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Walter Penn Shipley vs Emanuel Lasker
Exhibition Game (1902), Philadelphia, PA USA, Nov-10
Four Knights Game: Double Spanish (C49)  ·  0-1


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  GrahamClayton: From the "Brooklyn Eagle", November 11, 1902:

"Dr Lasker, chess champion of the world, concluded his Philadelphia program with a match game against Walter Penn Shipley, treasurer of the Franklin Chess Club.

Having the Black forces, Lasker selected the Berlin Defense of the Ruy Lopez, and for thirty-five moves the play on both sides was strictly scientific.

At this point the champion made what was thought to be an indifferent move [38...♔e5], in consequence of which he sacrificed his Queen for a Rook and Bishop, as he did with Lipschutz in New York.

A few moves later, however, Shipley offered a draw, only to be refused. Evidently the champion knew well the strength of his position, for he improved it little by little, and before long had a distinct advantage. Shipley resigned the game after sixty-nine moves."

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  TheFocus: From Edward Winter's <Chess Notes> column:

5656. Who? (C.N. 5635)

C.N. 5635 asked who wrote the following:

<‘I have played against the following noted players, winning the first game that I contested with each master, namely: Zukertort, Steinitz, Lasker, Pillsbury and Max Weiss.’>

The answer is Walter Penn Shipley, in a letter on page 169 of Chess Review.

5677. Walter Penn Shipley (C.N. 5656)

<Historian Nikolai Brunni> writes:

<‘The statement by Walter Penn Shipley that he won the first game he contested against Zukertort, Steinitz, Lasker, Pillsbury and Weiss does not seem entirely true. In Lasker’s case, Shipley lost the first serious game between them. During a two-week engagement at the Franklin Chess Club in Philadelphia, Lasker played two games against each of five players (D.M. Martinez, A.K. Robinson, G.C. Reichhelm, H.G. Voigt and W.P. Shipley).

According to <The Collected Games of Emanuel Lasker> by K. Whyld (Nottingham, 1998), their first game was played on 24 December 1892, Lasker winning on the Black side of a Two Knights’ Defense; their second game, on 28 December 1892, was a Steinitz Gambit, won by Shipley as Black (see pages 43-44). The book then gave a further win by Shipley as Black with the same opening, but the source was merely specified as follows: “From Nepomuceno (Perhaps analysis of above.)”

Page 45 had another victory by Shipley against the Steinitz Gambit, in a simultaneous display by Lasker on 2 January 1893. In all three Steinitz Gambit games the first ten moves were the same.’>

Also according to Nikolai Brunni: in known games, Shipley had an overall plus score against Lasker, with some nice wins in simul play.

Not too shabby.

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  TheFocus: From an exhibition game played in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 10, 1902.
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