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Max Kuerschner vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Nuremberg (1889), Nuremberg GER
Bishop's Opening: Blanel Gambit (C23)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: Marc Wysocki-Tony Palmer (SJE 4/12/06): 1. e4 e5 2. Bc4 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nxe4 4. Bxf7+ Kxf7 5. Nxe4 d5 6. Qf3+ Kg8 7. Ng3 Be6 7. N1e2 Nc6 8. c3 e4 9. Qe3 Ne5 10. 0-0 h5 11. d4 Nd3 12. f3 h4 13. Nh1 Nxc1 14. Raxc1 Bf5 15. f4 Bd6 16. Nf2 Qe7 17. Nh3 a5 18. Ng5 b5 19. Kh1 c5 20. Ng1 c4 21. N1h3 b4 22. Rf2 Kf8 23. Rcf1 Ke8 24. Rd2 Kd7 25. Nf2 Kc6 26. g4 hg 27. Qxg3 bc 28. bc Rab8 ...

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35 ... e3! 36. Qf1? Rb1 0-1.

Nov-03-12  Edeltalent: This was painful to watch. At least it was over mercifully quickly.
Nov-03-12  master of defence: Why black didn´t play 7...dxe4??
Nov-04-12  Edeltalent: <master of defence> That would just be what White wants you to play! 8.Qb3+ mates along the weakened diagonal.
Nov-04-12  JimNorCal: Why did white play a3 and h3? :)
Mar-23-13  Amarande: 9 a3 is understandable as 9 ... Nb4 is actually a fairly serious threat with the White development as it is. That move would threaten 10 ... Nxc2+, and it is virtually impossible for White to cover this square reasonably - the Queen cannot retreat to d1, and attempting to guard the c-pawn from the third rank fails quickly because of Black's central domination. Thus, White would be forced to guard the pawn with the sorry 10 Kd1, after which the homeless White King would soon fall prey to a brisk central line-opening assault.

The only other good way to stop Nb4 would have been c3, but I'm guessing that White did not want to incur the weakness at d3.

As for 10 h3, Black threatened to drive the White Queen from pillar to post with 10 ... Bg4, and again there is not much for it but to directly cover the square. If instead say 10 Nf1 Bg4 11 Qg3, Black can already, if he finds nothing better, begin the direct harrying of the White King with 11 ... Bxe2 12 Kxe2 Nd4+ etc., and White's position totters rapidly.

Mar-23-13  JimNorCal: Well, regarding 9. a3, another thought would be 9. Nc3. Then if Nb4 or Nd4, the retreat Qd1 is available.
Mar-24-13  thomastonk: This game appears in Tarrasch's "300 Schachpartien" as played 1889/90. Tarrasch suggests 4.♕h5 as better, which is true, of course. But hitting on f7 is inviting, as well as the check with the queen, which is the next mistake, I guess. Tarrasch calls 7.♘e2 a joke, but this is not really bad. Maybe 7.d4 is better.

Instead of 9.a3, White should have tried 9.d4 in order to get the pieces out and with a small hope for some attack. Then, 9.. ♘b4 can be answered by 10.♕b3, and the stronger 9.. ♘xd4 by 10.♘xd4 exd4 11.0-0. Maybe 9.. exd4 10.♕b3 is best for both sides.

The second countryman's move 10.h3 is bad, too. Black could have played 10.. h5 immediately and force 11.h4. After 10.. ♗c5 Tarrasch notes that Black has outmatched White totally, but 11.♕h5! could have stopped him for a while.

Kürschner was not a bad player, as one could think spotting 12.♘h1 and the "idea" of hiding the queen on h2.

Sep-02-17  ughaibu: This is given as a "Blanel Gambit", but there is no player named Blanel with games in the database and "blanel" doesn't appear to appear in dictionaries of English. So what's the story here?
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