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Emanuel Lasker vs Sergey Polner
"It Slices! It Dices!" (game of the day Dec-24-2010)
Casual game (1889), Berlin GER, Sep-??
Vienna Game: Mieses Variation (C26)  ·  0-1



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Nov-11-08  Skylark: there were so many roads leading to rome here it is not funny. What was lasker doing lol?
Nov-11-08  mike1: Lasker was under big pressure-he said that he would give up chess if he would not win the tournament-which he eventually did.This game was played as part of the German Schachkongress Hauptturnier (B-section) at Breslau 1889.Bill Wall tells some intersting stories about below.
Nov-11-08  LJLMETAL: Tell me what you think of this one.

1... Qxh3+
2. Kg1, Qh1+!!
3.Bxh1, Nh3++#

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  kevin86: Van Popiel has gone to heaven!!!

Imagine sacrificing your queen twice against Dr. Lasker,possibly the best player in history!

The first sac:20 ♗xh3 ♘g4+ 21 ♔h1 ♖h2#-a variation of the Reti-Tartakower theme.

Te second sac-which cannot be refused:21♗xh1 ♘h3#-a quaint cross of a smothered mate and an epaulette mate.

Nov-12-08  AnalyzeThis: Lasker had a lot of games like this, where he got absolutely smoked, before he became the champion that he was.
Nov-12-08  TheaN: <NakoSonorense: 2/2 this week. 200%.>

Find the mathematical mistake lesson one; 2/2 is <100%>, 200% would be double the maximum, so 4/2. Which is, in such example, impossible. /nitpicking.

Nov-12-08  NakoSonorense: <TheaN> What? No. If I solve a puzzle correctly that's 100% for me. If I solve a second puzzle correctly, that's 100% for me again. So, in total, I'll have 100% + 100% = 200%. :)
Dec-16-08  YoungEd: Beautiful game! Score one for the second-raters! Almost gives the 12th-raters like me a little hope...
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  Phony Benoni: For those of you who haven't been following the Christmas Present Hunt, this game was the answer to clue #57. Check it on this page to learn about the pun.

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In his early years, before perfecting his risk-taking style, Lasker occasionally suffered disasters such as this. Here's another example: H Caro vs Lasker, 1890

Dec-24-10  SuperPatzer77: What a truly amazing game by Ignatz Von Popiel!!! 21...Nh3#!! (double-check and mate - Von Popiel kills two birds with one stone by protecting the Black Bishop against the White Queen and double-checking the White King). Truly brilliant!!!


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  BVer: <Phony Benoni: For those of you who haven't been following the Christmas Present Hunt, this game was the answer to clue #57. Check it on this page to learn about the pun.> Didn't even have to google that clue...instant recognition. But my fondest memory of Ron Popiel was the pocket fisherman...
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  Phony Benoni: <BVer> Better than me; I would never have thought of anything beyond Ginsu. But Ignatz certainly did some slicing and dicing in this game!

I see he was five years older than Lasker, and survived him by a few months. How many times do you think he showed this one off over the years? "Lasker? Duffer! Let me show you the game where..."

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  BVer: I was hoping that would say: "But wait, there's more!" and include the Ginsu knife as a prize....
Dec-24-10  ossipossi: Never liked fianchettoing in Vienna game, Nge2 and h3 are also putting up an awkward system.
Dec-24-10  sevenseaman: Amazing!!
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  Once: I think the explanation here is more that Lasker went pawn grabbing and that Popiel played very well, than the opening was at fault. The g3 Vienna doesn't usually fall over as quickly or spectacularly as this.
Dec-24-10  Llawdogg: Great game Ignatz!
Dec-24-10  Whitehat1963: Ouch!
Dec-24-10  Salaskan: Lasker really had a bad day here, 6.h3 looks useless and gives black a target, 7.Nd5 surrenders the dark squares and makes the fianchetto'd bishop bad, and then when under attack, he starts... pawn grabbing! No wonder he went down in style :)
Dec-24-10  WhiteRook48: but this was before he was in his prime.
He was smashed by Bird in ludicrous style in 1892...
Dec-24-10  CapablancaFan122: WOW. Lasker played like a total patzer here. I thought the opening was especially bad. But then again, it was still early in his career.
Dec-24-10  weisyschwarz: Great pun and game. Merry Christmas, all!
Dec-24-10  checkmateyourmove: A discovered smothered mate all in one...take that santa
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  Penguincw: Nice game by Von Popiel!
Dec-24-10  kevins55555: Anastasia's mate, kind of.
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