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|Feb-15-11|| ||TheFocus: <perfidious> <I've seen a decent amount of evidence through the years that AA avoided Capa's attempts to secure a match, and only showed signs of acceding to the idea when they last met-though not at the board-at the 1939 Olympiad in Buenos Aires.>|
They did not meet at the 1939 Olympiad because Capablanca had said that he would not play against Alekhine.
From Capablanca's article in <Critica>:
<Last night’s match between France and Cuba was drawn two-all. I should like to explain my absence, which was due to purely personal reasons.
Neither France nor Cuba was a leading contender in this competition, which meant that from that point of view there was no special significance in whether or not I played. There was only the question of the spectacle itself, which of course could not influence the course of the tournament.
Once more it is necessary to emphasize that the event being held at the Politeama is a tournament for teams, not individuals. A week ago I notified the Argentine Chess Federation that I did not intend to play against Alekhine, and I explained my reasons for this decision.
I made this announcement to the Federation so that my intentions were known in advance, and to prevent disappointment on the part of the public. My not playing yesterday was thus not an act of discourtesy to the Federation, nor a lack of consideration for the Buenos Aires public.
Therefore there was no question, as has incorrectly been stated, of my refusing a favor asked by the Federation. I have, and have always had, the best intentions towards the chess public and the organizing body.>
|Feb-15-11|| ||Brandon plays: Is it just me or is this puzzle hard? I haven't failed an easy puzzle in forever. I've only tried for 4 minutes but still. Oh well, just looking at solution.|
|Feb-15-11|| ||WhiteRook48: 25 Nf5+ 26 Qxg6 27 Rh3#|
|Feb-15-11|| ||Hoozits: Brandon, I don't believe it's as easy to see as many would have you believe.|
|Feb-15-11|| ||Amarande: Material even, the White Queen is attacked; Black threatens nothing else.|
A normal retreat would do, but is unlikely to achieve anything right now - although White would still have an advantage, it wouldn't be in keeping with the fact that this is a Tuesday puzzle either.
No forcing Queen moves suggest themselves; neither Qh6+ nor Qxg6+ nor Qxf6+ appears to do anything but drop the Queen. So it's not a retreat or an immediate sac; what else can we do? Obviously a check as fxg5 can't be allowed, and there's only two of those: Ne8+ and Nf5+. Ne8+ doesn't lead to anything either, therefore -
After which Black's King goes into the corner and now both Queen AND Knight are attacked. No Knight move suggests itself that doesn't just let the Queen be captured with no followup; a Queen's retreat drops the Knight, and while at first we might see that this opens the g-file, there is no opportunity to create a battery, for after 26 Qg4 gxf5 the Queen is attacked again, while 26 Qg3 blocks the square by which the Rook can enter the file.
However, this battery motif does note something - considering the position after, say, 26 Qg4 gxf5 27 Rg3: what if Black *couldn't* capture the Queen? Mate would be threatened at g7, that's what, and it's also not preventable, because Black can't safely occupy f7: 27 ... Rxf7 28 Bxf7 and (again, assuming PxQ wasn't an option) mate is forced.
Therefore, *g7 is vulnerable*. And as we need a forcing move with two pieces under attack, what about 26 Qxg6? Again we're threatening mate at g7, and again Black can't simply protect the square because BxR destroys all hopes. Again, the Queen can be taken: and, indeed, in light of this it *must* be taken. So -
26 Qxg6 hxg6
And can we do anything? Oh yes we can: 27 Rh3+, and Black has only the Knight interposition at h6, after which 27 Rxh6+ and due to our Bishop, the same wonderful piece that mainly prevents the Rf7 defense to Qg7 mate, Black's King can't go to g8 either ... and it's mate!
|Feb-15-11|| ||MaczynskiPratten: For those who feel that Lasker was a bit "past it" by this stage, in his first game in this tournament he outplayed Euwe completely from a similar Black position in a game which has been anthologised and was a CG GOTD in 2006, Euwe vs Lasker, 1934. "66 years old at Zurich 1934, Lasker by now belonged to the old school, but he could still wield a very tough blade" (Martin Beheim).|
|Feb-15-11|| ||MaczynskiPratten: And Lasker then finished third in a very strong field at Moscow 1935.|
|Feb-15-11|| ||Knightrider655321: Lasker was past it|
|Feb-15-11|| ||Benzol: <Knightrider655> <Lasker was past it>|
Lasker finished fifth in this tournament behind Alyekhin, Euwe, Flohr and Bogolyubov. See Game Collection: Zurich 1934 The following year at Moscow in 1935 he was third a half point behind Botvinnik and Flohr. As this was his first major tournament for nine years I believe he may have been a little rusty but I don't think he was "past it".
|Feb-15-11|| ||TheFocus: And then 1936:
Moscow, 6th place with +3-5=10, followed by Nottingham, 7= with +6-3=5.
