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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Jacques Mieses
Gothenburg (1920), Gothenburg SWE, rd 6, Aug-09
Scandinavian Defense: Anderssen Counterattack (B01)  ·  1-0

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May-09-04  Lawrence: 4...e5 was weak, 4...♘f6 would have been much better.

13...0-0-0(...♘f6), 18...♔e8(...♔c8), and 37...♘ac8(...f5) aggravated matters. (Junior 8)

May-31-04  Swindler: A nice game! Black "only" needs two tempi to castle kingside after move 12 and put the king to safety, but White's slight lead in development is enough to foil the plan.
Nov-05-04  WMD: 24...Kf7 sets a little trap which Tarrasch avoids. 25.b5? Na5 and Black would manage to successfully activate his pieces, because 26.Kb4 Nd5+ 27.Kxa5?? Ra8#.
Mar-04-07
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  Octavia: game 28 in Chernev: Logical chess, move by move
Nov-02-07  Dr. Siggy: R. Fine, "Basic Chess Endings", New York 1941, page 460: - "Two pieces plus one Pawn always win against a Rook. Rook plus one Pawn vs. two pieces is normally a draw, while Rook plus two Pawns vs. two pieces is always won. With more material on the board, positional considerations may alter these rules."

F. Reinfeld, "Tarrasch's Best Game of Chess", London 1947, pages 169-71: - (i) After 17... Kxd8: "Tarrasch's little combination has given him a winning endgame. An agile Rook and two Pawns are more than a match for two awkwardly placed Knights which are incapable of cooperation. White's goal will now be two united passed Pawns on the Queen's side, but first he will improve the position of his King and reduce the Knights to virtual helplessness." - (ii) About 20. Kc4: "The King is strongly posted here, as will be seen." - (iii) About 27. Rd3!: "Black must either yield the open file or else permit an exchange which will make clear the helplessness of his Knights." - (iv) About 29. a5: "The advance of the Pawn practically stalemates one of the Knights." - (v) After 31... Na7: "[...] Now that one of the Knights cannot move, the other Knight must be dislodged by means of c4." - (vi) About 36. Ra1: "The Rook has completed its work on the a-file; the occupation of the seventh rank is now in order." - (vii) About 38. Kc5: "The King is now posted for the kill."

Apr-09-10  pferd: In Reinfeld's book he has the correct move 37 for Black: Ndc8. In response to 37...Nac8 White has simply 38.a7

So the position at move 41 is:


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This makes a nice puzzle, (with White in check!) because after the obvious 41.Rxd7+ Kxd7 White wins, not with the tempting 42.Kb6? but 42.b5

White could even lose with 42.Kb6? Nc8+ 43.Kb7 Nd6+ 44.Kb8 Nxc4 45.a7 Nb6 46.Kb7 Na8! 47.Kxa8? (47.Kb8 draws) Kc7 and Black wins.

Feb-28-12  Naniwazu: Very methodical endgame play by Tarrasch.
Feb-11-17  Howard: Evans claims in The Chess Opening for You that 7.a3! would have been much better than 7.Be2.

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