Bogolyubov - Tarrasch 

Efwim Bogoljubow (2685) - Siegbert Tarrasch (2610) 
DSB-24.Kongress,  Breslau, (2); GER   1925  

 [A.J. Goldsby I] 

Chernev writes: 
"With the aid of a brave pawn, White gets a powerful grip on the game. It is 
clear he will win, but there are piquant points in the way he does it." 

[ See the book, {The} "1000 Best Short Games of Chess," 
by (the late, great) Irving Chernev. Game # 826, page # 440-441. ] 

A great game by Bogo. He played very energetically and accurately. 

1. e4 Nf62. e5 Nd5;  Black has chosen the Alekhine's Defense, a seemingly 
radical opening for the, "The Father of Classical Chess" to employ.  

3. Nf3 d6
4. d4 Bf5!?;   Not bad. Black is at least developing. 

[ The 'book' line is: 4...Bg4; 5.Be2 e6; 6.0-0 Be7; 7.c4 Nb6; 8.Nc3 0-0
d5; 10.c5 Bxf3; 11.gxf3 Nc8; 12.f4 Nc6; 13.b4!, ("+/=") 
White is slightly better.           (See the diagram directly below.) 

   Analysis diagram. This supposedly represents best play in the Alekhine's Defense.

White {obviously} has a significant spatial advantage. ].  


5. Bd3!,  Easily the best move. 

It is also the most logical, seeking to exploit the light squares. 

5.Nh4!? ].  

;  (Maybe - '?!')  Black sets himself up for a combination. 

[ The move 5...Bxd3;  was probably forced... and best. ].

6. c4 Nb6?!
;  (Maybe - '?')   An error. 

[ 6...Bxd3; 7.Qxd3 Nb6; 8.e6 f6; 9.Nc3, ("+/=") ].  

7. Bxg6 hxg6
;  Black looks OK here, but falls prey to a [now] common 
device in these types of positions. 

White's next move is the only one to get an exclam from Chernev in this game.
8. e6! f6
;   Sad. But probably forced. 

[Black could have also played: 8...f5?!; 9.Ng5 Rh4; 10.g3 Rh5; 11.Bf4, ("+/") 
Or  8...fxe6?; 9.Qd3, "+/"  (Maybe "+/-".) ].  

9. Qd3 Qc8
10. Qxg6+ Kd811. Qf7 Nxc412.Nbd2, ('!')  A very good move.

[Chernev writes: 
"If at once 12.Nh4!? d5; 13.Ng6 Nd6;  and the Queen has no retreat." 
(Chernev fails to point out that 13. Bf4! is best and probably winning for White.); 
The simplest is: 12.b3!, ("+/-") ].  

12...Nxd213. Bxd2 g514. d5 c515. Bc3 g416. Nh4 Rxh4;  Best?
Chernev says this move is forced. 

Chernev writes: 
" What else can he do to White's proposal of playing 17. BxP/f6, 
   or 17. N-N6 (Ng6) ? "

[16...Bh6; 17.Nf5, ("+/-") ].  

White now pursues Black's King across the board. 

17. Qxf8+ Kc718. Qxe7+ Kb619. Qxd6+ Kb520. a4+ Kc4

21. Qf4+ Kxd522. 0-0-0+,  Black RESIGNS,  1-0  

("As mate follows next move," writes Chernev.) 

A very good game by Bogo, but hardly Tarrasch's best effort.  
(Tarrasch may even may have been the victim of an opening trap.) 

A pretty game, but hardly one that inspires us with awe at its unbelievable brilliance.

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I wanted to add the following info on Tarrasch:  (A short biography.)
Siegbert Tarrasch - - (1862 - 1934)  was one of the greatest chess players who ever lived. ("He was one the four best players in the world, for over 20 years." - The Oxford Chess Encyclopedia.) He won several (5) international tournaments in a row. (Breslau, 1889 to Leizpig, 1894.) During his lifetime, he won dozens of tournaments and matches. During the period 1892-1894, Anne Sunnucks says he was playing better than anyone else in the whole world. He drew a match with the great Russian, Mikhail Tchigorin when he was probably at the height of his chess-playing abilities. He was scheduled to play a match for the World's Championship with Lasker in 1903, but he fell and injured himself in a skating accident. When Lasker refused to postpone the match, it was canceled. Tarrasch belongs to a very small group of players,   (The others are: Pillsbury, Rubinstein, Fine, Flohr, Keres, and Korchnoi.); who were easily World Championship strength, but a match failed to materialize at the proper time.

Thus the great Tarrasch was denied a real shot at the title.

In Ostend, 1907; the organizers created a quadruple round-robin tournament which Tarrasch won. This tournament was supposedly for, "The Tournament World's Championship." But Lasker scoffed at Tarrasch's claims. (No one else really recognized them either.) In 1908, Lasker played Tarrasch, but Lasker won a decisive victory. There were many factors for this, poor Tarrasch was recovering from a long illness; but it is highly possible Emmanuel Lasker was simply the stronger player at this point.
(Lasker was also one of the greatest players who ever lived. Lasker may deserve the title as the all-time best tournament player.)

I consider Fred Reinfeld's book of Tarrasch's games to be one of the best collections of ANY player, and also one of the best books for the aspiring student to learn from.


S. Tarrasch was also one of the greatest chess teachers who ever lived. His writings were vast - for the period. (Newspapers, magazines and books.) His book,  "Die Moderne Schachpartie," (a collection of 200 carefully annotated games); is still one of the finest chess books ever printed. His book, "The Game Of Chess,"
has been translated into MANY languages, and continues to sell, even in the year; 2002. Tarrasch 
was called, for his ability to inspire whole generations of chess players,  ......
(This title could be best interpreted into English as, "The Greatest Chess Teacher, ... 
and Grandfather of {of chess-players in} Germany.")

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