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Edward Lasker vs George Alan Thomas
"Fatal Attraction" (game of the day Apr-14-08)
London, England (1912)  ·  Horwitz Defense: General (A40)  ·  1-0
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Jun-21-12  RookFile: Another game where black puts his bishop on b7, and it whistles in the wind while the house burns down on the other side of the board.
Aug-15-12
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  whiteshark: Whenever you can castle with check! Do it. (Seirawan)
Oct-18-12
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  Eduardo Bermudez: The most famous king's trip !!
May-06-13
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  Eduardo Bermudez: Fatal Attraction I
Oct-23-13
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  ChemMac: 16 Kf1 and 17 Nh2 mates in two instead of three.
Oct-28-13  The Last Straw: ( Komodo32 3 32bit 319.98 (depth 5) 12...Kh8 13.Ng6#) ( #-5 (depth 5) 12...Kh6 13.Neg4+ Kg5 14.h4+ Kf4 15.g3+ Kf3 16.O-O gxf6 17.Nh2#)
Oct-28-13
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  profK: Didn't Alekhine have one of these king marches....And I think Gerald Abrahams did too.
Oct-29-13  RedShield: <Take a Walk on the Kingside>
Oct-29-13
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  mistermac: Happy 101, King Walk!
Mar-24-14  meir: Why did they play until the checkmate without resigning? And why do chess players resign nowadays before getting checkmate?
Mar-24-14
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  tamar: <Calli: ChessGames: The year is 1911. Here is what Ed Lasker himself wrote about the game:

Ed Lasker
"was not a tournament game but a so called `five minute' game, i. e. a game played with clocks as fast or as slowly as the players like, but with the condition that neither player exceed the total time of the other by more than five minutes at any stage. This manner of timing was very popular in the City of London Chess Club where this game was played in 1911. I have some sort of sentimental attachment to it, not only because it is the most beautiful game I ever succeeded in winning, but because it was the first game I played in England, on the day I arrived there, sea sick from an awful channel crossing, and without knowing a word of English. As always when I find myself in a foreign country, my first visit was to the leading Chess Club, where a Chess player is sure to find friendly advice. I was introduced to many members whose names I did not understand, and one of them invited me to play a game with him. At that time I was quite unaware that he was Sir George Thomas, the champion of the Club and later British Champion. I was explained the rules of these five minute games by a German speaking member, and we began ...years later ... I received a letter from a Chess Club in Australia. The writer said ... that I could have checkmated my opponent in seven instead of eight moves ... He appended the following variations, which I regret to say are really correct: 11 Qxh7+ Kxh7 12 Nxf6+ Kh6 13 Neg4+ Kg5 14 f4+! This check does it the quickest way! I had not considered it in the game, because I had not seen the nice mate in two which would follow if Black moves Kxf4. 15 g3+ Kf3 would enable mate by 16 0-0, and if instead the King goes back to g5, 16 h4 mates. 14 ... Kh4 15 g3+ Kh3 16 Bf1+ Bg2 17 Nf2 mate. 16 0-0 would also have forced the mate with the Knight.">

Mar-24-14  thomastonk: On <The year is 1911> and others, the following link has been recommended already some years before: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/....
May-25-14  Novirasputin: Having memorized this game one of my prouder moments is doing this in a bullet game online. I castled on the last move. My opponent thought I was using a program
Jul-07-14  zanzibar: From <Winter>'s article ref given by <thomastonk> is then purported score of the game itself, in Lasker's hand:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Does it almost look like Lasker wrote 12.Se4xf6# (12.Ne4xf6#), thinking it mate?

Jan-21-15  fburton: I've seen this game covered elsewhere as starting with 1...f5 (the Dutch) rather than the 1...e6 quoted here. Is this game pgn correct??
Feb-21-15  Oliveira: <zanzibar> Oops! A bit too early, Edward!

<fburton> What about this one?

[Event "Regionalliga NW 0102"]
[Site "Bayern, England"]
[Date "2002.01.20"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Alexej Plakadine"]
[Black "Ralf Frankenberger"]
[ECO "A83"]
[WhiteElo "1870"]
[BlackElo "1825"]
[PlyCount "31"]

1.d4 f5 2.e4 fxe4 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 e6 5.Nxe4 Be7 6.Bxf6 Bxf6 7.Nf3 b6 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.Ne5 0-0 10.Qh5 Qe7 11.Qxh7+ Kxh7 12.Nxf6+ Kh6 13. Neg4+ Kg5 14.f4+! Kh4 15.g3+ Kh3 16.Bf1+ 1-0


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Feb-22-15  yadasampati: Very nice, but i would have preferred 18. 0-0-0# as the last move, simply because mating by castling looks more spectacular to me, and also results in a nicer position. But of course, these aestethic considerations are of minor importance :-)
Feb-22-15  Steve.Patzer: King move causes checkmate.
Feb-22-15
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  offramp: 18.0-0-0# would have been wrong:

William Ewart Napier:

"‘Once I asked Harry Nelson Pillsbury whether he used any formula for castling. He said his rule was absolute and vital: <castle because you will or because you must; but not because you can>.’"

18.0-0-0# would be a case of castling simply because he could. Therefore it would have been a mistake:

18.0-0-0#?

Feb-22-15
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  MissScarlett: I once asked Michael Adams if he had a rule for castling; he looked at me strangely and moved hurriedly on. I'm still waiting for an answer.
Mar-21-15
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  Alex Schindler: "come into my lair"
Mar-31-15  Cactusjuice: I think 0-0-0 finish was much artistic
Mar-31-15
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  keypusher: There are 10 pages of kibitzing on this game, and nine of them concern whether 0-0-0# or Kd2# was <more artistic>. Not as irritating as <I can't believe this game hasn't been kibitzed>. But close.
Jul-03-15  Marianomac: Genial
Aug-31-15  kishore4u: Good one.
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