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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Christian Kelz
"Rook To His Laurels" (game of the day Apr-24-2007)
Nuremberg (1892) (unorthodox)
King's Gambit: Accepted. Allgaier Gambit Thorold Attack (000)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka:, according to Tarrasch's "Dreihundert Schachpartien" white played this game without Ra1.
Premium Chessgames Member Thanks Honza, all the more impressive!
Apr-24-07  xequemate: It was custom in this time the masters plays against amateurs without some piece (normally the rook).
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Tarrasch blundered--he should have played 15.Nc3 to complete his development.
Apr-24-07  asmama: either way, he is winng for sure. nice game
Apr-24-07  dabearsrock1010: <An Englishman:> agreed. Nc3 is a much better mate. If he was only as good at chess as you or me he would have played more accurately.
Apr-24-07  Bare Beginner: I am in love with the new "Guess the move" feature. A vibrant added means for chess to take over my life!
Apr-24-07  outplayer: What would be Kelz rating nowadays?
Apr-24-07  essekids: A subtle reminder to watch out for "free" gifts of pawns and space.
Apr-24-07  kapabl: <An Englishman> and <dabearsrock1010>: Of course Tarrasch could have learnt something from us. But he seems to have been good at showing off - that he did not need the knight to mate :)
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  kevin86: A typical 19th C game. Here we have a rook odds,Allgaier Gambit,and more sacs sprinkled along the way. The king is hunted,trapped,and captured.

The rook odds is just window dressing,as it turns out,with the knight unmoved.

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  Chessmensch: With due respect to Tarrasch its not so much that he won as that Kelz lost.
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  keypusher: <chessmensch> Sure, any beginner could have found Rxf5 and Bf7 with his eyes shut.
Apr-24-07  tatarch: 12. ? white to play actually would make a pretty good puzzle here, even though black doesn't necessarily have to take the rook.
Apr-24-07  BadTemper: this game is as interesting as golf tv.

its just like bruce pandolfini's article this month in Chess Life Magazine, where he annotates, Morphy vs Schullen, or however you spell it. What a rehashed piece of garbage. I have no respect for that kind of laziness, that he can't find something new to publish....

Apr-24-07  twin phoenix: was truly surprised to see Tarrasch play the kings gambit. He called 2. f4 a 'suicide move'in his book. but when i saw he had given rook odds then i knew he was playing a beginner and so it makes a fun choice.

i completely disagree with badtemper. i may end up using this gambit in the future as i love to play the K's gambit. (especially in speed.) personnally i love watching people play in the style of Morphy (as Tarrasch does here.) "what is more satisfying in chess than when subtle powers of the mind overwhelm a material advantage?" forgot who the person was i'm quoting there but indeed tactics are what make the game intersting! (and keep it that way for years to come...)

Apr-24-07  Skylark: I have a 2000 elo, and the only move I have ever played against 1. ... e5 is 2. f4 (of which I have only ever lost one game out of more than 10, and conceded only 2 draws). The game I lost was against a 2300 player, and the others mostly range from 1800-2100. Just goes to show that with a bit of research, and a good 'feel' for the position, the King's Gambit can be just as strong a weapon as the Ruy.

Admittedly I avoid playing the Ruy because I think that the Marshall Gambit leads to dynamic equality, and who wants to let black activate his pieces in the Ruy Lopez, when normally he has to meander about in a cramped position? I also don't have enough confidence playing the Anti-Marshall lines. So until the King's Gambit is _properly_ refuted (and although I don't think the Fischer defense really refutes 1. e4 e5 2. f4 exf4 3. Nf3, I play 3. Bc4 anyway) then I'll continue to play it and enjoy the success it brings me. I think it is one of the most underestimated openings of modern chess.

Jul-12-07  frank124c: i like the king's gambit because it leads to lively, tactical games--bobby fischer was certainly deluded when he thought he had "busted" the king's gambit--maybe he had a bad case of chessophrenia.
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