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Emanuel Lasker vs David Janowski
Lasker - Janowski World Championship Match (1910), Berlin GER, rd 11, Dec-08
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation General (C30)  ·  1-0



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Feb-11-06  zink09: This is the last King's Gambit played in a World Championship Match...
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  keypusher: An <I can beat this guy no matter what $%#$%#@ I play> game.
Mar-02-08  Knight13: This is just Lasker messing around in the last round of the match.
Jul-10-08  JimmyVermeer: If the moves as listed here are correct, then Black's 17th move is check. Mark Weeks gives Black's 17th move as 0-0-0, which doesn't make sense because (a) he leaves his queen en prise and (b) Lasker doesn't take it. Mark Weeks has Janowski resigning on the 21st move instead of the 30th move. I'm inclined to think that the score given here is more correct, except that a + sign is missing.
Dec-15-08  YoungEd: Not that I'm one to question Lasker, but couldn't he have played the clever Bf1 one move earlier?
Sep-21-10  soothsayer8: How embarrassing, though isn't it usually better for black to accept the gambit?
Apr-07-12  King Death: This and Lasker vs N Miniati, 1890 were Lasker's only serious games as White in the King's Gambit.
Apr-07-12  King Death: <soothsayer8: How embarrassing, though isn't it usually better for black to accept the gambit?>

The old dogma said that the way to refute a gambit is to accept it but there's nothing wrong with either 2...Bc5 or the Falkbeer 2...d5 3.ed ef or 3...c6.

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  Honza Cervenka: 26...Rb8? (26...Raf8!? 27.Bf1? Rf2+ ) and 27...Qh4?? (27...Qf3!? ) were fateful mistakes here.
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  offramp: As Kramnik once said, all one wants from an opening is a playable middle-game.

So any sound opening is okay for really good players; they just want to arrive at the middle-game in one piece.

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  keypusher: <YoungEd: Not that I'm one to question Lasker, but couldn't he have played the clever Bf1 one move earlier?>

Apparently not: 26.Bf1 Rd8+ 27.Bd3 Qh4 and Black keeps the advantage. I wonder if Lasker missed this when he played 25.Rxf5.

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