Understanding before Moving 135: Chess history in a nutshell (17)

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7/23/2023 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 135th instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues his series "Chess history in a nutshell" and continues to look into the legacy of Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch. | Photo: Pascal Simon

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Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch (2)

In the previous issue we talked about the "patriarch" of dogmatic chess, Siegbert Tarrasch. At least that is how he was sometimes described in the period after Steinitz. But with the beautiful games he played and the appealing results he achieved, he established himself as an important figure in the history of chess.

He advocated the idea of placing the pieces as actively as possible, and this principle is still followed by the world's strongest players. In this episode we see him putting it into practice.

By seemingly simple means, his opponent is outplayed right from the opening. Tarrasch then concludes the game, in which he first managed to beat his future arch-rival Aron Nimzowitsch, with a combination that we know from the game Lasker-Bauer.

But the decisive combination still occurs in modern top chess. In the position shown in the diagram below, White has cleverly lured the black knight away from the kingside, where it should defend Black's king. Now all hell breaks loose on the kingside.  How did White win the game?

Master Class Vol. 12: Viswanathan Anand

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