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Emanuel Lasker vs John Lindsay McCutcheon
Correspondence game (1903) (correspondence), corr, rd 1
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  1-0


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Oct-03-07  RookFile: I guess Lasker was a pretty good postal player.
Oct-04-07  Shams: why does he give himself the Irish pawns on move 10? jeez that's ugly.
Oct-04-07  RookFile: I think it reflects Lasker's will to win. It may not be required on move 10, but, if he lets black get in the typical ...Nc6, ...Qa5, cxd4 leading to the exchange of queens, white's winning chances will be less.

In some lines, maybe the knight goes to d4 too.

10. dxc5 is not a bad move.

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  keypusher: Here's another correspondence game with Lasker in which MacCutcheon (not McCutcheon, dammit) successfully employs the "Irish pawn center" against his own defense.

McCutcheon vs Lasker, 1904

Lasker used the same device against the variation in a more high-stakes game a few years later.

Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908

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  keypusher: Oops, it's McCutcheon after all.
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  TheFocus: One of two correspondence games to test the McCutcheon Defense.

Played in 1904.

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  MissScarlett: <One of two correspondence games to test the McCutcheon Defense.

Played in 1904.>

The games started in 1903, confirmed by a <Chicago Sunday Tribune> report of September 13th 1903, p.12, where the in-progress scores are given; this game stood at <20...d4> and McCutcheon vs Lasker, 1903 at <23.Bc4>, with White assessed as easily winning in both cases.

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