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Berthold Englisch vs Siegbert Tarrasch
"Englisch Patient" (game of the day May-25-2013)
4th DSB Congress, Hamburg (1885), Hamburg GER, rd 2, Jul-13
King's Indian Defense: Four Pawns Attack (E76)  ·  1-0



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May-19-04  baseline: Englisch,B (2593) - Tarrasch,S (2520) [E77]
DSB-04.Kongress Hamburg (2), 1885

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 Bg7 4.e4 d6 5.f4 0-0 6.Nf3 Nbd7 Here Tarrash writes "I confidently copied all these moves, which Louis Paulsen successfully made in his match against A.Schwarz, but to my growing amazement I saw how my opponet, without paying attention to the disdainful comments in the "Schachzeitung"' was able to generate a vehement attack - pawnstorm. This was not at all in character with his usual playing style. This essentially made a shambles of this touted Defense system. This conventional belief in the soundness of the defensive system, caused me to lose numerous games later on and even more recently." [6...c5 the oldest game I can find with this move is Colle,Edger - Carls,Carl 1/2 in 53 Baden- Baden 1925 7.d5 e6 8.Be2 exd5 9.cxd5 Bg4 "This is the most solid way of meeting the main line of the Four Pawns Attack." Joe Gallagher in "Starting out: the king's Indian" the oldest game I can find with 9...Bg4 is Ljungqvist,Lennart - Bobotsov,Milko 1/2 Marianske Lazne zt 1961. Carls had continued 9...a6.] 7.Be2 [Schwarz (2515- Paulson(2680) continued 7.Bd3 e5 8.fxe5 dxe5 9.d5 c6 (9...Nc5) 10.0-0 Ng4 (10...Nc5) 11.Qe2 Nc5 12.Bc2 f5 (this position was reached in a more recent game. 12...cxd5 13.Nxd5 Ne6 14.h3 Nf6 15.Be3 Nh5 16.Qf2 b6 17.Rad1 Qe8 18.Qh4 Ba6 19.b3 f6 20.Nh2 g5 21.Qe1 Nhf4 22.h4 h5 23.g3 Nh3+ 24.Kg2 Bc8 25.Nf3 g4 26.Ng1 Rb8 27.Ne2 Rb7 28.Nec3 Nd4 29.Bxd4 exd4 30.Nb5 Qe5 31.Nxd4 Rbf7 32.Nf5 Qb2 33.Qc3 Qa3 34.Bb1 Bxf5 35.Rxf5 Re8 36.Qb4 Qb2+ 37.Qd2 Qa3 38.Rxh5 f5 39.Rxf5 Rxf5 40.exf5 Qc5 1-0 Rytshagov,Mikhall (2503) - Couso,Luis (2345) Stockholm 2002) 13.h3 fxe4 14.Nxe4 Qb6 15.Kh1 Nxe4 16.Bxe4 Nf6 17.dxc6 Nxe4 18.Qxe4 bxc6 19.Qe2 Be6 20.Bg5 Qc5 21.Nd2 Qd4 22.b3 Bf5 23.Nf3 Qd3 24.Qd2 e4 25.Qxd3 exd3 26.Rad1 Rae8 27.Nd2 h6 28.Bf4 g5 29.Bd6 Rf7 30.Bc5 a6 31.g4 Bg6 32.Rxf7 Kxf7 33.Rf1+ Kg8 34.Kg2 Re2+ 35.Rf2 Bc3 36.Nb1 Be1 0-1 Schwarz,A-Paulsen,L/Leipzig 1879/EXT 99 (36)] 7...e5 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.fxe5 Ng4 10.Bg5 Qe8 11.Nd5 Ngxe5 12.Be7 Nxf3+ 13.Bxf3 c6 [a more recent game continued. 13...Bxb2 14.Bxf8 Bxa1 15.Ba3 Be5 16.0-0 c6 17.Ne7+ Kg7 18.Qb3 Bd4+ 19.Kh1 Ne5 20.Nxc8 Qxc8 21.Bd6 b6 22.Bxe5+ Bxe5 23.Rd1 Qe6 24.Qd3 Re8 25.Qd7 Re7 26.Qxe6 Rxe6 27.Rd7 Rd6 28.Rxd6 Bxd6 29.e5 Bxe5 30.Bxc6 Bd4 31.g4 Kf6 32.Bd5 Kg5 33.Bxf7 Kxg4 34.Kg2 Kf4 35.Bg8 h6 36.Bh7 g5 37.h3 Ke3 38.Bf5 Bc5 39.Bd7 Kd4 40.Bb5 Ba3 41.Kf3 Kc3 42.Kg4 Kb2 43.h4 gxh4 44.Kxh4 a5 45.Kh5 Kxa2 46.Kxh6 Kb3 0-1 Solymost, Istvan (2195) - Bognar,Csaba (2237) Hungarian chT2 1999] 14.Bxf8 Qxf8 15.Nc3 Qc5 Here Tarrasch recommends 15...Ne5 followed by ...Be6 but comments that white is better because of the material advantage. [Hiarcs 9: 15...Ne5 16.Be2 Be6 17.Qb3 b5 18.0-0-0 Nxc4 19.Bxc4 Bxc4 20.Qc2 Re8= 0.23/13 ] 16.Qb3 Ne5 17.0-0-0 Nxc4 18.Rd8+ Bf8 19.Rhd1 Be6 "The start of desperate play. Black wins the Queen, but at what a price!" Tarrasch [How about 19...b5 rubbing my hands together now the moves...b4 and ...Ne3 look juicy!! 20.Qc2 oh oh now if I play ...Ne3 white plays Qf2 pinning the knight to my queen and with my Queen being protected by the Bishop pinned to my king... 20...Kg7 looks ugly but solves a problem 21.Ne2 white seems to be wiggling free. 21...Be7 move your rook please! 22.R8d3 Bf6 I don't want to see that rook go to c3 23.Nd4 now he's going to chase my Queen away. 23...Qb6 OK I'll tuck my Queen away and start thinking about moves like ...Bb7,a5 & c5 Black has a Bishop and pawn for a Rook and some compensation is this what annotators call dynamic equality?] 20.Rxa8 Qg5+ 21.Kb1 Nd2+ 22.Rxd2 Bxb3 23.Rdd8 Bc4 24.Rxf8+ Kg7 25.Rfd8 b5 26.b3 Bf1 27.Rd7 Qc5 28.Nd1 b4 29.Rd2 Qe5 30.Rxa7 Qxh2 31.Rdd7 Kh6 32.Rxf7 Bd3+ 33.Kc1 Qe5 34.Kd2 Bxe4 35.Bxe4 Qxe4 36.Ne3 Qb1 37.Ke2 Qb2+ 38.Kf3 c5 39.Rad7 Qc3 40.g4 Qa1 41.Rxh7+ Kg5 42.Rd5+ Kf6 43.g5+ Ke6 44.Rdd7 1-0

