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Siegbert Tarrasch

German chess player, chess writer, and chess theoretician

1862   -   1934

country of citizenship: Germany
educated at: University of Halle-Wittenberg
occupation: chess player, writer, chess theoretician, physician

Siegbert Tarrasch (German: [ˈziːɡbɐt ˈtaraʃ]; 5 March 1862 – 17 February 1934) was one of the strongest chess players and most influential chess teachers of the late 19th and early 20th century. Tarrasch was born in Breslau (Wrocław), Prussian Silesia. Having finished school in 1880, he left Breslau to study medicine in Halle. With his family, he settled in Nuremberg, Bavaria, and later in Munich, setting up a successful medical practice. He had five children. Tarrasch was Jewish, converted to Christianity in 1909, and was a patriotic German who lost a son in World War I, yet he faced antisemitism in the early stages of Nazism.
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