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Fyodor Ivanovich Dus Chotimirsky vs Emanuel Lasker
"Dus Sprach Chotimirsky" (game of the day Oct-06-2013)
St. Petersburg (1909), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 16, Mar-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Harrwitz Attack. Two Knights Defense (D37)  ·  1-0



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Feb-10-07  Ulhumbrus: The move 13...h6 disturbs the King side pawns without necessity. 13..b6 prepares to develop the bishop, as in the game Capablanca vs Edward Lasker, 1924
To quote Bronstein from his book "200 open games" on Dus-Chotimirsky: " In his game with Em. Lasker he conducted a K-side attack with exceptional accuracy, and in his game with A.Rubinstein he took over the initiative with a cunning pawn move and forced his opponent to make an unfavourable combination. These success earned the veteran fame with the chess public for many years, and he was called none other than 'the scourge of champions'.
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  chancho: Dus Chutimirsky defeated both Rubinstein and Lasker who tied for first in this great tournament.
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  Gypsy: A story related to this game is at Karel Treybal pages.
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  keypusher: <Ulhumbrus: The move 13...h6 disturbs the King side pawns without necessity. >

Not really. After 13....b6 14.Ne5 Bb7 15.Bh4 Black is going to have to disturb his kingside pawns anyway. By this point his position is already pretty bad.

Some comments from Lasker's tournament book.

After 6....Nbd7:

<The better system was 6....b6, followed by ...Bb7; or 6....c5 at once.>

After 7....c6:

<Blocking the diagonal of the QB, and loss of time as against ...c5.>

After 9....Qa5:

<Better at once ...Nb6 and ...Nbd5. The move actually [played] threatens nothing and defends nothing.>

After 13....h6:

<The bishop at c8 is now very badly placed; to 13....b6 14.Ne5 would be a disagreeable reply. 13....Bd7 should have been played, although Ne5 and Bh4 might have followed.>

Shredder points out that 17.e4 was a mistake, allowing the neat ...Nb4. After trading off White's KB, Black shouldn't be too badly off. But Lasker misses this opportunity.

After 20.Nxd7:

<White shows splendid judgment of position, by playing for two Bishops; this gives him a lasting superiority.>

After 24.e5:

<To meet 24....Ng5 by 25.f6.>

After 32....Ne6:

<If 32....Nh7, then 33.e6.>

After 34....Qg4:

<A "swindle." Owing to White's two Bishops and the strong passed Pawn, Black can defend himself only by counter attack.>

After 37.Rd3:

<The only, but sufficient defence against ...Rc3.>

Aug-08-11  bengalcat47: On the page Marshall v. Dus-Chotimirsky there is a statement that "according to legend" (quote taken from the game cited) Chotimirsky irritated Lasker by quoting Nietzsche during their game. It would be interesting to find out if this was true.
Feb-04-13  IndigoViolet: From <C.N. 7943>:

<‘The story is told that during the course of his game with Emanuel Lasker (the world champion) in the St Petersburg tournament of 1909, Chotimirsky read a Japanese translation of Thus Spake Zarathustra. Legend has it that the world champion was so incensed at the young man’s studied insolence that he lost the game. Whatever the cause of his defeat, Lasker was singularly reticent about this encounter.’>

Makes Lasker threatening to smoke seem positively benign in comparison.

Feb-04-13  JimNorCal: D-C must have had a lot of confidence. But I guess he could handle adversity too. An amusing story from Marshall-Dus-Chotimirsky is recounted at Marshall vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1911

According to Marshall, after his opponent made his 12th move, he said "Poor Marshall dead. Must be mate....after Dus returned to the board and saw that both his threats of 12...Qh2# and 12...Qxg2# had been unexpectedly answered by the simple 13 Qxg4, he threw over his king and exclaimed, "Oh, OH!! Marshall not dead ... I dead!!"

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  offramp: That surprising move 17...Nb4, pointed out by <Keypusher>, really is neat. It relies on the fact that the Ra1 is momentarily loose.
Oct-06-13  Kikoman: position after 42. e7

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Oct-06-13  belgradegambit: I love the fact that Black must resign without even bothering with his useless discovered check!
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  FSR: D-C's win over the other co-winner of the tournament: Rubinstein vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1909. It's not often that the co-winners of a tournament are both defeated by a player who finishes with a minus score.
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  kevin86: A rare loss by the Good Doctor.
Apr-11-19  Nietzowitsch: Dus spake Chotimirski!

< Chotimirsky read a Japanese translation of Thus Spake Zarathustra. > ツァラトゥストラかく語りき

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