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Emanuel Lasker vs Fred Dewhirst Yates
Moscow (1925), Moscow URS, rd 5, Nov-15
Spanish Game: Closed. Averbakh Variation (C87)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: This is an attractive and forceful (though one-sided) game.

I expected 11. Ng3 but 11. h3 creates the possibility of Nf1-h2-g4.

Soltis notes that 12....exd4 13. cxd4 Nb4 14. Bb1 c5 is refuted by 15. e5 dxe5 16. Be4 followed by 17. a3. He questions 14....Nf8 and 16....Qc8 but notes that 16....exd4 17. cxd4 Nb4 can be met with 18. g5 Bg7 19. d5 followed by B-d2-c3, similar to Capablanca vs Bogoljubov, 1922 (Soltis says Fischer vs Korchnoi, 1962 but I don't see the resemblance).

After grabbing space with 17. d5 and 18. g5, Lasker makes one more kingside demonstration with 19. Nh2, leading to the loosening ...f6. Lasker then switches his attack to the b-pawn with 21. Bd3. From then on, axb5 together with some combination of Qe2/Qb3+ and Ra5 is a standing threat. Thus 21....c5. After 22. dxc6, Black would have been better off recapturing, but the b-pawn would still have fallen.

There is a flurry of tactics after 26....Nxc6?. 27. Qf3 forks two pieces, and 27....Bh4 is the only alternative to resignation. 29. Qe2 invites 29....Bxf2+ 30. Qxf2 or 29....Rxf2 30. Qd1, in either case with a winning position. Yates' 29....Ne6 30. Nf3 Rxf3 is a nice try, but after 31. Qxf3 Nd4 32. Qf7 Nxc6 (32....Qxc6 33. Bh6 Rg8 34. Ra7) 33. Bh6 Qg8 34. Qc7 is decisive, because of 34....Rc8 35. Bg7+ or 34....Rxb2 35. g3 and Qxc6.

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