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Theodore Tylor vs Emanuel Lasker
"The Sheriff of Nottingham" (game of the day Oct-27-2005)
Nottingham (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 7, Aug-17
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Symmetrical Variation (C49)  ·  0-1



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Oct-09-04  iron maiden: A nice zugzwang finish. This game was the beginning of a comeback for Lasker, who had started the tournament dismally with 2.5 out of 6 but then rallied to take five wins in the second half and finish right up near the leaders.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Wasn't white actually Theodore Tylor?
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: See Tylor vs Lasker, 1936
Oct-09-04  iron maiden: Seems you're right. "Tim Taylor" probably never existed; for sure he never played at Nottingham 1936.
Oct-09-04  me to play: Actually there is International Master Tim Taylor, but, you're right, that sure wasn't him at Nottingham!
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  ray keene: yes i am sure its tylor-i seem to recall that the amazing thing about this player was that he competed to a high level tho essentially blind!i aso think he was a distinguished academic.
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  patzer2: After 42...Be3! 42. Qd1 White exhausts his pawn moves before having to move a piece and accept a lost position.
Oct-27-05  thathwamasi: First!!!! this week's theme zugzwang?
Oct-27-05  iron maiden: If White exchanges queens on move 37 I think he might be able to save the endgame.
Oct-27-05  buRnINGbeNd: It's my birthday! Lol I know you guys don't care, but I'm excited =)
Oct-27-05  Marvol: <iron maiden: If White exchanges queens on move 37 I think he might be able to save the endgame.>

I disgree. First, white's king is more active - to the point that after exchanging queens he is already almost penetrating white's position via f5. Second, the position is quite open - no interlocked or blocked pawns - so black's bishop will be stronger. Third, it will be easier for black to create and support a passed pawn on the kingside than it will be for white on the d-file.

And then I'm not even mentioning the fact that it is Lasker playing...

(think of this: if white were able to draw the resulting endgame, why would Lasker be so persistent in offering a trade of queens...?)

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  OhioChessFan: Is 8 Nh4 theory? I see no purpose to the move, and it seems like a gift wrapped present for Black to undouble his pawns. Surely the immediate Bxf6 is better.
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  perfidious: <Iron Maiden> I can assure you that Tim Taylor is very much alive; also, I played him twice in 1981 and he was an IM even then.

In the tournament book, Alekhine queries White's 34th, saying that he should acquiesce in the exchange at that time and follow up with g3-Kg2-f3, remaining with an inferior ending, though he should be able to hold on.

Another move criticised by Alekhine was White's last move before the time-check, 36.c4, noting that better play was again 36.g3 Qe6 37.Qxe6+ Kxe6 38.Kg2 Kf5 39.Kf2.

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  OhioChessFan: It is strange that as early as move 25 Lasker offered the exchange of Queens. I think he was confident in his end game skills, and felt there was nothing to lose by the Queens being off the board. 26 axb3 strikes me as a pointless weakening and surely gladdened Lasker. Later on, White accepts the exchange of the Rooks and again doubles pawns to do so.
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  Chessical: <OhioChessFan> The move <8.Nh4> is recognised theory. Taking on <f6> opens up the <g> file against White's King, and has never been particularly successful. One example is:

E Puig vs Smyslov, 1961

Oct-27-05  slapwa: Ray Keene: (Sir Theodore) Tylor was a law tutor at Balliol (where the Law Library bears his name) who became President of the Royal National Institution for the Blind. He is the model for Pargetter in Robertson Davies’ novel, The Manticore.
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  kevin86: Let's see:Nimzowisch,Capablanca,Lasker-as Max Klinger would say (about Charles' big speech on how he drinks his Napoleon Brandy-We are not talking boilermakers here-).

The white queen can move without allowing mate.Nh4 allows g5 and a knight trap.The pawn moves are also useless.White is bacon.

Though Lasker is a dozen years past his title run,he still looked good here!

Oct-27-05  bishopawn: Great stuff by Lasker, dumping his knights for active bishop play. White was a bit slow playing c4. Then it was too late. Lasker struck first! BAM!
Sep-25-12  birthtimes: If 37.Qxe6+ Kxe6 38.Kg1 Kf5 39.Kf2 Ke4 40.Ke2 g5! and Black will soon win a pawn...
Sep-25-12  birthtimes: Also notice how Lasker masterfully weakened White's e-pawn with 21...Bb6!
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