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Bernhard Richter vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Nuremberg (1888), Nuremberg GER
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  0-1



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Aug-29-07  Dr. Siggy: F. Reinfeld, "Tarrasch's Best Games of Chess", London 1947, pages 290-2:

Introduction: - "Here is one of Tarrasch's finest games, and one of the most instructive examples in chess literature of the power of the two Bishops [...]."

About 12... g5! - "A significant move. The proper way to make use of the two Bishops is to follow a policy of restriction which will leave the enemy's Knights with less and less scope. The text has the future virtue of compelling White to commit himself on the further disposition of the QB. After 13. Bg3, the Bishop would lose contact with the Queen's side."

About 14... c5! - "Another characteristic move. Now White's Knights no longer have access to d4."

About 17... Nd4! - Forcing White's reply, which gives Black two Bishops against two Knights."

About 23... Bf8! - "[...] ...Rfe8 would sooner or later lead to exchanges, which would somewhat relieve White's cramped position."

About 24... Rg8: - "Preparing to drive White's Knight away from e4. The constriction increases space."

After 30... Ra8: - "Black's next objective is to enforce ...a7-a5-a4. The position of the Knights becomes more and more painful with every move."

After 34... Be6! - "Tarrasch needs to accomplish only two more moves to reduce White to impotence: the Pawn advances ...a5-a4 and ...c4."

About 38... c4! - "White is defenceless: if 39. dxc4 bxc4 and his b-pawn soon falls."

After 46... Bb4: - "White resigns. «Many people will find this game very boring, since 'nothing seems to happen' for the first 37 moves. Yet I look upon the game as one of my finest achievements; the connoisseur will endorse my judgement.» (Tarrasch)."

Aug-30-08  just a kid: Surpisingly 29...Bd6?? should have thrown away all of black's hard work.After 30.Rd5 black loses a pawn and has a difficult position.
Oct-20-08  Dr. Siggy: <just a kid>: F. Reinfeld, about 29... Bd6 30. R5e2: - "Beating a hasty retreat, for after 30. Rd5 Rg6 the advanced Rook's predicament would be embarrassing."
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: What's interesting is that Tarrasch could look at Janowski vs Showalter, 1896 and joke that their game was boring. Note that both games feature a very similar pawn structure as well as excellent use of the Bishops, as if Showalter had studied Tarrasch's game and used his ideas.
Mar-11-15  Melinc30: R.N. Coles, "Dynamic Chess", Dover 1966, pages 4-5: This game is shown by author R.N. Coles as an example of "the element of space". Consequence of 30. Rd5 Rg6 is also described where: "the White Rook is in chancery."
Mar-12-15  Poulsen: This is a game, that Karpov could have played ...
Dec-11-16  Jimmy720: The bishop pair in action

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