And during that 9 year lay-off, Lasker was still giving exhibitions, so it was not that he had retired fully.
Looks like the old lion still had teeth and claws.
|Feb-15-11|| ||alachabre: I'm going to guess that Black's last move was 25. ... f6. White has a check at 25. Nf5+, but it doesn't look like more than a nuisance move. <insert pondering here> But wait, there's more!|
25. Nf6+ is forcing, and the follow has to be
25. ... Kh8
and if now
26. Qxg6! the h pawn cannot capture because of
27. Rh3+ and mates in a move or two. So now how does Black stop mate on g7?
26. ... Rf7
I don't see a move beside Rf7 that stops mate by the Queen on g7.
So 25. Nf6+ followed by 26. Qxg6 it is.
And, just to make sure I've exhausted the defense:
25. Nf6+ Kh8
26. Qxg6 hxg6
27. Rh3+ Nh6
|Feb-16-11|| ||MaczynskiPratten: I've seen in books that Lasker had to return to competitive chess because, although he was the first chessplayer to make some real money out of the game, his savings were destroyed in the German post-war hyperinflation. But that was in 1922-3 whereas he started playing in tournaments again in 1934. Can anyone throw any light on this? Was he maybe making a more solid income out of exhibitions than from tournaments, and fancied a "last fling" when things stabilised? (Something similar happened to the composer Rachmaninov who had a layoff of 20 years from regular composing to do concert tours to make up for his loss of royalty income after the Russian Revolution, followed by an Indian summer of great final works in 1936-40).|
I'll put a similar post on the Emanuel Lasker page.
|Feb-16-11|| ||chancho: <MaczynskiPratten>
<In spring 1933 Adolf Hitler started a campaign of discrimination and intimidation against Jews, depriving them of their property and citizenship. Lasker and his wife Martha, who were both Jewish, were forced to leave Germany in the same year. After a short stay in England, in 1935 they were invited to live in the USSR by Nikolai Krylenko, the Commissar of Justice who was responsible for the Moscow show trials and, in his other capacity as Sports Minister, was an enthusiastic supporter of chess. In the USSR, Lasker renounced his German citizenship and received Soviet citizenship. He took permanent residence in Moscow, and was given a post at Moscow's Institute for Mathematics and a post of trainer of the USSR national team. Lasker returned to competitive chess to make some money, finishing fifth in Zürich 1934 and third in Moscow 1935 (undefeated, ½ point behind Mikhail Botvinnik and Salo Flohr; ahead of Capablanca, Rudolf Spielmann and several Soviet masters), sixth in Moscow 1936 and seventh equal in Nottingham 1936. His performance in Moscow 1935 at age 66 was hailed as "a biological miracle."
Joseph Stalin's Great Purge started at about the same time the Laskers arrived in the USSR. In August 1937, Martha and Emanuel Lasker decided to leave the Soviet Union, and they moved, via the Netherlands, to the United States (first Chicago, next New York) in October 1937.>
|Feb-16-11|| ||twin phoenix: funny i 'slept on it' looked at it yesterday but didn't solve it. today i solved it in about 10 sec seeing the forced denoument. i need to start playing postal!!|
THE OLD LION!!! love it!Iknew Lasker won when put up against the toughest tourney ever. New York 1910. got the book annotated by alekhine himself. Lasker outplays Capa, Alekhine, Marshall and more. chess just doesn't produce tournaments like that anymore... what a winning record against alekhine. too bad the lion din't roar on this day.
|Feb-16-11|| ||Knightrider655321: well thats what i think son|
|Feb-17-11|| ||Benzol: <Knightrider655321> <well thats what i think son>|
Given my age I'll take that as a compliment but if you call me son you must be a real old fella. Thanks Pops.
