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🏆 Lasker - Blackburne (1892)

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This was the event that made the 23 year old Laskerís reputation, and within two years he was playing ... [more]

Player: Emanuel Lasker

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Blackburne vs Lasker 0-1481892Lasker - BlackburneC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. Lasker vs Blackburne ½-½581892Lasker - BlackburneC01 French, Exchange
3. Blackburne vs Lasker ½-½371892Lasker - BlackburneD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Lasker vs Blackburne 1-0511892Lasker - BlackburneD04 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Blackburne vs Lasker 0-1511892Lasker - BlackburneD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Lasker vs Blackburne ½-½411892Lasker - BlackburneD05 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Blackburne vs Lasker 0-1501892Lasker - BlackburneC22 Center Game
8. Lasker vs Blackburne 1-0521892Lasker - BlackburneC00 French Defense
9. Blackburne vs Lasker ½-½681892Lasker - BlackburneC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. Lasker vs Blackburne 1-0671892Lasker - BlackburneD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-05-16  zanzibar: <Herr Lasker's double victory naturally caused commotion in chess circles here, and rumours of matches at once began to circulate. These rumours proved not to be groundless, for a match has been arranged between Blackburne and Lasker, to be commenced about 16th May, at the British Chess Club. The match is for seven games up, draws not counting, and the stakes £50 a-side.
>

BCM v12 (May 1892) p200/231

The double victory referred to are the <London - BCA (1892)> and it's immediate follow-up, <London - Quitangular (1892)> tournaments.

These are important tournaments, marking Lasker's arrival to top-level play in England. Neither are currently on <CG>.

(Lasker originally came to England at the request of a German organizer of a commercial exposition (who?, where?) - to play chess against all comers. He then decided to stay, as his success on the board was accompanied by monetary success as well - allowing him to send money back to his family in Germany.

BTW- Blackburne originally opposed Lasker's attendance in the BCA tournament, but Lasker's announcement that he was intent to stay in England encouraged the organizers to grant him permission over any objection).

Jun-05-16  zanzibar: * Quintangular
Jan-03-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: In January 1890, Lasker came to England on the invitation of an entrepreneur called John Robinson Whitley (1843-1922).

Whitley had arranged a German exhibition which opened in May 1890 at Earls Court.

Jan-03-17  Paarhufer: <Chessical> Would you please mention your sources?

Tony Gillam gave a different description; he wrote that Lasker's first visit in Great Britain begun in the middle of February 1890; this is also the begin of the match with Bird, and the difference is no big deal, of course. But Whitley's invitation happened according to Gillam at the end of 1890, when Whitley travelled through Germany, and it led to Lasker's third visit. Accordingly the German exhibition opened in May 1891 and lasted until October etc.

Jan-03-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: <Paarhufer> You are correct. I had made a mistake, the exhibition was in 1891 as you said.

Source: "Four national exhibitions in London and their organiser with portraits and illustrations." p.352-353, Charles Lowe, 1892.

Jan-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessical: Lasker at the German Exibition:

CHESS AT THE GERMANI EXHIBITION. Herr Emil Lasker, of Berlin, made his first appearance yesterday in a very spacious and commodious room at the German Exhibition, and played chess there against all comers in order to demonstrate the great excellence to which Germans have attained in this scientific game. There was no charge for admission, and the management placed the services of this eminent chess player at the disposal of the public merely to show, in the words of Mr. Whitley, how cleverly chess is played in Germany.

In the centre of the room a space was roped off in which there were placed four chess tables, and at 2.30 Herr Lasker stepped into the ring, and after a brief introductory speech by Mr. Gunsberg, who acted as umpire, a challenge was issued to any chess player present to try conclusions with the German champion. The room was very crowded, and from those standing immediately adjacent to the ring a number at once volunteered, but only, four players could be accommodated at a time. These sat down amid the cheers of the audience, and Herr Lasker played them simultaneously, moving quietly and calmly, but nevertheless swiftly, from one player to the other. Those of the public who did not understand chess amused themselves by watching the countenances of the players, whose features assumed a more serious and troubled look as Herr Lasker succeeded in making an impression in the position of their respective games. In the wonderfully brief space of twenty minutes all the four players who bad accepted the challenge had to strike their flags before the invincible German master.

Great crowds continued to pour into the room to witness the play. As each individual player suffered defeat another volunteer, undaunted by the general fate of his predecessors, was willing to fill up the breach. By five o'clock twelve players had matched themselves against the single player, but the Champion defeated them all.

At that time Mr. Muller, a well-known strong professional player, volunteered to do battle with the German representative. In order to do justice to himself against such a strong opponent, Herr Lasker of course sat down to play Mr. Muller single-handed. The game proved a very interesting one, and although Mr. Muller played very carefully, he could not prevent his formidable opponent obtaining a decided advantage soon after the opening moves. At 5.30 the game had to be adjourned, and on being resumed at 7.30 Herr Lasker speedily increased his advantage, and finally scored the game which is given below.

In the evening ladies played some games with the German master, and play continued till 10.30, and proved an uninterrupted success for the single player. Today play will proceed from 2.30 till 5.30; said from 7.30 to 10.30, Herr Lasker playing against all comers free of charge.

Game played yesterday:
White: Herr Lasker
Black: Mr Muller

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. d4 Be7 6. Qe2 Nd6 7. Bxc6 bxc6 8.dxe5 Nb7 9. b3 O-O 10. Bb2 d5 11. Nbd2 c5 12. Rfd1 Bf5 13. Rac1 Qc8 14. Nf1 Qe6 15. Ne3 Be4 16. Nd2 Bg6 17. f4 f6?! (17...d4) 18. Qf3 fxe5 19. Qxd5 Qxd5 20. Nxd5 Bd8 21. Bxe5 c6?! 22. Ne3 Bb6 23. Ndc4 1-0


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<Source:> "London Daily News", Tuesday 4th August 1891, p.3.

Jan-04-17  zanzibar: <Chessical> that's wonderful, thank you kindly for posting it.
Jan-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: Thanks chessical! I see the game is in the database.

Lasker vs O C Mueller, 1891

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