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Emanuel Lasker vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
London (1899), London ENG, rd 4, Jun-03
Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense (C62)  ·  0-1



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Apr-07-03  ughaibu: This is another Lasker loss that was awarded a brilliancy prize. I'm still keen to get a complete list of games featuring Lasker, either as winner or loser, that were awarded brilliancy prizes. Has anybody got a copy of the 1000+ brilliancy prize games book?
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  Honza Cervenka: 31...Rh1+ was an ugly surprise for Lasker. After 32.Kxh1 Bxg3 he had to give up the Queen as 33.fxg4 would have led to a mate in two moves: 33...Qh4+ 34.Kg1 Bf2#.
Apr-19-03  drukenknight: would 35 Ne2 BxN 36 R(b)xd1 offer a better defense?
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  Honza Cervenka: DK, I don't think so. In your line white position is hopeless as well as it was in the game. Of course, after 35.Ne2 black can also play 35...Ne3 or 35...Bh3 36.g3 Ne3 instead of 35...Bxd5.
Sep-02-04  Zembla: <ughaibu> Is there such a book? What is its' title? Maybe you'll see this 1 1/2 years after your post:)
Sep-03-04  ughaibu: Zembla: Yes there is but I dont remember the title.
Jan-30-05  Pawsome: From an inferior position, "some amazing flower of combination springs up, a dynamic charge of genius explodes and enlarges a slight unrecognized flaw into a chasm of ruin." So wrote H.J.R. Murray in his "History of Chess" of the best play of Blackburne, citing this game as an example.
Jan-31-05  iron maiden: Appropriately, this game turned out to be Lasker's only loss in the entire 28-round tournament.
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  suenteus po 147: I have to laugh. I thought I saw a win for Lasker there when he resigned, but I forgot the knight was pinned. As if no one else would have caught that before me! :) Anyway it was very clever on Blackburne's part.
Jan-31-05  aw1988: 47. Nf5+? :)
Sep-24-05  Averageguy: Somw strong tactical play by Blackburne.
Jun-17-06  GeauxCool: compare black's progress in 10 moves.
16.White On Move

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29.White On Move

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(Black's attack starts at move 22...)

Jun-17-06  GeauxCool: Not 10 moves, 13. I just don't want to rewrite and plug in the Fen again.

The game revolves around Blackburne's ability to mold the game from move 16, in which no one would ever think that Lasker could ever lose the game, to move 37., because from then on, the win is just technique. - Fine

Great moves were: 22...g5!, 26...Ng4!, 27...Bg5!, 29...Bf4!, 31...Rh1+!! -Fine

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  offramp: Fran├žois LeLionnais's book The Brilliancy Prize in chess gives 6 Lasker games that won a prize of some sort for one player or the other.

Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896, a loss.

Steinitz vs Lasker, 1899, a win.

Lasker vs Blackburne, 1899, this game, a loss.

Schlechter vs Lasker, 1904, a loss.

Capablanca vs Lasker, 1924, a loss.

Lasker vs Capablanca, 1935, a win.

Jun-17-06  ughaibu: Offramp: Thanks. I also have the 1895 Pillsbury game in my collection, can that be confirmed one way or the other?
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  offramp: 1st Briliancy Prize at Hastings 1895 went, predictably, to Steinitz vs Von Bardeleben, 1895.

2nd prize went to Tarrasch vs Walbrodt, 1895.

Jun-17-06  ughaibu: Sorry, I meant the St Petersburg game.
Jun-17-06  ughaibu: Okay, thanks.
Jun-17-06  Calli: <ughaibu> I don't know about the brilliancy prize for Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1895 , but will try to find out. One thing you might try to fix is the date on that game. It took place on 4 January 1896. Not 1895. It was Round 10 and the fourth time they met. Pillsbury had already beaten Lasker twice with a draw in the third game.
Jun-17-06  ughaibu: Okay, thanks again.
Jun-17-06  Calli: <ughaibu> Hannak, in "Life of a Chess Master", does refer to the game as winning the brilliancy prize (page 107, Dover Edition 1991). He does not label the game score as such, but in a later chapter when discussing Cambridge Springs etc, he refers to "the game that won the brilliancy prize and turned the tables...".
Jun-17-06  ughaibu: Thanks, I'll leave the game in. I believe the 1935 Capablanca game is in Hannak, does he label the score for that?
Jun-17-06  Maynard5: There is a curious parallel between this game, played in 1899, and Lasker's only other loss to Blackburne, played at Hastings, 1895. There also, Lasker was playing White in a Ruy Lopez, and completely underestimated the force of Black's coming assault on the kingside. Both games are an interesting example of Black's counterattacking opportunities in this opening.
Jun-18-06  Calli: <ughaibu> No, the 1935 Capablanca game is not labeled or mentioned as a prize by Hannak.
Jun-19-06  Calli: The prizes for Moscow 1935 were enumerated by Paul Albert on this page: Lilienthal vs Ragozin, 1935

Whatever happened to the kibitzer who asked Paul the question? :->

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