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George Henry Mackenzie vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Frankfurt (1887), Frankfurt am Main GER, rd 3, Jul-19
Sicilian Defense: Closed Variation. Traditional (B25)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: A tough fighting game, using a Sicilian set up popular in the 1880's and 1890's.

Mackenzie's <9. f4> was too impatient as it allows Tarrasch to gain the initiative with <9...Ng4!>. Instead, <9.f3> or <h3> transposing into B56 are better, and Mackenzie did play this way later against Louis Paulsen in Round 8 of this congress.

Mackenzie vs Paulsen, 1887

Tarrasch reciprocates the blunder with <112. cxb5?>. With the benefit of hindsight and computer assistance we can see that he did not have to take the Bishop on <b5>, for instance:

<12... dxe5!> 13. Bc5 cxb5 14. Qd5 Nh6 15. Rad1 Rc8 16. b4 Qc7 and he squeezes out of hips opponent's hold.

<21. Rab1> seems a more pressing concern than moving the King from the Queen's diagonal. Tarrasch's Rook's soom dominate proceedings, and after <24. Ng5?>

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<24... Rxg2!> 25. Kxg2 Rg3+ Black wins

Instead the game veers back to dynamically equality before Tarrasch makes a simple blunder with <28. Bd4>.

He probably was pre-occupied by the possible perpetual check: <29. Nxh7> Bxg1 30. Nf6+ Kf8 31. Nh7+ Ke8 32. Nf6+ etc.

Dec-21-14  Knight13: What a game... Not a good game.
Feb-05-20  Straclonoor: Sure, 24....Rxg2! wins

Analysis by Stockfish 230120 64 BMI2:

-+ (-11.22): 24...Rxg2 25.Kxg2 Rg3+ 26.Kf2 Rxg5 27.Ra3 Qa7+ 28.Ke1 Bg3+ 29.Rxg3 Rxg3 30.Qc4 h5 31.Kd1 h4 32.a5 Kg7 33.Rh1 f6 34.Kc1 Rg5 35.Qb3 Qd4 36.e5 Rxe5 37.Rd1 Rc5+ 38.Kb1 Qe4+ 39.Rd3 Rb5 40.Qxb5 axb5 41.Kc2 Qe2+ 42.Rd2 Qc4+ 43.Kb2 b4 44.Rc2 Qd4+ 45.Ka2 Qd5+ 46.Kb2 Qxa5 47.Rc8 g5 48.Rb8 Qa3+ 49.Kc2 Qc3+ 50.Kd1 Qd3+ 51.Ke1 Qxh3 52.Ke2 Qc3 53.Rb7+ Kg6

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