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Heinrich Wolf vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Karlsbad (1923), Karlsbad CSR, rd 14, May-15
Spanish Game: Open. Breslau Variation (C83)  ·  0-1



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Aug-24-13  estrick: This game deviates from the one played by Wolf & Tarrasch the previous year on the fifteenth move. In their 1922 encounter, Tarrasch played 15...Bd7, and the game ended in a draw.

Here, Tarrasch played more aggressively with 15... c5 and eventually won a sharp, double edged contest.

Aug-24-13  estrick: This game is included in "Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess" selected and annotated by Fred Reinfeld.
Aug-24-13  estrick: After 13...Bg5, Reinfeld says, "White's material advantage is deceptive, for his development has been retarded and Black has many hidden resources."

After 16. hxg4, he writes, "White is beset with intangible difficulties. Such positions are both tiring and discouraging, which explains why Wolf eventually drifts into a lost game."

After 29...Red8, "Tarrasch's play lacks incisiveness hereabouts; it is not easy to make further headway and the clock ticks away inexorably in such situations."

After 31 Bc5?, "Weak. White's best chance was to exchange Queens and rely on his two Bishops in the struggle to hold back Black's powerful King's side Pawns."

After 35...g6, "Note how comfortably Black can proceed in the absence of White's QB. Tarrash's plan is simple and irresistible: Black's King's side Pawns will advance triumphantly, escorted if need be by the King."

43...Kg6! "A sardonic invitation to 44. Bxe4+ Kf2; 45. Bd5 Rxe6; etc."

The Black king goes for a walk . . .

afater 51. Kc1, "A last trap: if 51. ...e2?; 52. Qg1 draws.

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  offramp: <estrick> thank you for your comments on this very interesting game.
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  whiteshark: Reinfe1d is a he11 of an annotator.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <estrick, Reinfeld>:

After 29...♖db8, "Tarrasch's play lacks incisiveness hereabouts; it is not easy to make further headway and the clock ticks away inexorably in such situations."

Indeed so. The computer quickly finds 25... ♖cd8! 26.♕b7 ♖f7 27.♔f1} (♗lack threatened a discovered attack, and White lacks a good defence 27... ♘xf2 28.♗xf2 ♖xd2.-+

Later, there was:

29...♖ab8 30.♕a7 ♗b6! (removing the dark-squared defender) 31.♗xb6 ♖xb6 32.♘e3 ♕c5 33.♖e1 f4 -+

Thus 23.♖f1 was a losing move. After 23. ♗e2 Black still has a clear advantage but it's still a game.

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