|Feb-17-11|| ||Knightrider655321: IM 34 POPS|
|Feb-17-11|| ||pawn to QB4: < goldenbear: <Knightrider655321> "Aljechin" is just as good as "Alekhine", although neither is his "real name".> Nope, I think the deciding fact should be how the man spelled it himself in the Western alphabet, rather than what anyone else thinks is a fair rendition. We used to see any number of spellings of "Korchnoi" before the man himself decided. A matter of courtesy to let a person decide how their name is written, I'd have thought.|
|Feb-18-11|| ||Knightrider655321: RIGHT ON SON|
|Feb-19-11|| ||FSR: Lasker was +3=4-1 against Alekhine (24 years his junior), and +3=0-0 against Euwe (32 years his junior). http://tinyurl.com/4n9et27 http://tinyurl.com/4ne68gh Even Botvinnik (43 years his junior) only had one win and three draws against Lasker. http://tinyurl.com/4e4xj2d Although Lasker lost the world championship to Capablanca (20 years his junior) and had a minus score against him, Lasker always finished ahead of Capablanca in tournaments until 1936, when Lasker was 67. Specifically, Lasker finished ahead of Capablanca at St. Petersburg 1914 (Lasker's immortal come-from-behind victory), New York 1924 (scoring 80% against the world's best players at age 55), Moscow 1925 (finishing second to Bogolyubov), and Moscow 1935 (undefeated, half a point behind co-winners Botvinnik and Flohr, crushing Capablanca in their individual game). Simply astonishing.|
|Mar-16-11|| ||Llawdogg: Wow! Spectacular queen sacrifice that just ended the game right there. Alekhine is brilliant. And against Lasker, no less.|
|Nov-08-11|| ||DrMAL: Before Lasker defense example next, this game is nice prelude, it contains key moves with different move order in Alekhine variation. Game was analyzed by Alekhine himself and some annotation is in later game referenced below. Yes, Alekhine was WC at time of game whereas Lasker was older and returning to serious chess after hiatus. But Lasker's play was strong only one mistake in quiet opening was all it took, Alekhine played brilliantly here. After 12...Ng3 position is identical to Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1927 except in that game Capa played 12.Qb4+ to exchange Qs as he did many times in that WC match. Lasker played 12...e5 instead, also strong.|
After castling and intermediate move 14.Nf5 to make black Q retreat before recapture, 15.N3xd4! was strong, if 15.Qxd4 then 15...Nb6 to exchange Qs equalizes immediately. Now after 15...Ne5 to make N more active with 16.Bb3 also strong, 16...Bxf5 solves basic problem of black LSB in QGD by exchanging it away. After recapture 17.Nxf5 it would be mistake to exchange Qs via 17...Qxd1 18.Rfd1 because white B on b3 dominates position for advantage. Here was critical position, N on f5 was dangerous piece and correct move was 17...g6! for likely draw, this was tested later in Euwe vs Flohr, 1936 see Alekhine's annotations there.
Instead Lasker played 17...Qb6? probably decisive mistake, it is instructive to see how Alekhine energetically took advantage of this seemingly OK move so quickly, keeping N on f5 to win. Only thing about 17...Qb6? that looks fishy is that Q is taken away from battlefield on K-side and center. With 18.Qd6! immediate threat is Nh6+ if gxh6 then Qxf6 so Lasker played 18...Ned7 to avoid it. 19.Rfd1 Rad8 readies rooks now 20.Qg3! makes another threat prompting 20...g6 to counter. Each move Alekhine makes threat After 21.Qg5! Kh8 and 22.Nd6! Kg7 no doubt Lasker was by now regretting 17.Qb6? it is only five move later and black position is a wreck, pieces are discoordinated and white is ready for decisive attack, e-pawn is coming, end is in sight. 23.e4! was deadly trap, after 23...Ng8, quiet move 24.Rd3! sprung 24...f3? for beautiful 25.Nf5+! Kh8 26.Qh6! that ended game.
|Feb-23-12|| ||cristoff: another splendid combination of dr.Alekhine,the master magician against one of the greatest giants of classical school!!!|
|Feb-23-12|| ||RookFile: Well, at least he put 1 win on the board. Otherwise, Lasker owned him.|
|Feb-23-12|| ||AlphaMale: Model play rounded off with a nice little combo but I picture Alekhine wishing his first victory over his great predecessor to have been a more epic affair.|
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