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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Wilhelm Steinitz
Nuremberg (1896), Nuremberg GER, rd 15, Aug-05
Spanish Game: General (C60)  ·  1-0



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Aug-15-02  refutor: apparently you can't get away with playing crap (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 f6) even if you are the world champion ;)
May-18-05  Pawn Ambush: Schlechter vs Steinitz, 1896
May-18-05  Runemaster: Steinitz was no longer world champion in 1896.
May-04-08  Alphastar: <refutor> Steinitz did not lose because he played that 'crap' which is actually a quite interesting idea.
Aug-24-08  Infohunter: I don't know what Steinitz was thinking when he played 3...f6. What I do know is that while he lost with it here, he won with it in another game in the same tournament. See Schlechter vs Steinitz, 1896.
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  keypusher: Tarrasch in the tournament book, writing about Black's third move:

<Here Steinitz thought for an unusually long time. "Here now he will surely find something entirely new," I thought to myself; "in the end he plays even 3....f6." In the same moment that move appeared! If anyone believes that the move is so bad that Black must lose the game irretrievably because of it, he is completely mistaken. It seems to me that in the following moves I have hit upon the right attacking method, but what I have I obtained after several hours of very difficult play? Nothing but the better game.>

Aug-24-08  ughaibu: In both this and the Schlechter game both players sacrifice the exchange. I reckon that's the function of f6.
Aug-24-08  Marmot PFL: Some players would be insulted to have a move like 3...f6 played against them, and try to punish it immediately. But Tarrasch was too smart for that and just kept improving his position while black ran out of moves.
Apr-22-09  Fanacas: Its always intresting to see how much respect tarrasch lasker and the other old masters had for steinitz.
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  GrahamClayton: <Marmot PFL>Some players would be insulted to have a move like 3...f6 played against them, and try to punish it immediately.

<Marmot PFL>,
Yes, 5.♘h4 followed by ♕h5+ comes to mind straight away.

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