Hypermodern Master Breyer Crushes Classical Tarrasch - Breyer vs. Tarrasch, 1914
The talented Breyer had a short career, but he left behind great games and great ideas.

Hypermodern Master Breyer Crushes Classical Tarrasch - Breyer vs. Tarrasch, 1914

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Gyula Breyer was a tremendously promising player and one of the leaders of the hypermodern school of chess. He passed away at a young age (28) in 1921 when he was at the height of his powers. Just one year prior he had won one of the biggest chess tournaments of the year, defeating Bogoljubow, Tarrasch, Tartakower, and more great players.

Breyer also invented the still popular Breyer defense to the Ruy Lopez, and he set a record (at the time) by playing 25 games simultaneously while blindfolded.

Like many, his career was interrupted by World War I. In the last tournament before the war (a tournament literally interrupted by war's declaration!), he bested the great Tarrasch in the following instructive game.

Lessons:

  • Defend against an exchange sac actively.
  • Value squares (f5), color complexs and unopposed bishops!

My notes are below. Note that this seemingly one-sided game could actually have been turned around by Tarrasch had he not played listlessly after the exchange sac.

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