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Efim Bogoljubov vs Emanuel Lasker
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Mar-26
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1



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Dec-09-03  aragorn69: New York 1924 (again...) !

Chessgames :
The score could be wrong. It seems that 67.f5 (and not f6) and 71.Kg5 (and not Kh6) were played, all other moves remaining equal...

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  Chessical: The score given by Chessgames matches that of Alekhine's tournament book.
Dec-09-03  aragorn69: OK, thx Chessical. Since A.'s book is a primary source, I guess we can leave it at that.
Dec-09-03  Calli: Hmmm Alekhine's annotations should be public domain by now. Hint, hint :-)
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  Chessical: <Calli> There are three pages of about 10 point size (descriptive) annotation by Alekhine in the Dover edition (ISBN 486-20752-8) pg.87-89.

Very briefly, Alekhine does not like Bogoljubov's 13th recommending 13.Qd2 then b3, Rae1 and Ne2.

Alekhine does not like Bogoljubov's offer to exchange Q's on move 24(better: 24.Qg3), nor Lasker's acceptance. He belives that Bogoljubov could still draw after the exchange, but states that if Lasker had played instead 24...Bxg2 followed by Qc6+, Bogoljubov would soon have to resign.

Alekhine thought 33.a3 put more difficulties in Lasker's way.

He finds the ending "a laboured realization of a slight material advantage". Alekhine wanted Lasker to "continue with an attack full of promise of success without stopping to gain material" on move 35, rather than win the pawn. Rather infuriatingly, Alekhine does not provide a variation other than to indicate a general advance of the K-side pawns was in order.

Alekhine obviously found it worthwhile to study closely Lasker's very subtle endgame play in this game, but he is rather mean in handing out praise.

Dec-09-03  Calli: <Chessical> Thank you for typing out the main points. My hint was to Chessgames to include the notes to NY 1924 in the database. Don't know if they are available electronically, however. It is my understanding that most everything 75 years and older is in the public domain.
Mar-13-05  aw1988: Since when did Lasker play a world championship against Bogoljubow?
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  paulalbert: He didn't. This game is from the 8th round of the great NY 1924 tournament won by Emanuel Lasker. The soresheet here is mislabeled for some reason. Paul Albert
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  paulalbert: Correction: "scoresheet"
Dec-13-14  Ulhumbrus: After 26...Nxe4 Lasker will end up winning and yet White appears to have the stronger minor piece. This suggests the question: How would Lasker have handled the white side of this ending? One answer is to try to develop White's king eg by 27 Kg1
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  fredthebear: Most comments above were prior to 2009, so let's update. Alexander Alekhine's literary classic New York 1924 was reprinted in 2009 using figurine algebraic notation. Kindle editions available.

The old ways are still useful. Ol' FTB is a Dover man; their books are inexpensive and last forever. Dover's 107 Great Chess Battles 1939-1945 by Alekhine was one of my early influential books. Game Collection: 107 Great Chess Battles: 1939-45 Alekhine Dover publishes Lasker's Manual of Chess as well, a grandmaster teeth cutter as long as one focuses on the games and not the philosophy.

Three of Alekhine's renowned tournament books updated to 21st Century editions can be purchased for $75:

New York 1924, 21st Century Edition by Alexander Alekhine Paperback $29.95

New York 1927, 21st Century Edition by Alexander Alekhine Paperback $19.95

Nottingham 1936: 21st Century Editions (Russell) by Alexander Alekhine Paperback $24.95

This was a tremendous era for chess. No doubt these books will improve your playing ability!

Jan-20-21  tbontb: 35. Ke1 looks a better try. After 40..Kh7 Lasker is remorseless.

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