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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Jose Raul Capablanca
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 3, May-12
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Morphy Attack (C78)  ·  0-1



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Jun-24-04  KingPawn: would 35..q-e4+ work. instead of rook to b8
Jun-24-04  suenteus po 147: 35...Qe4+ meets face to face with 36.f3.
Oct-29-07  Whitehat1963: Does the knight fork, 35...Ne2, work also? I'm not sure I understand the finish.
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  tpstar: Black played 35 ... Rb8 to avoid 36. Qxf8+ Kh7 37. Qxg7#, but now the Rc1 is attacked along with the secondary threat 36 ... Qe4+ winning the Bd4. 36. Be3? fails to 36 ... Qe4+ 37. f3 Qxf3+ mating, and 36. f3 loses to 36 ... Bxc1 37. Qxc1 Qe2 38. Qg1 Qxf3+ 39. Qg2 Qxg2#.
Aug-29-18  ughaibu: Whitehat1963: white was threatening to take the rook on f8. After black moved it to b8, white can't defend all the attacked pieces and the threat of Qe4.
Dec-12-18  sea7kenp: Yes. If White moves the Rook off of the c File, he loses a Bishop. If he moves it off of the Back Rank, 36 ... Qe1#
Jan-09-21  Stolzenberg: Perhaps White should have tried 11. Nxf6+ in order to eliminate the threat 11. ... Nxe4. After 11. ... Bxf6 or 11. ... gf he could continue with 12. a5.
Jan-09-21  Stolzenberg: <tpstar: 36. f3 loses to 36. ... Bxc1 37. Qxc1 Qe2 ... >

36. f3 Bxc1 37. Qxc1 Qe2? 38. Qg1? would indeed lose, but White would simply play 38. Qxf4. Instead of 37. ... Qe2? Black can win with 37. ... Ne2 or 37. ... Qg6.

Jan-10-21  Stolzenberg: Tarrasch probably saw 11. Nxf6+ Bxf6 12. a5, but was afraid of 12. ... bc 13. dc Bxf3 14. gf. However, despite the weak pawns at the kingside and the weak square f4, he can continue with 15. Bc4, targeting a6. The kingside could be defended with Kh1 and Rg1, for example.
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  Honza Cervenka: 18.gxf3 was bad. There was no need to be afraid of 18...Rxd4 after 18.Qxf3, as then 19.Be3 Rb4 20.Bc6 gives white excellent compensation.
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  Honza Cervenka: 11.Bc2 and 12.Bxa6 could have been better alternatives in the game.
Jan-10-21  paul1959: 17 Qe1 Rb6
18 Bd3 Bxf3
19 a5 Rb8
20 Bxe4 Bxe4
21 Qxe4 is an almost forced sequence that would have kept the initiative.

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