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Frank James Marshall vs Emanuel Lasker
Lasker - Marshall World Championship Match (1907), USA, rd 11, Mar-16
Dutch Defense: Staunton Gambit. Chigorin Variation (A83)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Mar-01-08  Knight13: Marshall, having his knight trapped on the rim, goes Kd2? and drops a pawn. A bit surprised Marshall pulled off a draw out of this.
Feb-07-15  poorthylacine: Yes: very good defense by Marshall!!
Jun-27-19  rcs784: Why didn't Lasker play on a bit here and try to win the R+B vs. R? Was it known in 1907 how hard that endgame is in practical terms for the defending side?
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  keypusher: <rcs784>. Lasker defended the ending in his next match.

Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908

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  keypusher: <rcs 784>

In his notes Tarrasch said that the endgame in practice was almost always won. So I think it was known to be difficult for the weaker side.

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  keypusher: Looks like Lasker was right to concede a draw here:

analysis of move 51...?

Jun-28-19  rcs784: <keypusher> Well, the computer says 0.00 because it's looking at a tablebase eval that says it's a draw. In practice, it's not trivial at all, and Lasker certainly could have played on.
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  keypusher: <rcs784: <keypusher> Well, the computer says 0.00 because it's looking at a tablebase eval that says it's a draw. In practice, it's not trivial at all, and Lasker certainly could have played on.>

True enough. Anyway, all I can say is (i) they knew in 1907 that this endgame was tough to hold (ii) Lasker elected not to test Marshall in it.

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