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Siegbert Tarrasch
Number of games in database: 961
Years covered: 1879 to 1933

Overall record: +454 -204 =256 (63.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 47 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (125) 
    C77 C67 C78 C66 C80
 French Defense (62) 
    C11 C10 C14 C01 C12
 French (38) 
    C11 C10 C12 C13 C00
 Four Knights (37) 
    C49 C48 C47
 Orthodox Defense (24) 
    D50 D63 D55 D61 D69
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    D02 D05 A46 E10 A40
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (100) 
    C67 C77 C83 C80 C82
 French Defense (48) 
    C01 C00 C12 C11 C13
 Tarrasch Defense (34) 
    D32 D34 D33
 Ruy Lopez, Open (30) 
    C83 C80 C82
 French (30) 
    C00 C12 C11 C13
 Sicilian (30) 
    B25 B45 B40 B23 B32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Romberg, 1893 1-0
   Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 1-0
   Tarrasch vs K Eckart, 1889 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Reti, 1922 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Marotti / Napoli / de Simone / del, 1914 1-0
   Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 1-0
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894 1-0
   Tarrasch vs J Mieses, 1916 1-0
   Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1923 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Breslau (1889)
   9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894)
   Manchester (1890)
   Vienna (1898)
   Marshall - Tarrasch (1905)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Chigorin - Tarrasch (1893)
   Ostend (1905)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   Hastings (1895)
   San Sebastian (1912)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   18th DSB Kongress (1912)
   Frankfurt (1887)
   Hamburg (1885)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Tarrasch's 300 Chess Games by yesthatwasasac
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   Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch) by Parmenides1963
   Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch) by Edwin Meijer
   Three Hundred Chess Games (Tarrasch) by Incremental
   Tarrasch's Dreihundert Schachpartien by Honza Cervenka
   T Players Tease Fredthebear by fredthebear
   Challenger Tarrasch by Gottschalk
   Veliki majstori saha 6 TARRASCH (Petrovic) by Chessdreamer
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part I. by Dr. Siggy
   good games by sk.sen
   Praeceptor Mundi by chocobonbon
   Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess. Part III. by Dr. Siggy
   y1870s - 1890s Classic Chess Principles Arise by fredthebear

   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Tarrasch vs Von Scheve, 1894
   M Porges vs Lasker, 1896
   Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Marshall vs Lasker, 1914

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(born Mar-05-1862, died Feb-17-1934, 71 years old) Germany

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Siegbert Tarrasch was born in Breslau. At 15, he learned the game of chess, and he shot to prominence quickly, winning four consecutive international tournaments: Breslau (1889), Manchester in 1890 (, Dresden (1892), and 9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894). He also won the Monte Carlo (1903) tournament. After Tarrasch's compatriot Emanuel Lasker won the World Championship, the two agreed to terms for a match to take place in autumn of 1904, but the negotiations collapsed after Tarrasch requested a postponement. A Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908) eventually took place, but by then Tarrasch was aged forty-six and he was defeated by the score of +3 -8 =5. Tarrasch was held in high regard throughout his career for his contributions to opening theory. Tarrasch was an editor for Deutsche Schachzeitung, and also published his own Tarrasch's Schachzeitung (1932-1934) and the books Dreihundert Schachpartien (1895), Die moderne Schachpartie (1912), and Das Schachspiel (1931).

Lines from both the Queen's Gambit and the French Defense are named after him. He is known for guidelines in rook endings that rooks generally serve their best purpose behind passed pawns. Many of his theories on the principles of mobility and other aspects of positional play still stand as well, and today guide players of all levels of ability.

Tarrasch also played consultation chess on the teams of Tarrasch / von Bardeleben / von Scheve / Schotlaender and Tarrasch / Harmonist / Heidebreck. Cf. Wikipedia article: Siegbert Tarrasch.

