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Efim Bogoljubov vs Emanuel Lasker
Moscow (1925), Moscow URS, rd 20, Dec-06
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Feb-20-05  aw1988: Interesting game.
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  Calli: 41...Nf5 would seem to pick up a pawn. Wonder why Lasker rejected the obvious.
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  beatgiant: <Calli: 41...Nf5 would seem to pick up a pawn.> Interesting moment. But what did you see if White replies 41...Nf5 <42. Rd7+> so that 42...Bxd7 43. Rxd7+ Kxd7 44. exf5, etc.?
Sep-18-05  who: <beartgiant> Huh? black is then up a rook!
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  beatgiant: <who>
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Sep-18-05  paladin at large: I expect beat giant is just getting warmed up. I was going to suggest Lasker might have been in time trouble but, here he is on move 44. ...Nf5 making use of the same pin, which suggests to me that he was aware of the possibility on move 41. as well. It is particularly a mystery because Lasker could have taken the h pawn with check on move 42. Another thought is that Lasker was trying to win and that he felt, with only two pawns, that he needed to convert the b pawn to a passed pawn to have a chance, thus the importance of attacking the white a-pawn.

Look forward to further light on this one.

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  Calli: White could play 41...Nf5 42.Kf2 Nxd4 43.Kxg1 Ne2+ 44.Kf2 Nxf4 and maybe Lasker didn't think it was enough to win as <paladin at large> indicates.

May-02-08  Rama: I think Bogulobov did well to draw this. Lasker also had 42. ... Rxa4, winning a pawn (or Rxd1 first), OR 44. ... Bxa4 winning the a-pawn.

Why not?

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  whiteshark: maybe Bogo was to impatient when playing 29.Rd5. <29.Ke3> might be better, e.g. <29...Rg6 30.Rc2 Bc6 31.f5 Rh6 32.Rf2>

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May-02-08  RookFile: Interesting game!
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  chancho: Bogo and Lasker playing this game:

Nov-24-11  AVRO38: This is the game that won the tournament for Bogoljubov. Going into this penultimate round the score was 14.5 Bogoljubov 13 Lasker. A Lasker win would have kept him alive going into the final round.
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