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William Winter vs Emanuel Lasker
Nottingham (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 14, Aug-27
Colle System (D05)  ·  0-1


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  amadeus: <His attitude to chess is well exemplified by a game which I played against him in the Nottingham International Tournament of 1936. After over half an hour's thought I placed a Knight on a square on which it could be taken by a pawn. Lasker replied instantaneously with a quiet defensive move and I soon found that all I had gained by my "brilliancy" was the loss of valuable thinking time.

After the game was over a spectator asked him what would have happened had he taken the Knight. "I do not know," he replied. "I was playing a strong master and if a strong master thinks for half an hour and then plays a where I can take it, I think that it will not be healthy for me to take, and I let it alone."> (William Winter, Kings of Chess)

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  amadeus: Btw, I took a look at Alekhine's suggestion with Rybka, and 13...fxg5 14.Qh5+ g6 15.Bxg6 seems good to Black after 15...Re7. 14.Bxh7+, OTOH, leads to an interesting game.
Jan-09-09  ILikeFruits: cold day...
in winter...
Dec-21-11  King Death: The quote from <amadeus> is a great illustration of the brilliant practical player that Lasker was.
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  keypusher: <King Death: The quote from <amadeus> is a great illustration of the brilliant practical player that Lasker was.>

OK, but I'll bet you that, more than once, a strong master thought for half an hour, put a piece where Lasker could take it, and Lasker took it.

Dec-21-11  King Death: <keypusher> I ain't takin' that bet!
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