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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Carl Schlechter
Monte Carlo (1902), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 10, Feb-18
Spanish Game: Closed. Borisenko Variation (C96)  ·  1-0



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  Ziryab: Was the loss of the h-pawn fatal? I don't think so. Evan after 50. Ra4, Black is not without resources. Perhaps 53...Nc5 was the game losing error? Does White have a clear win if Black does not facilitate the creation of a passed pawn?
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  beatgiant: <Ziryab>
Black looks lost at move 53. If not <53...Nc5>, I don't see a way to prevent 54. Ka3, 55. Kb4, and the c-pawn will soon fall. Then White can eventually push c4, c5 and get a passed pawn.
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  Ziryab: I found playing the position against the computer that snatching the c-pawn too soon activates Black's bishop. Nonetheless, I did conclude that Black is already lost at move 50. See for some discussion.

41...Qa3 seems to be the final decisive error. With 41...Qxb4 42.cxb4 Black has prospects of holding (I think).

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