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Emanuel Lasker vs Annie Mabel Gooding
"Not so Gooding" (game of the day Dec-29-2005)
Simul, 25b (1908) (exhibition), Cheltenham ENG, Feb-19
French Defense: Winawer. Advance Variation General (C16)  ·  1-0



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Dec-29-05  Devilz: Nice queen sac and attack.
Dec-29-05  khense: CANT be sound! (but black had to move every time the grandmaster came around).
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: No way is this sacrifice sound. Can't be. After 15...Kd7; 16.0-0-0,c7-c6 Black will follow with Kd7-c7, ...Bc8-d7, ...Ra8-c8 and Kc7-b8, with artificial castling followed by the c6-c7 pawn break to open the c-file. If White tries to annoy Black with Nc3-a4, then ...b7-b6 should be OK, as While lacks the light-squared Bishop.

However, this is a fantastic example of the sort of madness you might find during a game, and Lasker no doubt counted on his opponent to make mistakes. And that is one heck of a finish.

Dec-29-05  Hidden Skillz: i bet he wouldnt done the sac against a master
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  al wazir: White sacked his ♕ on spec. It took 20 moves before the payoff. 22...Be2 was a bad bad mistake. Two moves later black realized how much trouble he was in and tried to give back the ♕. And Lasker wouldn't take it!
Dec-29-05  lentil: i think you are being charitable in assuming it was a sac. looks to me like L just blundered away the Q (it was a simul, after all) abut played on because he had 2 pieces and an initiative against a much weaker opponent.
Dec-29-05  offramp: Black was the Great Britain Gooding, not the Cuba Gooding.
Dec-29-05  dakgootje: LOL what a finish =) And indeed that sac (or mistake) just couldnt be sound. So i can only conclude that it is a really nice game =)
Dec-29-05  itz2000: 25 BF6+ could have been a mistake I think.

Why not
25 BE7+ and take his queen out in case King goes to KF7?

Dec-29-05  itz2000: after 29 .. Ke1.
30 Rg1+ ; Bf1
31 Rfxf1!; Ke2
32 Re1!; ...
Dec-29-05  alphee: <itz2000> I keep asking me the same question about ♗e7+ attaking the queen and the rook as it's what I would have done. Is there any reason to avoid this move. I did not have the time to ask Fitz...
Dec-29-05  DanRoss53: Is this definitely a Queen sac by White? I think 9. ♗d2? could have been a blunder... after 9... ♘g6! 10. ♕g5 ♗e7! White can't save his Queen. It's hard to imagine Lasker could have missed such a shallow combination, but I wouldn't rule it out completely.
Dec-29-05  EmperorAtahualpa: Great GOTD! I think a game like this should make good kibitzing, because it contains so many questionable moves.

Now to the game itself:

9.Bd2?? is White's first serious mistake, because the bishop is taking the Queen's only retreat square after 9...Ng6.

I think Black's first serious mistake is 17...c5??, because it allows 18.Nb5. That's where the real trouble starts I think! Better would be 17...c6 or even 17...Ba6.

I also have my doubts about 20...hxg4?? I feel it facilitates White's attack on the already vulnerable kingside.

<itz2000> <alphee> I agree 25.Bf6+?? is questionable. An improvement would be 25.Be7+ but I think even better would be 25.Bh6+! Kf7 26.Rg7+! Ke8 27.exd6 taking the extra g-pawn.

Finally, 27...Kf3?? leads to an inevitable mate. 27...Ke3 28.Rg3+ Bf3 could have saved the game somewhat, although Black is already in a terrible position.

I liked this game exactly because of its many questionable moves. It was a nice exercise for me to practice my analysing skills.

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  kevin86: Too bad the game wasn't in Cuba,lol.

A nice attack and sac by Mr.Lasker. He even managed to deliver a mating sequence without taking back the queen.

Dec-29-05  DanielBryant: Yeah, too bad it wasn't Capablanca that played him!
Dec-29-05  Al Notation: yeah, I am not sure about whether it was a sac or not. many here have shared my thoughts. it looks like Lasker didn't see the trap, and afterwards Gooding was too excited to play well. with his material advantage he should have confronted Lasker on the kingside. I wonder if 12...Ne7 would have been better.
Dec-07-14  TheFocus: Mrs. Gooding, actually.

From a simul in Cheltemham, England on February 10, 1908.

Lasker scored +23=2-0 of 17 games.

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  patzer2: Deep Fritz 15 indicates <Al Notation>'s suggestion 12...Ne7! (-1.92 @ 22 depth) gives Black a decisive advantage.

As such, Lasker's 9. Bd2? was a blunder and 9...Ng6! initiates a winning combination to snare the trapped Queen.

After the game continuation 12...Qd7?, allowing 13. Bxg6 fxg6 14. Nh4 (-1.14 @ 23 depth) White got back into the game, soon equalized and then gained a decisive advantage.

This game, with the missed opportunity 12...Ne7! , illustrates the importance of capitalizing on won positions by playing the strongest follow-up moves.

Jan-21-16  RookFile: People tend to relax when they have the advantage. The better thing to do is slow down and bear down.
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  MissScarlett: <TheFocus: Mrs. Gooding, actually.

From a simul in Cheltemham, England on February 10, 1908.

Lasker scored +23=2-0 of 17 games.>

Miss Gooding. Date is February 19th. 23+2-0=25.

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  Stonehenge: Annie Mabel Gooding?
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  fredthebear: This game looks something like a helpmate! FTB must mention the two White knight sacrifices initiating the mating sequence (made possible by weakening Black pawn moves). The synchronicity of the White rooks is superb!

Yes, Lasker's queen gets trapped (most of us would have played the routine 9.Bd2 there, certainly in a simul), but White gets two minor pieces, inflicts doubled pawns, and achieves a useful bishop outpost as compensation (but not w/best play by Black as pointed out by Al Notation). Improvements are available in most chess brilliancies, yet we can still appreciate the execution of seizing one's chance.

It's the fault of the early queen trap that holds back this beautiful finishing combination as being on par with another famous Lasker king walk (initiated by a queen sacrifice) to the back rank: Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912

With the added burden of a simul, it seems that Emanuel had to work a bit harder than Edward, but both were wise to bare all their pieces upon the exposed king.

Nov-10-19  mifralu: <Stonehenge: Annie Mabel Gooding?>

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  fredthebear: Here's the video link:

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