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Horatio Caro vs Emanuel Lasker
"Horatio, I am dead" (game of the day Sep-19-2023)
Berlin (1890), Berlin GER, rd 2, Jul-21
Queen Pawn Game: Zukertort Variation (D02)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: Caro Can.
Dec-29-12  12.12.12: black's last move shows he does not know what's going on on the board.
Dec-29-12  DanielBryant: <12.12.12> What alternative are you proposing?
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  FSR: <12.12.12: black's last move shows he does not know what's going on on the board.>

Black was already in difficulties after 3...c6? (3...e6! 4.Qb3 Nc6!), lost after 7...a6?, and dead lost after 8...Ra7? He had no chance of survival at any time after that. Incidentally, note the possibility 3...c6 4.Qb3 Qb6 (rather than Lasker's 4...Qc8) 5.cxd5 Qxb3? 6.axb3 Bxb1 7.dxc6! Be4?? 8.Rxa7!! Rxa7 9.c7 1-0, a cousin of Schlechter vs J Perlis, 1911.

Dec-29-12  waustad: Lasker got pancaked.
Aug-09-14  kevin86: Lasker gets syrupped.
Oct-13-14  joddon: who the heck plays ra7 and a6 in a position like this......was Lasker pissed drunk ...or did he forget what a gambit is...he tries playing a positional opening where lightening fails!what a loser.
Oct-13-14  JimNorCal: A colossal defeat. Still, he eventually got better :)
Feb-11-15  poorthylacine: Lets not forget Caro in this affair:
he did not miss even ONE heavy blow from his 7th move!!
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  perfidious: <JimNorCal: A colossal defeat. Still, (Lasker) eventually got better :)>

Indeed, he eventually learnt to play a little.

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  FSR: Chessmetrics reckons that Lasker was already the No. 1 player in the world at the time he sustained this extremely uncharacteristic defeat, the shortest loss of his career. He scored 5.5/6 in the rest of the tournament, tying for first with his brother Berthold.
May-06-21  Marcelo Bruno: <syracrophy>: Indeed I have the continuation: 14. Kf6 15. Nd7+ Kg7 16. Nxc8. Source: Ansur, Alfredo. O jogo real, 2nd ed.. (a rare Portuguese from 1926, which was first released in 1907).
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  fredthebear: A video link to this game:
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  Messiah: <FSR: Chessmetrics reckons that Lasker was already the No. 1 player in the world at the time he sustained this extremely uncharacteristic defeat, the shortest loss of his career.>


Aug-13-22  Brit Griner: The video explains the options.
Aug-14-22  MississQueen: May-06-21 Marcel Bruno explains how to capture the black queen after 14..Kf6 or win by 14..Kd8 15.Qd7#
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  kingscrusher: Wow, Lasker slaughtered by Caro who has his name for the Caro-Kann
Sep-19-23  Brenin: "I am dead, Horatio. Wretched Queen adieu." 14 ... Kf6 15 Nd7+ seals her fate.
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  al wazir: 14. Qd7+ Kf6 15. Rc8 Qd6 16. Qxd6 Bxd6 17. Rxh8 would also have won.

Lasker played a really terrible opening.

Sep-19-23  YoungEd: I thought, "why not 6. Qxd5?" The answer, as it turns out, is 6....Qc1#. Whaddya know?
Sep-19-23  Amarande: <12.12.12: black's last move shows he does not know what's going on on the board.>

On top of 14 Nc8+, White also threatened 14 Qd7+ Kf6 15 Qxf7#. 13 ... Nh6 was played to prevent the mate, but of course could not save the game.

Sep-19-23  Thet: Sorry, 14 Qd7+ Kf6 15 Qxf7# is not a mate. There is Nxf7. But anyway, W can capture the Q.
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  FSR: 2...Bf5 is risky but playable if Black knows what he's doing. Lasker obviously didn't.

3.....e6! is far and away the best, with a playable game. After 3...c6, Black is already in serious trouble. White's best is 4.cxd5! cxd5 5.Qb3 with a large advantage.

4.Qb3?! was inaccurate, allowing 4...Qb6! with only a small disadvantage. After 4...Qc8? 5.cxd5! cxd5 6.Nc3! e6 7.Bf4! Lasker was close to lost.

Lasker's only chance to put up resistance was 7...Nc6! 8.Nb5 Bb4+ 9.Kd1 Kf8. After 7...a6? 8.Na4! he was lost. A nice game by Caro, and a terrible day at the office for Lasker.

Sep-19-23  Wernerheisenberg: Emanuel Lasker was a great mathematician too, who did much research in polynomial vocabulary.
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  FSR: Lasker's unfortunate 3...c6?! may even have been a TN. chessgames' database has seven prior games that reached the position after 3.c4. In all of them, including Lasker vs J Mieses, 1890, played just six months before, Black had preferred 3...e6!
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