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Emanuel Lasker vs Jose Raul Capablanca
"Rage Against the Machine" (game of the day May-18-2014)
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 7, May-18
Spanish Game: Exchange. Alekhine Variation (C68)  ·  1-0

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Jul-18-16
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  perfidious: <Geoff....Lasker was an OTB problem setter - the best there was, backed with a sharp tactical brain and almost flawless end game technique.>

Who has reincarnated in the form of Carlsen.

Dec-27-16  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Compare this game, played 55 years later:

Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969

Dec-28-16
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  offramp: <N.O.F. NAJDORF: Compare this game, played 55 years later: Spassky vs Petrosian, 1969>

Okay I've done that. Now what?

Dec-29-16  Howard: Ditto! What's the point of comparing these two games ?
Jul-26-17  N.O.F. NAJDORF: The point, which seems to have been wasted on both of you, is the beautiful move e5!

Spassky must have been familiar with this game and actually got to play the move in a world championship match.

Jul-26-17  ughaibu: But Spassky was in the process of winning the world championship and a world champion can be expected to find a pawn sacrifice that opens a square for a knight, without needing a previous example to draw on.

In any case, a far more impressive example, that Spassky would certainly be familiar with, is Kholmov vs Bronstein, 1965

Jul-27-17  sudoplatov: Nimzovich (I think) analyzed this game and pointed out that Lasker's plan works because he can switch between two targets thus limiting Black's defence.

I'd also like to note that Lasker didn't generally play "bad" moves as much a moves that created a puzzle for the opponent. Chess is often a reciprocal puzzle battle between the opponents.

Aug-22-17
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  WorstPlayerEver: <13....Bxf4 14. Rxf4 c5 15. Rd1 Bb7 16. Rf2 Rad8 17. Rxd8 Rxd8 18. Rd2 Rxd2 19. Nxd2 and White, he claims, has the best of it.>

Thanks to <keypusher>

However after 13....Bxf4 14. Rxf4 c5 15. Rd1 Bb7 16. Rf2 Nc6 Black simply is a pawn up after:

17. Rd7 Rac8 18. Nd5 Re4 19. Rc7 Rc7 20. Nc7 Ne5 21. Nd2 Rd4 22. Ne6 Rd6 23. b3 Kf7 24. Nf1 Rd1 25. Rd2 Rd2 26. Nd2 Bc8 27. Nc7 Bf5 28. c4 a5

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<Rybka 3: 23-ply

(13....Bxf4 14. Rxf4 c5 15. Rd1 Bb7 16. Rf2)

1. [-0.71] 16... Nc6 17. Re2 a5 18 Rd7 Rac8 19. Rd1 Ne5 20. Nd2 Rcd8 21. Ree1 Rd7 22. Nf1 Rxd1 23. Rxd1 Nc4 24. Ng3 Nd6 25. b3 Kf8 26. Kf2>

Thanks to <RandomVisitor>

16... Nc6 17. Re2 a5 18. Rd7 Rac8 19. Rd1 Rcd8 20. Rd8 Rd8 21. Nd2 Rd2 22. Nd2 Nd4 23. a4 Bc6 27. Nc4 Nc2 and again, Black is simply a pawn up.

Aug-22-17
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  WorstPlayerEver: PS it shows what tactical monster Lasker was; except the world champion match the score is 2-2 between Lasker and Capa.
Mar-12-18  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Thanks, Ughaibu.

That's a beautiful combination.

Dec-31-18
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  HarryP: I've played this game over many times. It's one of Lasker's most admirable wins. It inspired me years ago to take up the Exchange Ruy, and I played it for some time and had some successes with it.
Jun-21-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Here's another nice e4-e5 pawn sacrifice:

G Kuzmin vs M Mukhin, 1972

Feb-22-20  N.O.F. NAJDORF: I think 21 ... Ba8 was a bad move and

black should have sacrificed the exchange on e6.

Instead, he got a very passive position, with very little space to move, and was reduced to waiting for white to finish him off, which Lasker did expertly.

Feb-23-20  sudoplatov: But the match scores do count. Sans matches, Marshall has a plus score against Tarrasch and Rubinstein.
Feb-23-20
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  MissScarlett: And Blackburne over Steinitz.
Jun-11-20  Chesgambit: 21...Rxe6 best
Also bb7 bad first c5
Nov-15-20  Justin796: Who will dethrone the reincarnated Lasker, (Magnus Carlsen)? Magnus could well be champion for twenty years himself.
Nov-16-20  fisayo123: Amazing pun!
Apr-12-21
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  Check It Out: I have time to see RATM in 2022. Bullet in the head!
Apr-12-21
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  RookFile: I don't think Carlsen has Lasker's tactical eye, although he is a super GM, of course. He seems to be more like Karpov to me.
Apr-12-21
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  Check It Out: Carlsen doesn't make as many odd moves as Karpov, who I find mystifying, much like Petrosian. Carlsen seems to mix things up for the fun of it, often getting himself in to hot water. But then his superior ability to see the future on the chess board pulls him out of many difficult spots for the win or draw. I'd say that's more like Lasker than Karpov.
Apr-12-21
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  OhioChessFan: It's hard to believe Black's 13...Bb7 is 3/4 a Pawn worse than 13...Bxf4. Bb7 is meant to undouble the Pawns, leaving White's Rook on the first rank, and it's still almost a blunder.
Apr-12-21
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  perfidious: <CIO>, a view with which I have long agreed, as noted in this post from summer 2012:

<....Carlsen reminds me, more than any other past great, of Lasker.

For a first-class master, Carlsen's openings are nothing special, but he handles middlegames with a fine understanding and the ending with a special virtuosity. Combine this with the tenacity of a bulldog in all phases and a superb practical player, and the result is someone well nigh impossible to defeat.>

May-23-21  saturn2: 13...Bxf4 14. Rxf4 c5 yields a better pawn structure than the game. The Bb7 will be strong. Better have double pawns c5, c7 connected by b6 than the remote d6 pawn.
May-24-21  saturn2: White accepts a similar pawn structure with double pawns in the Lf4 queen gambit by playing e3. He lets black take Bf6xBf4 exf4 with white double pawns f2 f4 connected by g3. However black often does not take Bf6xBf4 since these double pawns are strong.
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