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NN vs Berthold Lasker
Offhand game (1881), Berlin GER
Vienna Game: Falkbeer Variation (C26)  ·  0-1



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: A crazy and probably unsound game from our Player of the Day (12/31/14), but actually rather funny. 9...Nd1+; 10.Kd1,Nd8 wins a piece, but Berthold might have considered that too boring. 11.f3 or even 12.f3 might hold.
Dec-31-14  RookFile: If anybody knows what the purpose of 4. b3 followed by 5. Bg5 was, fill me in.
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  perfidious: <RookFile> Tell you what--I have not the slightest idea either.
Dec-31-14  GoldenBird: <RookFile> 4. b3 was a terribly bad move, 5. Bg5 at least helps fight for the d5 square, but 4. b3 simply weakens dark squares around the white queenside and is somewhat worthless
Dec-31-14  GoldenBird: NN played so poorly in this game, I mean, 10. Qd2?, 12. Qb4?, can NN not spot a mate in 1?
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  perfidious: <GoldenBird> It appears some do not.
Jan-04-15  GoldenBird: <perfidious> I guess so
Feb-28-15  zanzibar: <2015-01-20 ... NN--Berthold Lasker, Paris (1901)>

An opening lesson given by Dr. Berhold Lasker, brother of WC Emmanuel Lasker. From the contemporaneous magazine <Literary Digest, Vol XXIV, No 1 New York, January 4, 1902 (#611) - p34>.

Annotations by the good Doctor himself.

[Event "Casual"]
[Site "Paris Cafe"]
[Date "1901.??.??"]
[Round "1"]
[White "NN"]
[Black "Berthold Lasker"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "C26b"]
[[Source "Literary Digest Vol XXIV, No 1 New York, January 4, 1902 (#611) - p34"] [[Notes "Game was reported as recent, NN was Russian"] [[Annotator "Dr. Berthold Lasker"]

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.d3

"I did not know what to make of my adversary, and played cautiously."

3...Nc6 4.b3

"This move gave him away, and I now determined to play for a lark. I reasoned that if I were to continue ♙-♕4 he would at once proceed with 5 ♗♔t5 and after 5..♙x♙ he would continue ♔tx♙ in order to get a fine attack. The game was really continued that way."

4...d5 5.Bg5 dxe4 6.Nxe4 Nxe4

"When I made the last move he could not understand my stupidity, and when he took my ♕ueen he thought he had me at his mercy."

7.Bxd8 Bb4+

"This did not seem to disturb him much, for he played:"

8.Ke2 Nc3+ 9.Ke1 Nd4

"This took his breath completely. He was at an utter loss to understand why I did not take his ♕ueen when I had a chance."

10.Qd2 Bg4 11.Bg5

"♕uick as lightning he made his last move. ♘ow I played quietly:"


"And he immediately played:"


"Whereupon I mated him with"



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