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Frank James Marshall vs Emanuel Lasker
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 5, May-15
Old Indian Defense: General (A53)  ·  0-1


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Given 23 times; par: 44 [what's this?]

Annotations by Siegbert Tarrasch.      [16 more games annotated by Tarrasch]

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May-15-06  ChessDude33: Lol, Lasker had a little Tal in him this game.
May-15-06  TylerD: Lasker often did, actually... He introduced the Tal-element to chess one might say... So, maybe, it should be called the Lasker-element instead...
Sep-27-07  laskereshevsky: Not for nothing Lasker was the TAL's favourite player.....
Jan-31-11  TheOutsider: Tarrasch is wrong here

21..Nxd3 is better

Jul-08-12  ughaibu: Keypusher: Does Soltis agree with Tarrasch?
Jul-11-13  kappertjes: <15. h3? Very feebly played and almost inexplicable except for Lasker's queer knack of 'willing' his opponents to make weak moves. Against any other opponent Marshall almost certainly would have played 15 Bg5, gaining the advantage in every variation. It looks almost like witchcraft.>

Sounds remarkably like the things said about Magnus Carlsen by Korchnoi (amongst others). Speaking from my own lowly experience; against stronger opponents you always 'somehow' make a mistake. Similarly, playing against an engine will show you you always make a mistake

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White to move

1) -1.15 (24 ply) 26.Rxd1 Kh7 27.Qh4+ Bh6 28.Rxd4 Kg7 29.b4 Nd7 30.Rc4 Be3+ 31.Kh2 Bb6 32.a4 Nf6 33.a5 Bd8 34.Qd4 Re5 35.Qd3 Rb8 36.Qd4 b6 37.Rc6 Rxd5 38.Qe3 Rb7 39.Rc8 Re5 40.Qc3 Rd7 41.axb6 axb6 42.Kg1 b5 43.Qd4 Kh7 44.Qd3 Bb6+ 45.Kh2

2) -3.31 (24 ply) 26.Qxg6 Bc2 27.Qxc2 d3 28.Qd1 Bxb2 29.Qh5 Bd4+ 30.Kh1 Rf8 31.Re1 Rf7 32.Qg6+ Bg7 33.Qg5 Raf8 34.Kh2 Rf5 35.Qg6 d2 36.Rd1 R5f6 37.Qg4 Rf2 38.a4 Re8 39.a5 Ree2 40.Kg1 Rxg2+ 41.Qxg2 Rxg2+ 42.Kxg2

3) -7.90 (23 ply) 26.b4 Be2 27.Rc1 Nd3 28.Rc7 Bh5 29.Re7 Be5 30.g3 Rxe7 31.Qxe7 Bxg3 32.Qe6+ Kg7 33.Qe7+ Kh6 34.Kg2 Be5 35.h4 Nf4+ 36.Kg1 Bf3 37.Qg5+ Kh7 38.Qe7+ Kg8 39.h5 gxh5 40.Qxb7 Bxd5 41.Qa6 Ne6 42.Kf2 Rf8+ 43.Ke2

1.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

= = =

Just wondered why not <26.Rxd1>. I seems I wasn't mistaken.

Jun-27-18  ughaibu: Keypusher!
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  keypusher: <ughaibu> Soltis gives 21....Ba4 an exclamation point and writes: <After 21....Nxd3 22.Rxd3 Bb5 White again has 23.Rb3. But 23....Qc5 24.Rc1 Qxd5 25.Rc7 comes up short (23....Rac8 24.Rxg7+ Kxg7 25.Bf6+ Kg8).

Black's choice is simpler and contains less chance of oversight. The point of 21....Ba4 is to provoke 22.b3 so he can play 22....Nxd3 23.Rxd3 Bb5 and there is no Rb3. Equally bad is 22.Rd2 because of 22....Nxd3 23.Rxd3 Bc2! Rd2 d3+.>

Stockfish prefers 21....Nxd3 22.Rxd3 Bb5 23.Rb3 d3+ 24.Kh2 Qc5 (-0.90 at 40/62).

SF finds an amazing refutation to Lasker's 21....Ba4 idea: 22.b3 Nxd3 23.Bh6!! Bxh6 (after 23....Nc5 24.Bxg7 Kxg7 25.Ng5 h5 26.Rf7+ Kg8 27.Qf4 Black has no defense) 24.Qxh6 Bb5 25.Ng5 Re7 26.Nxh7 leading to a perpetual check. It follows that Tarrasch and Soltis are both wrong about 22.Bxg6 (Soltis writes: <White might as well roll the dice.>).

As always, the moral is: even if you're a grandmaster, annotating without an engine is malpractice.

Jul-13-18  ughaibu: Great! Thanks.
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