Napoleon Hill famously stated “To be inspired is great, to inspire is incredible!” This is especially true in terms of chess.
Most days I spend quality time searching through chess databases for sources of inspiration. Some days produce less than stellar results while on rare occasions I discover real hidden gems in the form of brilliant offhand games by players who never achieved the notoriety of becoming a World Champion. Once found, I save my new finds into my personal chess treasures folder.
Over the years, scores of brilliant chess games have been placed in my personal treasures collection. Of course, time spent searching for new discoveries takes away from my time reviewing old favorites. If chess games in databases could collect dust, truth be told, many of my most exciting finds would have by now.
One good thing about forgetting about your old treasures is the process of rediscovering them. Recently I played a really nice game against a student using a line from an old Tarrasch game most chess players have never seen. After the victory, I went on a search for the inspiration to my noteworthy victory.
Rediscovering a game like this was inspiring on a personal level but nothing compared to the incredible experience of sharing my appreciation of a brilliant game to inspire others. So below I present a relatively obscure chess masterpiece by one of my chess heroes, Siegbert Tarrasch. Enjoy…