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Emanuel Lasker vs Richard Teichmann
"150th Birthday Anniversary" (game of the day Dec-24-2018)
St. Petersburg (1909), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 19, Mar-12
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Worrall Attack Delayed castling line (C86)  ·  1-0



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Dec-24-11  King Death: < xombie: objective evaluation is always necessary, rules are for idiots)...>

Rules are useful a lot of the time. Obeying them without thinking is for idiots and keeps a player from learning or enjoying as much as they might.

Jun-17-13  Everett: <King Death: < xombie: objective evaluation is always necessary, rules are for idiots)...> Rules are useful a lot of the time. Obeying them without thinking is for idiots and keeps a player from learning or enjoying as much as they might.>

Exactly. Reminds me of that phrase "to generalize is to be an idiot," which is... ummm... a generalization. Funny how that works.

Mar-03-15  Ulhumbrus: One question is why Lasker says that 14...f6 is premature and that Black should have played 14...Na5 first.

Suppose that Black follows Lasker's suggestion and plays first 14...Na5 15 Bc2 and only then 15...f6.

Then suppose that White proceeds as in the game by 16 h3 Bh5 17 g4.

Then instead of losing a tempo with his queen's bishop as in the game by 17...Bf7 18 e6 Bg6 Black can play 17...Bg6 at once and offer to exchange White's king's bishop for Black's queen's bishop.

In the actual game White is able to take Black's queen's bishop with his knight by Nh4 and Nxg6 and to keep his king's bishop to assist his attack

Apr-28-15  jerseybob: If the bio info in this database is correct, Lasker and Teichmann were born on the same day, 12/24/1868
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  FSR: Happy 150th Birthday (on December 24, 2018).
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  FSR: As others have commented, White's 28th move was, according to Lasker's own annotations, not played. So it should not be included in the game score. Correction slip submitted.
Feb-18-18  CountryGirl: nice example
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  offramp: I believe that "150th Birthday Anniversary" is a tautology.
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  perfidious: A tautology indeed.

Except when it isn't.

Dec-24-18  morfishine: <offramp: I believe that "150th Birthday Anniversary" is a tautology> In my opinion I think you are correct
Dec-24-18  Cibator: If there's two of them to be celebrated, then one can have the birthday, and the other the anniversary. Fair do's?
Dec-24-18  Andrew Chapman: '150th Birthday' would imply that they were alive; and '150th Anniversary' invites the question 'anniversary of what?' so I am not sure '150th Birthday Anniversary' is really tautologous.
Dec-24-18  The17thPawn: One could celebrate the games near sesquicentennial significance and avoid the tautologous tirade. Nah! Nevermind. That wouldn't make for any controversy and where is the fun in that?
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  thegoodanarchist: <off ramp> it is what it is....
Dec-24-18  The17thPawn: On second thought that only makes sense if your considering a player's age. Nevermind.
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  keypusher: Great choice for today! Thanks to and FSR.
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  FSR: <keypusher> Last Christmas, I sent Daniel an e-mail suggesting that pun for today. I was very happy to see it used. AFAIK, that's the most significant double birthday in chess history.

In non-chess history, the greatest is February 12, 1809, when Darwin and Lincoln (both hated by Southerners) were born. I have $5 and 10-pound notes in a frame to commemorate this.

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  Count Wedgemore: "150th Birthday Anniversary" is not a tautology. Just exchange "Birthday" with "Wedding" and you'll easily see why it is not.
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  Count Wedgemore: Another famous Birthday couple are the two peaceful humanitarians Pol Pot & Malcolm X, both were born on the 19th of May, 1925.
Dec-24-18  devere: <Count Wedgemore:> Pol Pot was a notorious murderer and MalcolmX was a victim of murder. What do they have in common?
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  offramp: <Count Wedgemore>. You could be right. When we wish people a happy birthday we should really say, "Happy anniversary of your birthday". I will write to <Hallmark>.
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  FSR: <Count Wedgemore> Interesting. I never knew about those two.
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  Telemus: <FSR: AFAIK, that's the most significant double birthday in chess history.> Too bad! It is only an almost double birthday.
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  keypusher: <devere: <Count Wedgemore:> Pol Pot was a notorious murderer and MalcolmX was a victim of murder. What do they have in common?>

They both subscribed to hateful delusional ideologies.

Dec-27-18  JimNorCal: Yes, you could argue that a difference is that Pol Pot got the power to implement his ideology while Malcolm X did not get to that point ... but perhaps would have achieved a similar result "if". But that's speculation, not really fair to put into the "evidence pile".

Days of Rage by Bryan Burrough has coverage of Malcolm X's story and is available at many public libraries.

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