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Richard Reti vs Emanuel Lasker
"Reti or Not, Here I Come!" (game of the day Apr-13-12)
Vienna (Austria) (1908)  ·  Italian Game: Scotch Gambit. Anderssen Attack (C56)  ·  0-1
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  Absentee: What a great helpmate game by Reti!
Oct-12-11  Whitehat1963: Reti or not!
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  andrewjsacks: A move is rarely as creative--and amusing!--as White's 11th.
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  andrewjsacks: This game should be better-known.
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  sevenseaman: Seems Reti went on playing his spectacular moves without concern for the OTB situation. Could it be an arranged exhibition game!
Apr-13-12  piltdown man: What a fiasco!
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  al wazir: White had a lot of tactical possibilities, but he made the worst of his position. What's wrong with 10. Neg5 or 12. Neg5 ?
Apr-13-12  Limpin Kt: Alright, but what pun is this? I didn't get it.
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  mike1: " ready or not, here I come" is used
in "hide & seek" games.
Apr-13-12  solskytz: Great, great pun!!


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  scutigera: <Kevin86>: By definition, every sac is sound. Otherwise, it's a blunder, not a sacrifice.
Apr-13-12  solskytz: Not really... a blunder is when you don't pay attention to something elementary. A sac can be unsound but with no obvious, immediate refutation - it's still a sac, just an unsound one.

Just because a computer rates your move -2 point something doesn't mean that you've blundered... Carlsen won such a game from Topalov recently.

Human chess isn't computer chess!!

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  Phony Benoni: <scutigera> On the contrary, every sacrifice is unsound. If it were sound, there would be no sacrifice involved.
Apr-13-12  newzild: ... and then there are Tal-like sacrifices, which may or may not be sound, and nobody really knows.
Apr-13-12  goldenbear: I encountered this opening over-the-board and having never seen it before, I also played 8.Qd8 and won the game. If I remember correctly, my computer analysis after the game showed that 8.Qa5 is correct and that Qd8 is objectively dubious. But it's been so long that I've forgotten what the point of Qa5 was...
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  gofer: <13 Rxe6+> seems to give white a really rather nice position. The obvious reply of <13 ... fxe6 14 Bxb2> leaves black with lots of questions to answer!

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  kevin86: What a crazy game! Both players make big sacs-but the Champ wins,after all.
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  kevin86: Did Reti even think that Dr. Lasker would fall for 11...♗xb3?? 12 ♘f6# (?)
Apr-13-12  bwarnock: <gofer: (13 Rxe6+) seems to give white a really rather nice position. The obvious reply of (13 ... fxe6 14 Bxb2) leaves Black with lots of questions to answer!>

This is better than the game but it's still probably a fairly easy Black win after 14... Qd5! 15. Q wherever O-O-O getting the king out of danger.


Apr-13-12  bwarnock: <Poohavez: Perhaps, Reti was somewhat optimistic.... Were it not for a huge blunder 13.Nxe6?? Reti would get a well-deserved draw: 13.Bxb2 Bxe1 14.Rxe1 Qd7 15.Bxg7 0-0-0 16.Nxe6 fe 17.Bxh8 Rxh8 18.Rxe6=>

This almost works, however Black can play 14...O-O! when taking on e6 isn't good enough and 15. Qc3 (which appears to win) can be met by 15... Qf6!

Best now seems to be 16. ♕xf6 gxf6 17. ♘e4! ♖fd8 18. ♘xf6+ ♔f8 19. ♘xh7+ ♔e8

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and the Black king gets away, so the exchange advantage should eventually win.

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  waustad: The 19 year old Reti was not yet the strong master he became a decade later.
Jul-10-12  Petrosianic: <solskytz>: <Great, great pun!!>

It would be a better pun if he'd pronounced his name that way.

Aug-02-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Reti vs Lasker, 1908.
Your score: 22 (par = 15)


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  ralph46: I played this game today in the guess the move mode. Actually 8 ..Dd8 is a bad move instead of 9 9 Nxe4 in this position Rxe4 is better Be6 10 NXd4 and white has the advantage
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  TheFocus: From a clock simul at the Wien Chess Club in Vienna, Austria on December 19, 1908.

Lasker scored +2=1-0.

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