|keypusher: Part II
The knight never gets to f5 as White had hoped, and therefore 24.Ng2 Nxg2 25.Kxg2 was the best defense (although 25...Rd4 26.Qe2 Red8 solidly favors Black).
24.Ne3 Bb3 25.Rd2 c5!
Black could have won a pawn by routine means (25...Rd4 26.Rb2 Be6). But he's entitled to some fun in a consultation game. <As shown below, "routine means" might have been better here.>
26.Nhg2 cxb4 27.Rb2 Nxd3<?> 28.Bxd3 Rxd3
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<Amazing, Morgan, Stadelman, Lasker and Soltis all overlooked 29.Qb1, "forking" Black's bishop and rook. Shredder finds that Black has nothing better than 29....Rxe3 30.Nxe3 Ba4 31.Rxb4 Bb5 32.Rxb5! axb5 33.Qxb5, with some advantage for White based on that great d5 outpost for the knight.>
Black had another trick, 29...b5 30.Rxb3 <(30.axb6 Qxb6 )>, which costs material after 30...Bd6. If White responds 31.Nd5 -- based on 31...Q-moves 32.Rxd3! Bxb4 33.Nxb4 with advantage -- Black settles for that mundane extra pawn (31...Rxd5!).
An amazing move, based on the idea of meeting Rxb3 with ...Bd6. It runs 31.Rxb3 Bd6! 32.Qxb7 Rxb3 33.Qxb3 and now 33...Rc1+! 34.Ne1 Rxe1+ 35.Kg2 Rxe3! 36.Qxe3 Qb2+ and wins.
The spectators then (and computers now) like the queen sacrifice 32.Rxd3 instead of Qxb7. Then 32...Bxb4 33.Rxb4 Rc1+ 34.Rd1 Rxd1+ 35.Nxd1 Qd6 36.Rb1 Qd3 loses while 34.Nd1 Qa2 35.Ne3 Qe2 36.Rbb3 Rc2 mates.
White's first rank is again vulnerable because of ...Rd1+. For example, 32.Rxb3 Rxb3 33.Rxb3 Rd1+ 34.Ne1 Rxe1+ 35.Kg2 Re2+ 36.Kg1 Bxa5!.
Also lost is 33.Qxb3 Qxb3 34.Rxb3 Rd1+ 35.Ne1 Rxe1+ 36.Kg2 Bxa5 37.Rxb7 Re2+ and ...Bd2
32.Ne1 Bd1! 33.Nxd3?
Black's attack would be strong after 33.Ne7+ Kh7 34.Nd5 R3xd5! 35.exd5 Qxd5. But White can keep the outcome in doubt after 33.Qc5! and then 33...Bd6 34.Qf2. Black keeps the high cards after 34...Ba3 35.Rb6 Qc8 (36.Nxd3 Rxd3 37.Nh4 g5).
33...Bxf3+ 34.Kg1 Rxd3 35.Rc1?
Black's two pawns for the exchange give him the better prospects even after 35.h3 h5 36.Qxb7 Qc4; 35...Qxb7 Bxa5 36.Qe7 Qxe7 37.Nxe7+ Kh7.
<And as <Phony Benoni> recorded, it was here that the consultation players went to Lasker's room to make sure he had the position set up correctly.>
Or 36.Ne7+ Kh7 37.Rxc7 Rd1+ 38.Kg2 Bh3+ and 38.Kf2 Qf6+.
If Black is allowed to keep the attack with only an exchange minus, he must win (37.Rc3 Rd1+ and ...Bh3).
37...Rd1+ 38.Kg2 <38.Kf2 Qxf5+> 38...Qd5+ 39.Kf2
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The finishing touch. Now 40.Rc3 Qg1+ 41.Kf3 Rd4! threatens the queen and ...Rf4+. Also dead is 40.Re2 Qxh2+ 41.Kf3 Qh3+.
40.Qxb7 Qf1+ 41.Ke3
Black announced mate in five: 41...Rd3+ 42.Ke4 Qf3+ 43.Kxe5 Qe3+ 44.Qe4 f6+ 45. Ke6 Qxe4#.
<A really wonderful game. But how did everyone miss 29.Qb1?>