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Dr. Siggy
Member since Nov-11-06 · Last seen Aug-05-21
I'm 56 years old, and I'm a Portuguese lawyer. I became acquainted with the game of chess when I was a child, but I learned how to play it when I was already a law student. By then, my father offered me a copy of the (not very good) French translation of Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch's "The Game of Chess". Before that, I read many, too many books and articles on the subject, without any pleasure or profit. After the careful study I did of this specific book, I ventured to play my first official tournament: it was a good enough one, and I did so well I got immediately over 1600 (portuguese) ELO! In spite of that, I never took Chess very seriously: while I was a student I seldom played official games, and after my graduation I virtually had to stop. Since my personal and professional life stabilized in the meantime, I decided to try it again a couple of years ago. For that purpose, I studied once more "The Game of Chess", never dreaming of what was really going to happen. February 2004, I played my very first international "Open": five sessions with forty players, of which twenty-six with (high) ELO FIDE, two with FM titles and three with IM titles. Having just 1913 (national) ELO and looking at so strong a competition, I estimated the best I'd get would be something around 1,5 points. Surprise! I finished 7th (3rd "ex aequo"), with 3,5 points (+3=1−1) (1,5 points against three international ranked players, of which one with IM and another with FM titles) and a performance of 2293 (!) (the second best in the tournament) which earned me the right to get my first ever ELO FIDE. The next player like me finished only 22nd, with 2 points. I left behind one player with a FM title and twenty players with ELO FIDE. I was flabbergasted: how could a simple amateur obtain such a good result?! The answer was: Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch's "The Game of Chess" - the true "Chess Bible", the culminating point of the literary production of the greatest chess teacher of all times (and my favorite player), the "Praeceptor Germaniae seu Mundi", as he is known even today...
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   Dr. Siggy has kibitzed 328 times to chessgames   [less...]
   Aug-30-14 Tarrasch vs Schlechter, 1911 (replies)
Dr. Siggy: According to Dr. Tarrasch, after 44. ... ♖xg3, "White's King comes up to the Queen's Bishop pawn via e4 and conducts it on to queen." I may be wrong but, after 44. ... ♖xg3 45. ♔e4 ♖c3 46. c5 a3 47. ♔d5, Black's game seems as good as lost...
   Nov-30-12 Ruy Lopez, Open (C83) (replies)
Dr. Siggy: A demonstration of how to play against the Breslau variation of the Ruy Lopez, with a very beautiful finish: NN vs Tarrasch, 1915 .
   Aug-30-12 Tarrasch vs Schlechter, 1911
Dr. Siggy: <master of defence>: After 15...exf4 16. Qxf4, Black's castling becomes too vulnerable, namely at f7 and h7. For instance: (1) 16...Qd7 17. Qh5 h6 18. Nxf7; (2) 16... Qd5 17. b4 Bb6 18. Bxb6 cxb6 19. N or Qxf7; (3) 16...Qf6 17. Qxf6 gxf6 18. Ne4 Kg7 19. Rf3 followed by Raf1.
   Apr-20-12 Alekhine vs Erik Andersen, 1933 (replies)
Dr. Siggy: Here's the position after 21... Nxc8: [DIAGRAM] From Reuben Fine, "Basic Chess Endings", New York 1941, pages 111-2: "Unlike a Bishop a Knight is at home in any Pawn structure, so that advantages of this type must be utilized immediately or they will dissipate into thin air. The ...
   Apr-09-12 Spassky vs Chandler, 1987
Dr. Siggy: After 11... Nd5, it would be interesting to know why Spassky didn't play the very promising exchange sacrifice 12. Nxd5 exd5 13. Bxd5 Bh3 14. exd6! Bxf1 15. Kxf1! which would have left Chandler in serious trouble...
