keypusher: Part II
From this move Black promised himself too much. Black had nothing better now than 17....Bxe3 18. fxe3 Qe6 19. Raf2 d5 with a good attack in the center and on the Queen's wing. Also in the next moves Black should still take the knight. <Shredder thinks that ...Nf4 is OK and that ...Bxe3 would lead to a slight advantage for White. Probably either move is playable. Deutsche Schachzeitung recommends ...c6, and that seems to be a good move too.>
18. g3! Ne6
The combination 18....Nxd3 19. Nd5 Qe6 20. Qxd3 c6 21. Rd2 turns into an advantage for White.
19. Nh4 g6?
<Shredder does not agree with Tarrasch's self-criticism. It continues to think Black is fine.>
20. Kh1 Kh7
Here for the last time Black had the opportunity through 20....Bxe3 to equalize the game. The open f-file was by far not so dangerous as the advance of the f-pawn, which White now prepared with great care.
21. Neg2! Rf8 22. Rc2 Qd8 23. f4 exf4 <Tarrasch prefers ...Ng7> 24. gxf4 Ng7
On 24....f5 25. Nxg6 Kxg6 26. exf5+ Rxf5 27. Qg4+ Kf6 28. Nh4 etc. could win quickly. <Not sure I trust the translation here (and a few other places); "could win quickly" doesn't sound like Tarrasch!>
25. Qg4 Qc8 26. Qg3 <Shredder notes that White can play 26. f5! forcing 26...g5 27. Nf3 f6. But Blackburne may have decided that was too blocked up. >
26....Nh5 27. Qf3 Nf6<?>
Now Black finally gets into real trouble. 27....Qd7 (aiming at the a-pawn) 28. a5 Qb5 is still OK.>
<28. e5 at once is much stronger.>
28....Qg4 29. Qd3 Rad8
With other moves the black position is also completely untenable. <Maybe a little bit of an exaggeration, but Black is going downhill.>