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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Mikhail Chigorin
Ostend (Championship) (1907), Ostend BEL, rd 19, Jun-10
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  1-0



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  gah: 18 Qd3 appears to win a piece. Why did Tarrasch not play it?
Nov-19-13  Granny O Doul: gah: It doesn't win a piece because White's own Bc2 is under attack.
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  offramp: Black was playing the endgame not realizing that white was still playing the middle game.
May-03-19  zydeco: Tarrasch almost never played 1.d4. Maybe he felt Chigorin was too booked-up in the Ruy Lopez and would come up with some half-baked scheme in a queen's pawn opening.

Chigorin is better for most of the middlegame. 27....Nxf4 is an interesting idea in his imaginative style.

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  Volcach: Instructive moments for me:

<13 Qb3!> Cool clearance tactic to make room for the Bishop on its ideal c2 square. I wonder how many moves like that I miss in my own games.

<41 Rg3!> Nice move, stopping any Rook infiltration on the b file by defending instead of moving the bishop. If White can avoid trading pawns and keep Black's Rook passive this just might be a winnable game.

<45 h4!> Neat way to restrict the king. I'm always hesistant to push pawns in those situations for fear of them becoming weaknesses, but here controlling that g5 square is very important and as its own pawn island it is no weaker on h4 than it was on h2

<60 Bd5!> Lots of great subtle Rook shifts leading up to this one, but this move in particular is beautiful, stopping Black's Rook from controlling the critical d file. Once the King steps into d6 Black is getting mated.

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