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Emanuel Lasker vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
Nuremberg (1896), Nuremberg GER, rd 10, Jul-30
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C71)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: One point Soltis makes in his recent book is that Lasker gave us our first examples of some classic opening tableaus, including play against the ...Bf5 Caro-Kann, queen-side castling mating attacks against the Dragon, the classical response to the Reti, etc. (I don't know enough about early chess to know if there are others who should be getting some of the credit Soltis gives to Lasker.)

Anyway, here, against a closed Ruy, Lasker anticipates the modern c5 break against a King's Indian-type formation.

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  keypusher: 29. Qxb7! Bxh3 30. Qxa6 is a lesson from Lasker on the virtues of pawn-snatching. (See also Winawer vs Lasker, 1896.) After 32. Rd3, 32....Bxb4 33. gxh3 Rxf3 34. Rxf3 Qxf3 35. Qa8+ and 36. Qb7+ would cost Black his bishop.

With 41. Qd2! Kg7 42. Bxh5! Lasker suddenly turns back to the kingside: 42...gxh5 43. Qg5+ Kf8 44. Ra8+ Be8 45. Qh6+ Rg7 46. Qh8+ Rg8 47. Rxe8+ wins easily. After the game continuation 42....Rf4 43. Rg3 Bf5 44. a3 White has consolidated his two-pawn advantage. A great example of Lasker's ability to play over the whole board.

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  keypusher: I think (and Shredder agrees) that Blackburne could have gotten counterplay with the ugly-looking 21....dxc5, as in Tal vs Fischer, 1959.

Lasker could have avoided this with 20 Neg5 instead of 20. c5. Also, 17. c5 f5 18. Rb1 was probably more accurate than 17. Bb2. But positions like this were still pretty new in 1896.

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  keypusher: <With 41. Qd2! Kg7 42. Bxh5! Lasker suddenly turns back to the kingside: 42...gxh5 43. Qg5+ Kf8 44. Ra8+ Be8 45. Qh6+ Rg7 46. Qh8+ Rg8 47. Rxe8+ wins easily. >

In this line 47. Qf6# is a slight improvement. :-\

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