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Carl Schlechter vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Monte Carlo (1903), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 4, Feb-14
Old Indian Defense: Normal Variation (A55)  ·  1-0



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May-16-05  ksadler: A very nice attacking game by White!
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  Chessical: Tarrasch plays an Indian Defence, and his play is later copied by Nimzowitsch!

H Shoosmith vs Nimzowitsch, 1907

Reality is seldom as neat a thing as it is portrayed by the history books.

May-16-05  Calli: 13.d5! Black is constricted after that. Very Tarrasch-like move
May-16-05  WorldChampeen: You're saying Calli, Schlecter makes a very Tarrasch like move against Tarrasch? I guess they knew each others style.
May-17-05  RookFile: Well said, Chessical.

We all read the same stuff. Nimzo
and a couple of other guys invented
hypermodern play, blah blah blah.
Guys like Steinitz and Bird are ignored, because they played these ideas only occasionally, while the 'hypermodernists' locked themselves
into that style.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Back when I experimented with the Philidor, in response to the Nh4 move, I used a series of moves with ...Bf8, ...h6, ...Kh7, ...g6, and finally ...Bg7 to solidify my position against White's King Side attack. If White tried Qd2 to prevent ...g6, I'd simply play ...Nf6-g8. I think Tarrasch should have tried the same, even though playing the moves in the right order and at the right time can get tricky, believe me.

Schletcher, however, has a remarkably modern grasp of the opening: aside from 6.Bd3 (6.Be2 is common nowadays), his opening play could have come from a modern game. His middle game attack follows roughly in the same pattern as Botvinnik used in his unique system: c4, Nc3, g3, Bg2, e4, a system which can be used by Black and White. So while Tarrasch gets credit for being more open-minded than generally portrayed, Schlechter's handling is even better.

May-17-05  Calli: <WorldChampeen> Yes, thats it. Schlechter was younger and learned the style well. The course of the game tells me that Tarrasch had to play 12...exd5 and then Rad1. But giving up the center like that was difficult for dogmatic doctor.
May-29-15  waustad: Considering some of the attacks by Schlechter, it is amazing that he is known so much as a drawing master.
May-29-15  TheFocus: You could write a book composed of nothing but Schlechter's attacking games. He was a superb tactician.

I love Schlechter's games, and consider him a universal player in the same vein as Lasker or Petrosian.

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