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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Horatio Caro
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 23, Jul-04
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit (D08)  ·  1-0



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Sep-27-05  Poisonpawns: Nice game,because to me blacks piece activity had to eventually succumb to whites rolling pawn center.Tarrach(the center man) must have been proud of this effort.Because it was a wild game,the type which albin players would like,but i love 4.e4 and 8.a3.Seemingly to waste time,but laying a positional foundation that black could not shake,although that was a nice sacrifice of the bishop by Caro.
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  keypusher: I know it's trivial, but why did Caro drag it out so long? Here's a slightly similar game with Tarrasch on the other side:

Tartakower vs Tarrasch, 1926

Sep-27-05  paul dorion: Did Caro got too greedy? After 29..Red3 does White has anything better than moving the King for a repetition?
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  Pawn and Two: A good game from the mammoth Kaiser Jubilee Vienna tournament of 1898. This game was from the 23rd round of 38. At the start of the 23rd round Tarrasch was leading Pillsbury by 1 point, and had a bye round coming up in round 25. Pillsbury had his bye round in round 22. These two players eventually tied for first. Tarrasch won the 4 game playoff 2 1/2 to 1 1/2.
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  Pawn and Two: After white's 18th move, Fritz 8 (20 ply depth) gives 18. Rf8 19.e6 as black's best giving black the advantage (-1.34). Fritz's 2nd choice (also 20 ply) is 18 a4 19. bxa4. Fritz rates black as having the advantage here also (-1.13).

The tournament book with annotations by by Marco, Halprin & Fahndrich question black's 18th move of Bf7. They recommend 18.g5 and state that this move is very strong (sehr stark). Fritz 8 (20 ply depth) rates black as having the advantage after 18.g5 19.g4 (-.70).

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  Pawn and Two: At move 29, if black would play 29.Red3, Fritz (17ply depth), rates the resulting position as (.00). Black's 29.Bc5 was a serious mistake.
Feb-20-07  The Chess Express: 7. Bd3 Bb4+ is much stronger. After 8. Bd2 Ng4 9. Bxb4 Nxb4 10. Qa4+ Nc6 how about 11. Na3 when O-O 12. Ne2 Ne3 13. g3 Bg4 14. Nc2 Bxe2 15. Kxe2 is unclear. 8. Nd2 is also interesting. I donít like 9. a3 Ne3 10. Qh5+ g6 11. Qe2 Bg4 12. Ngf3 Bxf3 13. Qxf3 O-O 14. axb4 Rxf4 much so maybe 9. g3 O-O 10. h3 Ne3 11. Qe2 when black can try the crazy 11...Ne5!?!? after 12. fxe5 Rf1+ 13. Qxf1 Nxf1 both 14. Kxf1 Qg5 15. Ndf3 Qxg3 16. Bg5 Bc5 17. Bh4 Qf4 18. Kg2 and 14. Bxf1 Qg5 15. Kd1 Qe3!? 16. Ngf3 Be6 17. Ne1 are crazy so probably just 12. Ngf3 Nxf3+ 13. Qxf3 Be6 14. b3 with an unclear position. Maybe Qf6 or a5 next.
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  Pawn and Two: Updated analysis by Fritz 11: At move 18, Black had winning chances, (-1.74) (21 ply) 18...Rf8 19 e6 Rde8 20.Bxd4 Nxd4 21.Kc3 Nc2 22.Ra2 Rxe6 23.Nd2 Re3 24.g4 Be8 25.Nf1 Re4.

Another line with winning chances for Black is: 18...Rf8 19.Bxd4 Nxd4 20.Kc3 Ne2+ 21.Nxe2 dxe2, (-2.04) (23 ply) 22.Kb2 Rd3 23.g4 Rxh3 24.Nc3 Rxh1 25.Rxh1 Bxg4 26.Nxe2 Bxe2 27.Rxh7 g6 28.Kc2 Rxf4.

At move 29, the move 29...Red3 favored White, (.38) (21 ply) 30.Ne1 Rxh3 31.Rf8+ Kd7 32.Rf3 Rh2 33.Rd3 Rxd3 34.Nxd3 Rh3 35.c5 Rxd3 36.cxb6 cxb6, or (.35) (21 ply) 30.g5 Bc5 31.h4 Bxa3 32.Ke2 Bxc1 33.Rxc1 Rd8 34.Nxb3 R3d7 35.Nc5 Re7+ 36.Kf2.

Black's best choice at move 29 was: (-.20) (22 ply) 30.Bxa5 Nxa5 31.c5 Rd5 32.a4 Kd7 33.Rf2 Kc6 34.h4 h6 35.h5 Rd8 36.g5 b2 37.Rb1 Nc4.

Fritz 11 confirmed that 29...Bc5?? was a serious blunder.

Aug-16-08  The Chess Express: <Pawn and Two> Great analysis, thanks.
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