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Richard Reti vs Emanuel Lasker
Maehrisch-Ostrau (1923), Ostrava CSR, rd 9, Jul-12
Slav Defense: Alekhine Variation (D15)  ·  0-1



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Aug-02-03  ughaibu: In this game Lasker, when making his combination, seems to have assumed that Reti would play 29 Kf1, had Reti chosen Kh1 Lasker wouldn't have had the subsequent check on d2.
Aug-02-03  uglybird: If 29.Kh1 instad of Kf1, Lasker's continuation would still work as he would have 31...Qc1! winning.
Aug-02-03  ughaibu: Uglybird: how about the reply Rd8?
Aug-03-03  Calli: <ughaibu> is right. 29.Kh1! Rd8! (other moves lose) 30.Qxe5 Rxd6 31.Qxd6 Qxd6 32.Nxd6 Nd4 is best.

Now 33.Re3 Rd8 34.Nb7 Rd7 and if 35.Nxa5? then 35...Nxb3 or 35.Nc5? Rc7 36.Nd3 Nxb3. White would have to play 35.Rd3 Rxb7 36.Rxd4 Kf8 37.g3 Rc7 38.Rd5 Rc3 39.Rxa5 Rxb3 to maintain an advantage. Typically Lasker! In a worse position, he presents his opponent with difficult choices and Reti makes the wrong one.

Jan-02-05  iron maiden: This game was, at the time, almost as much of a thriller as Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 had been. Reti was leading Lasker by a half-point.
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  Gypsy: <Calli> Great analysis, thx.
Feb-25-06  Calli: <Gypsy> Thank you. The end could have been spectacular, if Reti had not resigned. After 43...Qc3! 44.Rf1 Qe3+ 45.Kh1 Qf4!! guards b8 so that 46.Kg1 Rxb7 47.Qxb7 Rb8 wins. Many other variants possible.
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  bernieno: What a game! Typical Lasker style. Seems to be on the defensive in the early phases of the game, then defends himself with great accuracy and, as so often, comes out on top after the tactical complications. Forget all the talk about Lasker's "psykological" style. His main strengths were his defense and his tactical skills in critical situations.
Sep-13-09  laskereshevsky: 28...♘e2 ....Equus ex machina!
Oct-30-11  Ulhumbrus: 11 b3 seems inconsistent, having prepared to brin gthe QN to c1 and b3 by playing 7 Na2
Jan-08-14  Sokrates: <bernieno> Well said. This tournament, and the next in New York 1924, demonstrates Lasker's superiority over his contemporaries - with the genius Capablanca as the only exception. And even the great Capa did not become arrogant and gloating towards the old master after having defeated him - he always spoke highly of his opponent. As for Lasker's opponents in this tournament they simply didn't comprehend the depth in Lasker's play, often ending in bad positions "mysteriously". Yes, Lasker was great.
Dec-14-18  Howard: So, was 29.Kf1 the fatal error ? Would 29.Kh1! have drawn?
Dec-14-18  vonKrolock: Not necessarily drawn... After 29.♔h1 ♖d8 (best) 30.♕xe5! etc Reti would be a Pawn up, and would be able to maintain this material advantage with a precise play (as pointed out by <Calli> more than fifteen years ago).

*** And after 29.♖xe2 ♕xd6 30.♕xf7+ ♔h8! 31.♕d5!

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White seems to have more than enough compensation for the exchange.

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  Honza Cervenka: I wonder why Lasker did not play simply 27...Nxa4.

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