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Edward Lasker vs George Alan Thomas
"Fatal Attraction" (game of the day Apr-10-2016)
Casual game (1912), London ENG, Oct-29
Horwitz Defense: General (A40)  ·  1-0



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Dec-30-04  ArturoRivera: The mate can also be finish with a long castle?
Dec-31-04  aw1988: Yes.
Feb-22-05  Halfpricemidge: 16. 0-0! 17. Nh2#
Apr-12-05  aw1988: <chessgames> Why choose Kd2 instead of O-O-O in the note?
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  TheAlchemist: <aw1988> Because that is how it is supposed to have ended, but I'm not 100% sure.
Apr-12-05  dzanone: Perhaps Lasker thought the discovered mate was more elegant than the castling mate. Either is lovely. Quite a hike the poor king took.

Lasker wrote a book I read as a kid where he went through his thought process in a game with WC Emanuel Lasker at the 1924 NY tourney that lasted for 103 moves and ended in a draw: Lasker vs Edward Lasker, 1924

Jun-12-05  micartouse: You posters crack me up! I saw this game in a book a few years ago, and I thought I was the only person in the world crazy enough to agonize over the aesthetic decision at the end of the combination. I guess I was wrong - almost 3 pages of debating the respective merits between Kd2# and 0-0-0#!
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  TheAlchemist: <micartouse> Welcome to the club!
Jun-19-05  Knight13: This game should become the "Game of the Day" one day.
Jun-19-05  aw1988: Good suggestion actually.
Jun-21-05  Averageguy: I'm suprised that Edward Lasker didn't do better than he did in the chess world. He seemed to be a fine tactician, and did score several brilliant victories, such as this one and his game against Englund. He also drew with Emanuel Lasker, and at one point even looked as though he had a superior position, up an exchange.
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  paulalbert: Edward was not a professional chess player. He had a demanding career as an engineer and is especially noted for inventing the breast pump from which he made a fair amount of money. As you say, his record when he did play, showed he was at least competitive against even the world's elite players. His books are worth reading, not only for the chess wisdom, but for the anecdotes about the world's great players, especially in Berlin. I was fortunate to meet Edward in NY when he was in his nineties, about a year before he died. His book Chess Secrets which he signed for me is one of my most valued books in my chess collection. He also was a very knowledgeable player of the Japanese game Go and wrote books on the game. He was a highly educated man, a strong chess player, and a gentleman. Paul Albert
Jun-21-05  Jamespawn: Hey Paul Albert I have that book too. There are several wins in there that would lift his percentage. I would think his overall record is better than is indicated on his page. What was he like in person? Did he still have his accent? In his writings he seems like such a nice person.
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  paulalbert: As I remember it, he didn't have much of a German accent, but he had lived in the U.S.for many years. But since my wife is German, I don't really hear a German accent anymore. I met him at the Marshall Chess Club while he was giving a lecture on his win over Reti in the great NY 1924 Tournament. At the Marshall there is still an annual tournament in Edward Lasker's honor, and I have occasionally given a short talk of my meeting with Edward Lasker, but there are others at the Marshall who had much more extensive friendship with Edward who give much more comprehensive recollections in his honor. Everybody seems to hold him in the highest respect as a person and as a very accomplished chess master. Paul Albert
Nov-09-05  blingice: Anyone who sees an 8 move forced mate is decent.
Nov-10-05  Caissanist: <I'm suprised that Edward Lasker didn't do better than he did in the chess world. He seemed to be a fine tactician, and did score several brilliant victories> Lasker himself touches on this in Chess Secrets. The way that he tells it, he never had enough practice to work his way through the middlegame as efficiently as the world's very top players. The result was that, come move thirty or so, he would be tired and short of time, and would draw or even lose a won game through the resulting blunders.

Certainly he's right about the blunders. Every other game in the book, it seems, has an introduction like "here's another beautiful game that I should have won but didn't".

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  cu8sfan: Deeply in time trouble with only a single second on the clock, Edward Lasker played 18.♔d2#, when 18.0-0-0 would have been more aesthetically pleasing but would have lost the game... (-;
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  kingscrusher: Doing a bit of research on this game for a forum posting, I found that Richard James seems to think Lasker played Kd2 mate. Here is the reference:-

Check the notes for "Graefe - Moench" in the above URL

Richard James is one of the authors of the "Complete chess addict", and so is quite a credible authority to check out, on the actual game score here.

Jan-02-06  aw1988: But Kd2 is so unaesthetic!
Jan-22-06  DeepBlade: This is what Dutch people call magnet attacks, you magnet the King out of his stronghold with a sac and chase him to the magnet core, checkmate!

The anedote says

Ook Sir Thomas was onder de indruk. Na afloop van de partij vroeg hij de Duitser: - "Hoe zei u ook alweer dat uw naam was?"
Waarop de witspeler glunderend antwoordde:
- "Lasker is de naam. Eduard Lasker. Ed voor vrienden."

Sir Thomas was deeply impressed. After the match he asked the German, ''And what did you say your name was?''
And the player with the White pieces answered with a sly smile ''Lasker is my name, Eduard Lasker, my friends call me Ed. You can see very nice magnet attacks here!
In fact you get to solve puzzles starting with a magnet sac, positions are taken from famous games!

Feb-12-06  Tariqov: This should be a wednesday puzzle!!
Mar-20-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: Interesting comments by DeepBlade,about magnet attacks,I think of this game with a magnet attack: Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1895
and this one:
Hoi vs Gulko, 1988
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  keypusher: <Lasker wrote a book I read as a kid where he went through his thought process in a game with WC Emanuel Lasker at the 1924 NY tourney that lasted for 103 moves and ended in a draw: Lasker vs Edward Lasker, 1924>

The game is the subject of a whole chapter in his <Chess for Fun and Chess for Blood>, <dzanone>. Don't know if that is the same book you are talking about. Regardless, it is a great chapter of a terrific book.

Apr-11-06  whatthefat: "If Edward Lasker had played only one game in his entire life, this would have been enough to preserve his name in the annals of time." - Mikhail Botvinnik

As an aside, if you have the ability to checkmate by castling and you play something else, I think you should automatically lose.

Jun-12-06  Nikita Smirnov: This is the game of the century (1900-2000 Century)
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