Siegbert Tarrasch plays a great move

Like Fred Reinfeld says, White's next move is "one of the most beautiful ever played on the chess-board."Click diagram to see the game

Like Fred Reinfeld says, White's next move is "one of the most beautiful ever played on the chess-board."

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7 Responses to Siegbert Tarrasch plays a great move

  1. Jacques Chester says:

    All chessboards now give me flashbacks to my AI exam and terms like alpha-beta pruning, quiescence and horizon problems.

  2. So who’s worked out the move without looking. I certainly didn’t. It’s a rip snorter.

  3. Patrick says:

    I wonder, do I give myself net credit for thinking of it, or net dunce’s hats for writing it off almost as quickly? Surely the latter, unfortunately :(

  4. Patrick says:

    I wonder, is this just the kind of move that we are amazed by but that a computer would always see?

  5. Jacques Chester says:


    I would depend on the heuristic adopted by the chess-playing engine. Generally most such engines do the alpha-beta pruning step starting with captures, then moves etc (this is an example).

    If the brilliant move is too far down the list, it might never get evaluated at all.

  6. And if you think about the move, most variants end up in the immortal game format – which is to say with the winner’s remaining pieces all in the mate of the enemy king.

  7. TimT says:

    That’s the classic game they have in my family’s edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica, though less for this move than what comes before it (ie, the demonstration of the classical principles of development and centralisation.)

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