GM Siegbert Tarrasch

Full name
Siegbert Tarrasch
Life
Mar 5, 1862 - Feb 17, 1934 (age 71)
Place of birth
Breslau, Province of Silesia, Kingdom of Prussia (now Wrocław, Poland)
Federation
Poland

The most influential chess teacher of his time, Siegbert Tarrasch was also one of the most knowledgeable players as well. He wrote many chess books and made chess improvement accessible to the average player. His contributions to opening theory continue to be used even nowadays. Despite losing against Emanuel Lasker in his only shot at getting the world champion title, Tarrasch kept persevering and continued to be one of the leading players in the world.

Siegbert Tarrasch was one of the top players throughout his life despite working as a medical doctor and never becoming a full-time professional chess player. He won four consecutive major tournaments but had to continue to wait for his shot at playing a world championship match. It wasn’t until 1908 that Emanuel Lasker gave Tarrasch his opportunity to challenge for the title and Lasker ended up winning the match easily. Tarrasch is best known for his teachings and battles against the hypermodern school. He based his teachings on Wilhelm Steinitz’s ideas about the center and focused especially on piece mobility. This was compared to the hypermodern school that put less emphasis on occupying the center and more focus on controlling the center from afar. Both of these schools eventually ended up working together though. Tarrasch passed away on February 17, 1934.

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White Pieces
Caro-Kann Defense (8) : B18 B15 B10 B12
Four Knights Game (40) : C49 C48 C47 C46
Indian Game (7) : A46 A48 E10 A47
Torre Attack (1) : A46
Reti Opening (1) : A09
Bogo-Indian Defense (2) : E11
Queen's Indian Defense (3) : E12 E15
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
King's Indian Defense (3) : E71 E61
Nimzo-Indian Defense (1) : E20
Giuoco Piano Game (18) : C53 C50 C52 C51
Old Indian Defense (3) : A53 A54
Alekhine Defense (3) : B02 B03
Queen's Pawn Opening (6) : A40 D02 D00
Queen's Gambit Accepted (5) : D20 D26 D27
Dutch Defense (5) : A90 A84 A83
Semi-Slav Defense (3) : D43 D45
English Opening (2) : A35 A23
Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D94
Philidor Defense (3) : C41
Slav Defense (1) : D15
Saragossa Opening (2) : A00
Petrov's Defense (18) : C42
Blumenfeld Countergambit Accepted (1) : E10
Scandinavian Defense (6) : B01
Tarrasch Defense (2) : D32
Three Knights Opening (2) : C46
Scotch Game (4) : C44 C45
Italian Game (3) : C55 C50
Vienna Game (5) : C26 C25 C29 C28
Pirc Defense (2) : B09 B07
King's Gambit Declined (2) : C31
Colle System (1) : D05
King's Gambit (1) : C30
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C39
Anderssen Opening (1) : A00
Black Pieces
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Nimzo-Indian Defense (2) : E38 E21
Bishop's Opening (6) : C26 C28 C24
Indian Game (1) : A50
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Caro-Kann Defense (1) : B13
Alekhine Defense (2) : B04 B03
Colle System (4) : D05 D04
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Reti Opening (2) : A04 A06
Dutch Defense (12) : A84 A90 A82
King's Indian Defense (2) : E61 E76
King's Gambit Declined (7) : C32 C30 C31
Tarrasch Defense (29) : D34 D32 D33
Three Knights Opening (3) : C46
Vienna Game (5) : C25 C26
Scotch Game (3) : C45
Queen's Pawn Opening (17) : D00 D02 A40
King's Gambit Accepted (7) : C33 C39 C34 C35
Italian Game (3) : C56 C55
Giuoco Piano Game (16) : C53 C50 C51 C52
Four Knights Game (10) : C49 C46 C48
Van't Kruijs Opening (1) : A00
Center Game Accepted (2) : C21 C22
Scandinavian Defense (3) : B01
Bird's Opening (4) : A02 A03
Old Indian Defense (1) : A54
Queen's Gambit Accepted (2) : D26 D20
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (1) : A01

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