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Emanuel Lasker vs Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky
Moscow (1925)  ·  Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0
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  keypusher: Yates, Bohatirchuk and Romanovsky all played Chigorin's ...Nd7 and ...Bf6 against Lasker at this tournament, and they all lost.
Apr-22-10  ounos: I don't think they would have substantially better chances using another opening.
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  keypusher: <ounos: I don't think they would have substantially better chances using another opening.>

I do! Dus Chotmirsky, Rabinovich and Gotthilf all did better (at least in the opening) with different variations of the Ruy. But that's not so important. Lasker made no effort against Gotthilf, not much of one against Rabinovich, and Dus was one of his famous escapes.

Here's what caught my attention in the Yates, Bohatirchuk and Romanovsky games: Black is pretty much busted by move 20. That shouldn't happen in any opening, but especially not in a closed Ruy Lopez.

In each game, Lasker was able to open the queenside with a4-a4, exploit the underdefended d5 and g4 squares, and the exposed bishop on f6.

More than most defenses, the closed Ruy Lopez is an affair of fashion; sometimes, just as with clothes, the fashions get really ugly.

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  keypusher: Hope this is right: 22....gxh5 23.Qxh5+ Kf8 (23....Kg7 24.Rg3+ Kh8 25.Qf7 Re7 26.Rxg8+ Qxg8 27.Qxe7) 24.Rd1 Qe7 25.Rf3+ Nf6 26.Qh6+ Kf7 27.Rd7 Qxd7 28.Qxf6+ Kg8 29.Rg3+. There are some lines where Black can answer Rd7 with ...Rad8 because of the back-rank mate.
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  keypusher: The 22...gxh5 23.Qxh5+ Kg7 24.Rg3+ line was OK, but after 23....Kf8 simply 24.Rf3+ Nf6 25.Qh6+ Kf7 26.Qxh7+ Kf8 27.Qg6 is quite decisive.
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