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0261879BreslauA00 Uncommon Opening
5. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 1-0221879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 0-1241879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
7. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0331879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
8. Tarrasch vs F Riemann 0-1181879BreslauC67 Ruy Lopez
9. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0191879BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
10. Tarrasch vs Vogt 1-0241880Breslau000 Chess variants
11. F Riemann vs Tarrasch 1-0411880BreslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
12. Tarrasch vs W Cohn 1-0271880MatchC11 French
13. Tarrasch vs Landau 1-0171880white blindfoldedC55 Two Knights Defense
14. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-0371880BreslauC39 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Tarrasch vs W Cohn 1-0291880MatchB44 Sicilian
16. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0191880BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
17. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-0271880BreslauC55 Two Knights Defense
18. Tarrasch vs NN 1-0111880BerlinC45 Scotch Game
19. Tarrasch vs N Mannheimer 1-0281880BreslauC42 Petrov Defense
20. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0211880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
21. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1301880BresslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
22. Tarrasch vs B Lasker 1-0231880BerlinC42 Petrov Defense
23. Mendelson vs Tarrasch  0-1461880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
24. Tarrasch vs Pribulsky 1-0301880BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
25. Tarrasch vs Vogt 1-0201880Breslau000 Chess variants
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  Sneaky: One of the great original thinkers in chess. And as a 1. d4 player myself, I must admit his confounded defense has caused me much consternation.
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  Ron: For me, Tarrasch's "The Game of Chess" is a chess classic and when I was a boy I learned much from that book. That book has one great chess quote:

"Chess, like love, like music, has the power to make men happy."

Aug-13-03  Benjamin Lau: For some reason, I always confuse this guy with Tartakower.
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  AgentRgent: <For some reason, I always confuse this guy with Tartakower.> LOL! That's ironic, as I can't think of two players more different. Tarrasch being very staid and dogmatic, and Tartakower a notorious prankster, who said "as long as an opening is dubious... it's playable!"
Aug-14-03  Shadout Mapes: Kinda like how I used to get the Beach Boys and Beastie Boys mixed up...
Sep-29-03  suenteus po 147: "Before the endgame the gods have placed the middle game." - Tarrasch

An important adage, and one that even world champions forget on occasion. Best example: Kan vs Botvinnik, 1935

Jan-29-04  crobzub: I mix up the two of them with Taimanov......
Mar-26-04  ruylopez900: Some confusing advice about te endgame form the man himself... "Always put the Rook behind the pawn...Except when it is incorrect to do so."-Siegbert Tarrasch (Grandmaster Secrets:Endings)
Premium Chessgames Member Many thanks to Honza Cervenka for supplying us with hundreds of missing games of Tarrasch.
Apr-30-04  iron maiden: Is it true that Tarrasch was offered a chance to play Steinitz for the WC in America in 1890?
May-01-04  capanegra: <iron maiden>, I don’t know exactly the date, but it is true that Steinitz –who was impressed by Tarrasch’s skills after Manchester 1980, Dresden 1892 and Leipzig 1894- offered Tarrasch a chance to play a match, and the place was supposed to be La Habana, were Steinitz had many admirers after his match with Chigorin in 1889. Dr. Tarrasch denied the offer, saying that he "could not abandon his patients right now".

The book "La conquista del título mundial de ajedrez" says that Tarrasch made two mistakes in his life (or, should I say, he lost two magnificent opportunities). The first was the one I’ve mentioned, and the second was when he rejected Lasker’s proposal to play a match in the early 1890’s (young and less experienced Lasker wasn’t the world champion yet), because of his "lack of merits". Tarrasch was in the peak of his fame then, and could have won both matches, changing chess history. He probably regretted this somewhat arrogant behavior a few years later.

May-02-04  capanegra: I just noticed that Tarrasch had refused to play against Lasker –because of his "lack of merits"- in Breslau, 1889.
May-06-04  fred lennox: <Many thanks to Honza Cervenka for supplying us with hundreds of missing games of Tarrasch> Master calculator of this site - thank you!!
May-17-04  GoodChessClub: Do you think Fischer and Tarrasch to some extent are similar? Both are rational and aggressive, and both may agree that 1.e4 is "best by test".
May-21-04  fred lennox: Agressive without being being primarily a combinational player. Fisher is famous for his "straightfoward classical" playing , so too is Tarrasch, one of Fisher's favorite players.
May-21-04  fred lennox: Tarrasch's ruling force is clarity and above all mobility not principles of good play. He was only interested in those principles which generally enhanced the ruling force. He was anti-classical in his attitude towards pawn structure, ever so was willing to sacrifice good pawn structure for the sake of mobility. Magnus Carlson shows the flame of the ruling force is as bright as ever.
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  Gypsy: <fred lennox: Tarrasch's ruling force is clarity and above all mobility...> That summarizes the man's play very well.
May-29-04  aragorn69: An interesting article (although not perfectly translated...) about Tarrasch as an example of a category of German Jews who desperately sought assimilation in the face of antisemitism. And how this could have been a factor on his well-known dogmatism...
Jun-15-04  PizzatheHut: I've never gone over Tarrasch's games before. Could anyone provide a few examples that are most representative of his style?
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  Chessical: <PizzatheHut> The following brilliancy shows to perfection that Tarrasch had a sharp style even towards the end of his career:

Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1923

Aug-04-04  nikolaas: An excellent biography can be found here: It's well worth a visit.
Sep-04-04  fgh: I hate Tarrasch.
Sep-13-04  Leviathan: <fgh> Why?
Sep-20-04  Knezh: arrasch was very arrogant man. I have his books "Game of Chess" and it strikes me how depreciatingly he comments on the games of his contemporaries, while praising and self-promoting his own. Phrases like:
"Master Chajes apparently had very little knowledge about general opening principles" "Dr. Perlis made was rightly punished for his carelessness." "Contrary to whatever Doctor Bernstein might say, this was a decisive mistake"
Sep-20-04  Knezh: Tarrasch*
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