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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Jacques Mieses
Tarrasch – Mieses Match (1916), Berlin GER, rd 3, Sep-13
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Tarrasch demolishes Mieses’ Rubinstein French with an almost perfunctory yet polished ease. Tarrasch did not like its small centre approach, and was obviously spurred on to champion his ideas on this occasion.

9….b6?!; 9...c5 10.dxc5 Bxc5 11.Bg5 Bd7 12.Ne5 Bc6 13.Nxc6 bxc6 14.c3 would have avoided White’s next move.

12.Qf3 forcing the bishop away from b7 to add to the congestion at d7.

16…Qd6; Black cannot save the game:
(1). 16...h5+- 17.Re5 c5 18.Bh4 g6 19.Rxh5 cxd4 20.Rh8+ Kg7 21.Rh7+ Nxh7 22.Bxe7; or (2) 16...h6 17.Bxh6 gxh6 18.Qxh6 Qf8 19.Qh4 Qg7 20.Re5 Nh7 21.Bxh7+ Qxh7 22.Rg5+ Kh8 23.Rh5, are both hopeless.

20.c3 with the horrible threat of Rg3, but 20.Rg3+!! is even more deadly winning the Q for even less 20...Kh8 21.c3+- Qe5 22.f4!

Dec-15-03  aragorn69: The score must be wrong : 9.-b6??
Premium Chessgames Member Score corrected.
Feb-06-05  Mating Net: This game was awarded a brilliancy prize.

I really like how White played 12Qf3 prior to capturing the Bishop on e7. That move is definitely the mark of a Master such as Tarrasch.

Jun-17-05  schnarre: A Classic by one of the Greats of Classic Chess!
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  Sneaky: <12. Qf3> Wow, that is a stunning move. I mean, I can see how it works and how there's no risk in not getting the piece back, but the deep part of the move is, WHY BOTHER? At first I thought, well, 12.Nxe7+ Qxe7 13.Qf3 Bd7 and we reach the exact same position as in the game, so what's the big deal? Aha! In that line Black would surely challenge White on that diagonal: not 13...Bd7 but instead 13...Rb8 intending ...Bb7, and that would be one fine square for the bishop. Of course, ...Rb8 is only possible because the knight is no longer on c6. So Tarrasch thought, "Hey... I want to trade my knight off, but while it's on c6, let's get just a little bit more use out of it." With Tarrasch's move order, Black is forced to commit the bishop to d7, the inferior square. White gets to have his cake and eat it too!
Jun-17-05  micartouse: Nice explanation Sneaky. Qf3 is one of those moves that I usually pass over just because they seem so meaningless.

This is a classic kingside attack, the kind you can really imagine using in a game.

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  offramp: I had never noticed that either; well done <sneaky>. It shows me once again the type of thinking and the huge gap that seperates me from the greats.
Jun-19-05  ConspTheory06: <Chessical> Techinically blacks queen can still swing to g4 after 20.Rg3+!! but then after 20...Qg4 21.Rxg4+ fxg4 22.Bxh7+ Kh8 23.Bg6+ black gets mated so he can get the rook either way but the game is still whites.
Jun-19-05  schnarre: <micartouse> Indeed a classic Kingside attack!
Jun-19-05  Knight13: I think Black can save the game with 19... Qf8.
Jun-19-05  mymt: 19. ...Qf8 20.Rg3+ Kh8 21.Qf6+
Jun-19-05  PizzatheHut: This game looks familiar. I believe it is included in "Logical Chess" by Irving Chernev.

Tarrasch's 12. Qf3 reminds me of the quote "When you find a good move, wait. Look for a better one." because of the explanation <Sneaky> gave.

Jun-20-05  Knight13: Well... 19... Qf8 is bad then what can Black do to save the game? What was Black's mistake?
Jun-20-05  schnarre: <Knight13>Playing the french vs. Tarrasch.
Sep-26-05  Averageguy: What's so brilliant about this game?
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Note White's 18th -- instead of giving check and taking on h7, which would drive the K away, he confines the enemy K first before moving in for the kill.
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  sleepyirv: <Averageguy> The brilliance of simple development? Though 12.Qf3 is a wonderful move, completely killing Black's only chance at counterplay.
May-16-11  squaresquat: Meises' play of the rubinstein was flawed by the cumbersome 4...Nd7.The point of 3...exd is free piece play.the dynamic bd7,c6 move is more promising than bulking up on f6.
Jul-19-12  brenogalvao: The first move is wrong. Instead of 1. d4 e6, it should be 1. e4 e6.

Although from the next move on it transposes to the proper french defense and the rest is corrrect.

Mar-18-22  joeld: This game appears to be game 3 from the Berlin match between Tarrasch and Mieses in 1916, not an exhibition game in Munich.
Mar-18-22  joeld: Reti in Masters of the Chessboard also puts this game in Berlin 1916. Not an exhibition game in Munich that same year.
Mar-19-22  Z free or die: <joeld> looks like a match in need of sussing out-

EDO has it, but no specific dates:


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  Ziryab: A game worth remembering. Ran into it as no. 754 in Irving Chernev, <The 1000 Best Short Games of Chess> (1955).

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