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Tarrasch-Walbrodt (1894)
Compiled by keypusher

This match was one of Tarrasch's greatest triumphs. He wrote proudly: "I played with such a level of correctness that never has been reached in any other sequence of games that I know of. Apart from the first game where I made an incorrect move to avoid a draw, I have in these games of in all more than 300 moves not just avoided to make one single mistake, but in at most three cases have I not played the strongest move." Tarrasch's strong play was rewarded by an overwhelming victory:

Tarrasch 1 1 = 1 1 1 1 1 7.5 Walbrodt 0 0 = 0 0 0 0 0 0.5

Did he play the strongest move in all but three cases? As a glance at the kibitzing will show, he was not quite that good; see, for example, Games 3 and 6. But it was certainly a very impressive performance by Tarrasch in his home city of Nuremberg.

The match was played without a standard time control. Tarrasch reported the relevant clause of the match rules as follows:

"The games will be played without clocks. If, however, the committee finds that the expenditure of time is excessive, it may demand that from a particular moment the game shall continue at the rate of 12 moves per hour with accumulation of unused time. Overstepping the time limit will not incur loss of the game but will give the committee the right to demand that the offending player shall make the remaining moves up until the 12th, 24th, or 36th (etc) within 5 minutes. Only if this time is exceeded will the game be counted as lost."

I am indebted to The Focus, who collected all the games of the match and also put the dates on the game pages.

Game 1
K Walbrodt vs Tarrasch, 1894 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 42 moves, 0-1

Game 2
Tarrasch vs K Walbrodt, 1894 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 33 moves, 1-0

Game 3
K Walbrodt vs Tarrasch, 1894 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Game 4
Tarrasch vs K Walbrodt, 1894 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Game 5
K Walbrodt vs Tarrasch, 1894 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 64 moves, 0-1

Game 6
Tarrasch vs K Walbrodt, 1894 
(C13) French, 45 moves, 1-0

Game 7
K Walbrodt vs Tarrasch, 1894 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 47 moves, 0-1

Game 8
Tarrasch vs K Walbrodt, 1894 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 1-0

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