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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Richard Reti
"Dark Square Symphony" (game of the day Feb-19-2015)
Vienna (1922), Vienna AUT, rd 10, Nov-25
Caro-Kann Defense: Two Knights Attack (B10)  ·  1-0



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  Richard Taylor: <lzromeu: Very easy. The easiest of the week. Natural move by white.

If you see all the game it's clearly the end of king march.

<Richard Taylor: Tarrasch had planned this from about move 24> Fantastic positional player>

Tarrasch was anall round player adn played some very extraordinary brilliant attacks and comnbinations. When he was young he played Alkehine and won easily - in fact at that time he was a much better player. He missed the chance to play for The World Champs initially (when he was at his peak) as at first he said Alekhine wasn't good enough which was true at the time - then he coudln't get a match until he was realtively old and lost to Lasker.

The other thing about Alekhine is that he avoided playing any major World Champ matches once he won the title.

I have now played about 100 of his (Tarrasch's) games and they are extraordinary games. Lasker is also great and Rubinstein, and later Capa and Alekhine but Tarrasch at his peak was one of the greats.

I also have books of Lasker, Alekhine Rubinstein, Capablanca and Morphy.

Also, Botvinnik, Keres, Petrosian, Smyslov (who I feel is one of the greatest players) Spassky, Purdy, Sarapu, Fischer and Tal. Also I have most of Karpov's and most of Korchnoi's games. And quite a lot of Kasparov's but I want more books of his games.

The more modern players are in books about openings etc as well as online. But I would like to have collections of some of the strong players playing now.

I do have a book of Anand's games but I don't feel he annotates his own games very well.

But Tarrasch's games are fascinating for all aspects - endings, strategy, attacks and so on.

Nov-07-09  patzer2: The most surprising thing here is that Tarrash apparently prepared his fantastic King march as early as 33. f3!, eschewing the easy capture of a pawn for this amazing attack with the one piece he must defend above all others.

So sometimes in Chess, as is ofen the case in sports, "the best defense is a good offense."

Nov-08-09  gauer: Alekhine vs Yates, 1922 1-0 is the Twin to this Aggressive King that seeks to rule the dark squares.
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  FSR: Alekhine-Yates had been played 3 1/2 months earlier and might have inspired Tarrasch's play in this game - although of course he could equally well have conceived the king advance on his own.
Mar-02-14  LIFE Master AJ: It is also possible that Tarrasch did not know of that game, <(above)> he had his own medical practice to look after.

In addition to this, presses were very slow to circulate back then, it would take YEARS before a game could circulate to all corners of the globe.

In this day of the Internet, and following games move-by-move, I am not sure that we comprehend this fully.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Richard

"But Tarrasch's games are fascinating for all aspects - endings, strategy, attacks and so on..."

100% agree, favourite player.

But you forget to mention his notes. Very witty and very instructive.

I'm still waiting for his 'Die moderne Schachpartie' to get translated.

When one considers some of the complete and utter tripe that passes off for chess books. It is an absolute crime against the English speaking chess player that this book has not been translated.

I have the German version and have practically taught myself German going through it, but an English version would be so much better.


It may have been possible Tarrasch did not know of the Alekhine-Yates game but he would have known about.

Teichmann vs Allies, 1902

Also Tarrasch was a disciple of Stenitz. ('The King is a Fighting piece'.)

Which is about it as far most players knowledge of Steinitz goes. Everytime a King goes on a march and does not get mated - out comes the famous Steinitz quote.

Speaking of translations.
Would it not be funny if we one day discover that Steinitz had infact been mistranslated and actually meant: 'The King is not a fighting piece.'

For more King walks perfidious has gathered a few, some of which I had never seen before.

Game Collection: perfidious' favourite king marches

Funnily enough the above Tarrasch game does not make it to the list - maybe he does not like Tarrasch. Maybe he is a Reti fan.

I can understand that.

If you wanted to get your favourite player tattooed across you knuckles a Tarrasch fan would need both hands.

A Reti fan would only need to get one hand tattooed.

Dzindzichashvili fans are in trouble here. The tattoo would have to go up their arm, along their shoulder and round their neck.

