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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Emanuel Lasker
Steinitz - Lasker World Championship Match (1894), Montreal CAN, rd 16, May-17
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. General (D60)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: Final turn of this game had become in moves 36 and 37. Instead of 36.Rc1?! white could hold some edge by playing 36.h5, for example 36...Kf6 37.Rd1 Rb2 38.Rd7 or 36...Nd6!? 37.a3 Rb5 38.Rc1 Kf6 39.Rc7 . Instead of 37.Kg2? white should play 37.Rc7+ at first but Steinitz missed Lasker's little combo winning a Pawn. The rest was very instructive endgame.
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  Calli: <Honza> Good point! White can move the rook, wait until black plays e2 which blocks the fork and then defend. Tricky play:

37.Rc7!+ Kf6 38.Kg2 e2 39.Rc1! is ok, i.e., 39...Nxf3 40.Kxf3 Rxb7 41.Re1=

Feb-29-08  Knight13: 55. Be2 Nxe2 56. Kxe2 Kg4 57. Kxe3 Kxh5 58. Kf3 [Kf4 Kh4... ] Kh4 59. Kg2 Kg4 Opposition Rules.
Oct-15-10  sevenseaman: I agree with <Honza>. Steinitz need not have lost this game. The trick was not to put the R on the fork.
Apr-17-15  MindCtrol9: If 55.Be2 Kf2 and While loses the Bishop.
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  keypusher: Huebner annotates this game at unconscionable length; he really does like it, and rightly so I think. Not sure I'll ever get around to translating all his notes. But he points out one final drawing possibility for White at move 42:

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42.f5! and White trades off his vulnerable pawn. Huebner thinks its drawn after 42....Nb4 43.fxe6+ Kxe6.

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