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Samuel Tinsley vs Emanuel Lasker
London (1899), London ENG, rd 12, Jun-14
Queen Pawn Game: Veresov Attack (D00)  ·  0-1


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  keypusher: Hoffer's only comment in the tournament book came after 13. Na4:

<In developing with the King's Fianchetto, White relinquishes the advantage of first move. Lasker, as usual, plays the correct opening moves, while White does not seem to have any fixed plan. At last there is a combination which amounts to attacking a pawn and exchanging off a piece. Then comes a period of doing nothing, whilst Black brings his forces into strategical positions, and when the attack commences White's game crumbles to pieces. There is no need to say more about this game.>

Position after 28....g5:

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Tinsley's 29. Nf4 trap is clever, and allows him to trade off Lasker's louring bishop on e4. But in the meantime Black's pawns are taking down the king's ramparts. Lasker gets in a little zinger of his own at the end with a sham rook sacrifice.

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  KEG: As keypusher indicated elsewhere on this site, Tinsley's opening play in this game was awful. His strategy seemed to be to lock in his dark-square bishop and pray that Lasker blundered. By move 10, Tinsely was strategically lost.

The only remarkable thing about this game is the fact that Lasker, though taking his time to position his pieces for his eventual winning king's-side attack, never lost his grip on the game and maintained his winning edge from move 10 until the end.

I do, however, disagree with keypusher (whose analysis is almost always spot on) about the merits of Tinsley's 29. Nf4. I see nothing clever about this move. Lasker was obviously not going to play 29...gxN and lose his Queen, and 29. Nf4 only hastened Tinsley's defeat. 29. Bg2 offered the "best" hope of survival, though there is little chance that anyone could have held back Lasker by this point.

I did like what keypusher aptly called Lasker's "sham rook sacrifice" (36...Rc4). It was cute to see Lasker with a hanging Rook as Tinsely resigned the hopeless contest.

There were many games of real interest in the London 1899 tournament. This was not one of them.

Jan-09-17  RookFile: White tried to bait black into doing something rash. Instead, Lasker applied steady pressure.
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