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Emanuel Lasker vs Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander
"Arsenic and Old Lask" (game of the day May-17-2019)
Nottingham (1936), Nottingham ENG, rd 15, Aug-28
English Opening: King's English Variation. Closed System (A25)  ·  1-0



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Feb-24-06  lanceolsen: could someone explain this resignation?
Feb-24-06  delterp: What would you do as black?
34...exf4 is obviously suicidal.

Both 34...♔h8 and 34...♔g7 lose a pawn with check (35 fxe5 dxe5 36 ♕xe5+).

34...♔f7 is just asking for trouble, white will blast open the center and cash in the pinned knight.

34...♖f6 props up the knight, but is awkward and abandons the 8th rank.

34...♖d8 35 ♖bd1 and black is in the same predicament.

Black has nothing. White can slowly blast open the center and then use his rooks to win the game. As it stands, black will lose at least one pawn in the next 4 moves, with no counter play.

Aug-18-07  laskereshevsky: the last LASKER's official tournament game.....

THANKS old wise man, for all the shrewdness lessons U give us, trough your moves...

rest in peace grandpa.....

Sep-01-11  dacapo: No pawns were taken in this match. Sure didn't stop Lasker from taking Alexander apart!
Apr-30-12  lost in space: The last game of Emanuel Lasker in an official tournament - and he wont like mostly (ca. 350 games won, ca. 260 draw or lost). Incredible 71% overall winning percentage ( = wins+draws/2) / total games) in his lifetime.
Apr-14-15  MindCtrol9: I have always admired the beauty of his games.He lost the crown in the match with Capablanca, but not his strength of being a super grandmaster.May you rest in piece Master of Masters.
May-17-19  Ironmanth: Great game; good notes, people, thanks! Y'all have a great weekend.
May-17-19  RandomVisitor: Concerning Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander, from Wikipedia:

In February 1940, Alexander arrived at Bletchley Park, the British codebreaking centre during the Second World War. He joined Hut 6, the section tasked with breaking German Army and Air Force Enigma messages. In 1941, Alexander transferred to Hut 8, the corresponding hut working on Naval Enigma. He became deputy head of Hut 8 under Alan Turing. Alexander was more involved with the day-to-day operations of the hut than Turing, and, while Turing was visiting the United States, Alexander formally became the head of Hut 8 circa November 1942. Other senior colleagues included Stuart Milner-Barry, Gordon Welchman, and Harry Golombek. In October 1944, Alexander was transferred to work on the Japanese JN-25 code.

In mid-1946, Alexander joined GCHQ (under the control of the Foreign Office), which was the post-war successor organisation to the Government Code and Cypher School (GC&CS) at Bletchley Park. By 1949, he had been promoted to the head of "Section H" (cryptanalysis), a post he retained until his retirement in 1971.

MI5's Peter Wright, in his 1987 best-selling book Spycatcher: The Candid Autobiography of a Senior Intelligence Officer, wrote about Alexander's assistance to MI5 in the ongoing Venona project, as well as other important mutual cooperation between the two organizations, which broke down previous barriers to progress. "Any help is gratefully received in this department", Alexander told Wright, and that proved the case from then on. Wright also lauded Alexander's professionalism, and opined that the exceptional mental demands of his cryptanalytical career and chess hobby likely contributed to Alexander's early death at age 64, despite his healthy lifestyle.

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  HeMateMe: If a fellow were to hit the running track 4x a week (like Roger Bannister) he'd be a lot healthier than sitting at a computer kiosk all day. Inactivity can result in an early death.
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  Willber G: <RandomVisitor>
Thanks for the interesting article.
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  Breunor: Not surprisingly, the computer validates Alekhine's assessment about 16 . b6?

1) +1.43 (22 ply) 17.Bg5 Be6 18.Nf6+ Kh8 19.Bxa8 Rxa8 20.Qe3 Rc8 21.Qf3 Ng8 22.Nd5 Qd7 23.a4 f5 24.Qg2 Rf8 25.a5 bxa5 26.Bd2 Ne7 27.Bxa5 f4 28.Nxe7 Qxe7 29.b6

And not surprisingly the elderly but still crazy strong Lasker finds the best continuations.

Better were:

1) +0.14 (20 ply) 16...Rae8 17.a4 f5 18.Nc3 Be6 19.a5 Qd7 20.Bg2 Rc8 21.Rd1 d5 22.Bxd5 Nxd5 23.cxd5 Bxd5 24.Nxd5 Qxd5 25.Qc4 Rfd8 26.Qxd5+ Rxd5 27.f3 Rf8 28.a6

2) +0.17 (20 ply) 16...f5 17.Nc3 Be6 18.a4 Qd7 19.a5 Rae8 20.Bg2 Rc8 21.Rd1 d5 22.Bxd5 Nxd5 23.cxd5 Bxd5 24.Nxd5 Qxd5 25.Qc4 Qxc4 26.dxc4 Rfd8 27.Bg5 Rxd1+ 28.Rxd1 e4

with Alekhine's recommendation (basically the second choice) being effectively equal to the computer's first choice.

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