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Edward Lasker vs Fritz Englund
"Castling into the Lion's Mouth" (game of the day Apr-21-2008)
Scheveningen (1913), Scheveningen NED, rd 12, Aug-06
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Rubinstein Variation (C48)  ·  1-0



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Feb-08-08  Amarande: 19 ... O-O-O oft criticized, but IMO falls into the "I'm hopeless so let's end it the artsy way" manner of things.

Black is in a very bad way, and is faced with numerous threats, the most notable and immediate being 20 Bf4 Qf6 21 Bg5 Qg6 22 Qf3 and his Queen is trapped. In any case, he cannot ever hope to get his King to a place of safety - the Queen's side is booby trapped as we find out in the game, the King's side is hopeless because Black can't free himself from his responsibilities to g7 without ... Rg8 spoiling castling.

Against the threat of 20 Bf4, Black seems to have only two real defenses that do not drop material immediately, namely 20 ... Bd5 (other B moves just allow a deadly discovered check) and 20 ... Rg8 (in order to protect the g-pawn a second time at g5).

Now, if -

a1) 19 ... Bd5 20 Qe1! O-O-O 21 Bf5+ Be6 22 Rxd8+ Kxd8 23 Qd1+ Kc8 24 Bxe6+ fxe6 25 Rd3 Be7 26 Rd7 Bd8 27 Bxg7 wins.

a2) 19 ... Bd5 20 Qe1! Qe6 21 Bf5! Qxf5 22 Bxg7+ wins.

a3) 19 ... Bd5 20 Qe1! Be6 21 Bc4! (for if 21 ... Bxc4 22 Bxg7+) and Black is hopeless, as he simply does not have the mobility to defend on the open lines. E.g. 21 ... b5 22 Bxe6 fxe6 (if Qxe6 23 Bxg7, White wins a second Pawn directly and also forces an exchange down to an end-game) 23 Qd2! Qxd2 (forced on account of the threat of Qd7 mate) 24 Rxd2 Rg8 25 Rgd3 and the endgame is clearly quite hopeless.

b) 19 ... Rg8 is also inadequate, viz. 20 Bf4 g5 (Qf6 loses the Queen as we saw previously) 21 h4 Qf6 22 hxg5 Qe7 23 Qxh7 f6 24 g6 Rg7 (Qxh7 25 gxh7 Rh8 26 Bg6+ Ke7 27 Bd6+ wins a piece) 25 Qh5 and Black is three pawns down and hopelessly tied up. Or here 21 ... Bg7 22 Bxg5 Qh5 (Qg6 23 Qf3) 23 Qxh7 and again Black is three pawns minus.

Feb-24-08  D.Observer: <<moocow:> <E Canal vs NN, 1934. is rather pretty.>> Yes, since it's the <Peruvian Immortal>.
Apr-21-08  JeLiFF7: this checkmate seems pretty popular this week
Apr-21-08  D.Observer: This is another Boden for this week. The first one was the Peruvian Immortal.
Apr-21-08  Knight to f6: OUCH!!!

Nasty checkmate there, I think Black should have seen that coming though.

The opening is something I used to play myself previously and it seems a bit primitive now. Then again, there are no obvious blunders.

Apr-21-08  MindCtrol9: <Ed Lasker is not related with Enmanuel Lasker,but he was a player who could beat anybody.Just remember "The Immortal Draw" playing Enmanuel Lasker.His imagination was fantastic,and intuition.A game I like a lot,one of my predilect ones,is where he sacrifices the Queen on <h2> (eleven moves,and all forced} extracting the Black King from its position,and mating beatufully.I can say that several Chess players from the 1800's and early 1900's where just "Genius".It is a pleasure for me to review games from players like Ed Lasker,and others like Murphy,Tal.etc.>
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  kevin86: Castling on the queen side does have its hazards-but anyone who reflexively castles into a Boden Mate deserves what he gets.

There is a game:NN vs Bier in which the loser castles on the king side and is mated by two knights.

I believe that the CANAL game mentioned here has a queen and two rook sac as well as a Boden's mate.

Apr-21-08  Samagonka: Games that go...BOOM!!!
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  whiteshark: Englund's King's Gambit !!

(Game of the Day)

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  Jimfromprovidence: Going back to the opening, I'm not understanding 6...Nxe4 instead of 6...Nxb5. Then, after 7 Nxb5 Qxe4+ 8 Qe2 Qxe2+ 9 Kxe2 Nd5, below, black looks to be in better shape than the text.

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Jan-24-09  WhiteRook48: nice. kind of Boden's mate
Jan-25-09  WhiteRook48: looks like a computer in 1913 makes no sense at all, ha ha ha
Feb-15-09  WhiteRook48: usually the bishop is on f4
Aug-05-09  LIFE Master AJ:
Apr-04-10  Gouvaneur: Edward Lasker is really the "mate man"!
His magnet combination in his most famous game is well known (mate with Ke2#) and which player can really say that he managed to mate the enemy like boden!
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  FSR: <Jimfromprovidence> (belatedly) Lasker's 5.Nxe5 is considered harmless today (almost a century later) precisely because of the line you give. Black stands a little better there because of his bishop pair. Perhaps Englund was afraid of 10.c4 in that line, but 10...a6! is fine for Black.
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  perfidious: <Jim>, <FSR> White can certainly play 6.f4; though this should also promise no more than equality, it keeps life in the game, unless White plays as he did in this epic: NN vs J Van_Mil, 1973.
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  FSR: <perfidious> Yes, after 6.f4 it looks like Black's best is 6...Nxb5 7.Nxb5 c6! 8.Nc3 Nxe4 9.0-0 Nxc3 10.dxc3 Qd8 11.Re1+ Be7 12.Qe2 Bg4 13.h3 Bxf3 14.Qxf3 0-0= Short vs Khalifman, 2001.
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  perfidious: <FSR> Here's another try, though Black's play in the middlegame didn't inspire confidence: J Curdo vs A Shaw, 1996.
Aug-22-11  LIFE Master AJ: E-mail today.

A (former) student ... from Bayside (Daphne, AL) wants to know, "Why not take the Bishop on f4?"

14...Qxf4?!; 15.Bb5+! Kf8; (Or 15...c6; 16.Bxc6+! bxc6; 17.Qxc6+ Kf8; 18.Qxa8 ) 16.Qd8+ Bxd8; 17.Re8#.

Aug-23-11  sevenseaman: Wonderful <AJ> Thats great teaching! I wish all your posts had something to say, like this.
Aug-23-11  LIFE Master AJ: So ... what you are saying ... is that (most of the time) ... I really have nothing to say?
Aug-23-11  LIFE Master AJ:

This is the UPDATED page ... with my analysis of this game.

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  plang: Nice attack - Lasker suggested 16 Rad1 after the game - seems more logical.
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  TheFocus: This game won the Second Brilliancy Prize.
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