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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Jackson Whipps Showalter
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 31, Jul-15
Italian Game: Hungarian Defense (C50)  ·  1-0



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Mar-07-08  mindkontrolle: smoke him out of the hole
Mar-07-08  mistreaver: 4... d6 is bad move
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  Jonathan Sarfati: A typical strangulation game, but today both sides look a little naive. Black opens the side on which he is weaker with 8...c6, and White piles up on the side on which he is weaker. At the time, Black's natural ...f5 counterplay was considered as needing to be prevented at all costs, but White would need two sets of pieces to do this as well as play on the Q-side as the position indicates. Black's 22... g5 was crass, generating weak light squares, allowing a target for h4, and giving up on ...f5.
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  GrahamClayton: Black controls the c-file, but it is of little use as White has already controlled the h-file and used it to mount a winning attack on the Black king.
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  keypusher: After 35.Qf3:

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SF's evaluation is about +5.5. Now that is a positional advantage...

Notice that Tarrasch doubles his rooks on the g-file in anticipation of ...f5. I think a later generation would call that prophylaxis. But as Jonathan Sarfati says by current standards both sides look a little naive, Black in particular. I think a 1900 wouldn't make some of his positional errors today.

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  Jonathan Sarfati: Hardly the only time where Tarrasch shows that he is well aware of concepts later made famous by Aron Nimzowitsch terminology. In this case, Nimzo coined the term ‘Mysterious Rook Move’ to mean a rook placed on a closed file to deter enemy line opening. That's just what Tarrasch did on the g-file, as part of his determination to prevent ... f5.

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