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Emanuel Lasker vs Frederick Dickens
Simul, 17b (1908) (exhibition), Luton ENG, Feb-15
Italian Game: Evans Gambit (C51)  ·  0-1



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-03-03  AgentRgent: Here Black refuses Evans Gambit and offers one of his own!
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  Honza Cervenka: This line is not good for white, but Steinitz used it several times during his match with Serafino Dubois.
Jan-21-07  Rubenus: Why not 6. Bxf7+, gaining two pawns and an attack for the piece?
Jan-21-07  korger: Wow, Lasker being rolled over in the mud by a virtually unknown player... This was a simul, wasn't it?
Jan-21-07  WarmasterKron: Lasker evidently had hard times, especially as he should have had great expectations following his opponent's odd decline of the Evans. For the Black player and for Lasker respectively, it was the best of times, it was the worst of times. When Lasker returned home, it must have seemed a bleak house and one can only imagine him replaying the game in his mind and thinking "Bah, humbug!".

Dec-03-07  Whitehat1963: "A Tale of Two Bishops"
Dec-03-07  Jim Bartle: "It was the best of games. It was the worst of games."
Mar-20-10  BobCrisp: What the Dickens?
Dec-24-10  sevenseaman: If there was any doubt of his celebrity connection on the name count, F Dickens ought have settled it by beating the top chess player in the game's history.
Dec-07-14  TheFocus: From a simul in Luton, England on February 15, 1908.

Lasker scored +?=?_1 of 17 games.

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  MissScarlett: Luton Times and Advertiser, 21st February, 1908:

<Unfortunately Dr. Lasker arrived very late. Timed for 6.30, he had not appeared an hour after that time, and the members had begun games on their own, while Mr. F. Dickens and Mr. E. Higgins had commenced to play simultaneously nine members each, when the Doctor walked in unexpectedly. He apologised for his lateness, but explained that in coming from Portsmouth that day he was directed to Luton via Euston and Leighton Buzzard, and so lost much time. He at once began his 17 simultaneous games, making his moves very rapidly at first, but gradually slowing down, though the eager interest of both onlookers and players did not abate in the least. A remarkable game was in progress in one corner of the square, a blind player, Mr. J. B. Thorburn (Luton), putting up such a good fight that the champion failed to defeat him, a draw resulting. Mr. Thorburn played with a travellers' set of chess-men, telling their position and making his moves by patting his fingers constantly to and fro over the board.

Within three-quarters of an hour the first game was concluded, but the honours were not to the champion. Mr. F. Dickens, of the Luton Club, who is the school-master at Kensworth, played a capital game, and after he had captured Dr. Lasker's queen, the champion, with a few moments' look at his board, suddenly held out his hand and said "I congratulate you." Mr. Dickens in compelling him to resign had thus the signal honour of defeating the world's champion, and he was very warmly congratulated.

Dr Lasker's keen grasp of the positions on the different boards was indicated a few minutes later, when in the eagerness of his game one of the players was about to make a move out of turn. "Ah! no, you have already moved once sinoe I left you," he said.

At the end of 1 1/2 hours play 12 games were still going. The spectators smiled at this stage when, coming to a board with a complicated position on it the Doctor said laconically "What, still alive?" At the end of another 20 minutes half of the 12 games remaining had finished, and after two hours play all were closed, the last being Mr. Thorburn's game. Out of the 17 games the champion lost 1, drew 3, aud won 13.>

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