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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Jacques Davidson
Semmering (1926), Semmering AUT, rd 16, Mar-28
Indian Game: Kingside Fianchetto (A48)  ·  1-0



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Dec-19-06  Dr. Siggy: This game is a good illustration of a quite simple but (to my mind) very effective method of playing against the Pirc Defense [1]: Bg5, Qd2 and 0-0-0, followed by a pawn storm against Black's castled king. Perhaps the pawn storm can break even faster if, instead of Nf3, White plays f3, Nge2, g4, h4 and so on (as Saemisch proposed to do against the King's Indian Defense).

Attention should be paid to White's 6th move. Against 5...h6, Tarrasch played - not 6.Bh4 neither 6.Be3, as indicated in most of the high praised contemporary books about openings - but 6.Bf4!?, which (in my view) is much, much stronger, because it avoids any kind of effective attack against White's most important queen's bishop and keeps up the pressure against Black's castled king.

After reminding us that Dr. Tarrasch was already 64 years old when this game was played, F. Reinfeld comments White's rook sacrifice at his 20th move with these most expressive words: "Elegant demolition of Black's flimsy barricades". Elegant demolition, indeed!...

[1] Yes, the Pirc Defense - not the "Indian Game: Kingside Fianchetto" as classified above! A Pirc Defense by transposition, to be sure; but still a Pirc Defense...

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  whiteshark: Barricades always have two sides.
Dec-26-12  Cibator: William Winter, commenting on this game in his "Chess For Match Players" (1951), classified it as a King's Indian!! But he was at least correct in remarking that Black played very weakly in the early stages.
Dec-26-12  morfishine: <Cibator> Technically, from Black's point of view and move-order, it is a KI

But I see your point. Black's relatively extravagant play with 5...h6 & 9...Na6, didn't help matters

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