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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Carl Schlechter
Tarrasch - Schlechter (1911), Cologne GER, rd 14, Aug-01
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Morphy Attack (C78)  ·  0-1



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  Chessical: Schlechter gets a solid game against the <6.Nc3> closed Ruy Lopez, this time combining <b4> with <Na5>. The Nc3 variation all but dies out in the 1920's in favour of <Re1> and <c3>, but at this point in his career Tarrasch had faith in it. He had an overwhelming positive score using it in tournament play, and to this date he had only ever once lost with it to Lasker. In this match it accounted for two victories against Schlechter.

Tarrasch vs Janowski, 1914
Tarrasch vs Capablanca, 1914

<27...Re8> may be better as after the exchange of Bishops Tarrasch's Rook becomes very active and Black has to retreat towards the back rank.

<34.e6> could have been kept for later, Tarrasch could have slowly improved his position with <36.b3> which he anyway plays later. The point being is that he has more constructive moves to make than his constricted opponent.

As played, Schlechter manages to defuse the threats.

Tarrasch vs Janowski, 1914
Tarrasch vs Capablanca, 1914

<39. Rxa5> Nc4 40. Rb5 Nxb2 41. Rxb4 Nd3 42. Nxd3 Rxd3 =

<41. Ra8+> Kf7 42. Rxa5 Nxc5 43. Rxc5 Rb1 = but Tarrasch wants more, and in doing so he slowly obtains the inferior position.

As pointed out in contemporary notes (Hoffer), <45. Rxa5> should draw after <45...Rxf2> 46. Kg1; or <45...Rxa5> 46. Nxa5 Kd5. After Tarrasch's <46. Kf3> Schlechter penetrates the Q-side with his Kings and wins the <f> and <b> pawns in quick succession.

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