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Emanuel Lasker vs Erich Cohn
USA tour sim (1902) (exhibition), Berlin GER, Aug-23
Spanish Game: Exchange. Romanovsky Variation (C68)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: This is quite a game! 13...Qxf6 would have been dead equal, but 13....gxf6 14. Nd5 gets Black into trouble. After 15. c3! the Black's kingside is exposed and his queen is tied to the defense of f6, making it hard to castle on either side. By 17...f5 Black is already desperate. Lasker could have simply played 18. Nxe7 Qxe7 19. Qxf5, but this being an exhibition he prefers to get fancy with 18. Rg1 and 19. Rg7. After 19....f4 20. Rxf7 is an original exchange sacrifice. Shredder confirms that 20....Kg8 21. Ke2! fxe3 22. Rg1+ Kf8 23. fxe3 is just as hopeless as the game.

At the end Lasker has many ways to win, but prefers the elegant 23. Bxf4. It's not surprising to find that that 23....Rg1+ 24. Ke2 Rxa1 25. Qh8+ Kf7 26. Qxh7+ Ke8 27. Bxc7! is hopeless. What is surprising is that Black is just as dead after something circumspect like 23....Qd7 24. 0-0-0. Yet it's true: 24....Bd8 25. Be3!, or 24....Bd6 25. Qf6+ Ke8 26. e5 Be7 27. e6!.

Do any of our historians know whether the provenance of this game is right? Was Erich Cohn in America in 1902? Was this a simul or a one-on-one exhibition?

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  Calli: <Do any of our historians know whether the provenance of this game is right? Was Erich Cohn in America in 1902? Was this a simul or a one-on-one exhibition?>

Can't check the Whyld book at the moment, but my computer file has as a simul in Berlin, Germany on 1902.08.23, number of participants is unknown.

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  Calli: Update: Whyld has the game as played in a simul at the Café Kerkau in Berlin on 23 August 1902. Source: Glasgow Weekly Herald 29-9-1902 Lasker had 14 wins 1 loss and 6 draws.
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  keypusher: Thanks, I submitted a correction, which of course will be acted on promptly.
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