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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Johannes Zukertort
Frankfurt (1887), Frankfurt am Main GER, rd 20, Aug-01
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense Main Line (C83)  ·  1-0



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Aug-14-02  refutor: is 6.Bxc6 an improvement? if not can i just play the berlin aiming for the open lopez if white plays the "theoretical" 5.d4 as far as i know everything else v. the berlin gives equality
Jun-11-03  Corben: Seems Zukertort was playing blindfold and thinking in pretty austrian ladies dancing around...
Jun-11-03  chessamateur: Zukertort could of well resigned after 12. NxBe6!, which I don't know how he couldn't of seen that.
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  patzer2: The winning 12. Nxe6 illustrates a combination with forcing moves utilizing five instructive tactical themes:

(1) "Clearance" by moving the knight to free up the d4 square;

(2) "Double attack" (if 12...QxB, then 13 Qxd4 winning a pawn and attacking the queen and the knight on e4, and if 13...QxQ, then 14. BxQ wins one of the knights);

(3) "Removing the guard" (in this case the guard removed is the bishop at e6, which was protecting the queen);

(4) "The Pin" (the pawn on d5 is pinned and can't capture the rook after 13 RxNe4 without losing the queen);

(5) "Combined operations" in utilizing at least four tactical themes to put together a combination, Tarrasch shows he is a master at combining tactical themes. By knowing individual tactical themes well, skilled players masterfully combine them to win material, superior position or mate.

This knowledge and perhaps a little opening
preparation gave Tarrasch an easy win after Zuckertort's 11...Qd7?? blunder.

Jun-11-03  drukenknight: is Qd7 the losing move? what if black comes back w/ 12...Nxf2?
Jun-11-03  exchange: There you go again. Im betting that people will soon get tired of your nonsense.
Jun-11-03  AgentRgent: <DK> I don't think it works, because of 13. Nxf8.
Jun-11-03  drukenknight: yeah I am looking at that myself. There must be a twist on it somehow...what about over to h3+?
Jun-11-03  AgentRgent: <DK> I don't think that helps much, black is down a bishop and a rook for a pawn at that point (after both knights go)
Jun-12-03  drukenknight: yes it looks awful; what was wrong w/ 12...Qxe6? 13 Bxd5? is that survivable?
Jun-12-03  ughaibu: Drukenknight: Re4
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  Honza Cervenka: If 12...Qxe6, then 13.Rxe4.
Jun-12-03  exchange: <ughaibu> <Honza Cervenka> I guess you fellows are not familiar with the story about the boy who cried wolf.
Jun-12-03  Woodpusher: exchange, if you don't like what somebody else posts, you can ignore them. just click on their name then follow the link that says 'ignore this user.' it works great!!
Jun-12-03  drukenknight: it looks bad in all of these. I guess Qd7 is the blunder.
May-05-04  Chesspatch: Why not 11.Nd4 Nxd4 12. cxd4 h6 (in preparation for the e4 knight hunt) and black gets away with a pawn?
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  Honza Cervenka: <Chesspatch> If 11.Nd4 Nxd4 12.cxd4 h6, then 13.Bc2 gives white very comfortable play and advantage.
Jun-14-05  Knight13: I can't believe a very strong player like Zukertort can get beaten in just 17 moves! Good game.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Knight13> Zukertort could have resigned already in the 12th move. 11...Qd7 was a blunder losing a piece. Quite interesting fact is that three years later Gunsberg against Tarrasch made the same mistake. See Tarrasch vs Gunsberg, 1890
Feb-02-06  cavaleiro: This play is known as the "Tarrasch trap in the open variation (of the Ruy Lopez)". See
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  chancho: Very surprising to see a tactical wiz like Zukertort getting slapped upside his head in this game.
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