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Emanuel Lasker vs Mary Rudge
"Rudge Match" (game of the day Jan-10-2019)
Simul, 26b (1898) (exhibition), Bristol ENG, Nov-26
Scotch Game: General (C45)  ·  (no result)


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  MissScarlett: This game was unfinished, so I've gone with it as drawn, but the <Bristol Mercury> report of November 28th, p.3, which dubs Rudge the <lady champion of the world>, quotes Lasker admitting that his opponent would <probably win if she played the best moves all the time.> There's no arguing with that!
Apr-13-18  zanzibar: BDE gives this final note:

<Here the game stopped. 28.Q-B, however, gives Black a comparatively easy win>

The proper result should be "*" - undecided, and not "1/2-1/2".

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  MissScarlett: You're just making it up now.
Apr-14-18  zanzibar: <<MissS> You're just making it up now.>

Libelous snout rout...

<<An asterisk character ("*") is a token by itself. It is used as one of the possible game termination markers (see below);>

it indicates an incomplete game or a game with an unknown or otherwise unavailable result. ...


<... It is self terminating.>

If only.

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  ajk68: Something appears to be missing about this game. Lasker makes mistakes on some easy calculations. Was this a blindfold simul, or strange time controls?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: White should have played 7.Be3,Nf6; 8.f3 and 9.0-0-0, followed by mayhem on the King side. 7.Bd3 seems too planless.
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  jith1207: So there's no information on why this game was stopped at this point?
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  Sargon: <jith1207: So there's no information on why this game was stopped at this point?>

Well, it <was> a simul. If <I> was playing a simul and a GM offered me a draw, I'd probably jump at the opportunity, presuming that I wasn't overwhelmingly winning.

Conversely, I doubt that a GM like Lasker would <accept> a draw offer—or offer one himself—unless he was losing badly.

So without knowing anything more about the event, my speculation would be that Lasker offered the draw—perhaps because he saw a winning attack for White.

For instance, if the White Knight could post itself on h5, it looks like things might be pretty grim for Black, given the White Queen's position. My "analysis" is only cursory, of course, so take it for what it's worth...

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  Sargon: Based on the information available, I suppose it's proper—albeit annoying—to score this game as "no result" if indeed it wasn't a draw, so that's what we'll do for now. Maybe some supplemental information can be found, even if it's only an explanation of why the game was apparently suspended without a formal resolution...
Jan-10-19  Cheapo by the Dozen: Hasn't it been said in other threads that Lasker supposedly eased up on female opponents in various ways? That doesn't mean that's what happened in this case, but it further complicates the speculation.
Jan-10-19  damafe: I would not accept a draw vs a GM, there are not many opportunities for me to play against one
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  brankat: Dr.Lasker was a Gentleman. Of course, this kind of a thing wouldn't work today.
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  moronovich: I think she later called all her newborn kids Babe Rudge.
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