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Edward Lasker vs George Alan Thomas
"Fatal Attraction" (game of the day Apr-10-2016)
Casual game (1912), London ENG, Oct-29
Horwitz Defense: General (A40)  ·  1-0
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Dec-16-15  Granny O Doul: I believe Lasker's notation after 12. Nf6 was "++", or "double check". His symbol for checkmate appears to be a vertical drawn through an equals sign which is a new one on me, but then I only learned "chm" for checkmate from watching 'Jeopardy'.
Apr-10-16
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  RookFile: The queenside fianchetto simply doesn't work for black in this setup. A good choice is 7.... d5. After due preparation, black can follow up with ....e5.
Apr-10-16  Steve.Patzer: I agree, 0-0-0 looks prettier.
Apr-10-16
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  FSR: As Lasker acknowledged, a big improvement for Black is 10...Bxe5! winning a pawn after 11.Qxe5 Nc6 or 11.fxe5 Rf5.
Apr-10-16
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  TheFocus: I would rather White had Castled on the last move.

It would have a hamburger move.

Apr-10-16
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  offramp: It's amazing to think that if this was pinball then White would have lost.
Apr-10-16
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  mistermac: Chap walks into a London Chess Club. Sir George Thomas, ever the benign host, and president of the Club, always ready to welcome a potential new member, strolls over and kindly offers to play a game.

The rest is history, and today's Game of the Day.

Thank you, Sir George and Mr Lasker!

Apr-10-16
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  morfishine: Though way too famous a game to be POTD, this is an excellent GOTD, very enjoyable
Apr-10-16  The Kings Domain: This has to be one of the most amusing and entertaining games ever played. I'd hate to be on the losing end in carnages like this. It's defeats like this that create shattered nerves and devastated egos. :-)
Apr-10-16  Isilimela: This is Ed Lasker and not wc Emmanuel Lasker right ?
Apr-10-16  catlover: The position at the 10th move was in a book of checkmate exercises edited by Reinfeld.

I suppose the pun has to do with Thomas' king being drawn to his doom into Lasker's territory.

Apr-10-16
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  FSR: <Isilimela> Right, it's Edward Lasker, not the world champion.
Apr-10-16  SandyJames: I'm a bit confused. I have a book on Dutch Defence by Neil McDonald and this game is on page 17 and the move order is very different like below:

1 d4 f5

2 e4 fxe4

3 Nc3 Nf6

4 Bg5 e6

5 Nxe4 Be7

6 Bxf6 Bxf6

7 Nf3 0-0

8 Bd3 b6

9 Ne5 Bb7

..... and so on.

So which one is correct? Thanks!

Apr-10-16
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  Keyser Soze: Great pun, and nice game!
Apr-10-16
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  offramp: McDonald's correct.
Apr-10-16
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  maxi: The pun is perfect! But, as we are told by <TheFocus> to focus upon (and others, too), it is too bad the Lasker chest player played the rather weak 18.Kd2++ instead of the stronger 18.0-0-0++, putting his king in safety.
Apr-10-16
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  FSR: <SandyJames> Many different versions of the opening moves have been given (including by Lasker itself) and it is unclear which is correct. http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...
Apr-10-16  SandyJames: Thank you, FSR.
Apr-10-16  newhampshireboy: E. Lasker was a cousin of Emmanuel Lasker. What a fun game to see!
Apr-11-16
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  kevin86: The black king is marched to the scaffold. White ducks on castling with mate.
Apr-11-16
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  maxi: Yes. Emmanuel Lasker was the chess player (or, as he called himself on a tragic occasion, Schach Koenig), and Edward was the chest player.
Nov-14-16  lealcala: Lasker chose to move the King to checkmate. Always felt it would have been even a more special game if he had chosen rooking to checkmate.
Jun-03-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <lealcala: Lasker chose to move the King to checkmate. Always felt it would have been even a more special game if he had chosen rooking to checkmate.>

Especially since it's included in the collection "Castle mates". Too bad he showed such economy of effort that he chose to move the King as a single piece rather than castling, which requires moving two pieces (thereby burning up 0.000735 more calories).

Sep-14-17  boxcar2: why not 16 B e5 mate? quicker.
Sep-14-17
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  Cucurbit: <boxcar2 why not 16 B e5 mate? quicker.>

16 Be5 is not a legal move (no dark square bishop) and it would not be mate even if it were possible.

16 Be4 (which you may have meant) is not mate because of 16 ...Bxe4

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