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Emanuel Lasker vs Sydney Thomas Sharp
Simul, 19b (1905) (exhibition), Mercantile Library, Philadelphia, PA USA, Apr-29
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Anderssen Defense (C39)  ·  0-1



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  offramp: White plays 26.Kd2, and Sharp plays 26...Ne3.

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That move threatens the heresiarch on c4. Unto which square moves he? Lasker seems to have missed that there is also a threatened fork on g4. So after the World Champion played 27.Bb3, Sharp played 27....Ng4 and white lost a piece.

But Lasker fights back really well. For that player every game seemed crucial... But he made a traditional simul error. In this position,

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he intended 37.Rh1, then Rb1 and Ba4+ (I think). But he got his moves mixed up as he walked around the simul. Lasker soon found himself two pieces down and he gave up.

Well played Mr Sharp, who had a fantastic record in simuls.

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  MissScarlett: <he intended 37.Rh1, then Rb1 and Ba4+ (I think). But he got his moves mixed up as he walked around the simul.>

<37.Ba4 Needs explanation. Lasker had touched bishop, with idea of going to c4, but saw ...Nd6 in reply. He then played move in text, because on ...Nxa4 it left b7 open for rook check.> Gustavus Charles Reichhelm

<Although a date of May 23, 1905, was suggested by Whyld, this date appears questionable. Reichhelm, in a column written for The North American and dated, by hand, in a scrapbook in the White Collection at the Cleveland Public Library as May 7, 1905, informs us that at the Mercantile exhibition, “Champion Lasker won fifteen, drew three (with H.J. Chilton, George H. Stout and Lewis Hopper) and lost one to Sydney T. Sharp.” As there is no suggestion Lasker played two such simultaneous exhibitions at the Mercantile Library Association in the spring of 1905, it appears an earlier date for the exhibition is in order, one either near the end of April or the beginning of May of that year.>

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  MissScarlett: <it appears an earlier date for the exhibition is in order, one either near the end of April or the beginning of May of that year.>

<The Philadelphia Inquirer>, April 30th, 1905, p.16:

<Local chess devotees crowded the rooms of the Mercantile Library Chess Association, Tenth above Chestnut street, yesterday afternoon, to witness an exhibition of simultaneous chess playing by Dr. Emanuel Lasker, chess champion of the world. The exhibition began at 4 o'clock in the afternoon. At 6 a recess was taken until 8, when play was resumed, continuing until half past 10. Nineteen games were played in all. Lasker lost one and three were drawn. [...]>

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  yiotta: Sharpe may not have been an elite player for his time, but he sure could be entertaining. As offramp noted, a fantastic record in simuls, as well as Pennsylvania championships.
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