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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Mikhail Chigorin
Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 13, Oct-31
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Tarrasch Variation (C77)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  offramp: After 20...Ne8,

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...there is a position which both players probably liked. Chigorin liked knights and Tarrasch liked suffragans.

Looks better for white, though, really.
Would Carlsen be able to win this position as white?

Tarrasch manages to get his passed d-pawn to the 7th but the tempi used allows black to trap one of those hierophants.

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But after a few exchanges the game becomes clearly drawn.

Apr-08-15  Poulsen: <offramp><Would Carlsen be able to win this position as white?>

Why Carlsen? Why not Tal - or Smyslov? Apart from the fact, that those two are long gone.

Tarrach made a tactical decision here with 23.d6. Probably Tal would do the same - but I am not sure about Smyslov - he would perhaps perfer 23. c3 and opt for a long endgame avoiding too many simplifications on the queenside.

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  keypusher: <Poulsen> <offramp> In <Dreihundert Schachpartien> Tarrasch noted that a contemporary journal recommended 23.c3 but he didn't think it would have made a difference. He described 23.d6 as heading towards a draw. Earlier he wrote that he should have played 16.Nxc5 Rc8 17.Nxb7 and cxb5.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi K.P.

Seems we both have 'Tarrasch's 300' where Tarrasch analyses every game of this match. Good Book.

It was in the notes to this match Tarrasch wrote about one of his moves.

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White has just played 32.Q d2-c1.

Tarrasch wrote; "White missed a brilliant opportunity to resign." (He found this brilliant 10 moves later.)

Tarrasch vs Chigorin, 1893

Yes, Tarrasch's one sentence note after move 23. d6.

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"White is playing for a draw."

Some Match this. It finished 9-9. 22 games with 4 draws. The first draw did not appear till game 10!

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  offramp: I agree Geoff. This was a great match. A clash of two styles, as I'm sure other people have mentioned.

Probable it's best to talk about the match in general in its home page!

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