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Alexander Alekhine vs Emanuel Lasker
Moscow (1914), Moscow RUE, Mar-18
Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation (C45)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Benzol: Alekhine's 'My Best Games Of Chess' says that this is the first encounter between these two players and that it was an exhibition game played in March. However the moves 16...♕e8 and 17.♕xh6+ weren't actually played and are only mentioned in analysis.
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  iron maiden: If that's true, then Lasker actually played his first game against Alekhine before he played Capablanca. I suppose we can't blame a then-unknown player for going in for a quick draw against the world champion.
Mar-26-05  RookFile: Well, that's why some play the Scotch,there are lots of forced drawing lines like this as white. It's clear that for this game,Alekhine was quite content with a draw.
May-26-05  Uchechi: White voluntarily went for a draw. Well, that was not bad.
May-26-05  Kangaroo: This game was played by Alekhine against Edward Lasker not Emanuel Lasker
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  Fast Gun: Having played through this game I can't help but wonder as to why Alekhine played 16.Bxh6, his position looks okay to me and he was not under any obligation to sacrifice the Bishop. Both Bxf6 and Bh4 appear to be adequate moves in reply to h6. It is worth bearing in mind that if this was the first encounter between these two chess legends, then maybe Alekhine wanted to make sure he did not lose, Alekhine was about 22 years old at the time and was the up and coming star of the future, while Lasker was in in his mid-fifties and was World champion and had been the champ for nearly twenty years: So maybe a draw for Alekhine was not such a bad result after all, or maybe Alekhine could not resist the chance to do a bit of "show boating" against the World champion: Another curious fact is that two great players only ever played a total of eight games against each other, they both had long careers and they both played Capablanca many times:
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  perfidious: <Kangaroo: This game was played by Alekhine against Edward Lasker not Emanuel Lasker>

This has long been known to have been played by Emanuel Lasker.

<Fast Gun: ....Another curious fact is that two great players only ever played a total of eight games against each other, they both had long careers and they both played Capablanca many times:>

After these encounters in 1914, World War I came and Lasker played little till 1923, then was out of chess altogether after Moscow 1925 (where Alekhine wouldn't have been invited) until 1934, when financial pressures forced his return. The two Moscow events in 1935-36 were also guaranteed non-invites for Alekhine.

Another consideration is that far fewer major events were held in those days.

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  TheFocus: Their first encounter, played before the St. Petersburg tournament. Played on March 18 in Moscow.
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