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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Richard Teichmann
San Sebastian (1912), San Sebastian ESP, rd 14, Mar-08
French Defense: Classical. Rubinstein Variation (C14)  ·  1-0

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Jan-12-04  mjk: Stean gives 39...♖c6! good drawing chances (as a consequence of 38.♖h7+?).
Dec-17-06  Dr. Siggy: In spite of Tarrasch's imprecision at his 38th move, this game continues to be the most perfect example of how to conduct strategically the so-called "French ending" with White.

Stean's improvement (pointed out here by our friend <mjk>) isn't his at all: in fact, it's Tarrasch's himself (!), as one can confirm reading his comments on this game included in his superb book, "Die Moderne Schachpartie"

According to Neishtadt, though, even after 39...Rc6! White can proceed to win with the following plan: taking the king to f6 (Ke3-f4-g5-f6), keeping the opponent's king at c7 (Rh7-h8+), penetrating with the king in e7 and finally playing Rh8-d8-d6.

Mar-20-07  checkpat: it is ironic that Tarrasch in his 39 move does not apply his own celebrated rule:

"Put the rook behind the pawn!"

Maybe it was formulated after that game?

Sep-07-07  diegoami: Well, Tarrasch in this game did not even play the Tarrasch ( 3. Nd2 ! )
Aug-30-08
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  Sneaky: < checkpat: it is ironic that Tarrasch in his 39 move does not apply his own celebrated rule: "Put the rook behind the pawn!" > You are only quoting part of the rule. The complete rule reads: "Always place rooks behind passed pawns, except when it is wrong to do so."

Dec-23-13
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  Domdaniel: This game is cited in the Wikipedia entry on the French, as a model example of the ending that can arise in the Classical French. But I've never liked Tarrasch's games -- I remain loyal to Nimzo. And I play the French, but avoid the Classical lines.
Dec-23-13  lost in space: hmmm, I like Tarrasch games, they are often razor sharp. But I think his judgments about certain openings were too harsh - for example when it comes to the French and also to the Sicilian defense.

I think a lot a beautiful games with the French defense were played by Kortchnoi. He is - from my perspective - one the ones were you can learn a lot how to play this opening and to understand the principles. An other one is Uhlmann

Dec-23-13
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  Domdaniel: <lost in space> I completely agree about Korchnoi and Uhlmann ... both great French players.
Mar-13-14  Morphized: 25. Kd4! I've never seen an outposted king before! Fun positional game.
Mar-13-14
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  perfidious: <Morphized> You might find some other king walks of interest at Game Collection: perfidious' favourite king marches.
May-25-14  PinnedPiece: GTM score 87 par 84....

Tried to play in "blitz" mode with less than 1 m per move.

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Aug-18-17
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  Domdaniel: This is also the first game in a Nigel Davies Chessbase DVD on the French. But I still can't warm to Tarrasch... his games either irritate or bore me. Often very efficient, admittedly, yet they seem to lack a crucial spark.
Aug-18-17  zanzibar: Hmmm, I think 38.Rh7+ isn't really so imprecise, but rather, 39.Bd3 is (better is 39.Rh8+ for another "bite of the apple"(?)).
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