   Apr-07-12 Lilienthal vs Botvinnik, 1944 (replies)
Dr. Siggy: A closer examination of this game reveals that, from the very start, Botvinnik was completely outplayed by Lilienthal. What is more, after 39. Rc3 Botvinnik's position was as good as lost. The only reason why Lilienthal answered 39... e4 with the lamentable 40. fxe4 (instead of ...
   Apr-01-12 Paulsen vs Tarrasch, 1888 (replies)
Dr. Siggy: <bystander>: After 19. Kg2, Black would play 19... Qa6 and double his Rooks on the c-file with a strategically won game. Instead of 28... h6, Tarrasch himself would later recommend 28... Ra2, winning the a-pawn without danger as White's Rook couldn't break in along either ...
   Mar-31-12 Ljubojevic vs Portisch, 1982 (replies)
Dr. Siggy: Here's the position after White's 96th move: [DIAGRAM] Portisch draws this <♖ + ♗ vs ♖ endgame> using the so-called Cochrane Defense: 96... ♖e1! The <Cochrane Defense> works when (1) the defending Rook pins the Bishop to the King on one of the ...
   Mar-16-12 Piket vs J Arnason, 1990
Dr. Siggy: What a pity!... Piket emerges from a rather difficult opening with a very well earned advantage just to throw it away at the beginning of the middle game with 22. fxe6? fxe6 23. c5? (instead of increasing it with the beautiful 22. Nxe6! fxe6 23. f6!) and 26. Qh3?? (instead of ...
   Mar-06-12 B Verlinsky vs Lasker, 1925 (replies)
Dr. Siggy: Bogoljubov's note to Black's 6th move is mistaken. The "remarkable novelty" Nb8-a6-b4 was conceived and introduced in practice by Georges Maréchal.
   Mar-04-12 Vasiukov vs A Reshko, 1971
   Feb-26-12 I Agrest vs O Gutmakher, 2008
   Feb-23-12 D De Loughrey vs Bronstein, 1958
   Feb-21-12 Keres vs Konstantinopolsky, 1948 (replies)
   Feb-21-12 Smyslov vs Keres, 1941 (replies)
   Feb-11-12 Smyslov vs Stahlberg, 1952
   Dec-30-11 O Bernstein vs Tarrasch, 1914
   Dec-24-11 H Johner vs Sultan Khan, 1932
   Dec-23-11 H Vatter vs C Rietze, 2011
   Oct-07-11 W Winter vs Tartakower, 1935
   Jul-29-11 Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 (replies)
   May-08-11 I Koenig vs Tarrasch, 1922
   May-04-11 Spassky vs J A G Rodriguez, 1986 (replies)
   Apr-20-11 Keres vs J M Ribeiro, 1960
   Feb-16-11 Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981 (replies)
   Oct-24-10 Menchik vs Graf-Stevenson, 1934
   Sep-02-10 Spassky vs Kasparov, 1988 (replies)
   Aug-24-10 M Mansour vs U Flanders, 2006
   Aug-18-10 Lasker vs Showalter, 1896 (replies)
   Aug-15-10 Tarrasch vs Blackburne, 1914 (replies)
   Jul-08-10 Petrosian vs Spassky, 1969 (replies)
   Apr-22-10 J Pachow vs Y Zimmerman, 2001
   Apr-17-10 Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 (replies)
   Mar-27-10 W Winter vs Sultan Khan, 1931 (replies)
   Mar-27-10 J Nogueiras vs A Sokolov, 1988 (replies)
   Mar-15-10 E Canal vs NN, 1934 (replies)
   Mar-13-10 Flohr vs Capablanca, 1935 (replies)
   Feb-24-10 Alekhine vs Fuchs, 1940 (replies)
   Jan-05-10 Spassky vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1988 (replies)
