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Emanuel Lasker vs NN
Simul, 25b (1921) (exhibition), Madrid ESP, May-22
Spanish Game: Classical. Central Variation (C64)  ·  0-1



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Jul-05-06  Ashram64: how can lasker blundered away 33. Nc6+... and give a free piece...
Nov-01-06  thundershock2k: he would end up a piece down anyway, after 33...Rxa6 (because if 34. Rxa6 then ...Nc4+ stays a piece up)
Nov-01-06  who: 33.b4! is better.
Dec-31-08  WhiteRook48: The World Champion (!!) loses to NN!! wow!!
Mar-24-09  WhiteRook48: 33 Nc6+ seems strange
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  FSR: If 33.Ra2, Rxa5! 34.Rxa5 Nc4+ leaves Black a piece up in an ending. Lasker evidently decided that 33.Nc6+ was slightly better than that.
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  perfidious: This is an obvious misprint--NN never wins.
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  FSR: <perfidious> Not so!

More importantly, I have discovered NN's true identity! Brian Karen posted on Facebook yesterday, <I finally cleaned out my refrigerator.> together with a photo of a milk carton bearing the expiration date <October 23, 1538>. I responded, <Wow, you must be really old! Are you NN?> He admitted that he was! He said that he regretted not preserving any of his wins against Greco.

You have obviously underestimated the man. He's just a humble soul who doesn't like to go about tooting his own horn. Much like Erik Karklins - who, incidentally, will be POTD on March 25, his 100th birthday.

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  Marcelo Bruno: I have an impression that Lasker wasn't very lucky at his simultaneous displays. I remember that the magazine La Stratégie mentioned at least one game he lost in such conditions in the 1890s. Am I correct to say this?
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  MissScarlett: I can confirm that Lasker lost at least one game during the 1890s.
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  MissScarlett: Game #1132 in <Whyld (1998)>; Black is <Navarro>. Source is <El Debate> (Madrid), 28-5-1921.
Sep-20-20  reti: Lasker did not care about losing a simultaneous game. He often let his opponents to have the white pieces. Sometimes, he would alternate piece colors. Also, he allowed his opponents to ask the audience for help.

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