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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev
Bad Pistyan (1922), Piestany CSR, rd 16, Apr-25
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Dec-17-06  Dr. Siggy: For the Closed Sicilian fans (like poor old me...) whom might have to face a kind of a Scheveninguen set-up by Black at any tournament, here's an excellent model worthy of the most careful study: a Tarrasch masterpiece from the 1922 Pistyan tournament.

Special attention should be payed to the following moves by White: 7.d3 (not yet 7.d4), 9.Rb1! (preparing 10.Be3 and 11.b4! - now quite "en vogue"!...), 14.d4 (at the right moment, utilising his superior development), 19.Nd5! (opening an attack on Black's king), 23.Be4! and 26.Bf5!.

Take my word and enjoy!

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  paulalbert: <Dr. Siggy> As you are, I am also an admirer of Tarrasch and "The Game of Chess" and also have an 80 year old edition in German of his "Dreihundert Schach Partien" . If you read my bio you'll see that I made a comeback to tournament chess after the demands of my profession abated, but in my 60s, not 40s, so my results are not as spectacular as yours, but I still enjoy it. Although I have spent a lot of time in Europe and my wife is German, we never have been to Portugal, but the Algarve is high on my wife's list. Paul Albert
Dec-18-06  Wolfgang01: What's up with Dr. Tarrasch? Playing a (hyper-)modern opening as a classical chess teacher?! Praying bread and eating cakes??!!

Nevertheless it's a great game and I enjoyed it.

Dec-19-06  Dr. Siggy: <paulalbert> Like yourself, I still enjoy (better say: love...) chess very, very much - and this in spite of all those chess computers which are being "promoted" by Kasparov, Kramnik et alii! No computer replaces a truly good chess friend: that's plain common sense...

Algarve is still high on everyone's list - and rightly so. But if you prefer forest to beach, you should visit the north of my country, above all our Natural Park of Peneda-Gerez: what a beauty!...

Dec-19-06  Dr. Siggy: <Wolfgang01> Believe me, there's nothing wrong with Dr. Tarrasch! Check out this quote from his everlasting "The Game of Chess":

"If White wishes to avoid playind d4 on account of the considerations I have mentioned, then he can content himself with d3 and temporarily relinquish the opening up of the game. In this case he must develop his king's bishop on the flank. But 2.g3 at once would be bad because of the reply 2...d5. Thus 2.Nc3 must first be played. The play proceeds somewhat on the following lines: 2...Nc6 3.g3 g6 4.Bg2 Bg7 5.Nge2 d6 6.d3 Nf6 7.0-0 0-0 8.h3 Bd7 9.Be3 Rb8 10.Qd2 followed by f4 and g4 with a good attack for White."

An excellent illustration of this lines is <Karpov vs Tsamriuk, Leningrad 1967>.

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