Has anybody got any chess tattoos?

I have 'checkmate' tattoed across my bum. When I win I turn my back to my opponent, drop my trousers and plant my bum on the chessboard. I've been barred from chess tournaments in six different countries.

Sally Sim♙son

Feb-19-15  FairyPromotion: Nice pun, brilliant game.
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  Penguincw: I don't quite get the pun. Did Richard Strauss or someone compose the Dark Square Symphony, or was it just the fact that white was able to use the dark squares to victory?
Feb-19-15  FairyPromotion: <Penguincw> It' definitely the latter.

There is also a brilliant game by Karpov, where he dominates the light squares: Karpov vs Kasparov, 1985

Feb-19-15  kyg16: Very reminiscent of that famous King march of Short-Timman
Feb-19-15  kyg16: Also this game helps us see that in 2009 chrisowen did speak as a sane person.
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  offramp: Tarrasch published a superb book: <300 Chess Games>. But it only goes up to about 1900. It was the book Irving Chernev called The Holy Bible. It contains nearly every serious game he had played up until the match v Schowalter.

It is such a shame he didn't bring out a book of his best games post-1900.

Feb-19-15  JimNorCal: <kyg16>: in 2009 chrisowen did speak as a same person.

I was about to make that very point!
A very special day: Nov-06-09

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  chrisowen: <kyg16> <JimNorCal> A fog of war i see the light into the wilderness once more light stump up the goods f6 really spiffy fire e5 at rich a take down quandry as no queen's on board it means light in length at his disposal wins b5 horse or gains d6 horse after f6 only could black principle at hand save motive palms i rememeber having himselfof ramble mission e8 is there better gun for to be?
Feb-19-15  JimNorCal: <chrisowen>: "ramble mission"

Mission Accomplished

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  Benzol: Interestingly the 1st brilliancy prize didn't fall to this game, that honour went to Rubinstein vs Bogoljubov, 1922
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  eternaloptimist: Reti had 1 of the most solid setups that you can have in chess in this game (♙e6, ♙d5, ♘f6 & ♗e7) but he needlessly let Tarrasch break through after 20...♙exf5. 20.♘f5 was harmless so he should've simply played 20...♗d8. 20...♙exf5 wasn't a bad move & the position was still = then but it helped Tarrasch improve the placement of his ♖ on the e-file & caused Reti to weaken his ♙ structure later in the game. Reti played some inaccuracies after that in the game & he lost b/c of that.
Feb-20-15  sorokahdeen: The Horror...
The Horror...

Kf6 with the idea of Kf7 and Bg7# and if Rg7 to stop protect against the mating threat, then, Rd8 pinning the rook to the king renewing the threat of Bg7#.

The Horror...
The Horror...

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  eternaloptimist: <kyg16> <JimNorCal<>> <chrisowen <<>>> lol
Feb-20-15  ReneDescartes: <sorokahdeen:
The Horror...
The Horror...

Kf6 with the idea of Kf7 and Bg7# and if Rg7 to stop protect against the mating threat, then, Rd8 pinning the rook to the king renewing the threat of Bg7#.

The Horror...
The Horror...>


"Mr. Reti, he dead."

Oct-01-15  QueensideCastler: This king march resembles the famous walk done by Short.

Here the King can be given the nickname "The second dark-squared bishop"

Mar-27-16  thickhead: <The Horror...
The Horror...
Kf6 with the idea of Kf7 and Bg7# and if Rg7 to stop protect against the mating threat, then, Rd8 pinning the rook to the king renewing the threat of Bg7#.

The Horror...
The Horror...>
It should be ... Rg8 to protect against

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  Inedit2: The game is not complete !

Here the following:
40. ... Kg8
41. Rg7+ Kh8
42. Rb7 Nd6
43. Rd7 Nb5
44. Kf7 Rg8
45. Rd8 Nd6+
46. Rxd6 g5
47. Rd8 Rxd8
48. Bg7# 1-0

Jun-21-18  ClockPunchingMonkey: It's too bad. I would take black's position after 17 moves every time. Reti had the right idea but was a little careless in allowing Nf5 from white.
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  kingscrusher: Very impressive King walk :)
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