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George Henry Mackenzie vs Siegbert Tarrasch
"Look at Him Working" (game of the day Aug-27-2020)
Hamburg (1885), Hamburg GER, rd 15, Jul-24
Colle System (D05)  ·  1-0



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Nov-18-09  holy tramp: I can't believe that no one has commented on this game yet. What a great game to see, both players playing with purpose, playing to win. Mackenzie's last moves are brave and beautiful. Awesome tempo with Mack's naked king just asking for it. His final move is such a subtle knockout blow- take my knight and my queen comes in for the kill.
Mar-24-12  Norbi506: good stuff!
Mar-24-12  AVRO38: Does anybody know of any books that cover the DSB Congresses, at least up until Mannheim 1914? These were some of the greatest tournaments ever held.

Also, there are literally thousands of photographs of Civil War Union officers, does anyone know if any photos of Mackenzie in uniform exist, or if he belonged to a GAR post after the war, or where he is buried?

Aug-18-17  mifralu:

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30. ...g5

Tarrasch: "There is hardly any other move possible!" From his book "Dreihundert Schachpartien..."

Looks like 30. ...g5 wasn't his best move, according to Stockfish! <
1. 23 [+0.67] 30. ... Qb7 31. Nd3 Qe7 32. Bxf6 Rxf6

2. 23 [+0.74] 30. ... Qb8 31. Nd3 Bxc3 32. Qxc3 Re8

3. 23 [+0.79] 30. ... Bxe5 31. Nxe5 Qb7 32. Qa4 Qe7

4. 23 [+1.03] 30. ... Ne6 31. Ra5 Qb7 32. Qa4 f4

5. 23 [+1.10] 30. ... f4 31. exf4 Qb7 32. Re1 Ne6

6. 23 [+1.45] 30. ... Be6 31. Ra7 Qb8 32. Qa4 Qc8

7. 23 [+1.80] 30. ... Re8 31. Ra7 Qb8 32. Qa4 Qb5

8. 23 [+1.87] 30. ... d4 31. Nxd4 Qb7 32. Nc4 Nf7

9. 23 [+1.98] 30. ... Kh8 31. Ra7 Qb8 32. Qa4 Qb5

10. 23 [+2.08] 30. ... h5 31. Ng6 Qc4 32. Nxf8 Qxc3

11. 23 [+2.22] 30. ... h6 31. Ng6 Qc4 32. Nxf8 Qxc3

12. 23 [+2.53] 30. ... g6 31. Ra7 Ne6 32. Qb2 Bd8

13. 23 [+2.69] 30. ... Nf7 31. Nd4 Qb7 32. Nexc6 Bxd4

14. 23 [+3.46] 30. ... Ba6 31. Qxf5 Re8 32. Qd7 Rf8

15. 23 [+3.87] 30. ... g5 31. Ra7 Qb8 32. Rd7 Qb5 >

Mar-20-18  linuxguy: From 300 Chess Games.
(scoring here given by Stockfish)

Tarrasch: "30....g5. There is hardly anything else."

(gives three other move suggestions for Black, one drops the queen +7 30...Nb7, and one drops a pawn.)

"....Thus, the text is not a spontaneous, but a forced desperate attack, and it harbors a lot of danger to White. It fails only because of Mackenzies ingenious counterplay."

"31.g4!!" (0.0) - 31.Ra7 is +2.24

Black would be nearly a pawn better after 33...Nf7.

35...hxg4 (+2) no comment. 35...Re8, moving the attacked rook out of harms way is (+.15)

"Mackenzie played the entire game with consummate mastery."

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  HeMateMe: Father Mackenzie...Beatles reference?
Aug-27-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: If he played a great defensive game -- or better yet was the victim of one -- we could use the pun "Someone Was Saved".
Aug-27-20  schnarre: ...Working hard indeed!
Aug-27-20  sudoplatov: This purports to be a picture of Mackenzie. It looks like a painting or colorized photo.
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  MissScarlett: Tarrasch is Eleanor Rigby? Who knew!
Aug-27-20  rune ohlsson: White could have played 14. Bxh7+ Kh8 15. dxc5 with clear advantage!
Aug-27-20  Nosnibor: If Tarrasch was Eleanor Rigby he was only p-icking up the pieces and not the flowers.
Aug-27-20  Brenin: What a player! What a tournament record! Why do we hear so little about him? (And I don't mean Tarrasch.)
Aug-27-20  Ironmanth: Beautiful game! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: "Bang, bang, Mack'well's silver hammer/

came down/

on e7/


Aug-27-20  ajile: Colle System is d4-e3-c3 not d4-e3-c4.

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