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Emanuel Lasker vs Adolf Albin
Nuremberg (1896), Nuremberg GER, rd 12, Aug-01
Dutch Defense: Rubinstein Variation (A84)  ·  1-0



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  Pawn and Two: Albin missed his grand opportunity in this game. Albin had the better of the game, and at move 25, could have won by exchanging rooks and pushing his f-pawn. Instead, Albin pushed the f-pawn first, allowing Lasker to exchange rooks. After the double exchange of rooks, Albin had only a small advantage. Additional errors by Albin resulted in the loss of the game.

The winning line was: 25...Rxd2 26.Rxd2 (if Qxd2, Rd8 followed by Rxd1 and Qxf2), 26...f4; Black will now win material and has a winning position. If 27.exf4 there follows e3.

Albin continued competing in tournaments and matches for several more years, but never again had the opportunity of playing Lasker. In their prior games, Albin had lost at Graz 1890 and at New York 1893. Their Hastings 1895 game was a draw.

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  keypusher: Albin played some remarkable Dutch defenses. This one ended better for him: Janowski vs Albin, 1895

The Hastings tournament book notes that Albin was "pardonably proud" of the Janowski game.

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