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Tarrasch Traps Two Masters

batgirl
Oct 13, 2008, 2:43 AM 9
Siegbert Tarrasch used this particular trap in the Ruy Lopez on two different strong opponents, Johannes Zukertort and Isidor Gunsberg.

Before this tournament in Manchester, Tarrasch had only played in one other important contest in Hamburg two years prior. In this tournament he score first out of twenty (strong) opponents with a +12 score. The second place winner, Isidor Gunsburg, only scored a +4.

 

[Event "Manchester"]
[Site "Manchester, England"]
[Date "1890.??.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Siegbert Tarrasch"]
[Black "Isidor Gunsberg"]
[ECO "C83"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "25"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bb3
d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Be7 10.Re1 O-O 11.Nd4 Qd7 12.Nxe6 fxe6
13.Rxe4 1-0

This tournament would be Zukertort's 2nd to last. A few months later, this first World Champion contender would come in 3/10 with a +3 score in London, then would die a half year later. However in this tournament he came in 14/21 with a -3 score compared to young Tarrasch who came in 11/21 with a +4.

 

[Event ".DSB-Kongress"]
[Site "Frankfurt"]
[Date "1887.07.??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Siegbert Tarrasch"]
[Black "Johannes Zukertort"]
[ECO "C83"]
[WhiteElo "?"]
[BlackElo "?"]
[PlyCount "33"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.O-O Nxe4 5.d4 a6 6.Ba4 b5 7.Bb3
d5 8.dxe5 Be6 9.c3 Be7 10.Re1 O-O 11.Nd4 Qd7 12.Nxe6 fxe6
13.Rxe4 Bc5 14.Be3 Bxe3 15.Rxe3 Rf5 16.Bc2 Rf7 17.Nd2 1-0

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