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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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Oct-26-11  Goldengab: @AnalyzeThis
Well, it's not a matter of lost tempo, bad bishops or similar: it's a matter of suicide silly moves! Already Bd3 and Queen are pointing king, plus a discovered attack... Qe7 is just a suicide move. Come on guys, this is dumb chess. Even an amateur knows how to avoid these things. After all, nice mate :)
Nov-16-11  Llawdogg: I also vote for 18 0-0-0#.
Nov-16-11
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  sevenseaman: "Fatal attraction", free traction.
Dec-24-11  fetonzio: kudos to edward, who was a true genius (inventor of a life-saving breast pump) and died only 3 years before i was born! his combination is terrific, and years ago seemed unfathomable to me, although now i see all moves are forced, so there is really only one line to look at. still, u dont choose greatness, it chooses u, and in this case it chose the lesser-known lasker - which incredibly enough was friends with the lesser-known max lange!!!!!
Feb-20-12  Penguincw: Say, is there anything wrong with 18.0-0-0?
Feb-21-12  SimonT: There's nothing wrong with 18. 0-0-0#

Yasser Seirawan prefers that move in this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBMY...

Feb-22-12  Penguincw: < SimonT: There's nothing wrong with 18. 0-0-0# >

I know. Why I ask? Well, I played this game in Guess-the-Move, and after 17...Kg1, I played 18.0-0-0 and it gave me no points! So, I tried it again, then penazlize me for three points for playing a correct move. Then, still gave me no moves for queenside castling. :(

Apr-15-12
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  Eduardo Bermudez: One hundred years ago !!
Apr-28-12
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  HeMateMe: This is fun!
Jun-21-12  IlluminatoSavio: Un capolavoro
Jun-21-12
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  Cemoblanca: Women!! ;0) [11.Qxh7!!]
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
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  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?

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