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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Mikhail Chigorin
Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 3, Oct-13
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Improved Steinitz Defense (C66)  ·  0-1



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  Jonathan Sarfati: Very nice to see Chigorin make good use of the bishop pair; he was not as dogmatic about knights as many people think he was.
Jan-04-11  cunctatorg: A greatest game indeed!! What a battle!!
Oct-09-11  Robeson: An excellent game by Chigorin! BTW, Jonathan, Steve Mayer refuted the idea that Chigorin ever expressed a preference for knights in his brilliant "Bishop v. Knight: The Verdict" all the way back in the 1990s.
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  keypusher: Tarrasch said he played 15.Kh2 because of time pressure; the time control was 15 moves an hour, and the control began on the first move! We've seen these kinds of positions in the Ruy Lopez many times, but they were new in 1893.

Tarrasch gets a nice position out of the opening, but f2-f4 looks like the wrong plan to me; I would expect a modern master to play g2-g4 and Nf5. Do you agree?

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  tamar: Glad to see this match has its page at last.

Tarrasch would have been better off making the Kh2 move again when his King was on g3, but left it there move after move. Maybe after 39 Kh2 he could have put up a defense.

What a spectacle on move 44...Bd5 just before the third time control.

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