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Joseph Henry Blackburne vs Emanuel Lasker
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 1, Apr-21
Scotch Game: Meitner Variation (C45)  ·  0-1


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Dec-06-04  who: You go Blackburne. Make Lasker work.
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  offramp: Blackburne was a bit of a late resigner. If you have gone this far in seeing if the World Champion can win a game with two extra connected passed pawns you might as well wait for checkmate.
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  Calli: A lot more interesting would have been
20.e5 dxe5 21.Ne4 Enough compensation for the pawn? I don't know. What do you think?
Dec-06-04  drukenknight: what if 21 Rf2 to put the R on the second rank seems like a good place for it; anyone have a strong program to look at that?
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  beatgiant: <what if 21 Rf2 to put the R on the second rank seems like a good place for it; anyone have a strong program to look at that?>

I don't have a chess engine, but it looks like 21. ♖f2 ♘b4 at least wins a pawn with no loss of time for Black, because 22. ♖b2? ♘d3 or 22. ♖c4? ♘d3 23. ♖f1 ♘b2 cost the exchange. That's a disadvantage of the f2 square for White's rook.

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  Calli: No point in making a defensive move like Rf2 when you are a pawn down. 20.e5 looks more promising, IMHO.
Oct-12-05  paladin at large: What an impressive game by Lasker. His queen goes bouncing around the board like a ball in a pinball machine (remember those?) in the early middle game - to good effect! He must have eaten a lot of time off his clock going through all the variations.
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  Richard Taylor: In some positions even two connected passed pawns is (can be) a draw.
May-18-07  Ulhumbrus: The move 67...Ke2 ( in reply to which White resigns) indicates a winning method with the two connected passed pawns on the flank: with the Rook on d3 on the 3rd rank safeguarding the pawns from flank attack, Black advances the K to the second rank by the move ...Ke2, supporting the back rank check ...Rd1+, a check which will either exchange Rooks or checkmate White on the back rank.
Aug-14-07  Maynard5: It seems that White's entire opening deployment here is bad. 10. f4 gives up a pawn, after 10. ... Qf6. White's knights are already misplaced at this juncture, and White cannot castle because of the threat of Bh3. After "sacrificing" (actually, just blundering away) the pawn, White is able to generate some threats on the kingside, but Black parries them effectively. For instance, 25. Qa1 is repulsed by 25. ... Qd7. Blackburne and Lasker had of course battled it out repeatedly over the previous three decades, and in choosing a nineteenth century opening, Blackburne may have been expressing his loyalty to a style of play that had long since become obsolete.
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  keypusher: <Calli: A lot more interesting would have been 20.e5 dxe5 21.Ne4 Enough compensation for the pawn? I don't know. What do you think?>

In the Wiener Schachzeitung, Marco wrote after 18...Qb2

<Black would get into critical situations with 18...Qf6, e.g. 19. e5 dxe5 20. Ne4! etc.>

But after 19....Qf6 he writes:

<Now e5 would no longer be good, for after 20....dxe5 21. Ne4 Qh4 yields an evident advantage for Black.>

(Source is Robert Maxham's translation of Tarrasch's tournament book, supplemented by materials from Marco and other annotators. It was published by Brandreth in 1993. I guess Brandreth has done a series of these -- recently I also picked up Tarrasch's Nuremberg 1896 book and Marco and Schlechter's Karlsbad 1907 book.)

Mar-01-09  wrap99: <offramp>: ur comment that B. was "a bit of a late resigner" -- i wonder if that phrase would ever have been used/had been used to describe a player prior to the Seinfeld episode where someone was described as "a bit of a close talker"?
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  whiteshark: <One of the last successes of his career was at the age of 72, when he tied for first place with Frederick D Yates at the 1914 British Championship.> Does this count for <late resigner>, too?
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  keypusher: In the tournament book Tarrasch criticized Blackburne for making Lasker play out the ending, but:

Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908

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Game 7 of the world championship match, position after 56. Rxe5. Tarrasch resigned 20 moves later, a few moves before mate.

Jan-26-14  GREYSTRIPE: This sublime example-treatise of Edward Lasker's fine genius-of-chess is keen for the Rooks-Holds-E's argent for the pressings-chess. The classic lucent not seen by the opponent at this game-of-chess-tournament Lasker introduced at the chess-board for this game-of-chess in spades and squares-of-e long-game. The genius of Lasker's pressings-chess is that his position-of-chess cumbrous and of a dexteritious incandescence brought with it checkmate result. There is no question about the genius of Edward Lasker, Grandmaster of Chess Champions, Tournaments-of-Grandeur. If you have a fear of capturing-square or holds, introduce yourself to Edward Lasker's chess-genius after a few chess books which can help the confidence like Proverbs. Edward Lasker is a fine genius.
Jan-08-15  ColdSong: Brave play by Blackburne but a pawn is a pawn...
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  plang: 7 Nc2 is rarely played; 7..b6 is an interesting response - Black looks equal already. 13 f4?! appears to be an oversight; better was 13 0-0..Kh8 14 f4..f5 though Black is at least equal here. 14 Nd5..Nxd5 15 Bxd5..Ne7 16 Qf3..Nxd5 17 exd..Re8+ 18 Kf2..Qg6 would have been very strong for Black. 37..Nd3! was quite clever as Black would have answered 38 Raxc7 with 38..Re1+ 39 Kg2..Rf2+ 40 Kg3..Rg8+ 41 Kb4..Rf4+ 42 Kh5..g6+ 43 Kh6..Rh4#.
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