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Emanuel Lasker vs Adolf Albin
"The straight line belongs to man, the curve to God." (game of the day Apr-24-2023)
Impromptu International Congress, New York (1893), New York, NY USA, rd 12, Oct-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit. Normal Line (D08)  ·  1-0



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Mar-07-04  Dillinger: did albin ever win with his gambit?
Mar-07-04  Benjamin Lau: Well, he drew once, but not won in this db...

Teichmann vs Albin, 1902

Jul-15-07  pawnofdoom: Thats a funny way to lose a bishop, getting it trapped like that
May-19-09  Chess4Life99: Well I personally thought Albin would win even against Lasker cause he made up that gamit
Aug-06-13  lioric: What a positional masterpiece by Lasker.

Example treatment. I "get it".

Dec-09-15  RookFile: Here's an interesting win by Albin:

A Schwarz vs Albin, 1899

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  kingscrusher: The funny thing about this game from an opening theory perspective is that 6.Nbd2 is all the rage now. But 6.h3 seems to be the top Stockfish choice (with Neural Networks version):

Emanuel Lasker - Adolf Albin 1-0 12.0, New York New York, NY USA 1893

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Analysis by Stockfish 14:

1. ± (1.58): 6.h3 Bh5 7.Nbd2 Qe7 8.g4 Bg6 9.Bg2 0-0-0 10.0-0 h5 11.g5 f6 12.exf6 gxf6 13.Nh4 Qe8 14.Nxg6 Qxg6 15.Nf3

Lasker's follow up though with gxf3 seems inferior to exf3

In Chessbase Livebook it seems that 6.h3 is under-represented with only about 4 games compared to about 70 with 6.Nbd2

Funny stuff

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: For the longest time, the CG database lacked even one win for Albin with his famous countergambit. Would rather like to see more, even if they consist of victories over weak opponents in a club.
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  Teyss: Albin only played "his" gambit five times with the below-par result of +1 -3 =1, which would explain why he didn't play it more. Marshall for instance played it 15 times as Black. On top of the two abovementioned games there are Chigorin vs Albin, 1896 and Janowski vs Albin, 1902.

There are two games before Albin played it against Lasker for the first time: NN vs P Lewin, 1864 and C Salvioli vs M Cavallotti, 1881. Not great results overall: on 3.dxe5 the score for Black is +32% -50% =18% over a bit more than 1,000 games.

28...Rf6? was a lemon, putting the R on the WB diagonal and blocking escape squares for both the BB and the BN, all this to attack the f2 P. Greed will destroy the World.

The pun is a quote by Antoni Gaudi. Maybe it applies to the game because of 7.gxf3 (only game in the DB) instead of exf3, the fact Black goes on the Kside whilst the WK is Qside and the a1 R only moves twice in a straight line, delivering the final blow.

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  Honza Cervenka: Lasker could play 19.Nxb7 Qxb7 20.b5 with advantage.

8...Ng6 seems to be better for black.

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  Ogaard: Very instructive game of Lasker. He played like a modern player but Albin was not a match here.
Apr-24-23  Cassandro: <Ogaard> Yes, there is something very modern about this game. Lasker showing how way ahead he was, in so many ways. Interestingly, in many Albin counter gambit games, Black castles long and White short, in this game it's the opposite. But yes, as you said, even if it's the inventor himself playing it here, Lasker had no problems against this opening. Albin was outplayed.
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  Gottschalk: Today's GOTD title is a reference to thought and works of Antoni Gaudi, the greatest architet from Catalunia:
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  MissScarlett: <Gottschalk>, please stick your head into my forum at some point. I have a message.
Jul-21-23  generror: Funny, Lasker has always been my favourite chess player, so it's nice to see that he was the first to play <5.a3> against the Albin Countergambit. I spent quite some time analyzing it, but I found the positions to be really unpleasant for White -- horrible pawn structures, open lines, and that constant threat of <...Bb4>. Then I though hey, why not an early <a3> to stop <...Bb4> and indeed, in my opinion, this pulls the teeth that the Albin otherwise definitively has.

Of course, Lasker is better known for also discovering the famous Lasker trap, with it's knight subpromotion on move 7: G Thompson vs Lasker, 1902.

Jul-21-23  generror: Also, <5.a3> has never been very popular until recently, but it's nice to see that another player which I am growing increasingly fond of also used it against the Albin: Karpov vs P Stoma, 1997

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