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Rudolf Rezso Charousek vs Emanuel Lasker
Nuremberg (1896), Nuremberg GER, rd 19, Aug-10
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit (C33)  ·  1-0


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Nov-19-05  paladin at large: What a wonderful game by Charousek - with 18. Bxf4 the queen bishop enters the fray in the most efficient manner, completing development and White has a great position. It is indicative of Lasker's tenacity that he was able conjure up some resistance.
Nov-19-05  iron maiden: 11...Bxf3 looks a move too late. Why didn't Lasker play it on the tenth move?
Nov-19-05  Averageguy: <iron maiden> I suppose that Lasker simply wanted to develop his knight first.
Apr-12-06  who: Fischer doesn't talk about 3.Bc4 and in fact he played it himself Fischer vs Larry Evans, 1963.
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  chancho: Rudolph Charousek died in 1900. (He was only 26) Wilhelm Steinitz also died that year. The way Charousek took out the world champ in this game, is very impressive.
Jun-01-06  Jilted Rook: <chancho> Indeed - very slick transition into a won endgame.
Jun-01-06  madlydeeply: How about 17...f5? instead Nf6 block's his pawn and white king is secure behind his pawns. If 18 e5 then ...c5 after queen exchange the h pawn's power increases. Well I guess Lasker must have taken one look at the endgame and decided it was a lost cause...
Jun-01-06  guidomiguel: there is no endgame lol, its a knockout down a knight for a pawn...
Jun-01-06  Jilted Rook: <there is no endgame lol> That depends on what one considers are the factors that herald an endgame. It would not be unreasonable to judge the commencement of the aforementioned phase of the game at move 26 :)
Feb-15-09  JonathanJ: lasker's handling of the opening seems stupid in my eyes. i think it would be more natural to either give back the pawn OR give up the center.
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  Boomie: <JonathanJ: lasker's handling of the opening seems stupid in my eyes. i think it would be more natural to either give back the pawn OR give up the center.>

Before posting, you may want to check your facts. Lasker was following a good line of this opening.

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As you can see, after 8. Nc3 black has had great success with 8...h6. However Lasker tried 8...c6 which turned out to be inferior. Notice how white took advantage of the h2-b8 diagonal opened up by 8...c6.

Jul-25-10  tentsewang: Paul Morphy, Rudolf Charousek, Carlos Torre Repetto...the tragedy of fallen kings. Indeed Charousek is one of my favorite, but when I researched a bit about Emanuel Lasker, I found that he was a racist. And that he would give away money and fund for German army during the WWII and Said if Germany loses the battle, the world will end.
Jul-25-10  BwanaVa: I believe you will find the comments you attribute to Lasker occured during WW I, a struggle with a far different ideological foundation than WW II.

In fact Emanuel Lasker was Jewish, fled Germany in 1933 due to anti-semitic oppression, lived in the USSR for a few years then moved to the USA. He died in January 1941, and is buried in Queens, NY. Hard to see someone with this background bring a supporter of the Third Reich, much less being a racist.

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  jessicafischerqueen: The historical context of this game is dramatized in part two of the following youtube documentary:

<Charousek: The New Morphy>





This video was co-produced with <Tim Litten> (User: Boomie) and <Annie Kappel> (Annie Kappel)

Aug-10-10  BraveUlysses: <tentsewang: Paul Morphy, Rudolf Charousek, Carlos Torre Repetto...the tragedy of fallen kings.> I think it's fair to say you can add Fischer to the list. His mental problems cut his career short. Like Morphy he was an American who conquered the world before disappearing while in his prime.
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  andrewjsacks: Do not forget Pillsbury on that list.
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  playground player: Does anybody else find this game reminiscent of Gioachhino Greco? A pity Cherousek died so young!
Jan-12-12  kramputz: <tentsewang:> Get your facts in order about Lasker, you idiot. You called Lasker a racist.
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  TheFocus: <tentsewang> <And that he would give away money and fund for German army during the WWII>

He was not talking about WWII. He wrote about WW1. And that was not exactly what he said.

If you don't know, the Nazis took all of lasker's money and property.

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  Penguincw: And promotion to follow.
Aug-13-12  Conrad93: 3...d5 looks really dubious. What's the point of it?
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  Phony Benoni: <"Before the final round, wherein this bright game was played, first prize had been won by Dr. Emanuel Lasker, else he might have chosen to decline gambit fireworkds. Charousek, however, is seen in his natural element.

"Morphy, I judge, was the model he set up--with accuracy the rule and fancy a mere indulgence. With plenty of tournament gumption, he used impatient opening methods as a means of finding congenial work for his patience to do in the end game! His was not the courage expected of ignorance, for there is the story that he had made a copy by hand of that giantic work, the German Handbook."> -- William Ewart Napier

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  whiteshark: The round intro of the tournament book commented a bit flippantly: "<Lasker hatte sich eine Verlustpartie gegen Charousek geleistet, weil er des ewigen Gewinnens müde war.>"

(Lasker achieved a loss game against Charousek because he was tired of eternal winning.)

Mar-31-16  Marcelo Bruno: <madlydeeply> I think that after 18. ... c5 White can reply with 19. Bxc5 without problem.
May-29-16  RookFile: Powerful play by Charousek in this game.
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