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Karl Walbrodt vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Nuremberg m (1894), rd 7, Aug-10
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Tarrasch Variation (C77)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: Game 7 of the match, with Walbrodt trailing by a Taimanovian 1/2-5 1/2 score. Walbrodt could have kept a slight edge with 13. dxc6 bxc6 14. d4. After the careless 16. Kh1, 16....a4 17. Bc4 Qa5 threatens to trap the bishop. Walbrodt comes up with a clever response, 18. b4! After 18. d4 e4 19. Nd2 f5 20. Rfb1 Bd7 (20....Nxd5? 21. b4) 21. b4 Qc7 22. a3 b6 23. Rc1 Qb7, the pawn at d5 eventually would have fallen.

White maintains material equality after 18...axb3 19. e4 Ng6 20. Bxb3, but winds up with a bad bishop against a mighty knight. Tarrasch infiltrates his heavy pieces and skilfully combines an attack on the king with pressure on White's pawns. After 34. Re2, Walbrodt has to give up his e-pawn.

After 42. Bd1? Qe4, Black will win at least a rook. After 43. Rg1 Qf4+ 44. Kh1 Nd3, "best" is 45. Qa8+ Kh7 46. Qa7 Nf2+ 47. Qxf2 Qxf2. Understandably, Walbrodt preferred to get mated.

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