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Emanuel Lasker vs Enrique Delmonte
"Canned Response" (game of the day Jul-13-2006)
Simultaneous Exhibition (1906) (exhibition), Havana CUB
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation (C10)  ·  1-0


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Jul-13-06  capa5: Good sacrifice and windmill.
Jul-13-06  makaveli52: those bishops were having a field day
Jul-13-06  suenteus po 147: I have nightmares about playing Topalov in a simul and he plays a move exactly like 13.Qxf5 and I soil myself because I realize I've just lost the game in twelve moves, and to a queen sac no less.
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  al wazir: 12...Nf5 is a pretty awful move, but it could have been worse: 12...Ng6 13. Qxg6 fxg6 14. Bxg6#.
Jul-13-06  backyard pawn: I could definitely see losing a game like this to someone playing like Lasker. What an artful attack.
Jul-13-06  chessmoron: If I see the game correctly if black played 15...Kf8, will this game have been drawn. 16. Rxd7-g5 17. Bxf5-gxh4
Jul-13-06  Longbrow: Don't know who this Delmonte guy is, ,but he did seem to invite disaster after 9...Bxe4(?). This game is to relish. It reminds me of my very first legitimate win against a computer. I won because I had stumbled into a beautiful windmill with my knight. Did not know how I got there,but I made myself find out.
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  An Englishman: Good Morning: Cheer up, suenteus po 147. Lots of grandmasters have the exact same nightmare. By that standard, you must be GM strength.
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  al wazir: <chessmoron>: 15...Kf8 is better, but after 16. Rxd7 white has three pieces for his ♕ and control of most of the board. I see no way of preventing 17. Re1 and 18. Ree7. The continuation might be 16...g5 17. Re1 Kg7 18. Ree7 Rhf8 19. Bg3.

I like white's chances.

Jul-13-06  Cyphelium: <al wazir> After 15.- ♔f8 16. ♖xd7 g5 17. ♖e1, one way of preventing ♖ee7 could be 17.- ♖e8. Another way to avoid this is to play the immediate 16.- ♖e8!?. Then 17. ♘e5 ♖xe5 18. dxe5 g5 is quite interesting; 19. ♗xf5 gxh4 20. ♖ad1 ♕xb2 21. e6 and white doesn't seem to lose. But can he win?
Jul-13-06  Cyphelium: Actually, 15. ♗xe7 might be stronger.
15.- ♕a6 16. ♗xf5 looks dangerous: and for example 16.- ♘b6 17. ♗d6+ ♔d8 18. ♘e5 ♖f8 19. ♗xf8 ♔c7 20. ♗c5 seems very good for white. Or 16.- ♘f8 17. d5!.
Jul-13-06  dakgootje: I wouldnt even think about saccing my queen in such a position, wouldnt look at it. Would just play some ordinary move. Well its a brilliant sac with a beautiful attack after it, especcially since it was a simul
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  PhilFeeley: What are the elements of black's position that make the Queen sac a good choice? King in the middle? Knights badly placed? Bishop undeveloped? Queen out of the way? No challenge for the middle? All of the above?
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  keypusher: Thanks for adding this game so quickly, No doubt Lasker was inspired by Tal vs Hecht, 1962 here.
Jul-13-06  apawnandafool: <philfeely> a simul? that poor kid. betcha he wet hisself after taking lasker's queen.
Jul-13-06  Tariqov: <phil>White has more material(i suppose he calculated that he will at least have 3 pieces for the Q) + a ferocious attack to the king.
Jul-13-06  YouRang: <PhilFeeley: What are the elements of black's position that make the Queen sac a good choice? King in the middle? Knights badly placed? Bishop undeveloped? Queen out of the way? No challenge for the middle? All of the above?>

Interesting question. If you are someone like Lasker, you might make observe the following benefits of the queen-for-knight sac.

1. I have a deadly bishop on h4 that is crossing the key squares around black's uncastled king.

2. I have opened the e-file for my rook(s) to attack down the middle.

3. My e3 bishop can take the unguarded f6 pawn, thus guarding the key d7 square next to black's uncastled king.

4. My f3 knight is ready to jump in at d5 at an opportune time.

5. Defensively, black is in shambles. Blacks queen at b6 is out of the picture, the d7 knight is practically immobile, black's rooks are useless. Black's best defender is the bishop, which can be easily piled up on. Black's uncastled king is pitifully stuck in the middle.

6. Defensively, my king is safely castled, and there is no chance for counter-attack.

So, someone as experienced and talented as Lasker could probably smell a win a mile away.

Most of us would stop analyzing after 13. Qxf5 exf5, and say "nope, that move is no good - I lose my queen for a knight."

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  kevin86: Lasker is not Dutch-but he can certainly operate a windmill,lol

Lasker was so feeicient that he left a rook behind at a1-that he didn't even need for the attack. It made a good sentry to guard against a possible back rank mate,however.

Jul-13-06  aw1988: <keypusher> It would be hard to be inspired if the game happens to be played 56 years later!
Jul-13-06  RookFile: I think today the preferred moves are 5.... Bc6 6. Bd3 Nbd7 7. 0-0 Ngf6
Jul-13-06  EmperorAtahualpa: <Lasker is not Dutch-but he can certainly operate a windmill,lol>

<kevin86> It's nice that you're referring to my country when mentioning windmills, but you should know that there's nothing specifically Dutch about windmills!

Jul-17-06  dx9293: Del Monte is a canned food manufacturer in the United States...good pun,!
Sep-03-07  paladin at large: GM Andrew Soltis commented on this game in "Why Lasker Matters" as follows:

"Lasker used his simultaneous exhibitions to experiment, to have fun, to play a style of chess he didn't allow himself in money games." and "The following isn't historic. It's notable only for the combination beginning with the 13th move."

Judging from the following game, in which the queen sac is not so close to the finish as above, Capablanca had a similar view toward simuls:

Capablanca vs A Chase, 1922

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  TheFocus: From a simul in Havana, Cuba in 1906.
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