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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Arturo Reggio
Monte Carlo (1903), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 24, Mar-14
English Opening: King's English. Two Knights' Variation Keres Variation (A23)  ·  1-0



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  nasmichael: Making sure of an attack, the development of Tarrasch's forces builds in an understandable way for me--the story unfolds move by move, 'page by page'. I would enjoy being able to see a battle like this one unfold at some table today.
Jul-02-08  birobidjan: Reggio's move 25...c5 deserves a "???". 25...Rb8 was probably a better way to continue.
Jan-09-09  Travis Bickle: I really like this system. You can really surprise some people with it that arent that used to playing against The English.
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  Pawn and Two: A good try for Black would have been the Pawn offer, 6...Nc6!. After this move, Tarrasch would have had to play very carefully to maintain the position.

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After 6...Nc6!, Fritz indicates White's best choice is (-.42) (21 ply) 7.Nxd5 Nd4 8.Nxf6+ gxf6 9.Qd1, (-.09) (20 ply) 9...Qc7 10.Kf1 Be6.

After 6...Nc6! 7.Nxd5, Black could also play: 7...Nxd5 8.Qxd5, (-.15) (20 ply) 8...Bd6 9.Nf3 Nb4 10.Qe4 f5, (-.08) (22 ply) 11.Qb1 Qc7 12.0-0 Nc2 13.d3 0-0 14.b3 Bd7 15.Bb2 Nxa1, with approximately an equal position.

More favorable for Black is: 6...Nc6! 7.d3 (-.58) (21 ply) 7...Bb4 8.Bg5 Qa5 9.Bxf6 Nd4 10.Qxd5 Bxc3+ 11.Kf1 gxf6 12.bxc3 Qxc3 13.Re1 0-0.

Very favorable for Black is 6...Nc6! 7.Bxd5? Nd4, (-1.30) (21 ply) 8.Qc4 Be7 9.Bxf7+ Kf8 10.Nf3 Nc2+ 11.Kd1 Nxa1 12.Nxe5 Bd6, or (-2.22) (21 ply) 8.Bxf7+ Ke7 9.Qc4 Bf5 10.a4 Nc2+ 11.Kf1 Nxa1 12.Nf3 Rc8.

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  Pawn and Two: Instead of 12...a6?, (1.12) (22 ply) 13.Bd2 Nc6 14.0-0 Nd5 15.Nxd5 Qxd5 16.f4 Qb5 17.Qxb5 axb5 18.Rfc1, Black would have had better chances by playing 12...b6!, (.75) (24 ply) 13.Bd2 Nd5 14.Nxd5 Qxd5 15.b4 Bd7 16.Qc2 Nc6 17.f4.
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  Wild Bill: In this game White:

1. Opens with his c-pawn;
2. Develops a Knight at h3;
3. Delays castling.

What would Dr. Tarrasch say about that?

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  Pawn and Two: At move 14, Fritz preferred: (1.05) (22 ply) 14.0-0 Qb6 15.Rab1 Re8 16.Rfc1 Bf5, (1.17) (20 ply) 17.b4 h6 18.Rc2 Bd7 19.b5 axb5 20.Qxb5 Qxb5 21.Rxb5.

Instead, after the move Tarrasch played, 14.Rc1, Black had a little better chance of survivial: (.94) (21 ply) 14...Re8 15.Kf2 Nd5 16.Nxd5 Qxd5 17.f4 Qd8.

Reggio then erred with 14...Nd7?. This move gave White a considerable advantage: (1.46) (21 ply) 14...Nd7? 15.Nd5 Nb6 16.Nxe7+ Nxe7 17.Qa3 or 17.Qa5, or 14...Nd7? 15.Nxd5 (1.49) (21 ply) 15...f5 16.Nxe7+ Qxe7 17.Ng5.

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  Pawn and Two: When Tarrasch played 16.Rxc6?, he no doubt anticipated the possibility of 16...bxc6 17.Ba5 Qe8 18.Nc7, attacking the Black Queen and Rook.

However, 16.Rxc6? was a very serious error, with this move Tarrasch gave up most of his advantage.

Instead of 16.Rxc6?, Tarrasch should have played either (1.38) (23 ply) 16.Nxe7+ Qxe7 17.Ng5 h6 18.Qb3+ Kh8 19.Ne6 Re8 20.Nf4 Nde5 21.0-0, or (1.43) (23 ply) 16.Qb3 Kh8 17.Nxe7 Qxe7 18.Bg5 Nf6 19.Nc5, with a strong advantage for White in either line.

After 16.Rxc6? bxc6 17.Ba5, Black should have played 17...Qe8! 18.Nc7 (.53) (23 ply) 18...Qh5 19.Nxa8 fxe4 20.dxe4 Ne5 21.Qb3+ Kh8, or (.51) (23 ply) 18...Qf7 19.Ng5 Bxg5 20.Nxa8 Be3.

Additional anaylsis is needed, but Reggio appears to have fairly good drawing chances with 17...Qe8!.

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  Pawn and Two: Instead of 17...Qe8!, with drawing chances, Reggio erred with 17...Nc5?.

Perhaps Reggio was hoping for 17...Nc5 18.Nxc5 Qxd5!, when it Black who has the advantage!

Tarrasch in his turn, should have played 18.Bxd8! Nxa4 19.Nxe7+ (2.99) (24 ply) 19...Kh8 20.Ng5 Bb7 21.Bc7 Rae8 22.Bd6, or (3.44) (24 ply) 19...Kf7 20.Ng5+ Ke8 21.Nxc8 Rxc8 22.Ba5, with a large advantage for White.

When Tarrasch played 19.Nxe7+?, Reggio was able to put up considerable resistance with: 18...Qxe7 19.Qc4+ Ne6 20.Bb4 Qc7 21.Bxf8.

Reggio now made a serious error by playing 21...fxe4?.

He had a much better defense with: (.97) (27 ply) 21...Kxf8 22.Nd2 Rb8 23.Nb3 Qd6 24.f4 c5 25.0-0 Bb7.

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  Pawn and Two: At move 23, the best continuations are: (2.05) (22 ply) 23.exd3 Qa5+ 24.Ke2 Bd7 25.Re1 Re8 26.Kf2 Kh8 27.Re2, or the variation that starts with the move Tarrasch selected: (2.04) (22 ply) 23.Qxd3 Bb7 24.Qb3 Qf7 25.f4 g6 26.0-0 Re8 27.Rd1, with a large advantage for White in either variation.
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  Pawn and Two: Reggio quickly ended his resistance with his final moves 24...a5? and 25...c5?. Emil Kemeny in "The American Chess Weekly" summed it up in his comment on 25...c5?, <"Saves White considerable work".>

At move 24, Black could still resist for a considerable time, (2.16) (22 ply) 24...c5 25.f4 Bb5 26.Qb3 c4, (2.45) (22 ply) 27.Qf3, (27.Qb4 is also good), Re8 28.f5 Nd8 29.Qd5+ Nf7 30.Qxd4 Rxe2 31.Bd5 Qe5 32.Qxe5 Rxe5 (3.20) (23 ply) 33.Rd1, and White is winning.

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  Pawn and Two: Tarrasch won this game in relatively few moves, but his play was not real convincing as Reggio could have obtained a good game in the opening with 6...Nc6!.

Later, at move 16, Tarrasch could have maintained a strong advantage with either 16.Nxe7 or 16.Qb3, but instead he made a faulty exchange with 16.Rxc6? bxc6 17.Ba5. Reggio then missed 17...Qe8!, with drawing chances.

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