Last updated: 2017-11-23 14:12:37

 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 961  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0261879BreslauA00 Uncommon Opening
2. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 1-0221879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
3. Tarrasch vs A Schottlaender 0-1241879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
4. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0331879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
5. Tarrasch vs F Riemann 0-1181879BreslauC67 Ruy Lopez
6. Tarrasch vs Von Scheve 1-0191879BreslauB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
7. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0321879BreslauC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
8. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0391879BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
9. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241879BreslauB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
10. Tarrasch vs Adolf Mannheimer 1-0271880BreslauC55 Two Knights Defense
11. Tarrasch vs NN 1-0111880BerlinC45 Scotch Game
12. Tarrasch vs Adolf Mannheimer 1-0281880BreslauC42 Petrov Defense
13. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0211880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
14. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1301880BresslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
15. Tarrasch vs B Lasker 1-0231880BerlinC42 Petrov Defense
16. Mendelson vs Tarrasch 0-1461880BreslauC51 Evans Gambit
17. Tarrasch vs Pribulsky 1-0301880BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
18. Tarrasch vs Vogt 1-0201880Breslau000 Chess variants
19. Von Scheve vs Tarrasch 0-1151880BreslauC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
20. Tarrasch vs Mendelson 1-0241880BreslauC49 Four Knights
21. Tarrasch vs Vogt 1-0241880Breslau000 Chess variants
22. F Riemann vs Tarrasch 1-0411880BreslauC30 King's Gambit Declined
23. Tarrasch vs W Cohn 1-0271880MatchC11 French
24. Tarrasch vs Landau 1-0171880white blindfoldedC55 Two Knights Defense
25. Tarrasch vs Adolf Mannheimer 1-0371880BreslauC39 King's Gambit Accepted
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  keypusher: <brankat> Tarrasch's book on the match, published in 1908, is available for free on google books. There is a link to it in my profile, and also in several games from the match. I started out just posting excerpts from Tarrasch's annotations, then I got more formal and started translating his notes verbatim. I hope there isn't an English version of the book out there, because otherwise I've wasted many, many hours doing my own. :-) Although I've really enjoyed the work.

Lasker did write about the match in newspapers and no doubt other places too. Some of his newspaper(?) writing was posted and translated by <Calli> in the comments to Game #9 of the match. Some scanty Lasker annotations are also attached to the moves in Game #5. I've come across various comments Lasker made about the match scattered in various places, e.g. Soltis' <Why Lasker Matters>. I believe Lasker either wrote a book about the match or some of his match journalism was collected into a book (See here:, but I haven't seen the book.

I also think some of Lasker's journalism about the match can be found in the Wiener Schachzeitung from 1908, and surely elsewhere, if you can find it.

May-16-08  Knight13: Chessmetrics Player Profile: Siegbert Tarrasch
Born: 1862-Mar
Died: 1934-Feb

Best World Rank: #2 (111 different months between the October 1890 rating list and the November 1906 rating list )

Highest Rating: 2824 on the June 1895 rating list, #2 in world, age 33y3m

Best Individual Performance: 2853 in Tarrasch-Walbrodt Match (Nuremberg), 1894, scoring 7.5/8 (94%) vs 2689-rated opposition

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

" When protecting a piece, always ask whether it might be captured anyway. "

-- Tarrasch

May-17-08  brankat: <keypusher> Thank You so much for such a detailed info.

Btw, You translation work is also a good practice in German language. After all, it was the language of "old" European masters. Most of chess books written between 1870s and (roughly) 1914 were in German.

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  Calli: Yes, I was trying to translate Lasker's dairy of the match from Pester Lloyd as reprinted in Wiener Schachzeitung 1908 supplement. Something is odd as I can't seem to access it again on Google Books.

Also available is Hoffers booklet

May-17-08  MichAdams: There's been Alekhine supping milk, and Karpov with his flavoured yoghurts. Little did I suspect that dairy products also played a part in Lasker's championship career.
May-17-08  brankat: Thank You <Calli>.
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  chancho: Tarrasch was married twice. Details anyone?
May-18-08  brankat: Why do You want to know? :-)
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  keypusher: <chancho> Everything I know about it is contained in the link you posted on May 7 below.

<Calli> Yes, it's odd, I used to be able to access the full Wiener Schachzeitung 1908 on Google book, but now I can't. I thought I was remembering wrong, but it seems you used to be able to access it too. Very frustrating.

