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Max Harmonist vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Breslau (1889), Breslau GER, rd 3, Jul-16
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation Berlin Wall Defense (C67)  ·  0-1

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Jan-12-07  micartouse: This is a very fine strategic endgame. Black uses his two bishops and pawn mass brilliantly to take space and put White in a complete stranglehold.

My favorite maneuver here is 26 ... c4 and 28 ... c5. Sometimes doubled pawns can be useful; you can advance one and as long as you can replace it you don't leave a hole! A nice idea to keep in mind with the Ruy.

Jan-12-07  dbquintillion: White's bishop is just awful here. Moves 32-34 make me cringe, though I doubt there's anything else to do in the position.
Jan-12-07  micartouse: <Moves 32-34 make me cringe, though I doubt there's anything else to do in the position.>

If I'm not mistaken, Nimzowitsch (a great admirer of this game) recommended sacrificing a pawn with Nd6 in order to escape to a opposite color bishop ending at that point. Kasparov confirmed this should be drawish, but of course it will be difficult to defend. It was better than just moving his pieces back and forth though!

Practically speaking, this is always an option to bear in mind in the Ruy Lopez after Bxc6 for both sides. Many games have been saved by sacrificing a pawn to get opposite colored bishops.

Aug-13-11
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  Everett: "dissonance" "out of tune" "time for a tune-up"
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  whiteshark: "max out"
Apr-12-17
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  Mateo: 41.axb4? was awful. Still a fine game from the 'praeceptor germaniae'.

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