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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Carl Schlechter
Monte Carlo (1903), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 17, Mar-05
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Beverwijk Variation (C65)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Benzol: Schlechter might have with 27. ...Rg7;28.Bd2 Ra-g8;29.Ra-g1 Rg3
Mar-14-04  suenteus po 147: It's too bad he didn't, too. There was nothing else to do after that point. If Schlechter attempts to block the check with 29...R6g7, then 30.Rg1 turns the attack right back around at him. I can't imagine Schlechter minded, though. He was often content with a draw, and Dr. Tarrasch obviously had no qualms insisting on one.
Mar-14-04  Benjamin Lau: Suenteus po, here's a funny draw for your collection. The draw as a form of protest. Karpov vs Leko, 1995
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  Pawn and Two: Going into this round, the 17th of 26, Tarrasch and Maroczy trailed Pillsbury and Teichmann by 1/2 point and led Schlechter by 1/2 point. In the 4th round of this tournament, Schlechter had defeated Tarrasch. Now with 1st place on the line and Tarrasch undoubtedly looking to equal his score with Schlechter, this game, between 2 of the leaders, could be expected to be hard fought.

After White has retreated his Queen with 22.Qh2, the position looked ripe for a decisive line by Black.

The tournament bulletin for "The American Chess Weekly" points out that Schlechter believed his move 23...Nf3 would lead to a position where he would win White's Queen or it would lead to mate.

As pointed out, Schlechter's move 27...Rg6 was an error. Instead, if Black had played 27...Rg7 28.Bd2 Reg8 29.Rag1 Rg3 30.exd4 Rxh3, he would have won White's Queen.

However, after 31.Bf4 Rxg2 32.Rxg2 Qxd1+ 33.Rg1 Rxh2+ 34.Bxh2 Qxd4, can Black win this position?

Can anyone prove a win for Black after 34...Qxd4? Or can anyone find an alternative line leading to a win for Black, after White's move 22.Qh2?

Apr-24-08  charliechaffka: Pawn and Two: Can anyone prove a win for Black after 34...Qxd4? Or can anyone find an alternative line leading to a win for Black, after White's move 22.Qh2?

Think that black cannot defend against the advancing black h-pawn if he defends the f6 e5 diagonal with his queen. The bishop and rook are clearly inferior

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