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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Aron Nimzowitsch
Offhand game (1904), Nuremberg GER
Queen's Gambit Declined: Chigorin Defense. Main Line (D07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-05-05  aw1988: Wow, what an absolutely fabulous game.
Oct-05-05  RookFile: Thanks for bringing this game to our
attention, very entertaining.
Dec-16-05  JG7: I first saw this game in Ray Keenes Nimzowitch a reapraisal(1974 ed) its always been one of my favorite games .
Apr-28-06  e4Newman: 10...cxd5
"Never in my life have I had such a won game after ten moves as I have now!" (Tarrasch)

Too bad you blew it. And a B vs N too.

Apr-08-07  chessamateur: Casual game 1904

It says Casual, but I can assure you this was anything but casual!

Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Who annotated this game (except for the Niemzowitsch and Tarrasch quote) ???


Tarrasch missed the immediately winning move <31.e6> Game over.

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Apr-30-08  gambitfan: I do not understand

55... ♘d5!

supposed to be a good move... ??

Jul-23-08  Lutwidge: How is this amazing game not more famous? I can't believe it's the first time I've seen it!
Jan-31-09  my6u3l: its a good game
Apr-08-09  WhiteRook48: I do not understand why 41...Qg7+ is viewed as bad.
Feb-24-11  meppi: 18. Nf4 looks better for white attacking the Rg6 and the weak e6 pawn. Maybe with thoughts of some sort of future attack involving Nxe6 - Kxe6 and picking up the f or d pawn with check.

19. Nf4 only pushes the R to h6 where it can defend e6 laterally and pressure the white king on the h-file. Nf4 played on move 18, the rook would have been pushed backwards to the much more passive Rg7 or Rg8.

Also, on move 27. maybe fxg3 was a better way to create attacking chances on the white king. After 27. fxg3 - the reply 28. h3 is practically forced because of the danger of a discovered check. And after 28. h3 a move like Ne6 looks very strong.

But back to what was played in the game after 27. Nxg3 - on move 29 black plays Rxh2+ (which is annotated as a "speculative move.") A stronger move seems to be 29. Rh4, which defends the horse on d4 and forces the white queen to move to a less favorable square, or brings about an exchange of pieces leading to a difficult endgame.

EG: 29. Rh4
30. Bxd4 Rxf4
31. Bxb6 axb6
32. Rc7+ Ke6

After this black will have to try and use the rooks to attack the white king or limit it to the h8 square to battle in the endgame.

Feb-25-11  meppi: 29. Rxg2+ although a speculative move, does complicate the game, and gives white chances to go wrong.

As whiteshark has shown earlier 31. e6+ is a very strong move which starts a big attack down the open e-file. But it was difficult to see what to do after Re1+ so I turned on to Fritz 6 which gave me this attack.

"31. e6+ Kxe6
32. Re1+ Kd7
33. Re7+ Kxe7
34. Qc7+ Kf6 (Kf8 - 35. Bb4 or Ke6 35. Re1+)
35. Bxd4+ " Fritz 6.

A hard attack to see especially the sacrifice 33. Re7+

31. e6 was indeed the winning move for white in this game.

38. Rg1+ is a good move, trading the exchange for the dangerous bishop pair, white also had thoughts of a strong attack involving Qxh7 and using both bishops if black tried to hold onto the exchange.

For whiterook48. 41. Qg7+ is not an entirely bad move, it trades queens of the board and defends the b pawn. However, after the Q's are gone it is a knight vs bishop endgame where white will be playing for the win and black for the draw.

Maybe a better move would have been 41. Ke6 or Kf6 allowing 42. Qxb7 and then counterattacking with 42. Qe3+ 43. Kh1 Nxf3

In fact this attack is so strong that white may not even take the b pawn (which excludes the queen from defense of the king). 41. Qg7+ is bad because it ends pretty much any of blacks hopes of winning unless white seriously blunders.

55. Ne5 is annotated as "a good move" because it wins back the pawn after 56. Bxb7 Nd3 57. b3 Nb4+
58. K any Nxa2

Where all black needs to do is defend the a pawn with his king and knight, or kamikaze capture the b pawn with the knight to draw the game.

In the endgame Black made a strategic error by playing 61. Kd8

Better would have been moving the King to c5 where it would blockade the position with the knight and secure a draw.

This would have been done like so:

61. Nd4+
62. Kb7 Kd6
63. Kxa7 Kc5

The position in this variation is the same as the one that occurred in the game except the king is on c5 instead of c7.

both may be draws but it seems easier to draw with the black K on c5.

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