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William L Washburn vs Emanuel Lasker
Simul, 15b (1907) (exhibition), Hartford, CT USA, May-25
Italian Game: Giuoco Pianissimo. Normal (C50)  ·  0-1



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Feb-24-15  zb2cr: I went the 20. ... Nf3+ route. Both moves work, and in the same amount of time.
Feb-24-15  yadasampati: <Gregor Samsa Mendel> The puzzle has two solutions indeed, but conceptually they are the same, because it is only the order of moves that is different, but not the moves themselves. So i think it is OK for a Tuesday puzzle.
Feb-24-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: White is down a piece and three pawns in this slaughter, but may hope for a blunder such as 20... Bc7 from his eminent opponent. Black has a pleasant choice of forced finishes: 20... Nf3+ 21.Nxf3 Rxg2# or 20... Rxg2+ 21.Nxg2 Nf3#, the "prettiest" being a question of taste.
Feb-24-15  Nick46: I did it t'other way around too.
Feb-24-15  Nick46: PS (SM?) White got washed, lashed and burned.
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  Penguincw: Several possibilities here. The move order I got was 20...Nf3+ 21.Nxf3 Rxg2# 0-1.

Initially, I had 20...Rxg2+ 21.Nxg2 Bxg2 22.Kxg2? Qg4+ 23.Kh2 Qh4+ 23.Kg1 Qh1# 0-1.

Feb-24-15  Phony Benoni: <Gregor Samsa Mendel> Deciding which mate to play is more difficult than a Monday puzzle.
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  offramp: Not very pianissimo, is it?
Feb-24-15  Bycotron: Inspiring and energetic play by Lasker!

I recall a game in Chernev's "Most Instructive Games..." where black likewise used the g5-g4 thrust to start a quick attack against white's King's position with a Knight on f3 and a pawn on h3. Since I saw that game years ago (maybe it was this one? I don't remember), I have used this theme dozens of times in my own games with many beautiful attacks and wins resulting from it.

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  paulalbert: I also went immediately with Nf3+, seeing it forced mate next move with the R. Didn't even consider anything else. I guess one could make the case that the other way mating with the N is more picturesque, but irrelevant in my opinion, but "De Gustibus Non Est Disputandum".
Feb-24-15  TheTamale: Lasker sure teaches this amateur a thing or two. This is like watching a UFC fighter take on a karate white belt... just a one-sided drubbing from move 1.
Feb-24-15  ozu: <paulalbert> speaking of taste/aesthetics: the horses grouped together in silhouette (at the end of this game); reminded me of a similar image in a movie called "Cave of Forgotten Dreams". The movie is a documentary about a recently discovered cave in France, that has the oldest known cave paintings. 30,000 years old! In one of the paintings a prehistoric artist arranged a group of horses in silhouette. And the principles of balance, variety,naturalism, scale, beauty, exactitude, form, style etc. that would be addressed by any well known great artist are addressed by this long ago master. In the same movie, a man plays a flute found in southern Germany; also 30,000 years old. He was able to play the Star Spangled Banner on this flute. It's likely that these long ago humans share with modern humans our sense of tonality. 30,000 years ago. Taste and Aesthetcs: A deep subject..
Feb-24-15  kevin86: The white knight guards g2, so it must be decoyed. The knight must take the rook and leave f3 open for a two-knight mate.
Feb-24-15  YetAnotherAmateur: White is already in a world of hurt. I went with Nf3+, but that's plainly not the only way to win.
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  Once: 20... Rxg2+ for me. That final picture with three prancing knights squishing the white king was just too purty to be missed.
Feb-24-15  patzer2: <TheTamale: Lasker sure teaches this amateur a thing or two. This is like watching a UFC fighter take on a karate white belt... just a one-sided drubbing from move 1.> Lasker wasn't just thrashing amateurs during his 1907 US tour.

Lasker completely dominated the US Champion Marshall in their 1907 world championship match with 8 wins, 7 draws, and 0 losses.

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  Bubo bubo: The white knight on e1 is overloaded, as he has to guard f3 and g2. Therefore 20...Nf3+ 21.Nxf3 Rxg2#.

Imho easier than yesterday's puzzle!

EDIT: I missed the fact that the deflection works the other way round as well. This line, chosen by Lasker, is more appealing.

Feb-24-15  Marmot PFL: 20...Rg2 21. Ng2 Nf3# took a while (2 minutes probably) to find. The other mate I didn't see.

I have more trouble solving puzzles with knights than any other piece. maybe my thinking is too one-dimensional.

Feb-24-15  Longview: This one eluded me mostly because I ignored the Ne1's presence controlling the g2 square.

As <Marmot PFL> says, I too have a difficulty seeing Knights. I have tried the exercises that are recommended by the writer of "Rapid Chess Improvement" Michael de la Meza, i.e. place a knight on a1 and put your finger on everywhere it can move in one and then everywhere it takes to get to a2 a3 a4 and so on, then move the Knight to a2 and repeat this. His "rapid improvement" comes from doing this and other exercises exhaustively on a daily basis. I have done it, obviously with poor results but I do see more than I did. He has several exercises that expand the vision of the board.

Feb-24-15  houtenton: <ozu> thank you for your interesting sidestep you made from this daily chess column. I personally like it to see that there are many different thoughts coming up by many different people out of being busy with chess, like visual art of the knights, our daily poet or old experiences in chess, like I mentioned fi a remarkable evening with Karpov. By the way, do you know the name of the cave in France?
Feb-24-15  BOSTER: < Once: 20. ...Rxg2+ for me>.

A cafe waitress. "Anything else?".

Not, and bring me the check with 3 horses on it in the right corner, two of them black.

Waitress. "What about last one?".
This one eluded me.

Feb-24-15  dfcx: I was debating between 20...Rxg2+ and Nf3+. I started calculating with Kxf2 - then I realized the knight is defended by the bishop at b7. This made it easy!

20...Nf3+ 21. Nxf3 Rxg2#
20...Rxg2+ 21.Nxg2 Nf3#

Pick you move!

Feb-24-15  ozu: <houtenton> Chauvet Cave is it's name. I think you would really like the movie about it, that I mentioned. I believe, the previously oldest found cave Art is only half as old. Everyone should take a look at this movie. I can't imagine a more important document.
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  gawain: It starts with 20...Rxg2+ which is forcing. Then 21 Nxg2 Nf3+. Only I did not at first notice that Nf3 is in fact #. I was wondering how B should follow up after 22 kh1.

And there were so many things for B to try! a discovered check by the bishop,or maybe Qg5. All unnecessary, since the game is literally over.

Feb-25-15  Abdel Irada: Dear White:


s/Emanuel Lasker

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