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Emanuel Lasker vs Jose Raul Capablanca
"Fixing a Hole" (game of the day Apr-05-2012)
Moscow (1935), Moscow URS, rd 9, Feb-27
French Defense: Winawer Variation (C15)  ·  1-0
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Apr-08-12  JoergWalter: <maxi: Hey, <JW>, do you have an opinion on Alekhine's peculiar demise? The photo does look staged to me.>

<maxi> i don't have an opinion on this - i have the facts. (3 exclams?)

Unfortunately, if i tell you i have to kill you.

But you are right the photo is staged. the guys from the french resistance stole the bottle of Carlos Primero from the table before the picture was taken.

Apr-08-12
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  FSR: <JoergWalter: <maxi: All three great rivals died within a 5 year period.>

no doubt, this is the handwriting of Stalin's secret service. They paved the way for Botvinnik.:-)>

That explains that curious coincidence about each of them getting stabbed with an umbrella a few days before his death. :-) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/215... I guess the Russkies figured Euwe was too weak to bother about. They were right. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_...

Apr-08-12  JoergWalter: <FSR: I guess the Russkies figured Euwe was too weak to bother about.>

Euwe was on that list, too. but the soviet production of umbrellas was facing serious supply problems in materials at that time.

The responsible secretary for umbrella manufacturing was never seen again.

Apr-08-12  King Death: <FSR> Yup, the real contenders in 1948 needed a punching bag. What I find weird about Euwe's score is that the winner had the worst result against him, even Smyslov went 4-1 in spite of contributing Euwe's only win in 20 games.
Apr-08-12
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  maxi: What about Old Blood and Guts? A 30mph accident, and General Patton is paralyzed from the neck down. Sounds like an umbrella job to me. And if anybody was a pain in the neck to the Soviets it was him.
Apr-08-12  King Death: If Patton had his way the army would've gone clear to Moscow.
Apr-08-12
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  RookFile: He would have tried. The Germans found out just how huge Russia was. When the Germans were on the offensive, the Russians retreated faster than they could attack, and followed a scorched earth policy. There are technical difficulties in maintaining a 1000 mile supply chain. Then the winter came, and it was bad news for the Germans even before the crushing counterattack came by the Russians.

I admire some of the things Patton did, but they did the right thing in getting a loose cannon out of a command position. It was too bad that he had that fatal accident, though.

Apr-08-12
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  FSR: <King Death> A <real> champion would have swept Euwe. http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...

Not many know it, but "Euwe" wasn't even his real name. That was actually just the nickname he got because people made that sound in reacting to his blunders:

"Euwe, I can't believe he played 6...b5?? !" Alekhine vs Euwe, 1937

"Euwe, I can't believe he played 23...Ba5?? !" Lasker vs Euwe, 1936

"Euwe, I can't believe he played 30...Ra6?? !" Capablanca vs Euwe, 1931

"Euwe, I can't believe he played 71.Bd5?? !" Euwe vs Lilienthal, 1937

Apr-08-12
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  maxi: My question is if Patton was left alone even for just a few seconds. Also, as paranoid as it sounds, both the driver and Gay had to be investigaded for communist affiliations or links.
Jan-24-14  devere: What was Lasker doing for the last 20 moves of the game? Is this game an inside joke of some kind? I think I see a win, but how did Capa know that Lasker saw it? Did Lasker know that Capa had a date with a beautiful Moscow girl and would have to resign?
Jan-24-14
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  keypusher: <devere>

Reposting from the first page:

<According to Soltis, the game was adjourned for an hour and a half after 41.Qxf6 (sealed).

<In the Pushkin Museum of Art where the games were played, a special room was set aside for Lasker to relax. But the break wasn't long enough for him to find the win and he made no effort before adjourning again>.

After the second adjournment, <Capablanca resigned after satisfying himself that White can win with Ke2-d3-c3-b4-a5 followed, after a check on the h2-b8 diagonal, by Kb6.>....

Lasker could have won much more quickly with 35.Qf4 and Qc7+.>

Jan-24-14  Karpova: According to Albert Becker on pages 99-100 of the April 1935 'Wiener Schach-Zeitung', Dr. Lasker's play after his 41st move was explained by him playing for adjournment to avoid a mistake due to tiredness (<Allerdings ist dieses Verhalten nicht ganz unbegreiflich. Dr. Lasker will nicht den für ihn besonders wertvollen Gewinn durch einen Ermüdungsfehler verscherzen! Er spielt also auf Abbruch der Partie.>). The game was adjourned after 64.Qg6 and Capablanca resigned without resumption.
Mar-12-14  Ulhumbrus: <Karpova: According to Albert Becker on pages 99-100 of the April 1935 'Wiener Schach-Zeitung', Dr. Lasker's play after his 41st move was explained by him playing for adjournment to avoid a mistake due to tiredness (<Allerdings ist dieses Verhalten nicht ganz unbegreiflich. Dr. Lasker will nicht den für ihn besonders wertvollen Gewinn durch einen Ermüdungsfehler verscherzen! Er spielt also auf Abbruch der Partie.>). The game was adjourned after 64.Qg6 and Capablanca resigned without resumption.> This is interesting in a way because it points to a possible answer to the question: How did Lasker make the choices which he made in this game? One answer is that he arrived at them, and in such a way as to cause him fatigue.
Feb-01-15  MindCtrol9: Lasker is one of the players I admire a lot.I have studied some of his games, many of them which is never too many for me.This .GM was exceptional, and I love his games.Some people are born to live forever, and he is one of them.
May-27-15
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  Tabanus: Picture from this game: http://sah.hr/forum/index.php?actio...
Jul-11-17  iron john: why resigned,why not 64 ...kc7 ?
Jul-11-17
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  Petrosianic: <FSR>: <Not many know it, but "Euwe" wasn't even his real name. That was actually just the nickname he got because people made that sound in reacting to his blunders:>

That would be funny, if it weren't pronounced "Erva".

Jul-11-17  Howard: In response to the second-from-last inquiry, 65.d5 would quickly end the game.
Jul-11-17
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  Petrosianic: What does White get for the pawn besides giving Black's Bishop more moves?
Jul-11-17
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  beatgiant: <why resigned> Several kibitzers, including myself, posted winning ideas way back on page 1 of the kibitzing.
Jul-11-17
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  john barleycorn: < iron john: why resigned,why not 64 ...kc7 ?>

64....Kc7 65.Qg3+ Kc8 66.Kd3 Rh5 67.Kc3 Rf5 68.Kb4 Rh5 69.c5 Rd5 70.Ka5 Rxd4 71.Kb6

and because of mate on c7 white will win the pawns on b7 and a6.

(commentary in : Capablanca's Verlustpartien)

Jul-11-17
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  RookFile: Lasker was very wise. When you're in a winning position like he had, the cardinal rule is: "Do Not Hurry". People can sit there with computers and find quicker wins all day, but it's not so easy over the board with Capa facing you. Lasker was very careful and did not let the win slip.
Jul-11-17
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  Petrosianic: <beatgiant>: <Several kibitzers, including myself, posted winning ideas way back on page 1 of the kibitzing.>

Well, really the only winning idea is for White's king to infiltrate on the Queenside. But that way is good enough.

Jul-11-17
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  beatgiant: <Petrosianic>
<the only winnilng idea is for White's king to infiltrate on the Queenside>

Another way is to engineer pawn breakthroughs to create a passed pawn, as in the sample line I posted <Oct-30-05>. If you see a flaw in that plan, feel free to post it - I'm always ready to learn something.

Jul-12-17
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  FSR: <Petrosianic> Pick, pick, pick.
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