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Ossip Bernstein vs Emanuel Lasker
St. Petersburg (1914), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 8, May-02
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Hedgehog Variation (C66)  ·  1-0



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Sep-23-04  iron maiden: This defeat by Bernstein threw Lasker back to sixth place with only four games to go before the final. I think it was Tarrasch who called it "a blessing in disguise," because if Lasker had not lost it then the chess world would have missed the thrill of seeing him come from behind to overtake Capa.
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  offramp: This is the only serious game Lasker ever lost with the c7-c6-d6 pawn formation.
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...but here are some trivial ones...(in the first one you have to look after Black's sixth move).

Kevitz vs Lasker, 1928

Berla vs Lasker, 1913

God, I've got to get a life.

Oct-12-07  Marmot PFL: 35...Qh2? loses. According to Tartakower, Lasker thought that 38..Qg1+ led to mate and simply forgot white could play 39.Kg3. So corect was 35...Qg3. 36.Nxe6 now loses to 36...Ra2 37.Re2 Ra1+ since the queen attacks e1. 36.Ne2 is probably drawn though.

Bernstein plays the ending well and 49.Qd7! puts black in zugzwang, as does the final move 56.h5! Lasker's only loss in the tournament.

Jan-31-11  TheOutsider: Terrible play by Lasker all throughout.
Jul-08-11  psmith: <TheOutsider>: Oh, come on! Until 35...Qh2? Black has a perfectly playable game, as far I can see. Can you identify any other "terrible" (I don't mean -- second-best -- but really "terrible") moves before then?
Jul-08-11  NARC: I like the way Lasker lost. He tried to squeeze something out of the posistion. I think a lot of black players have experienced the same against the four knight's scotch.
Aug-13-13  Conrad93: 35...Qh2 is not the mistake. 39...Qc7? is the blunder.

39...Qf4 holds in all lines.

I'm sure a younger Lasker would have spotted that move without trouble.

Bernstein is just beating up an old man.

Aug-13-13  whiteshark: With <11... Re8> Lasker deviated from an exhibition game O Bernstein vs Lasker, 1914 these two have played five weeks earlier, while Lasker was in Moscow, en route to St Petersburg 1914.
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  perfidious: <donkrad....Bernstein is just beating up an old man.>

The 'old man' was doing quite well in this game before his oversight. He also stuck around top chess a while longer and scored some fine results.

Y'all best brush up on your history.

Aug-20-16  morfishine: <ConradIQ93> Lasker was a middle-aged 46 yrs old
Aug-20-16  ughaibu: Keypusher: think of the number of members whose lives are augmented by your sacrifice. Then ask yourself the question; has god given me a life?
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  Benzol: It was around this period that <Conrad93> enjoyed making a pratt out of himself.

See Emanuel Lasker as well.

Apr-28-23  Mathematicar: <offramp> how do you know this? Any references?
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  keypusher: <Mathematicar: <offramp> how do you know this? Any references?>

I don't know how he knows it, but I think I just checked opening explorer, focusing on Lasker's Black games with the Lopez (though Kevitz-Lasker is an English). I didn't exactly knock myself out, though.

May-02-23  Mathematicar: I don't have database, so thank you on checking this. You are terrible at making jokes btw.

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