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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Alexander Alekhine
Baden-Baden (1925), Baden-Baden GER, rd 3, Apr-19
Italian Game: Classical. Tarrasch Variation (C53)  ·  0-1



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Jan-05-04  nikt: 19 Nf3! 22 Bh3! 27 Ng4! 3 thunderbolts and quick kill like in computergame :-)
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  Honza Cervenka: Better seems to be 22.Qd2 instead of 22.Bd3. 23.gxh3 was a suicide, although after 23.Be2 black has clear advantage. The finish is not difficult but quite pretty tactics.
Jul-04-04  dac1990: According to Alekhine, the game ended here, unlike Tarrasch vs Alekhine, 1925 which shows it played one move afterward.
Jul-04-04  dac1990: I'll stop with the kibitzing, 'cause I just noticed (for the first time!) that there's a "suggest your correction" link right below the typing box.

Now, I quote: "D'oh!"

Jul-07-04  Bucky Katt: The "suggest your correction" link is currently down. So, in 500 Master Games of Chess the game score is given as 29.Bh3 Rh4 30. Resigns. Dac 1990 is correct. In Alekhine's My Best Games of Chess 1908-1937 the game is given as above.
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  Calli: The Tournament book also gives 38...Rxg4 as the last move.
Jul-20-05  Eric6312: in Max Euwe's book "The Middlegame" the author states that Alekhine said that 11...Qd8 was the best move of the whole game.
Aug-11-06  fevered cheek: 24.Rxe8?? might have been 24.Bf1 c4 25.Nd4 Qxd5 26.Nf5

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position after 23...Qxf3

Apr-12-07  Ulhumbrus: 14...exd4 extracts an instructive concession from White. Either White lets his central phalanx go by 15 Nxd4 or else he maintains his central phalanx by 15 cxd4 but then invites the fork 15...Nb4 in reply.
Apr-22-08  Ulhumbrus: It is not obvious that 8 a4 will make the move ...exd4 more effective for Black, by giving up pawn control of b4.

The reason is that if White uses the c3 pawn to replace the one on d4 in reply to ..exd4, the point b4 is then left without pawn protection.

The move a4 in fact gives the c3 pawn a second task and so overloads the c3 pawn. The c3 pawn cannot both provide the point b4 with pawn cover and replace the d4 pawn which it defends.

The result ia that the move 14...exd4 extracts an instructive concession from White. Either White lets his central phalanx go by 15 Nxd4 or else he maintains his central phalanx by 15 cxd4 but then invites the fork 15...Nb4 in reply.

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  plang: There was little point to 10 Bg5 as after 10..h6 maintaining the pin with 11 Bh4 would not have been advisable as Black could have followed up with ..Kh8, ..Rg8 and ..g5. The quote from the tournament book (presumably attributed mostly to Alekhine) after 11..Qd8!:

"The most difficult move in the game: Black forces the bishop on c4, which is very unpleasant for him, to define its position before White has finished his development; in addition to this now the move Nbd2 is hampered, on which at the present moment could have followed 12..Nxe4 (or 12..exd followed by ..d5); finally at the same time it prepares to activate the king's rook on the e-file."

17 f4..Ng6 18 e5..Nh5 would have been very bad for White. Alekhine called 21 exd? the losing move recommending 21 e5..Bf5 22 Qd2..Qxd2 23 Rxd2..Ne4 24 Rdd1..Rad8 with Black having the advantage of the two bishops. Better would have been 22 Qd2..Qxa4 23 Nc1..Bc2 24 Rxe8+..Rxe8 25 Re1..Ne4 26 Qf4..c4 27 Nd4..Bxd4 26 cxd..Qb4 though Alekhine thought that Black had a winning advantage here.

Apr-04-15  Smite: No GOTD for this? Taking out the Tarrasch
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  MissScarlett: No cigar: Schlechter vs Tarrasch, 1900
May-06-15  Smite: Thanks <MissScarlett>
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