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Emanuel Lasker vs William Henry Krause Pollock
Double blindfold game (1892) (blindfold), Baltimore, MD USA, Nov-29
Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. General (C68)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: 41. Qd6+ seems to have been a hint for Black to resign. Wasn't Pollock a little strong for a simul? Anyone know the story behind this game?

Lasker's first Ruy Lopez Exchange in the database.

Aug-20-07  paul1959: There are two games with Pollock in that sim and the second one is even worse. The early blunders do seem to indicate that W. H. K. Pollock ( a strong master) was not the opponent of Lasker in those games.
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  keypusher: I did a little bit more research. According to Steve Wrinn writing in Chesscafe, this game was played blindfold by both Pollock and Lasker. (His source, I think, was Whyld's <The Collected Games of Emanuel Lasker>. That would explain the low quality, I guess.
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  Calli: <key> Right, this one is a both blindfold game and the other one, Lasker vs W Pollock, 1892 is one with consulting teams. Whyld does not name the partners for that game or how many. So, neither game is from a simul.
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  keypusher: <Calli> I would have guessed that the other game was blindfold. Or, had Alekhine been Black in that game...well, you know.
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  Calli: I read that wrong, Lasker did not have partners. He played 6 games against consulting teams.
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  TheFocus: In this game, both players were blindfold. Played on November 29.
Jun-17-16  zanzibar: It's funny that Steinitz should feature this game in his 1892.12.11 NY Tribune column, without mentioning that either player was blindfold.

Instead he just says it was "a hard-fought game played at Baltimore on the 29th ult. between Herr Lasker and Mr. Pollock."

He quotes the Balt. Sunday News as source.

<rookhouse> features the game in a nice article here:

(also featuring an interview w Lasker).

There I found another source for the game is "Pollock Memories", G-143 p149/162.

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