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Tarrasch, Siegbert

Siegbert Tarrasch (1862-1934) was a German player who was one of the top 4 players in the world for 20 years.  He had the lamest excuse in history for losing a world championship match.  After losing to Lasker, he blamed his loss on the influence of sea-air.  The match began at Düsseldorf, 100 miles from the coast.  In 1918 he won a chess match in which the prize was a kilogram of butter.  Tarrasch was a medical doctor specializing in hypnosis.  Tarrasch lost two sons in the early days of World War I.

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