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Edward Lasker vs Alexander Alekhine
"Queentessential" (game of the day Sep-12-2013)
Alekhine - Lasker m (1913), London ENG, rd 3, Sep-12
Dutch Defense: Blackmar's Second Gambit (A80)  ·  0-1



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Jan-09-09  WhiteRook48: why isn't this game of the day yet?
think of all the pun possiblities... (sorry if I'm being offensive)
Jan-31-09  WhiteRook48: why 45. Qxa7? was Edward Lasker drunk?
Jul-17-09  WhiteRook48: 44 Qxe4 is superior
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  mig55: Kwesi, you dont need to note Qh8xc3 since its the only queen that can beat on c3...Just Qxc3#
Oct-26-09  lzromeu: 41.QD1 was crushing, or I miss something?
Oct-26-09  David2009: <May-22-06 James Demery: I`ve always admired Edward Lasker. An engineer by profession, he played the best players in the world and had some measure of success.> I agree totally. I found his book "Modern Chess strategy" one of the most useful I have ever read. I used also to own his autobiography "Chess for fun and chess for blood" but unfortunately lost it. There are some wonderful anecdotes and good stories in it.
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  paulalbert: Gentlemen, I agree with you about Edward Lasker. I had the fortune to meet him at the Marshall Chess Club where he gave a lecture on his win over Reti in the 1924 NY Tournament. This was about one year before he died in his mid nineties, but at that time he was still in excellent health, both physical and mental. He autographed his also excellent book Chess Secrets, one of my prized possessions in my chess book collection. Paul Albert
Jul-04-10  Obscure Reference: If 41.QD1 QG3+
42.KA4 QH4
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  Calli: 39.Qc2+? is really a bad move because it allows f5. Why take the Q out of the center without reason? The immediate 39.d7 looks like a draw.
Sep-16-10  madhatter5: the longest possible move to write is 144...dxe5 e.p.++ !?
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  offramp: Played 100 years ago today!
Sep-12-13  Abdel Irada: <madhatter5: the longest possible move to write is 144...dxe5 e.p.++ !?>

Also an impossible one. All en passant captures end on the *sixth* rank.

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  whiteshark: <nasmichael: .. The match ended with Alekhine's score +5, -0, =2.> According to my book (and you former posted wiki source) it endend after (only) 3 wins for Alekhine (+3, -0, =0).

But what's the background of playing a short (abandoned?)match in two different countries?

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  FSR: <David2009: ... I used also to own his autobiography "Chess for fun and chess for blood" but unfortunately lost it.>

Not to worry. You can buy a used copy on for 1 cent, plus $3.99 S & H.

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  kevin86: Alekhine's FOUR queen game...the 5 queen one is a composition...Nice mate!
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  Mendrys: Lasker really defends well throughout the game despite Alekhine's fierce attack starting with 17...b5.

I get a little dizzy trying to figure out all of the tactics after 18...Nd3+ but my very long line contained a major mistake at the end.. 144. e2-e4? (Houdini found 144 Qg8-g4!!!!!!)

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144...fxe3/e.p+ !? with a mate in 10 to follow. Somewhere I've seen long moves like this before, maybe <madhatter5> could help :-).

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  Mendrys: Of course now I realize that the entire setup before is predicated on the impossible happening where white get's another e pawn on e2 or my line started with a different 2nd move of the game....It could happen.
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  Domdaniel: <Abdel Irada> -- < All en passant captures end on the *sixth* rank.> Except for Black ones, which end on the *third* rank: 144...d4xe3e.p. (of course there is no need to specify the "ep" capture, as the coordinates are sufficient)...
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  Domdaniel: As for Four-Queen games, this is an example which I fortuitously won a million years ago: G McCarthy vs M Kennefick, 1977

It has been pointed out (by <OhioChessFan>) that the possible continuation Qbxd5+ is unique in the CG database.

Sep-12-13  Alpinemaster: <David2009: May-22-06 James Demery: I`ve always admired Edward Lasker. An engineer by profession, he played the best players in the world and had some measure of success.> I agree totally. I found his book "Modern Chess strategy" one of the most useful I have ever read.>

Indeed; in fact, he is the preminent scholar of Go amongst the west. His Middle and End game portions of Modern Chess Strategy are quite impressive for all Amateur levels up to weaker Masters. The opening section, however, is a bit sparse: this may be to his credit however... he knew what he didn't know. He is an excellent author - regardless of the Chess material in the text - and uses amazingly sophisticated diction, as only older books can. I recommend this book to any Chess Coach looking for educational material in every respect.

Good coaching.


Sep-12-13  enpassant jadoube: You don't say!
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  Sneaky: Interesting etymology:

The word "quintessential" means "the fifth essence", a term used by ancient alchemists in their pursuit of the "fifth element" to go along with fire, air, earth, and water. Some called this element ether. With the discovery of the elusive fifth essence, it was believed that a philosopher stone could be created with the power of converting base metals into gold.

Of course the word's meaning is now divorced from alchemy, and it now means simply "a perfect example."

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  stoy: I met Edward Lasker at the Marshall CC in the 1960s. A wonderful person to talk to. Alekhine also had a mating finish with four queens on the board in his eleventh match game against Capablanca.
Sep-12-13  Abdel Irada: <Domdaniel: <Abdel Irada> -- < All en passant captures end on the *sixth* rank.> Except for Black ones, which end on the *third* rank: 144...d4xe3e.p. (of course there is no need to specify the "ep" capture, as the coordinates are sufficient)...>

1) Good point. I should have specified something like "the sixth rank from the player's perspective."

2) Actually, <144. ...d4xe3> would *not* imply an en passant capture; e3 (or c3, if applicable) is the square on which a black pawn on d4 would *always* capture.

Oct-11-13  Caissanist: <whiteshark>: Edward Lasker tells a story about how this match happened in <Chess Secrets>. Apparently the match was somehow related to Alekhine's borrowing fifty pounds from Lasker when he was "robbed" shortly after winning the Scheveningen tournament. Lasker speculates that the "robber" was a woman Alekhine had met in a nightclub in Scheveningen while celebrating his victory, who spent a week with Alekhine in Paris but then disappeared.
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