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Emanuel Lasker vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Berlin Grandmasters (1918), Berlin GER, rd 2, Sep-29
Tarrasch Defense: Classical Variation (D34)  ·  1-0



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Oct-08-09  Ulhumbrus: After 21 Qxd4 Lasker converts his Queen side pawn majority into a passed pawn. He manages to arrange to advance gradually the a and b pawns to the fifth rank. Then he plays b6 as a pawn sacrifice, replying to ...axb6 with a6 whereupon his bishop attacks the queening square.
Oct-28-15  PaulBl: To me, Lasker plays the opening brilliantly, very effective, whereas Tarrasch doesn't seem to know what to do, like Bc8-f5-c8, which doesn't save the pawn. From here on Lasker converts to a win with iron consequence, great game for him.

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Dec-14-16  RookFile: I think that ...d4 was too committal by black. Be6 would be ok.
Dec-14-16  Granny O Doul: Pretty sure ...d4 there is still a main line usually answered these days by 11. Bf6 Qf6 12. Nd5 followed by Nd2.

Of course, this could easily be looked up by somebody with a bit of energy to burn.

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  perfidious: <Granny O Doul: Pretty sure ...d4 there is still a main line usually answered these days by 11. Bf6 Qf6 12. Nd5 followed by Nd2....>

That was a line which got played to death at GM level in the 1980s; Informators were replete with examples.

Sep-05-18  jabinjikanza: A test of his medicine.
Nov-14-20  Stolzenberg: 15. ... Qb6 would have been better, which can be compared to Smejkal vs Chandler, German Bundesliga 1983/84 in this database. 16. Nxb7 could then be answered by 16. ... Nb4.
Aug-03-21  Stolzenberg: Here it is: Smejkal vs Chandler, 1984
Aug-03-21  Stolzenberg: 16. Nxb7 Nb4 was tried at Z Gofshtein vs A Graf, 1992
Aug-04-21  Stolzenberg: After his mistake with 15. ... Bc8, Tarrasch made a plan in order to get a draw and with 20. ... Bxd3 he reached a game with opposite-colored bishops. He continued to defend tough and cautiously until 43. Bf3 and Lasker seemed to have nothing else to offer than some manoeuvres with rook and bishop. But suddenly Tarrasch threw away the strong d-pawn and lost quickly. Why did he do this?

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