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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Emanuel Lasker
Lasker - Blackburne (1892), London ENG, rd 7, Jun-07
Center Game: Paulsen Attack Variation (C22)  ·  0-1


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Apr-22-04  fred lennox: One reason why Lasker liked "inferior" moves is when they opened up the positon. Lasker genius fully blooms in open positions and could prefer an inferior open position to one equal which isn't. One reason is because of his wizardry of the bishop pair. Thier advantage in open position is they can cramp a position, as this game shows. Take 16 f5. Instead of exchanging the light bishop, he cramps it. Indeed it's generally better not to exchange since it eases the crampness. This explains 22...Re8 instead of...Rxd1. By move 30 black crumbles.
Nov-08-09  Everett: 30..b4! Deflects the knight from defending e1. If 31.cxb4 Bd4+ wins the exchange at least.
Oct-07-12  Ulhumbrus: In his book <masters of the chess board> Reti remarks that Lasker does not use the bishop pair is quite the way in which Steinitz uses it. Lasker makes use of his pawns to not just obstruct the opponent's bishop or to restrain the opponent's knights but to play for a combinatorial attack
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  plang: 7..0-0 was a new move; 7..d6 had been played previously. Not surprisingly given White's weak opening Black had effortlessly equalized after 8..d5. 10 fxe appears to be an improvement; Blackburne's 10 Bg5 led to Black obtaining the two bishops.

Nunn after 12..Bg7:
"In this line White can remedy the backwards development easily enough, but the price is high. Despite the symmetrical pawn structure, the two bishops provide Black with a long term advantage. It's also in Black's favour that White has weakened his dark squares by f3. If you have only one bishop, you generally have to rely on your pawns to help control squares of the other colour, and in this position White has permanently forfeited ant pawn control of e3."

22..b5 was perhaps not best; 23..Bxc3 exchanging one advantage for another would have left Black with a persistent edge. Had White proceeded with 24 Nfd5 he would have been close to equality. 28 Kc2? walked into the maneuver 28..Ne7! and 29..Nd5 gaining decisive material.

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