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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Karl Walbrodt
9th DSB Kongress, Leipzig (1894), Leipzig GER, rd 7, Sep-07
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Staunton Line (C31)  ·  1-0



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  offramp: White has just castled, 11.0-0.

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He is a pawn ahead because this was a Falkbeer Counter-Gambit. Black plays a short exchanging combination. 11...Nxc3 12.Qxc3 Rxe2. Then white plays 13.Bb2m, threatening mate, and black counters with 13...Qf8.

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White seems much better off after black's combination! He has lost his extra pawn but that was doubled anyway. His bishop on e2 has gone but it didn't look too healthy anyway and white's development has shot up like a rocket.

Later, after 25...Qd7, white has made large strides:

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But I think he slightly overdoes it. He lashes out with the brilliant 28.Ne6xg7!? and after 28..Kxg7 29.Rg3+

click for larger view looks as if black is as dead a Vaudeville, just a few vinegar-checks left. But if black had played 29...Kh8, he might just have survived. White's problem is that if his queen goes to far down the other end of the board, his king is open to possible perpetual checks from the black queen.

Anyway, Tarrasch finished this good game with great accuracy. It's worth remembering that Walbrodt was only 22 at the time of this game.

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