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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Max Kuerschner
Nuremberg club m (1891)
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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  tpstar: In the French Tarrasch, one strategy for Black is to trade ... cd/cd early, then play against the Pd4, yet I believe the open c file ultimately works in White's favor (especially after ... 0-0-0). Note Tarrasch answers 8 ... Bb4 with 9. 0-0, and would probably meet 9 ... Qb6 with 10. Nb3 (aiming for f2-f4) over 10. Nf3 although both moves appear solid. 15. f5!? is interesting; 15 ... ef 16. Nf4 Nxd4 17. Be3 Bc5 18. Nxd5 or 17. Nxd5 both look good for White, but I wonder about 15 ... e5 with the big threat of 16 ... e4. Maybe 15. f5!? e5 16. Nh5 Nxd4 17. Be3 or 16 ... e4 17. Bb1 with an unbalanced game. The last 10 moves here were very elegant.

tpstar-Berekin (FICS 3/7/06): 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. Bd3 c5 6. c3 cd 7. cd Bb4 8. a3 Qa5 9. Ne2 Nc6 10. 0-0 Be7 11. Nf3 (11. f4 f6 12. Nf3) f6 12. Nf4!? Nf8 13. ef Bxf6 14. Bd2 Qb6 15. Bc3 Bd7 (15 ... Nxd4?? 16. Nxd4 Bxd4 17. Bxd4 Qxd4 18. Bg6+) 16. Re1 Ne7 17. Ne5 Bxe5 18. Rxe5 0-0-0 19. Rc1 Kb8 20. Qd2 Nc6 21. Rg5 g6 (21 ... Nxd4?? 22. Ba5) 22. Be2 Qc7 23. b4 h6 24. Rg3 g5 25. Nd3 Qb6 (25 ... Qd6)

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26. Nc5 Bc8?! (26 ... Qc7) 27. b5 Ne5 28. Ba5 Nc4? 29. Bxc4 dxc4? 30. Bxb6 and White won (1-0).

Mar-08-06  Cyphelium: <tpstar> After 15.- e5 16. dxe5 fxe5 black's pieces looks badly placed to support the pawn centre in an acceptable way; 17. ♘c3! and now 17.- e4? 18. ♘xd5 just loses two pawns of course. Black has two other tries, but none of them look very good: A/ 17.- d4 18. ♘d5 and exhanging the important bishop on e7 looks good for white, for example 18.- ♕d8 19. ♘xe7 ♕xe7 20. f6 with a strong attack for just one pawn. B/ 17.- ♕c5 18. ♗c2 (or 18. ♗b1) (threatening the pawn again) 18.- d4 19. ♘e4 ♕a5 20. f6 also looks bad for black.
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  tpstar: <Cyphelium> Thank you very much for your help. I admit to being intimidated against a classic Pawn center; here's another example of a line I really don't like = Najjar Ahmad vs B Takashima, 1988 So now I see how it can be undermined.

Here's an interesting French where Black had a fork with ... e4 but White slithered out of it = T Palmer vs W Surlow, 1998

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