   Dec-05-09 M Karttunen vs Rasik, 2003
   Dec-01-09 Breyer vs Tarrasch, 1920 (replies)
   Dec-01-09 Maroczy vs J Mieses, 1903 (replies)
   Dec-01-09 Keres vs Eliskases, 1938 (replies)
   Dec-01-09 Keres vs Reshevsky, 1937
   Aug-19-09 J Enevoldsen vs V Winz, 1935 (replies)
   Jul-17-09 Siegbert Tarrasch (replies)
   May-05-09 Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1914 (replies)
   Mar-16-09 Shamkovich vs E Schiller, 1984 (replies)
   Feb-02-09 Tartakower vs Lasker, 1936 (replies)
   Jan-17-09 A Nickel vs The World, 2008 (replies)
   Nov-16-08 E Z Adams vs Torre, 1920 (replies)
   Oct-20-08 B Richter vs Tarrasch, 1888 (replies)
   Sep-19-08 Alekhine vs Levenfish, 1912 (replies)
   Aug-29-08 Alekhine vs V Mikenas, 1933 (replies)
   Aug-11-08 The World vs G Timmerman, 2007 (replies)
   Aug-05-08 Tarrasch vs Schwarzhaupt, 1884
   Jul-06-08 Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937 (replies)
   Jul-03-08 J Enevoldsen vs Nimzowitsch, 1933 (replies)
   Jul-03-08 Kasparov vs K Georgiev, 1995
   Jun-26-08 twinlark chessforum (replies)
   Jun-04-08 Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 (replies)
   Apr-21-08 dalbertz chessforum (replies)
   Mar-11-08 M F Littleton vs A Drira, 1972 (replies)
   Mar-06-08 Sicilian, Closed (B24) (replies)
   Feb-26-08 Alekhine vs Flohr, 1931 (replies)
   Feb-26-08 Tarrasch vs Chigorin, 1893 (replies)
   Feb-06-08 Xie Jun vs Zsuzsa Polgar, 1996
   Jan-27-08 Flohr vs Levenfish, 1939 (replies)
   Jan-21-08 Alekhine vs Nimzowitsch, 1931 (replies)
   Jan-19-08 Petrosian vs Fischer, 1971 (replies)
   Jan-17-08 Eric Schiller (replies)
   Jan-17-08 Nimzowitsch vs Alekhine, 1931 (replies)
   Jan-05-08 Waitaka chessforum (replies)
   Jan-04-08 Motylev vs Brodsky, 2001
   Jan-04-08 Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1948 (replies)
   Jan-02-08 Deep Breath chessforum (replies)
   Jan-01-08 A Potapov vs D Kelgiorgis, 2000 (replies)
   Dec-25-07 Nimzowitsch vs Tarrasch, 1911 (replies)
   Dec-24-07 Tarrasch vs K Walbrodt, 1898 (replies)
   Nov-30-07 Botvinnik vs Vidmar, 1936 (replies)
   Nov-28-07 Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 (replies)
   Nov-28-07 Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1912 (replies)
   Nov-25-07 Alekhine vs Lasker, 1934 (replies)
   Nov-20-07 Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1933 (replies)
   Nov-16-07 Alekhine vs Rubinstein, 1921 (replies)
   Nov-15-07 Tarrasch vs G Marco, 1892 (replies)
   Nov-15-07 Tarrasch vs Teichmann, 1905 (replies)
   Nov-14-07 Keres vs E Dyckhoff, 1935 (replies)
   Nov-12-07 Rotlewi vs Rubinstein, 1907 (replies)
   Nov-03-07 Alekhine vs Marshall, 1925 (replies)
   Nov-02-07 Tarrasch vs J Mieses, 1920 (replies)
   Oct-28-07 Marshall vs Tarrasch, 1912 (replies)
   Oct-28-07 Bogoljubov vs J Mieses, 1925 (replies)
   Oct-27-07 Pillsbury vs J Mieses, 1900 (replies)
   Oct-24-07 Jacques Mieses (replies)