<brankat> It's been a real pleasure learning (a little) German. Mark Twain had this to say about German:

<There are some German words which are singularly and powerfully effective. For instance, those which describe lowly, peaceful, and affectionate home life; those which deal with love, in any and all forms, from mere kindly feeling and honest good will toward the passing stranger, clear up to courtship; those which deal with outdoor Nature, in its softest and loveliest aspects -- with meadows and forests, and birds and flowers, the fragrance and sunshine of summer, and the moonlight of peaceful winter nights; in a word, those which deal with any and all forms of rest, repose, and peace; those also which deal with the creatures and marvels of fairyland; and lastly and chiefly, in those words which express pathos, is the language surpassingly rich and affective. There are German songs which can make a stranger to the language cry. That shows that the sound of the words is correct -- it interprets the meanings with truth and with exactness; and so the ear is informed, and through the ear, the heart.>

Certainly gives a different perspective that you get from hearing people shout "Schnell!" in war movies.

I would like to improve my almost non-existent Russian, too, because I have some good chess books in that language. But I am handicapped because I can't type in Cyrillic characters, although I think there are ways I can configure my keyboard to do that. Does anyone know?

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  Calli: <keypusher> I wrote a complaint to Google. Last year I downloaded a lot of the chess books but wound up using the online versions because you can search them. Will look at a couple of computers and backup files to see if I have 1908 somewhere.

You can configure a computer for Cyrillic (Go to Control Panel, Regional and Language Options, Languages, Details). You can get a set of labels to stick on the front of your keys. However, it is still difficult to use. A Russian at work wound up installing two keyboards and seems very happy with that arrangement.

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  chancho: <Keypusher> Thanks.
May-25-08  sneaky pete: <Karpova> Paul Tarrasch vs Roll, XVII. Kongreß des Deutschen Schachbundes, e.V., Hamburg (July)1910, Nebenturnier A, Siegergruppe I:

1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 c6 5.Nf3 Bg4 6.h3 Bf5 7.Ne5 f6 8.Nc4 Qc7 9.Qf3 Bxc2 10.Bf4 Qd7 11.Ne3 Bg6 12.0-0-0 e6 13.Bc4 b5? 14.Nxb5 Na6 15.d5 cxd5 16.Nxd5 exd5 17.Rhe1+ Be7 18.Rxd5 Rc8 19.Rxd7 Rxc4+ 20.Nc3 Rxf4 21.Qd5 Kf8 22.Rdxe7 Nxe7 23.Qd8+ 1-0.

In the preliminary group Tarrasch scored 3,5 out of 4 games and in the winners group 4 out of 5, sharing first place with Steiner (no initial given) who won his game against T. and Marx, who lost against T. but won against Steiner. The other players in this section were Rose, Raspe and Roll. I said rose, raspe and roll, to satisfy my soul.

May-26-08  Karpova: <sneaky pete>
Thanks very much!
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  keypusher: The notes to Game 12 of the match, Tarrasch's third and last win, are posted: Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908.
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  keypusher: Tarrasch's notes to Game 13 of the 1908 world championship match are now posted. Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908
Jun-30-08  sneaky pete: A little known masterpiece played in Zanzibar, 1906, by Tarraschid (white, giving odds of king's rook) vs Marabout, with notes by Harun Tarraschid from the Sansibarer Lokalanzeiger.

