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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Siegbert Tarrasch
9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894), Leipzig GER, rd 13, Sep-12
Queen Pawn Game: Krause Variation (D02)  ·  1-0



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Dec-28-04  ksadler: An excellent example of pressure on the isolated d-pawn.
Apr-22-05  paladin at large: Blackburne notes on move 4 that it is "good to get a great theorist like Tarrasch out of the books as soon as possible". I had the impression Blackburne was always in a hurry to break new ground no matter who the opponent.

Would Tarrasch have been ok if he had played 31....Kg8, Qf7, or Ne7 ?

Jul-02-12  ughaibu: The note to move 22 should presumably read "f5" not "c5".
Jul-02-12  psmith: <ughaibu> Right. No doubt originally it was "P-B4".
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  offramp: <paladin at large: Blackburne notes on move 4 that it is "good to get a great theorist like Tarrasch out of the books as soon as possible"...>

But the position in the opening is essentially a QGD Tarrasch - an opening that Tarrasch should really have played better.

After 7.0-0 ...

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....Tarrasch was obviously worried about 8.Re1+ and played 7...Ne7. But he could have played the standard 7...Nf6. Then 8.Re1+ Be6 leads to this typical position:

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After 9.Bf4

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...Tarrasch played 9...Bg4. Nimzowitsch said that this bishop belongs on e6; in fact it goes there soon afterwards.

Nimzowitsch also probably would not have liked 14...♙d5-d4.

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Not a good day for Tarrasch.

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