I cannot see why everyone is so amazed!
I do wish some of you would take a suggestion from Kramnik
and study the games history.
Some of you think chess started when Fritz 1 was first plugged in.
I'm not having go at you Paul but the general punters.
Tarrasch's Best Games was going for £6.00 at the Edinburgh Congress.
I could get none of the gimps to take it. They were gathered around the
opening books like flies round dung.
Eventually one lad appeared said "Wow!" paid his £6.00 and went off as happy as Larry.
Englisch v Tarrasch 1880?'s
Recognise it? (Tarrasch lost, if he had won...who knows this may have
been called today the Tarrasch...good game by way.)
Tarrasch has suffered terribly from the English press.
It took nearly 100 years to get his 333 games translated into English.
His acknoweldged masterpiece (on the continent anyway)
Die moderne Schachpartie
is still waiting....
Yet gormless opening crap and similiar pure pile is churned out every month
to an eager public who think spending $14.95 is going to buy them grading points.
Tarrasch's bad PR possibly stems from his notes when he beat Blackburne.
Translated they appear gloating. Not the done thing in Victorian times
where it was often considered bad form to print a losers name.
He played some wonderful instructive games. He played as if he was standing
in front of a demo board showing a class how it should be done.
Don't forget he was an amatuer player, he never gave up his medical practice.
His one piece of bad luck was being born in the same era as Lasker.
His games and notes sprinkle with humour and studying them certainly
gives the player a bunk up.
Fischer's first real chess book was 'Tarrasch's Best Games.' (Brady).
He is without doubt the most misunderstood and under rated of all
the games greatest players. Yet his games are there just waiting to read
understood and enjoyed.
Lifted from Wiki,
"He was a great target of the hypermodern school, led by Richard Réti, Aron
Nimzowitsch, and Savielly Tartakower, all of whom criticized his ideas as dogmatic.
However, many modern masters regard Tarrasch's actual play as not dogmatic.
For example, Tarrasch annotated his victory on the Black side of the Advance
French against Paulsen (Nuremberg 1888):
1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bd3 cxd4 (Tarrasch gives this
an exclamation mark, and points out that 6 ... Bd7 allows 7. dxc5 with a good
game. However, most accounts credit Nimzovitch with such anti-dogmatic
hypermodern inventiveness when he played 7. dxc5 against Gersz Salwe
almost a quarter of a century later."
Two games to whet the appetite. Played 52 years apart.
He loved the game.
Tarrasch - Pribulsky Berlin, 1880
And when Tarrasch was 70 year old.
Amateur - Tarrasch
Munich -, 1932
The Famous Blackburne Game
Amatuer - Blackburne 1880
For those of you have never seen these games before and are
sitting there with your jaw in your lap....Go forth and study the games history.