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Mikhail Chigorin vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Ostend (1905), Ostend BEL, rd 6, Jun-19
French Defense: Chigorin Variation (C00)  ·  0-1

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Dec-08-03  Dick Brain: White blundered in the king and pawn endgame by move 50. gxf6? He could have saved the game with 50. Kg4 Ke5 51. g6 h6 (hxg6 doesn't win either - both players get queens) 52. Kh5! draw
Jan-26-07  arminsson: An instructive comment. Thanks.
Aug-24-07  arnaud1959: I thought this opening was called "King's indian attack" (d3,Bg2,Qe2) and not "French defence"
Sep-15-07  pastpawn: <arnaud1959: I thought this opening was called "King's indian attack" (d3,Bg2,Qe2) and not "French defence">

2 ♕e2 in the French is, I believe, Chigorin's own variation. In the King's Indian Attack, White plays a King's Indian Defence with colours reversed: (e4) ♘f3 g3 ♗g2 d3 0-0, etc. In this game, the f-pawn moves before the ♘.

Sep-16-07  cheski: A century later...

<Dick Brain: White blundered in the king and pawn endgame by move 50. gxf6? He could have saved the game with 50. Kg4 Ke5 51. g6 h6 (hxg6 doesn't win either - both players get queens) 52. Kh5! draw>

and then continued 52...Ke4 53.Kg4 h5+ 54.Kxh5 Kf3 <stalemate>, similar to the Anand - Kramnik game in Mexico Round 3???

Jun-01-11  kevins55555: It's weird how Chigorin plays his Queen in the opening. lol...
Jun-23-12  vinidivici: 50.gxf6 is a blunder.

50.Kg4 would do no better for black than a draw.

Jul-09-14  estrick: According to IM Khmelnitsky, Chigorin thought the position was hopeless after 49 ...Kd5 and resigned without playing any more moves.

His comment about the position:

"Keep looking for defensive resources - it is never too late to resign!"

Problem #46 in
"Chess Exam and Training Guide" 2004

Jul-09-14  estrick: Chigorin was not in good form when this game was played at Ostend.

He finished second to last in a field of 14 masters. It was a double round-robin event that lasted over a month. He won only three games, lost sixteen, and drew seven.

He would pass away at the age of 58 less then three years later.

Oct-02-19  Gottschalk: 50. Kg4 Ke4 51. g6 hxg6 avoiding stalemate( if 51...h6 52 Kh5!) 52. fxg6 f5+ 53. Kg3 f4+ 54. Kf2 Ke5 55. h5 Kf6 56. Kf3 Kg5 57. h6 Kxh6 58. Kxf4 Kxg6 59. Kg4 Kf6 60. Kf4 g5+ 61. Kg3 Kf5 62. Kf3 g4+ 63. Kg2 Kf4 64. Kf2 g3+ 65. Kg1 Kf3 66. Kf1 g2+ 67. Kg1 was a draw
Oct-03-19  sudoplatov: I wonder if Tarrasch announced the Mate in 49 after playing 50...gxf6.
Oct-07-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Ziryab: Cyrus Lakdawala, Tactical Training in the Endgame (2021) begins with the draw that Chigorin missed in this game.

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