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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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Aug-23-14  john barleycorn: <foofaraw: 11..f6 doesn't smell right to me. Anyone have any insight into this move?>

Capablanca wrote:
<11...P-B3 Preparatory to P-QKt3, followed by P-QB4 and B-Kt2 in conjunction with Kt-Kt3, which would put White in great difficulties to meet the combined attack against the two centre Pawns>

Aug-23-14
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  perfidious: <Petrosianic: Writing about the game itself is easy. Just paste in a line out of Fritz or Crafty. Voila. Instant writing.>

All these years, I have been a prize fool--why didn't I ever think of that??

Aug-24-14  ljfyffe: 9Be3 Bd7 10 0-0-0 0-0-0 11f4 Rhe1 11Nb3 f6
Grunfeld-Schonmann correondence 1918.
Aug-24-14  ljfyffe: That, of course, is "correspondence"; intending ...Ng6.
Aug-24-14  ljfyffe: Typo:should be 11...Rhe8. Attack against the centre pawns has a clearer air about it, does it not?(in reference to "barleycorn" comment).
Aug-24-14  ljfyffe: <foofaraw>Hope our comments are a bit insightful, and air-purifying, now that I realize "John" was answering your inquiry by quoting Capablanca.
Mar-02-16  bengalcat47: <the goodanarchist> There is a variation of chess played on a 10 by 10 board. A new piece called a "prince" is added to the games, and both sides have 2 princes. The prince can move both like a queen and a knight, making it even stronger than the queen.
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!
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