Jul-20-06  aw1988: <baseline> How do you possibly assign ratings to those players in the 19th century..?!
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  GrahamClayton: Most people think of the King's Indian defence as a "hypermodern" opening from the 1920's, but this game proves that the opening has been around a lot longer than that!
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  FSR: Amazing to see young Tarrasch playing the King's Indian back in 1885?! What next, Alekhine's Defense? Oh, wait: Bogoljubov vs Tarrasch, 1925 Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1923

Comment on the Bogo game, which was a crush to end all crushes:

<Phony Benoni: This game really reminds me of Mitt Romney. It looks like Tarrasch wanted to prove he was just a regular guy who could play the hip hypermodern openings. But no matter how he tried, it just wasn't convincing.>

May-25-13  newzild: The pun would have been good if Englisch had actually shown "patience", but alas this is only a normal-length game.
May-25-13  sorch: So, Tarrasch learning English in one lesson..
May-25-13  Nerwal: <The pun would have been good if Englisch had actually shown "patience", but alas this is only a normal-length game.> Actually white showed some patience not playing ♖xh7+ immediately (moves 34-40).
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  kevin86: Tarrasch ran into too much Englisch. He gained a the loss of two rooks and a knight. A Bad Deal.
May-25-13  King Sacrificer: This must be the way Dr. Tarrasch was treating his patients. Englisch must have felt better after the win.
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  FSR: I would've preferred to call this game "<The> Englisch Patient," corresponding to the title of the movie, the idea being that Tarrasch was the "patient" being "treated" by Englisch. Englisch doesn't seem to have been particularly patient, either in this or his other games. He only had eight games that lasted 70 moves or longer (three of those <exactly> 70 moves), and all but one of which were drawn. His only game of more than 81 moves is the 92-move draw in Englisch vs S Rosenthal, 1883. The best candidate for "Englisch Patient" IMO would be Englisch vs F Riemann, 1879, Englisch's longest decisive game, in which he ground out a 70-move win in a knight ending.
May-25-13  vajeer: Looks like 25...Qe3 would have given Black more hope of survival.
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  maxi: Perhaps you can find a game where Englisch jumps the gun on a combination and loses: The Englisch Impatient.
May-25-13  AnotherNN: Had White played 40.Kg4, (threatening 41.RxP++) the game might have ended there and then.
Jan-15-15  poorthylacine: TO KING SACRIFICER:

You are surely right.
But Tarrasch could not cure another of his patients, the poor Pillsbury, and we know why. At least Tarrasch was human enough not to say to Pillsbury the terrible fate that even the best doctor in this time would not have been able to prevent for his patient...

Jan-15-15  RookFile: Tarrasch got owned in this game. He could have resigned this a lot earlier than he did with a clear conscience.

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