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Ilia Kan vs Emanuel Lasker
Moscow (1935), Moscow URS, rd 1, Feb-15
Slav Defense: Exchange Variation. Symmetrical Line (D14)  ·  0-1



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Jan-30-05  iron maiden: More great stuff from Lasker in his later years. What happens after 33. exd5?
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  beatgiant: The position would be extremely sharp after 33. exd5. An example of how it might go is 33. exd5 Qf6 34. dxc6 dxc3 35. Rxd7 Rxb2 36. Ba2 Qxc6 37. R2e7 Qb6+ 38. Kf1 Rb1+ 39. Bxb1 Qxb1+ 40. Qe1 c2 41. Rg7+ Kh8, leading to a perpetual check.
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  offramp: This was from round 1 of the very strong international tournament at Moscow in 1935. Botvinnik & Flohr shared 1st place with 13 points, just ahead of Lasker with 12½ points. Flohr and Lasker were unbeaten.

Lasker had become world champion 41 years earlier so this was a great result for the veteran.

Jun-17-06  GeauxCool: Lasker retired after the NY Tournament of 1924, where he won 1st prize. There was a suspicious dealing involved in that tournament and he felt the $$ in Chess was interfering with his artistic flavour. As <offramp> stated, the astonishing thing is that he did not have a single loss in this 1935 tournament, ahead of Capablanca. The papers at the time called this a biological miracle. -Fine
Aug-20-10  Ulhumbrus: It seems that Lasker's remedy for Qb3 in the symmetrical Slav ( by which I mean the Queen's Gambit Declined Slav Defence symmetrical variation ) is ...Na5 and then ...Bd7 in reply to Qa4+, as in the Caro-Kann exchange variation.
Feb-10-12  Goscinny: ON 44. Qg7+ followed by Qc3 going for the d pawn ? Anyone
Sep-08-13  denopac: <Goscinny> 44. Qg7+ Ka6 45. Qc3 Rxb2 46. Qxd2 Ba4. As in the game, the king goes to a6 and not a8 so that Qxd5 doesn't arrive with check at the end of this.
Jun-02-18  residentlegal: Ulhubrus, good point about the Qb3 defence and its correlation to the Caro-Kann exchange, I found that helpful.
Jun-03-18  ClockPunchingMonkey: Wonderful game by Lasker.
Jun-03-18  morfishine: Wonderful game, by both sides
Oct-12-18  goser: It was a thrilling game! Kan could be willing to lure his opponent into complications, counting on his much younger age (25 vs 66). This didn't work though. Objectively, he had good chances in the course of the game but subjectively Lasker was highly experienced in this kind of tightrope walk. I wonder how White could miss a relatively easy winning move - 33. exd5 instead of exf5. The decisive mistake was 44. Qf6 instead of 44. Qh6, targeting the d2 pawn.
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  Honza Cervenka: <beatgiant: The position would be extremely sharp after 33. exd5. An example of how it might go is 33. exd5 Qf6 34. dxc6 dxc3 35. Rxd7 Rxb2 36. Ba2 Qxc6 37. R2e7 Qb6+ 38. Kf1 Rb1+ 39. Bxb1 Qxb1+ 40. Qe1 c2 41. Rg7+ Kh8, leading to a perpetual check>

After 37.Qe5 (diagram) instead of 37.Ree7 in this line white wins, for example 37....Qxd7 38.Bxc4+ Qf7 (what else?) 39.Bxf7+ Kxf7 40.Qc7+ Kf8 41.Qd6+ Kg8 42.Re7 and black will be mated in a few moves.

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Jul-18-23  tbontb: Kan plays aggressively against the wily veteran Lasker but misses the win with 33.exd5 (...Qf6 34.dxc6 dxc3 35.Rxd7 Qxc6 36.Ree7) then blunders with 44.Qd6 (better 44.Qe7+ Ka6 45.Qc5 accepting the draw) and has to resign.

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