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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Karl Walbrodt
Nuremberg m (1894), Nuremberg GER, rd 6, Aug-08
French Defense: Classical Variation. Richter Attack (C13)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: I showed this game to Fritz 5.32 and made some interesting discoveries.

11. f4? is an inaccuracy that can be strongly met by 11....Qa5, and Fritz thinks 12. 0-0-0 d4 13. Nb1 Qxa2 is the best White can do. 12. Kf1 is strongly met by 12....Qb4.

20. Qg2 is certainly not a bad move, but Fritz finds 20. Nxh7 Rxh7 21. Rxg6+ Kh8 (21....Rg7 22. Rxg7+ Kxg7 23. Qh5 wins at once) 22. Qxh7+ Kxh7 23. Rxc6 winning another piece, since if 23....Be7 24. Rxc8 Rxc8 25. Bxf5+.

By move 30 White is clearly winning, but Fritz's 30. Be4!! is much stronger than Tarrasch's 30. c3.

Of course you could say I was being absurdly critical of a well-played game, and you'd be right. But about this match, Tarrasch said:

<I played with such a level of correctness that never has been reached in any other sequence of games that I know of. Apart from the first game where I made an incorrect move to avoid a draw, I have in these games of in all more than 300 moves not just avoided to make one single mistake, but in at most three cases have I not played the strongest move.>

So I thought it was worth a look.

Sep-22-07  percyblakeney: Looks like Tarrasch exaggerated a bit... Walbrodt was a very strong player for a short while. Already in 1892 he was undefeated in Dresden (where Tarrasch scored two points more and won), and also won 6-2 against von Bardeleben in a match. He wasn't yet 21 then. In Budapest 1896 Walbrodt even ended up ahead of Tarrasch, and beating him with 7.5-0.5 in a match was clearly a very good result in 1894, probably the reason Tarrasch saw his own play as even better than it was.
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  keypusher: <In Budapest 1896 Walbrodt even ended up ahead of Tarrasch, and beating him with 7.5-0.5 in a match was clearly a very good result in 1894, probably the reason Tarrasch saw his own play as even better than it was.>

Of course he had every right to be proud of this match. I have played over three of the games so far and each one is like a model out of a textbook. Not many ever played like this.

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