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Lenzerk vs Emanuel Lasker
Simul, 26b (1913), Krefeld GER, Oct-16
Four Knights Game: Italian Variation. Noa Gambit (C47)  ·  0-1


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  InspiredByMorphy: What a beating by Lasker! Lasker is the only one out of 8 games in the database that played 9. ... g5 instead of 9 ... Bg4 . Makes sense to me. Great game.
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  tpstar: <InspiredByMorphy> Please post the win after 20. Nxc5 instead. I see 20 ... d4+ 21. Ke4 Qg6+ 22. Kd5 but now I'm unsure how to prevent White's King escaping via c4, plus the Nc5 covers d7 & e6. Thank you.

king_123456789-tpstar0 (Yahoo 8/25/04): 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Nc3?! Nxe4! 5. Bxf7+ Kxf7 6. Nxe4 d5 7. Neg5+ Kg8 8. d3 h6 9. Nh3 g5 10. Nfxg5!? hxg5 11. Bxg5 Be7 12. Qd2 Bxh3 13. Bxe7 Qxe7 14. gxh3 Rxh3 15. 0-0-0 Raf8 16. Qe2 Rhf3 17. h4 Nd4 18. Qd2 Rxf2 19. Qh6 Qh7 20. Qg5+ Qg7 21. Qh5 Rxc2+ 22. Kb1 Rg2 23. Rde1 Nf3 24. Red1 Qg6 25. Qxg6+ Rxg6 and Black won (0-1).

Aug-26-04  Cyphelium: <tpstar> I share your confusion. 19.- Bc5+ is rather mysterious. Sure black has compensation and maybe someone can show us a win, but why didn't Lasker just go for the forced mate instead with 19.- d4+ 20. Ke4 Qg6+ 21. Kd5 Rd6+ 22. Kc4 (22.Kc5 Rb6+ 23. Kd5 Rd7+ 24. Kc4 Qe6 mate))22.- Qe6+ 23. Kb4 Rb6++ 24. Ka4 Qc6+ 25. Ka5 Qb5 mate?
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  beatgiant: Or even 19... d4+ 20. ♔e4 ♕g6+ 21. ♔d5 c6+ 22. ♔c4 b5# . So 19...♗c5+ looks like a regrettable oversight.

But after 20. ♘xc5 d4+ 21. ♔e4 ♕g6+ 22. ♔d5 , Black has 22...♖b6 and it looks like White will soon be forced to jettison a lot of material to avoid checkmate. For example, the game might continue 23. ♖xf7 ♕xf7+ 24. ♔e4 ♖d6 25. c4 ♘xh3 and White must give up the queen to avoid mate by 26...♘f2 .

Hey, Crafty! Can you post a computer-generated line against 20. ♘xc5 for us?

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  tpstar: twixmike5552002-tpstar0 (Yahoo 4/29/05): 5. Bxf7+ Kxf7 6. Nxe4 d5 7. Neg5+ Kg8 8. d3 h6 9. Nh3 g5 10. Nhxg5!? hxg5 11. Bxg5 Be7 12. Bxe7 Qxe7 13. Qd2 Bg4 14. Qg5+ Qxg5 15. Nxg5 Kg7 and Black won (0-1).
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  tpstar: rolu_0202-tpstar0 (Yahoo 5/3/05): 10. Qe2 Bd6 11. Nhxg5!? hxg5 12. Bxg5 Qe8 13. 0-0-0 Bg4 14. h3 Nd4 15. Qe3 Bxf3 16. gxf3 Qh5 17. f4 Ne2+ 18. Kb1 Nxf4 19. Bxf4 exf4 20. Rhg1+ Kf7 21. Qd4 Rhg8 22. Rxg8? Qxd1# 0-1.
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  tpstar: piccolo7mic-tpstar0 (Yahoo 5/16/05): 8. c4?! h6 (8 ... e4 9. cd Qxd5) 9. cd Qxd5 10. Nh3 g5 11. Nhg1 Bg4 (11 ... e4) 12. h3 Bh5 13. g4 Bg6 14. d3? Qxd3 15. Qxd3 Bxd3 16. Be3 e4 17. Nd4 Nxd4 18. Bxd4 Bg7 19. Bxg7 Kxg7 and Black won (0-1).

"stupid player" lol

May-17-05  Boomie: <tpstar> 20. ♘xc5 seems to be white's best chance, but it leads to either forced mates or loss of material. The key move for black is 22...♖b6. This demonstrates the brilliance of Lasker and 19...♗c5+

{20. Nxc5 d4+ 21. Ke4 Qg6+ 22. Kd5 Rb6 23. Kc4

(23. b4 Rxf1 24. Qxf1 Nf3 25. Qxf3 Qc6+ 26. Kxe5 Qxf3)

(23. Rxf7 Qxf7+ 24. Ke4 Rd6 25. Qf1 Nf3 26. c4

(26. Qxf3 Qd5+ 27. Kf5 Qxf3+ 28. Kxe5 Qd5#)

26... Nxd2+)

23... Rxb2 24. a4

(24. Nb3 Qa6+ 25. Kb4 c5+ 26. Kxc5 Rxb3 27. cxb3 Qb6+ 28. Kd5 Qc6+ 29. Kxe5 Qc5+ 30. Ke6 Re7+ 31. Kf6 Qd6+ 32. Kf5 Qe6#)

24... Rxf1 25. Qxf1 Rxc2+ 26. Kb3 Rxd2 27. Qc1 Qf7+ 28. Qc4 Ne2)

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  tpstar: <Boomie> Thank you very much for posting that. With all due respect to Lasker (and yourself), the above mate lines by Cyphelium & beatgiant starting with 19 ... d4+ seem more forcing. When the King's on the run, keep on checking, right?!

I wonder if both sides really did overlook 20. Nxc5 here. 22 ... Rb6 is not an obvious key at all. Thanks again for the analysis. =)

May-18-05  Boomie: <tpstar> Heh. Oops. I got so caught up trying to justify Bc5+ I overlooked d4+. Thanks for the heads up.
Sep-16-06  popski: Yes, where are interesting openings there you can also find <tpstar> :) I would like to see <tpstar> as <Crafty> opening trainer. That would be interesting & sharp opponent, full of tricks & traps!
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  tpstar: Fritz 7 Deep Position Analysis [20MB]:

8. d3 h6 9. Nh3 g5 10. Nhg1

1) 10 ... Qf6

a) 11. h4 g4 12. Nh2 Qxh4 13. Ne2 Rh7 [-0.78/12]

b) 11. h4 gh 12. Be3 Kh7 13. Nxh4 Rg8 [-0.34/11]

c) 11. Ne2 Rh7 12. 0-0 Bg4 13. Nd2 Rf7 [-0.81/13]

d) 11. Be3 Rh7 12. Ne2 Rf7 13. Nd2 e4 [-0.97/12]

2) 10 ... Rh7

a) 11. Ne2 Qd6 12. Be3 Rf7 13. 0-0 Bg7 [-0.75/11]

b) 11. Ne2 Qf6 12. Be3 Rf7 13. h3 Bg7 [-0.71/11]

3) 10 ... Qd6

a) 11. Ne2 Rh7 12. Ng3 Rf7 13. h3 Bd7 [-0.59/11]

b) 11. Ne2 Bg4 12. Nd2 Re8 13. Nb3 Qf6 [-0.47/10]

The ideas are similar (...Rh7 & ... Rf7) yet (2a) looks best, giving Black a great game.

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  TheFocus: From a simul in Krefeld, Germany on October 16, 1913.

Lasker scored +22=3-1.

Whyld gives this man's name as Lenzerk.

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