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Carl Schlechter vs Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky
Prague (1908), Prague AUH, rd 2, May-19
Tarrasch Defense: Rubinstein System (D33)  ·  1-0



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Aug-05-07  Grumpi: 6.g3 is played for the very first time in this game. Later Rubinstein forge mighty weapon out of this against Tarrash defence.

Nice idea, Carl!

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  Calli: <grumpi> Bird vs A Clerc, 1878
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  Phony Benoni: This Tarrasch/Semi Tarrasch formation was quite topical at the time. A couple of months earlier at Vienna, White's usual response was to play a3, trade with dxc5, and follow with b4 and Bb2, achieving a formation much like that in the famous Rotlewi v. Rubinstein game. Often, a symmetrical position would result with little to play for. When White did play a early cxd5, he would usually follow with Bf4 or Bg5, then play e3.

This game was played in round 2, and by the end of the tournament Marshall, Rubinstein, and Vidmar had all given 6.g3 a try. Marshall seemed especially attracted to it , using it extensively later that year Düsseldorf and in his match with Mieses.

Dus Chotimirsky must have been convinced as well; he played it five times at Karlsbad 1911.

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  vonKrolock: Some years before, a game , played in Nuremberg in August 23th 1900 (just after the Munich Congress and while Schlechter was in the way to Coburg for a festive meal, offered by the local "Schachverein", exactly to commemorate his joint victory in the above mentioned tournament), started with the moves: Schlechter vs Tarrasch 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 c5 4.♘f3 cxd4 5.♘xd4 ♘c6 6.g3! ♘f6 7.♗g2 ♗b4 8.0-0 ♗xc3 9.bxc3 0-0 10.♗g5 ♘e7 and Schlechter won in 25 moves. This game is not in the main online databases, maybe because it was not played in some tourney or match, but surely is found in every of the Schlechter's games collections.
Nov-04-12  ughaibu: The Bird vs A Clerc game, linked to by Calli, appears to be non-existent, or is that doesn't appear so maybe non-existent, if non-existence is a form of being. Anyway and whichever, does this mean that Schlechter was the inventor?
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  offramp: Sclechter played this game incredibly well. Black's queen had to spend a lot of moves helping out and keeping out of danger on the queenside.

But Black is not lost. He is still in with a chance.

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Schlechter plays 24. Rxd7.
Black's knight on b6 is threatening ...Nxa4. Perhaps he should have played 24...Qxd7. He recaptured with the knight, but this let the white queen into his position. Once that happens the jig is up.

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