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George Alan Thomas vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Karlsbad (1923), Karlsbad CSR, rd 12, May-12
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  0-1



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  fredthebear: 38.Ke3 forces 38...Rg2, else the Rook is lost. This sets up the fork 39.Ne1, which looks like trouble for Black. Then Tarrasch gives up his rook and soon after has the better ending even though he's down the exchange. One would not imagine the Na3 inflicting such damage thereafter. Black's connected passed pawns are overwhelming.

40.Kf2 is the losing move at this critical stage. Interposing with 40.Bf3 prevents Tarrasch's rook combination. Dropping the exchange was nothing exceptional, but the Black bishop and knight really come alive thereafter.

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  Honza Cervenka: Tarrasch's plan to invade white position via f-file was wrong, and it succeeded in the end only thanks to cooperative play from white. In fact after 40.Bf3 black is going to lose the Exchange without winning of Pc3, for example 40...Rg1 41.Kf2 Rxe1 42.Kxe1 or 40...Be4 41.Kf2 Rxf3 42.Nxf3 Bc2 etc., though it is difficult to find any way for white to exploat this material advantage, as active black pieces seem to be able to hold black position (despite of +3.8 evaluation by silicon beast).

Instead of 34...Rf8 it was better to play 34...Rb4, and if 35.Bd1, then 35...c3+ 36.Kxc3 Bb5 (threatening Nb1+) 37.Kd2 Rxd4+ 38.Nd3 Re4 39.Bf3 Nc4+ 40.Kc1 Re3 and Pawn e5 will fall with decisive advantage of black.

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