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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Karl Walbrodt
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 38, Jul-25
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack (D37)  ·  1-0



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  Gypsy: <41.Kh2!!> According to Reti.
Jun-06-06  Petrocephalon: And according to Reinfeld too (not that his analysis is always reliable, and he may have in case been following Reti).

Paraphrasing Reinfeld: the immediate advance of the h-pawn would only result in a general exchange; bringing the king to f4 first leads to a won ending. 46.Qxh7+ leads to mate.

Reinfeld also points out an attempted swindle: 49.RxR? Qh4+ 50.Kxf5 Rf8+ wins the queen.

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  Gypsy: 41.Kh2!! <The immediate break after 41.Be2 and h4-h5 would lead only to general exchanges and drawn endgame because of the sturdy Black position. Tarrasch now uses a last and most subtle resouce. He uses his space advantage to bring his king up into the center of the board, before commencing the general exchanges. Black, because of his cramped state, of course can not emulate the maneuver. As the result, the eventual endgame is instantly won for White.> (Reti)
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  Pawn and Two: The 38th and last round at Vienna 1898. As Pillsbury will win his game, Pillsbury vs D G Baird, 1898, Tarrasch needed to win to tie for 1st place in this marathon tournament.

Despite all of Tarrasch's efforts, a draw would have been the probable result had Walbrodt played the strong move 31...b5!, giving Black an equal position: (-.02) (21 ply) (Fritz) 32.Bc2 Ra3 33.Rg5 Ra2 34.Rg2 Rga8 35.Qg3 Ra1+ 36.Rg1.

Dec-24-07  Dr. Siggy: The pawn endgame after 51... Qxg5+ would have been the occasion for a very instructive lesson on the subject of opposition: 52. Kxg5 Kg7 53. Kxf5 Kf7 54. Kg5 Kg7 55. e6! Kf8 56. Kh6 Ke7 57. Kxh7 Kxe6 58. Kg6 Ke7 (giving up the horizontal opposition) 59. Kf5 Kf7 60. Ke5 Ke7 61. b5! Kd7 (giving up the vertical opposition: if 61... cxb5 62. Kxd5 Kd7, then 63. e4 followed by e5 and Ke4) 62. bxc6+ bxc6 63. Kf6 Kc7 64. Ke7 (pushing back the enemy King to capture the pawns) Kc8 65. Kd6 Kb7 66. Kd7, winning (according to Tarrasch himself).
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  kingscrusher: Again used by Richard Reti as a stylistic example of punishing a cramped position in the book "Modern Ideas in Chess"

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