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Oliver Harcourt Labone vs Emanuel Lasker
"Give the Doc Labone" (game of the day May-10-2020)
Casual game (1898) (exhibition), Birmingham ENG, Dec-02
Spanish Game: Open. Open Variation (C80)  ·  0-1



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Mar-05-06  popski: Huh, nice finish!
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  TheFocus: An off-hand game played in Birmingham, England on December 2, 1898.
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  MissScarlett: <Give the Doc Labone>
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  MissScarlett: That <Bh2> is in deep purgatory, condemned to watch the sufferings of the world. but unable to alleviate them.

44...Rg2+ is a shot, but 44...Qe4 is even nicer.

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  al wazir: <MissScarlett: 44...Qe4 is even nicer.>

Nicer than 44...Rg2+ 45. Kh1 Qe2 46. Bg1 gxf3 47. Qe3 Rh2+ 48. Bxh2 Qg2# ?

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  sfm: <al wazir: Nicer than 44...Rg2+ 45. Kh1 Qe2 46. Bg1 gxf3 47. Qe3 Rh2+ 48. Bxh2 Qg2# > Well, cheat-sheet Stockfish prefers 44.-,Qe4 and gives its siliconial reason.

One factor which I think they don't understand is simplification (though I have seen odd moves from them, skipping obvious material gain, to instead get into a tablebased known result).

As a human, forced winning variations (checks are good) you can understand, that is indeed a very nice thing. So it's 44.-,Rg2+ for me.

May-10-20  goodevans: 33.h4(?) immediately rang alarm bells. White's cunning plan was to sure up his K-side and create some counterplay on the Q-side so black just came crashing through the centre instead.
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  MissScarlett: 44...Qe4 is a move to induce the opponent to sit awhile, then stop the clocks muttering <Yes!>
May-10-20  goodevans: <sfm: <al wazir: Nicer than 44...Rg2+ 45. Kh1 Qe2 46. Bg1 gxf3 47. Qe3 Rh2+ 48. Bxh2 Qg2# > Well, cheat-sheet Stockfish prefers 44.-,Qe4 and gives its siliconial reason.>

The reasoning behind 44...Qe4 is actually very human. It pins white's N to preventing ...Qg2#, increases the effectiveness of ...gxf3, ties white's R to defending d4 and threatens ...Qb1+. Nothing particularly <siliconial> about that lot.

Both moves are clearly devastating and it's a matter of taste whether you prefer the R-sac (flashy?) or the demonstration of sheer hopelessness (sadistic?). I think Fischer or Kasparov would have gone with the latter.

May-10-20  Brenin: Only an exhibition game, but Lasker's control is masterly: his patient build-up of strength on the K-side, while White weakens his position with unwise K and P moves; his swatting aside of any hope of White's Q-side counterplay (29 c5 d5); his efficient diversion of the attack from the g and h files to the e-file and a1-h8 diagonal; the elegant zwischenzugs 44 ... Rg2+ and, if necessary, 45 ... Qe2, before recapturing on f3. The finish is the rapier to the heart, rather than the sadistic cudgel to the head 44 ... Qe4.
May-10-20  petemccabe: For a while now I've been wondering if there was ever a game in which any file was completely filled with pieces. The problem is, I have no idea how to even look, so I have no idea if this is rare, or if it's common and I've just never noticed it before.

This game is the closest I've seen. After move 32, the g file has seven pieces in it. So close!

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  MissScarlett: No offence but I don't think you can have been looking that hard. Recognise this game? A Graf vs Tiviakov, 1997
May-10-20  erniecohen: 31...gxf4 wins immediately.

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