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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Emil Schallopp
Hamburg (1885), Hamburg GER, rd 3, Jul-14
Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation (C45)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: In his Dreihundert Schachpartien Tarrasch gave an exclamation mark to the move 45.Qb5 with following comment: "And once again it is not possible to play 45...Qh4, this time due to 46.Qxe5+." While this remark is true, he as well as his opponent over the board and in later analysis missed a surprising possibility 45...Qc1!! (diagram) with devilish threat 46...Nf4+ 47.Kxg3 Qg1# which turns the table in favour of black.

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The only defense that avoids immediate loss for white is 46.Qxe5+ Kh7! 47.Qf5+! (47.Qxg3 Nf4+ 48.Kh2 Qxc2+ 49.Kh1 Qb1+ is clearly hopeless.) 47...Kg8 48.Rd8+ Nxd8 49.h4!? with negligible practical chance for white to snatch draw due to reduced number of black Pawns and a bit exposed black King which make a win of black with extra piece still not so easy.

Instead of 45.Qb5 white could have played 25.Qd5 which would make the same thing (i.e. prevent 45...Qh4) as 45.Qb5 and in case of 45...Qc1 white can play 46.Rd1 here. But in this case black can keep equality by 45...Nf8 with intention 46...Ng6 and eventually Nh4+ or Qh4 with next Nf4+.

Jun-02-09  WhiteRook48: maybe Black was in time trouble
Oct-04-11  mpl: A game of missed changes.

After whites 38. ♕xc5 black could equalize by 38. ..g4!!. The pawn is immune due to 39. ..♕f2 (after 39. fg) and 39. ..♕h4 (after 39. hg). Therefore: 39. ♕c3 gxh3+ 40. ♔xg3 ♕f4+! 41. ♔xh2 ♕h6+ 42. ♔g2 ♕g5+ 43. ♔f1 ♕h4! =

Even in move 39. black had the chance to equalize with 39. .. c6 after which black has time enough to gain some counter play by playing ♕h4 and ♘d4-e6-f4.

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