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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Frank Marshall
Marshall - Tarrasch (1905), Nuremberg GER, rd 10, Sep-30
French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1-0

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Kibitzer's Corner
May-19-09
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  keypusher: Things get interesting early in this game from the "Candidates Match" of 1905. Tarrasch shows that he knows the value of controlling the d4 blockading square with 15. Ne2 and 16. b4!? and 17. Qe3!

After 18. Nd4,


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perhaps feeling that he is letting Dr. Tarrasch get too firm a grip, Marshall tries 18....Nc5?!. The engine likes 19. bxc5 Bxc5 20. Bc3 Bxa3+ 21. Bb2, but Tarrasch understandably prefers 19. Bxf5 exf5 20. Nxf5


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Now after 20....Qe6 21. Nxe7+ Qxe7 22. bxc5 it's anybody's game, but Marshall prefers the seemingly superior 20....Bf8, preserving the bishop. After 21. bxc5, though, Marshall realizes that 21....Bxc5 would be refuted by 22. Ne7+! Kh8 22. Nxc8, winning the exchange. But the alternative he chooses is worse: 21....Qg6 22. Nd6 Bxd6 23. exd6, with a hopeless position.

Mar-02-13  thomastonk: 18.. ♘c5?! is really artifical. Simply 18.. a5! and old Siegbert's knowledge on the knight of d4 would have been seriously challenged by his weak king!

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