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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Schwarzhaupt
Derenburg (1884)
Philidor Defense: Exchange Variation (C41)  ·  1-0



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Aug-05-08  Dr. Siggy: Perhaps to my utter shame, I don't own any german edition of "Dreihundert Schachpartien" and I can't find this lovely miniature in the (very good) english translation I bought a few years ago. However, I did find the position after Black's 11th move in diagram #239 of "Das Schachspiel", where it is given as an illustration of "the broken-up castled position" theme.

"By this it is to be understood [according to Dr. Tarrasch] a castled position in which either the g-pawn, by making a capture, has transferred itself to the f-file or, less frequently, to the h-file, or is missing altogether. Then the King is robbed of his most important supporting pawn and is exposed to many attacks. The whole King's side is weakened, and the points f6(f3), f5(f4), h7(h2), h3(h6) and h5(h4) are particularly weak. Frequently sacrifices are made in order to break up the enemy King's position in this way, and then to storm it with a rapid mating attack."

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