Saturday, November 24

Lasker game score

In our previous entry we mentioned Dr. Lasker's win against Messers. Morgan and Stadelman in consultation, played at The Franklin Club of Philadelphia on November 22. We are now in possession of the game score, which we give subjoined, along with a few brief comments.

Morgan and Stadelman- Lasker, Philadelphia, November 22, '07

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.c3 Nf6 5.d3 d6 6.b4 Bb6 7.a4 a6 8.0-0 Ne7 9.Be3 c6 10.Qe1 Ng6 11.Nbd2 0-0 12.Ba2 Bc7 13.a5 d5 14.Rd1 Re8 15.Bg5 Be6 16.Nh4 Nf4 17.Bb1 Bg4 18.f3 Bd7 19.Kh1 h6 20.Bxf6 Qxf6 21.g4 Rad8 22.c4 dxc4 23.Nxc4 Be6 24.Ne3 Bb3 25.Rd2 c5 26.Nhg2 cxb4 27.Rb2 Nxd3 28.Bxd3 Rxd3 (Diagram) (Here Herr Fritz, a member of our local club possessed of keen tactical vision, suggests that White should have played 29.Qb1, with a better position than he obtains in the game.) 29.Qxb4 Qe6 (And here the same Herr Fritz proposes the remarkable 29...b5, with the intention of meeting 30.Rxb3 with 30...Bd6, or 30.axb6 en passant with 30...Qxb6 31.Qxb6 Bxb6, with advantage to Black in either case.) 30.Rfb1 Rc8 31.Nf5 Rcd8 32.Ne1 Bd1 33.Nxd3 Bxf3+ 34.Kg1 Rxd3 35.Rc1 Bxg4 36.Rxc7 Bxf5 37.exf5 Rd1+ 38.Kg2 Qd5+ 39.Kf2 Qh1 40.Qxb7 Qf1+ 41.Ke3 (Dr. Lasker now announced mate in 5 moves, as follows: Rd3+ 42.Ke4 Qf3+ 43.Kxe5 Qe3+ 44.Qe4 f6+ 45.Ke6 Qxe4. He will doubtless be pleased to learn that Herr Fritz concurs that this was the quickest and most efficient winning method.) 0-1.

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