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<1.h4> This move invented by me is brilliant, first because it introduces my invention the rook's gambit, and second because it enables immediate development of the rook, if there is a rook anyhow. <1... d5> Many may find this observation remarkable, but it seems to me that with this move black lays the foundation for the later sixtuple pawn and with it defeat. <2.Nh3 ..> This move confirms the advantage in the most consequent manner, because the open h-file is secured; since there is no rook on h1, the knight can not block the rook's exit either. <2... d4 3.c3 d3> A bluff move, but evidently I can't be bluffed and play of course: <4.exd3! Nc6 5.Be2 ..> This move is my invention, demonstrated by me during the great London tournament of 1883 to the great master Zukertort, who used it to win the first prize in brilliant manner. <5... Nd4> Another bluff and again a stroke of genius. Black want to saddle me up with an isolated tripled pawn, which of course doesn't worry me at all. On this issue I firmly oppose Captain Moreau and Nimzowitsch. <6.cxd4 b5 7.Nc3 Nf6 8.0-0 b4 9.Ne4 ..> As at present I didn't see a good move, I naturally made a bad one. Fortunately my opponent misses the opportunity to dissolve my tripled pawn. <9... c5 10.b3 ..> An illness-induced excitement restrained my here from quiet consideration. For the sake of the truth I must, as it happens, state that since years I suffer from a tapeworm, who starts stirring annoyingly when I'm engaged in a match game. This of course influenced me, the resulting tension and excitement causing me to make a bad move. Normally of course I always play the best move. Maybe some will make merry over my tapeworm. Why I come forward with this matter only after 100 moves? Because I would have done the same if it had concerned my opponent. <10... c4 11.bxc4 a5 12.Qc2 ..> This move was communicated to me by master Marco under the seal of the strictest secrecy. I wanted to try it once, but will do it never again. It is a catastrophic move. <12... b3 13.axb3 ..> A fingerslip. I intended to advance the h-pawn, and unfortunately touched the a-pawn. As it happens, I had slipped and fallen during the recent speed skating races and sprained my ankle, which may count as an excuse. <13... Ba6 14.Ba3 ..> One may perhaps wonder why I played this bad move, but it was the fault of the sea. The embalming sea air had, as it happens, refreshed me physically to such an extent that naturally I wasn't capable of any intensive mental exertion. With the next move I noticed what caused this change in my play. I had the window closed and from then on played only the strongest move. <14... Nd7 15.Re1 Bb7 16.Nhg5 h5 17.Nc3 ..> The only continuation to express white's minimal positional advantage. White of course will not let his tripled pawn dissolve at any price.

Jun-30-08  sneaky pete: Tarraschid vs Marabout, continued from previous post.

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<17... f5 18.Nd5 Bxd5 19.cxd5 ..> This is the colossal advantage white acquires: a quadruple pawn and three open lines, which the rook can occupy to its heart's delight. <19... Rh6 20.Bc5 a4 21.b4 a3 22.f4 e5 23.fxe5 ..> I might also capture en passant, but that move, which was recommended to me by the head waiter, I didn't want to play; first because I wanted to keep it a secret, and second because the brilliant young African, who didn't know the en passsant rule, wouldn't accept it. <23... a2> With this move I noticed that my opponent's 63 wives, who up to now had followed the game with keen interest, exchanged meaningful glances. <24.Bd6 Rc8 25.Qa4 Rc5> Black, as one observes, only plays plausible moves! <26.bxc5 Rxd6 27.cxd6 ..> A new white advantage and even more colossal than the previous: a quintuple pawn and four open lines for the rook! <27... f4 28.e6 ..> Of course I could have mated in 2 with 28.Bxh5+ g6 29.Bxg6#, a so to speak thunder and lightning mate. But I have for over 20 years pointed out, that it's no big deal to mate with Bxh7+, Ng5+ and Qh7#. That's stuff for amateurs, I play on principle for connoisseurs. <28... a1=Q> Who might have imagined a few moves earlier that black, out of the blue, would get a new queen. The young African has played all this brilliantly. Yet it is of no avail, because now follows my grandmasterly final stroke. <29.Bxh5+ g6 30.exd7#>

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Published in the Wiener Schachzeitung, 1906. The culprit is apparently Georg Marco.

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  keypusher: <sneaky pete> Shenanigans! Surely Tarrasch was never bothered by the <embalming> sea breezes before 1908....
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  keypusher: In response to overwhelming popular demand, Tarrasch's notes to Game 14 of the match, a 119-move draw, are posted here:

Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908

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  keypusher: Tarrasch's notes to Game 15 of the match are now posted: Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908.
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  keypusher: Tarrasch's notes to the sixteenth and last game of the match are now posted: Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908. So I have now translated all his annotations. I am glad I did the project, and still gladder that it is done.
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  tamar: Great job <keypusher> For game 14 alone you should get a medal!
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<Razor-sharp, he always followed his own rules. In spite of devotion to his own supposedly scientific method, his play was often witty and bright.>

-- Bobby Fischer (on Tarrasch)

Aug-28-08  myschkin: . . .


(in a Book by Fred Reinfeld)

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