Siegbert Tarrasch vs. Max Kurschner

This is the endgame between two strong German chess players, Siegbert Tarrasch and Max Kurschner, in Nürnberg, 1893. With a surprising sacrifice, white won in two moves. Can you find Siegbert’s moves?

Roll over to see the solution: 1. Qg6+ hxg6 2. Bxg6#

FEN: r2qk2r/pb4pp/1n2Pb2/2B2Q2/p1p5/2P5/2B2PPP/RN2R1K1 w - - 1 0

About the players

Siegbert TarraschSiegbert Tarrasch (1862-1934) was one of the strongest German chess players and an influential chess teacher. A doctor by his medicine studies made in Halle he is also called Praeceptor Germanie due to his chess studies and articles and his brilliant activity as a chess player.

9 Responses

  1. Dr. M. Sivuni
    Dr. M. Sivuni at

    1. Qxh7, Rf8
    2. Qg6+, Rf7
    3. Qxf7++

  2. Sudipto Shekhar
    Sudipto Shekhar at

    Where is the sacrifice in this move you suggested? Also, the description says 2 moves and a sacrifice, you are suggesting 3 moves!

  3. Sphamandla
    Sphamandla at

    White will have to give a check with the queen ? and let the pawn ♟ take it then it a checkmate with the white bishop taking the pawn that took the pawn. Another way is through taking the castle ? with the queen having started by sacrificing a white bishop

  4. Michael
    Michael at

    The instructions were pretty clear. “With a surprising sacrifice, white won in two moves”. Doesn’t says “and”. Why don’t folks pay attention.

  5. marco
    marco at

    1.Qg6+ hxg6 ( sac the queen, black only move is take the queen with pawn
    2. Bxg6#



  7. dr. chessstrangelove
    dr. chessstrangelove at

    1. Qf5xh7 Qd8-d6
    2. Bc5xd6 Rh8xh7
    3. Bc2-g6+ Ke8-d8
    4. Bg6xh7 Bb7-d5
    5. Bh7-g8 Bd5-c6
    6. Re1-d1 Nb6-c8
    7. Bd6-c5+ Kd8-c7
    8. Nb1-d2 Nc8-b6
    9. Bg8-f7 Nb6-d5
    10. Nd2-e4 Nd5xc3
    11. Bc5-d6+ Kc7-b6
    12. Ne4xc3 Bf6xc3
    13. Ra1-b1+ Kb6-a6
    14. e6-e7 a4-a3
    15. Rd1-c1 Bc3-b2
    16. Rc1-c2 Bc6-e4
    17. Bf7xc4+ Ka6-a5
    18. Rb1xb2 a3xb2
    19. Rc2xb2 Be4-c6
    20. Bc4-f7 Bc6-e8
    21. Bf7xe8 Ra8xe8
    22. Bd6-c7+ Ka5-a4
    23. Rb2-e2 Ka4-b5
    24. Bc7-d8 Kb5-c6
    25. Re2-d2 a7-a6
    26. Rd2-a2 Kc6-b7
    27. Ra2-b2+ Kb7-a7
    28. f2-f4 Ka7-a8
    29. f4-f5 Re8-h8
    30. h2-h3 Rh8-g8
    31. g2-g4 Rg8-e8
    32. h3-h4 Ka8-a7
    33. g4-g5 Ka7-a8
    34. h4-h5 Re8-g8
    35. Kg1-f2 Rg8-h8
    36. f5-f6 g7xf6
    37. g5xf6 Rh8xh5
    38. e7-e8=Q Rh5-h2+
    39. Kf2-e3 Rh2xb2
    40. Qe8-c6+ Ka8-b8
    41. Bd8-c7+ Kb8-a7
    42. Qc6-c5+ Ka7-b7
    43. Qc5-d5+ Kb7xc7
    44. Qd5-e5+ Kc7-d7
    45. Qe5xb2 Kd7-e6
    46. Ke3-d3 Ke6-f7
    47. Kd3-c4 Kf7-g6
    48. Kc4-b4 a6-a5+
    49. Kb4xa5 Kg6-f7
    50. Qb2-e5 Kf7-g6
    51. Qe5-e7 Kg6-h5
    52. f6-f7 Kh5-g4
    53. f7-f8=Q Kg4-h3
    54. Qe7-g7 Kh3-h2
    55. Qf8-h8# well… I finally did it!

  8. Ram
    Ram at

    1. Qf5-g6+ h7xg6
    2. Bc2xg6#

  9. Mukundh Iyer
    Mukundh Iyer at

    1) Qg6+ hxg6
    2) Bxg6#

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