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James Mortimer vs Emanuel Lasker
Exhibition game (1891), London ENG, Aug-15
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Compromised Defense Main Line (C52)  ·  1-0


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  AgentRgent: Impressive play by Mr. Mortimer against the great Lasker. The Evans Gambit claims another scalp.
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  patzer2: Mortimer's use of development to gain an advantage and his simplification to a won ending in beating Lasker is a well played game worthy of any modern Master.

The irony of White's final move is that after sacrificing a couple of pawns in the Evans gambit opening, he now forces an exchange of queens after which he sacrifices his one extra pawn to gain tempo for a won end game.

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  Honza Cervenka: According to's database this game did not end after white's 34th move and countinued with 34...Qxb3 35.axb3 Kc3 36.Kf2 Kxb3 37.Ke3 Kc4 38.Kf4 g6 39.g4 fxg4 40.fxg4 Kd4 41.Kg5 Ke4 42.Kh6 Kf4 43.h3 Kg3 44.Kxh7 Kxh3 45.g5 and black resigned.
Nov-06-06  Karpova: This game was played in a simul. Lasker may even have played blindfolded. Source:
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  offramp: Mortimer Laski Rising.
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  MissScarlett: <This game was played in a simul. Lasker may even have played blindfolded.>

The game was played during Lasker's engagement at the German Exhibition in London in August 1891, wherein he took on all-comers in single, simultaneous and even blindfold combat. This game, apparently, was head-to-head.

Whyld (1998) dates it to August 12th, relying for the score on <Chess Monthly November 1892 p.80>, but the score appeared as early as Monday, August 17th 1891, in the <Morning Post>, p.2,: <The following game was played on Saturday...>.

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