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Walter John vs Siegbert Tarrasch
19th DSB Congress, Mannheim (1914), Mannheim GER, rd 1, Jul-20
Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. General (C68)  ·  1-0



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Mar-16-06  alexandrovm: one more in this opening. White activates his king early on the game. Is the passed pawn dangerous in g7 by move 20? It seems that the answer is positive, the white king closer to the action than black, in an ending he can go hunting pawns on the queen side. Black's final mistake just lets white win the game 34. ...c4??
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  Jonathan Sarfati: White is trivially winning regardless of 34... c4 because of his extra outside passed pawn.
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  keypusher: This is a good game! After 13....Nf6?:

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White pushes his pawn forward with 14.e5!. Black's response is forced: 14....Rhe8. Now 15.exf6! (if he didn't have this, he'd just be losing the pawn) Rxe1 16.Rxe1 Rxe1 17.fxg7 Re8 18.Bxd6 cxd6 19.Ne4!

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Presumably White saw at least this far when he played 14.e5. Now he threatens to land the knight on either d6 or f6. Again Black's response is forced, and after 19....Rg8 20.Nxd6+ Kd7 21.Nf5 the knight and pawn dominate the rook.

White plays one more nice sacrifice to win. After 28....c5:

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29.g5! hxg5+ 30.Kg4. Now White has the killing threat 31.h6 Kg6 32.Ne7+. Black has nothing better than ...Rxg7, going into a hopeless K+P ending.

1. A fine game by Mr. Walter John.

2. Tarrasch must have hated the sight of the Exchange Variation.

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  Penguincw: The difference a rank and move makes: if after 34...a4, it were black to move, and there was one rank less between the pawns, <black> would be winning.

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I remember first learning how to win that.

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