   Sep-21-07 Tarrasch / allies vs Paulsen / allies, 1888 (replies)
   Sep-10-07 Willem Wallekers chessforum (replies)
   Sep-10-07 Anderssen vs Paulsen, 1873 (replies)
   Sep-03-07 Tarrasch vs K Hollaender, 1892 (replies)
   Sep-03-07 Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 (replies)
   Sep-03-07 Tarrasch vs Swiderski, 1906 (replies)
   Sep-02-07 C Reilly vs M Tavel, 1980 (replies)
   Sep-02-07 Koltanowski vs A Dunkelblum, 1923 (replies)
   Sep-02-07 O Sarapu vs H Matthai, 1948 (replies)
   Sep-02-07 Larsen vs Spassky, 1970 (replies)
   Sep-01-07 D Arganian vs E Schiller, 1983
   Aug-30-07 Alekhine vs A J Mesiroff, 1933 (replies)
   Aug-21-07 W Winter vs Bogoljubov, 1936 (replies)
   Aug-19-07 Tal vs Gligoric, 1978 (replies)
   Aug-19-07 Alekhine vs Yates, 1922 (replies)
   Aug-14-07 Tarrasch vs Marotti / Napoli / de Simone / del, 1914 (replies)
   Aug-13-07 jessicafischerqueen chessforum (replies)
   Aug-13-07 Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1920
   Aug-12-07 F Schubert vs Schlechter, 1915 (replies)
   Aug-09-07 Eliskases vs Taimanov, 1952
   Aug-09-07 Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1927 (replies)
   Jul-27-07 Capablanca - Alekhine World Championship Match (1927) (replies)
   Jul-27-07 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908) (replies)
   Jul-27-07 D Hein vs E Schiller, 2000
   Jul-27-07 B Izumikawa vs E Schiller, 1997
   Jul-19-07 ganstaman chessforum (replies)
   Jul-18-07 Botvinnik vs K Kholodkevich, 1927 (replies)
   Jul-17-07 Foltys vs Keres, 1943 (replies)
   Jun-16-07 Yates vs O Naegeli, 1927 (replies)
   Jun-06-07 NN vs Tarrasch, 1915 (replies)
   Jun-02-07 Petrosian vs Lilienthal, 1957 (replies)
   Jun-02-07 Gipslis vs E Haag, 1964
   Mar-23-07 Spielmann vs Tarrasch, 1923 (replies)
   Jan-06-07 Capablanca vs Tarrasch, 1914 (replies)
   Jan-04-07 Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 (replies)
   Dec-30-06 Garry Kasparov (replies)
   Dec-27-06 J Mieses vs Tarrasch, 1916
   Dec-25-06 Spassky vs Kasparov, 1982 (replies)
   Dec-24-06 Gulko vs Kolbak, 1966
   Dec-24-06 Fine vs I A Horowitz, 1939
   Dec-23-06 B Rabar vs Vukcevich, 1957
   Dec-23-06 B Rabar vs F Blatny, 1959
   Dec-23-06 Z Hlousek vs Smejkal, 1968
   Dec-23-06 A Medina Garcia vs Alekhine, 1944 (replies)
   Dec-21-06 M Bely vs Lengyel, 1964 (replies)
   Dec-21-06 Bagirov vs S Khalilbeili, 1958 (replies)
   Dec-21-06 M Golmayo De La Torriente vs Tarrasch, 1927
   Dec-20-06 Alekhine vs Kmoch, 1930 (replies)
   Dec-20-06 Spassky vs Karpov, 1986
   Dec-19-06 Tarrasch vs J Davidson, 1926 (replies)
   Dec-19-06 Tarrasch vs A Selezniev, 1922
   Dec-17-06 Tarrasch vs Teichmann, 1912 (replies)
   Dec-17-06 Spassky vs Seirawan, 1985 (replies)
   Dec-17-06 Spassky vs Hjartarson, 1988 (replies)
   Dec-17-06 Tarrasch vs E Thorold, 1890 (replies)
   Dec-17-06 Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 (replies)
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