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Emanuel Lasker vs H M Howe
"Howe Do You Like Them Apples?" (game of the day Aug-24-2007)
Simul, 23b (1902), Chicago, IL USA, Dec-12
Italian Game: Classical Variation. General (C53)  ·  1-0


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Feb-03-07  Timothy Glenn Forney: 37...♖g7 38.♕h6 ♕e7 39.♗xf6 ♕d7 40.♕h8+ ♔f7 41.♕xh7 ♔e8 42.♖h8# I think I have the best ending here,let me know.
Aug-24-07  somitra: Was it worth giving away a bishop to stop white from castling in this game ? I feel that Black was lost in the opening itself, not withstanding the last cute looking move by White.
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  RandomVisitor: If Black wants to play the 4...d6 line, 6...Bb6 is better.
Aug-24-07  CapablancaFan: Oh man, the great Lasker does it again. I mean how many people realized that 7.Kf1 was an indirect attack on black's king bishop! 37.Qxg5+! must have come as a shock. Howe could he not see that? LOL.
Aug-24-07  syracrophy: The only good thing of this game is the last move 37.♕xg5+!!. It's not good for a GOTD to have won a piece already at the first moves of the game
Aug-24-07  7Heaven: what does GODT stand for?
Aug-24-07  somitra: <7Heaven: what does GODT stand for?> GOTD is the acronym for "Game Of The Day" GODT is a typo. :)
Aug-24-07  Eggman: Would Black be so bad after 8...Nf6?
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  Honza Cervenka: <Eggman: Would Black be so bad after 8...Nf6?> Certainly not so bad but still bad enough after 9.Bxf7+. But why not 8...Qd7?
Aug-24-07  ounos: Hehe, Black couldn't even compensate by capturing that pawn: 12. ... Qxe4 13 Qe1 and the joke is complete! :-)
Aug-24-07  Crowaholic: My favorite continuation is: 37. ..Rg7 38. Bxf6?! Rxg5 39. Rh8+ Kf7 40. Rxf8+ Kxf8 41. Bxg5

It's not the fastest way to mate, but it's fun. :-)

Anyway, 37. ..Rg7 is apparently not the best defensive option - ..Qg7 seems preferable.

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  keypusher: <syracrophy: The only good thing of this game is the last move 37.Qxg5+> Agree.
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  kevin86: GOTD-really! Why Mr. Howe played on after blundering a piece away to the World Champion is sheer folly, The queen sac at the end is pretty-not to mention it fits in with the often repeated Reti-Tartakower mating theme.
Aug-24-07  argishti: why 7. Ba5??
Aug-24-07  Karpova: <arghisti>
To avoid white playing d5-Qa4 Qxb4
With the Ba5 he can simply answer Qa4+ with c6 and the Qd8 covers the Ba5
Aug-24-07  Duque Roquero: Not a good game.
Aug-24-07  dabearsrock1010: stupid gotd i dont even understand whats so good about it
Aug-24-07  wanabe2000: Must be better games of the day than a simul. Except for the Kf1 move this game doesn't seem remarkable.
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  fm avari viraf: Black has lost a piece on the 12th move & to continue playiny against a giant Lasker is just stupidity!
Aug-24-07  argishti: ooo thats right! thanks karpova.
Aug-24-07  Mendrys: Given that this was a simul and Howe knew going in he had little if any chance of winning, why resign? That being said I don't think this was GOTD material. I agree with Cabablanca fan. I'm sure Howe didn't know what to make of 7. Kf1.

Howe does win an amusing game against Beers in:
H Howe vs W Beers, 1940

Aug-24-07  JG27Pyth: I agree with the majority here... not a good GOTD, especially compared with recent GOTD's which have been excellent.

7. Kf1 is surprising... but the response 7...Ba5 strikes me as 100% garbage. Throwing away tempo's? in the opening? against Lasker? please.

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  Calli: Brilliant strategy from Howe! He doesn't resign when losing a piece, but maneuvers Lasker into a picturesque finale. Instead of the gamescore being thrown away and Howe long forgotten, he is now immortalized in the GOTD.
Aug-24-07  RookFile: So, it was a simul. He probably travelled a ways to play the world champion, in a day when travel wasn't so convenient.

I don't blame the guy for playing a few more moves, not that it changed anything, of course.

Nov-25-14  TheFocus: From a simul at the Chicago Chess Club in Chicago, Illinois on December 12, 1902.

Lasker scored +21=1-1.

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