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Carl Schlechter vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Tarrasch - Schlechter (1911), Cologne GER, rd 13, Jul-31
Queen Pawn Game: Steinitz Countergambit (D00)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Chessical: Tarrasch once again equalises easily against Schlechter's Queens Pawn opening.

Sacrificing the Knight with: <13. Qh5> exd4 14.Qxh7+ Kf7 was considered by the players according to contemporary reports, but after <15. exd4> Re8+ 16. Kd2 Bf8 17. Be2 Rxe2+ 18. Kxe2 Be6 Whites does not have an advantage.

<22.Kd2> is an obvious move, but Schlechter loses the initiative. <22. Nxf5> Rxf5 23. Rxf5 Qxf5 24. Qb3 Rb8 25. Qb4 Rf8 26. Qxb7 is a promising alternative.

Schlechter now suffers from the weakness to his <f> pawn and the exposed state of his King. Tarrasch comes very near to winning.

<33.Qh1> is a blunder as it underestimates the threats to White's King.

If Tarrasch had now played <33...h6>, Schlechter would have had deal wit the complexities of:

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<33... h6> 34. Qe1 Rxc2+ 35. Rxc2 Qa4 36. Rc8+ Kf7 37. Rc7+ Ke8 38. Re5+ Kd8 39. Ree7 Qa1+ 40. Kc2=


34....<d4!> 35. exd4 Qxd4 36. Re5 Rxc2+ 37. Kxc2 e3 38. Kc1 Qxf4 winning

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