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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Emanuel Lasker
Steinitz - Lasker World Championship Match (1894), Montreal CAN, rd 6, Mar-29
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit (C53)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Honza Cervenka: Wow! Fascinating battle.
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  Calli: Steinitz thought 25.Qxc4+ followed by a6 was more promising.
Feb-29-08  Knight13: 54. Kg5? Dude, come on, at least try g4.
Nov-27-08  Edeltalent: <Knight13> Well, it's not as if black could do anything wrong after g4. The game is a draw already.
Dec-09-08  nimh: ...Rxb2 should have been played move earlier.


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Rybka 3 w32:
15 01:05,844 4.546.883 71.185 +2,53 Rxb2 Qc8+ Nf8 Nf4 g5 Qg4 h6 h4 Qd7 Qxd7 Nxd7 Nd5 Kf7 hxg5 hxg5 e5 Rd2 Nc3 Rxd4 Nb5 Rd2 Nd6+ Ke6 Nxc4 Re2 Kg1 Nxe5 Nxe5 Kxe5 Kf1 Rd2

16 01:29,421 6.305.374 72.546 +2,59 Rxb2 Qc8+ Nf8 Nf4 g5 Qg4 h6 h4 Qd7 Qxd7 Nxd7 Nd5 Kf7 hxg5 hxg5 e5 Rd2 Nc3 Rxd4 Nb5 Rd2 Nd6+ Ke6 Nxc4 Re2 Na5 Nxe5 Nb3 Kf6 Nd4 Rd2

17 01:53,015 8.022.039 72.957 +2,59 Rxb2 Qc8+ Nf8 Nf4 g5 Qg4 h6 h4 Qd7 Qxd7 Nxd7 Nd5 Kf7 hxg5 hxg5 e5 Rd2 Nc3 Rxd4 Nb5 Rd2 Nd6+ Ke6 Nxc4 Re2 Na5 Nxe5 Nb3 Kf6 Nd4 Rd2

18+ 04:36,812 20.294.998 75.190 +2,79 Rxb2

18+ 07:10,499 32.817.072 78.138 +2,99 Rxb2

18 12:07,843 56.208.964 79.125 +3,21 Rxb2 Qc8+ Nf8 Nf4 g5 Qg4 h6 h4 Qd7 Qxd7 Nxd7 Nd5 Kf7 e5 gxh4 gxh4 Rd2 Nc3 Rxd4 Nb5 Rxh4+ Kg3 Rh5 Nd6+ Ke6 Nxc4 Nxe5 Ne3 Rg5+ Kh3

Best move: Rxb2, Value: +3,21, Depth: 18, Time: 15:09,448, 70.796.843 Nodes, 79.752 N/sec.

Jan-06-16  Retireborn: Different sources give Lasker's 10th move as ...f5 or ...f6. Of course it makes no difference to the rest of the game, but does anybody have a definitive answer?
Jan-06-16  thomastonk: <Retireborn> You can find the answer to such questions easily by means of the "Timeline Tool" from chessarch:

You will find, for example, Lasker's comments on the adjourned game in the 'New York Daily Tribune' and the 'New York Sun' of March 30, 1894. The game is also published in several other newspapers in the following days. I always see 10.. P-B4, i.e. 10.. f5.

Jan-06-16  Retireborn: <thomas> Many thanks for that, it looks like a tremendous resource!

The source I am using for Lasker games (Soloviev/Convekta) does have a number of annoying notation errors in it (for example they also give White's 50th as Qc3 instead of Qc5.)

I am not sure if they make these mistakes themselves or if they are relying on Russian press reports which did not convey the moves accurately.

Jan-06-16  thomastonk: <Retireborn: I am not sure if they make these mistakes themselves ...> During my sabbatical in 2014 I made extensive game score comparisons of Lasker's games in three commercial databases, among them Convekta's database. I cannot talk here too much about this, but I found to my surprise that most differences came from old sources and not from the digitisation process.
Jan-06-16  Retireborn: <thomas> Thanks again. As I'm using Convekta to work (rather slowly!) through the Steinitz v Lasker matches, I'll be sure to compare their scores with other sources whenever possible.
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  keypusher: <retireborn> If you have no shortage of time, Huebner's book is quite a companion for the first match.

Jan-06-16  Retireborn: <keypusher> Thanks for that recommendation - I've added it to my list.
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