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Tarrasch - Schlechter Match

Carl Schlechter8/16(+3 -3 =10)[games]
Siegbert Tarrasch8/16(+3 -3 =10)[games] Chess Event Description
Tarrasch - Schlechter (1911)

Tarrasch = = = 1 0 = = 1 0 1 = = = 0 = = 8 Schlechter = = = 0 1 = = 0 1 0 = = = 1 = = 8

This event, which took place in Cologne, in July and August, was expected to be the feature of the German Chess Association Congress, and although this may have been the case, nevertheless the interest faded to a marked degree some time before the end of the match. The games on a whole were not of the value expected from the meeting of such great players, and ultimately the match was drawn at three games all and ten draws. Two games during the match reached over 100 moves, 106 in one case and 109 in the other, possibly a record.

The conditions stipulated that the match was to be finished by August 12, and neither player to be accounted the winner unless more than one game ahead in the score – The Year-Book of Chess.

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs Schlechter 1-0401911Tarrasch - SchlechterC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
2. Schlechter vs Tarrasch 1-0491911Tarrasch - SchlechterC77 Ruy Lopez
3. Tarrasch vs Schlechter 1-0661911Tarrasch - SchlechterC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Schlechter vs Tarrasch 1-01061911Tarrasch - SchlechterD00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Tarrasch vs Schlechter 1-01091911Tarrasch - SchlechterC78 Ruy Lopez
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  whiteshark: Match related picture:

I've no idea who the four spectators are..

Mar-20-13  dehanne: Possibly Frederick Yates (standing on the left) and Georg Marco (standing on the right).
Feb-14-14  Karpova: The prize fund was 4000 <Mark>. This sum was divided between the players, after the match had to be declared drawn. The small number of games played during 5 weeks was criticised, additionally the fact that they didn't always use up the whole 6 hours per day playing time (Sunday and Thursday were rest days) - to be more specific, that they didn't start a new game when they finished a game on that day and had time left.

Source: Page 378 of the November-December 1911 'Wiener Schachzeitung'

Mar-02-14  Karpova: Dr. Emanuel Lasker, Berlin, June 1, 1911:

<Dieses Match füllt eine Lücke aus. Die beiden mußten sich einmal gegenüberstehen, denn ihre Stile sind ganz verschieden und geben zu einer Frage Anlaß. Dr. Tarrasch ist objektiv, Schlechter ist durchaus persönlich. Der erste läßt sich von theoretischen Erwägungen leiten, der andere von gegebenen Umständen und seiner Phantasie. Was zählt im Schachspiele mehr ? ist die Frage. Darauf eine Antwort a priori geben zu wollen, wäre müßig. Da müssen die Tatsachen reden.>

(This match fills in a gap. Those two had to face each other one day, as their styles are completely different and give rise to a question. Dr. Tarrasch is objective, Schlechter is quite personal. The former is being led by theoretical considerations, the other by the given circumstances and his fantasy. What counts more in the game of chess ? is the question. To give an answer a priori would be otiose. The facts have to speak.)

Source: 'Pester Lloyd', 1911.06.4, page 11

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  MissScarlett: This match could've been Schlechter's first title defence; instead, it's consigned to obscurity.

According to Helms in <The Brooklyn Daily Eagle>, of 29th June 1911, the match was originally intended to be one of seven games up.

Jun-26-15  thomastonk: <MissScarlett: .. the match was originally intended to be one of seven games up.> I can confirm this from a source written by Schlechter at the beginning of the match. He gave also the prizes: 2500 and 1500 M.

When the match was declared to be drawn, he wrote that another match is agreed upon, which shall be played in the summer of 1912 in Vienna.

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  offramp: Lots of Ruy Lopezeses, and only one QP game out of 16 - and it was drawn in 20 moves!

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