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Henry Bird vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Hamburg (1885), Hamburg GER, rd 9, Jul-20
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  0-1



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Oct-23-05  who: Wow!!! A young Tarrasch takes bird apart - limb by limb. 21...Nxe4 might not be technically the best move, but it sure seems to have flustered Bird. With 30.Qd2 Bxc4 31.Qc2 Bd3 32.Qc5 c6 white would still be alive (Fritz -0.62).
Oct-23-05  Kean: And I thought Tarrasch was rather a quiet player!
Nov-21-05  Petrocephalon: "This sacrifice has been called 'brilliant' and 'remarkable' and the like by various annotators. It is nothing of the sort, being quite obvious. But the fine prepartory moves, the whole logical development of the attack and the striking originality of which this game is redolent -- these are noteworthy features" -Tarrasch.

How do the engines evaluate 29.Bb2 (Tarrasch's suggestion)?

Jun-10-07  sanyas: <Kean> Whatever gave you that idea?
Apr-04-08  Knight13: <Kean: And I thought Tarrasch was rather a quiet player!> This is his style. He sees positional advantage and completely goes for it. Tarrasch himself knew exactly where to poke the holes. One of the earliest strategic players, too.
Apr-24-16  zanzibar: The tournament book has this game ending after 38...Qg6, which seems like an apt place to end.

<TB G-76 p133/153>

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  MissScarlett: Bird may have been following the game, Gunsberg vs Loman, 1885, played in London shortly before, but Tarrasch immediately improves with <9...d4>.
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  Telemus: <zanzibar: The tournament book has this game ending after 38...Qg6, [..]>

Tarrasch wrote in "Dreihundert Schachpartien":

"Mr. Bird spielte noch 39. Dg6:, hg 40. Tg4, und gab dann, als ich für die Drohung c4-c5 nebst Th4‡ nur ein mit mitleidiges Lächeln hatte, ohne meinen Gegenzug abzuwarten, die Partie auf."

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