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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Richard Teichmann
Monte Carlo (1903), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 1, Feb-10
Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit (D31)  ·  0-1



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  MichaelJHuman: What is the purpose of 29...Rd7?
Aug-20-03  Jonber: It prepares the rook battery.
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  wwall: Looks like 33.Bb1 is the losing move, allowing 33...Qh3. Tarrasch then played 34.Qb4, attacking the knight, which does no good. Perhaps 33.Qb4 first, and if 33...Qh3, then 34.Qxd6 Qf3+ 35.Kg1 Qg4+ 36.Kh1 draws.

Instead of 34...Qf3+, perhaps faster is 34...Nf6 and if 35.Qxd6, then 36.Ng4 (threatening mate) 36...f5 Re5 and Black wins.

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  Honza Cervenka: <wwall: Looks like 33.Bb1 is the losing move, allowing 33...Qh3. Tarrasch then played 34.Qb4, attacking the knight, which does no good. Perhaps 33.Qb4 first, and if 33...Qh3, then 34.Qxd6 Qf3+ 35.Kg1 Qg4+ 36.Kh1 draws.>

Unfortunately, 33.Qb4 is refuted by brutal 33...Rxe3! 34.fxe3 Ng3+! 35.hxg3 Qh3+ 36.Kg1 Qxg3+ 37.Kh1 Qh3+ 38.Kg1 Rxe3 with a mate in a few moves. If white plays 35.Kg1 or 35.Kg2, then simple 35...Nxf1 is sufficient for easy win, if he takes the Knight 34.Qxd6, then 34...Re2 35.Qa3 Qe4+ 36.Kg1 Nxf4 looks more than convincing too. 33.Rg1 could have been more stubborn but after 33...Qh3 34.Qe2 Rxe3!! (much better than plain 34...Nxf4 35.Qg4, where black wins just a Pawn, and white with Bishop pair saves some practical chances for draw) 35.fxe4 Ne4! (again 35...Rxe3 36.Qg4 is unnecesarily merciful for white) and white has to give up the Queen to avoid threatening mate: 36.Qg2 Neg3+ 37.Qxg3 Nxg3 38.Rxg3 Qd7 etc. The win of black is not easy yet, as white has a Rook and Bishop for the lost Queen but black should win anyway.

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  Honza Cervenka: 30.Ba2 may be the decisive mistake, and of course, instead of 26.Bb1 it was safer and more reasonable to retreat the Bishop to h3 for defense of light squares on the Kingside.
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