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Paul Saladin Leonhardt vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Berlin (1920), Berlin GER, rd 4, Dec-07
French Defense: McCutcheon. Exchange Variation (C12)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Mar-14-05  lopium: Strange suicids of rook and bishop at the end... It seems all were programmed for a draw.
Mar-14-05  capanegra: This was a spectacular outcome. White's 51.♖h1!! was not only beautiful but also necessary, because Black was threatening e4 and ♕c5 with serious threats, not to count the material advantage. The combination concludes with 52.♗f3! which deflects the Rook from the "g" rank. Fortunately for Tarrasch, 54…♖f1+! (a counter deflection!) saved the day.

However, I have the impression that Leonhardt missed a win at some point earlier. For example, something like 26.♘b3 with the intention to break with b5?

Nov-26-05  Petrocephalon: <capanegra> Perhaps Leonhardt was concerned about ..e5 when he played 26.Nc4. Renfield questioned 30.Kc2, suggesting Ne3 instead.
Nov-13-07  zealouspawn: this has to be one of the most entertaining draws of all time
Mar-23-13  matherd1: Beginner's question: What's the point of the 52.Bf3 and 54.Rf1?
Feb-22-18  goser: I vaguely (and maybe wrongly) remember that one book suggests 52. Kc2 instead of 52. Bf3. In this case 54... Rg1 would not help.

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