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The Tarrasch Formula

244 pages, paperback, Chess Digest, 2003.

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Dr. Siegbert Tarrasch was the first to formulate and express the rule that "If one piece is badly placed, your whole game is bad." The genius of this phrase lies in its simplicity as well as its correctness. Properly applied, it is a significant addition to Steinitz's theory. On the basis of this single axiom, various types of positions can be studied where the difference in force between the two sides is defined only by the difference in location between corresponding pieces. Applying the Tarrasch Formula in this way develops and builds chess theory by emphasizing the interrelationship between the location of a piece and its real power. Examine any modern textbook of chess strategy and you will see its lasting value. The Tarrasch Formula is a fundamental and unifying principle that embraces familiar core concepts such as "good/bad bishop," "advantage of opposite-colored bishops in an attack," "superiority of knight over bishop" (and vice versa), and so forth.

Playing steadily to reduce the power of a single enemy piece, to "turn down the volume" until its normal voice become only a whisper, can provide enough advantage to win the game. Why? Because it is functionally the same as winning a piece. Every chess player loves to have an extra piece. The Tarrasch Formula points the way toward having a virtual extra piece.

Thinking of strategy in this way is a very useful part of your chess planning. It offers a straightforward and effective method for improving your decision-making and move selection, as demonstrated in the games collected for this new book.

Language English
Author Ishee, Mark
Palatnik, Sam
Publisher Chess Digest
Medium Book
Weight 350 g
Width 15.2 cm
Height 22.8 cm
Pages 244
ISBN-10 0875680003
ISBN-13 978-0875680002
Year of Publication 2003
Binding paperback


Chapter One: The Knight

1. Infantry Against Cavalry (Marshall-Ragozin)

2. Opening of One Knight (Furman-Polugaevsky)

3. Virtual Extra Material (Keres-Unzicker)

4. A Good Man is Hard to Find (Rosenberg-Palatnik)

5. Throwing Oil on the Fire (A.Petrosian-Palatnik)

6. Gordian Knot (Palatnik-Klinger)

7. The Ugly Location (Murthy-Palatnik)

8. Shadow of a Knight (Kasparov-Palatnik)

9. Knight's Tour (Karpov-Taimanov)


Chapter Two: The Bishop

10. Open Highway (Balashov-Romanishin)

11. One-Way Ticket to Nowhere (Sprechich-Palatnik)

12. Criminal Brought to Justice (Palatnik-Aristorenas)

13. Moving the Fence (Palatnik-Gufeld)

14. APairofBoots(Gufeld-Palatnik)

15. Prisoner with a Life Sentence (Palatnik-Dandridge)

16. Inevitable Breakthrough (Palatnik-Schneider)

17. Dead Wood (Ishee-Boyd)

18. Premature Attack (Vaganian-Palatnik)

19. Struggling with God (Kasparov-Ponomariov)

20. From Bad to Worse (Palatnik-Shusterman)

21. The Great Wall of Pawns (Palatnik-Vasjukov)

22. Survival Instinct (Reshevsky-Vaganian)


Chapter Three: Opposite Color Bishops

23 "Q.E.D." (Durisch, Han & Hisler-Tarrasch)

24. Infiltration (Rubinstein-Spielman)

25. More Infiltration (Palatnik-David)

26. Different Color, Different Power (Kaidanov-Palatnik)

27. Echoes of Steinitz (Platonov-Geller)

28. Limiting Mobility (Boleslavsky-Sterner)

29. Battery Power (Larsen-Gligorich)

30. Mind Over Matter (Platonov-Tal)

31. A Gathering Storm (Gurevich-Palatnik)

Chapter Four: Heavy Pieces

32. Debt Repayment (Smyslov-Tolush)

33. Buried Alive (Sakharov-Palatnik)

34. Queenside Blockade (Anand-Ivanchuk)

35. Smothered Queen (Hort-Alburt)

36. Misplaced Queen (Ishee-Maynard)

37. Unbalanced Material (Diaz-Palatnik)

38. Preventive Maintenance (Ardaman-Palatnik)


Chapter Five: Zugzwang

39. The Immortal Zugzwang Game (Saemisch-Nimzovich)

40. Encirclement (Nimzowitsch-Capablanca)

41. Following Precedent (Tseshkovsky-Palatnik)

42. Chemotherapy (Capablanca-Treybal)

43. Space Advantage (Alekhine-Nimzowitsch)

44. Extreme Measures (Ubilava-Timoschenko)

45. Do Not Hurry! (Palatnik-Popov)

46. To Trade or Not? (Karpov-Ribli)

47. Decisive Improvement (Ishee-Guest589)


Chapter Six: Philidor's Defense Revisited

Philidor's Concept

Philidor's Original Defense

The Neo-Philidor Defense

The Palatnik Gambit

Illustrative Games:

48. Melvin-Palatnik

49. Ersham-Palatnik

50. Shiaf-Palatnik

51. Mirani-Palatnik

52. Liss-Palatnik

53. Palatnik-Meadows

54. Caveney-Palatnik

55. Andrews-Palatnik

56. Burnett-Palatnik

57. Wheeler-Palatnik

Chapter Seven: Opening Analysis, Neo-Philidor Defense

Palatnik Gambit

Queen Trade Variation

The Tarrasch Formula