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Edward Lasker vs Efim Bogoljubov
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Mar-17
Philidor Defense: General (C41)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-09-03  aragorn69: :

Yet another game from New York 1924 (to the contrary to the ever more conspicuous - although inexistant "New Orleans world championship").

A nice exchange of blow (mostly by Bogo) and defensive counter-blows (by Ed. Lasker). I especially like the 32.Qf2 33.Qc5 35.Rxb5 manoeuver : what can be called "holding by the teeth" !

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  Honza Cervenka: 43.Qxc7 is not good for 43...Re8 44.Re5 (forced) 44...Qd4+ 45.Kh2 Qxe5.
Dec-09-03  Calli: Honza, good point! Okay, why can't he take the knight? 45.Kxg3
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  Sneaky: <why can't he take the knight?> 45.Kxg3 Qh4# ouch
Dec-09-03  Calli: <Sneaky> 46.Rxh4
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  Sneaky: Calli, sorry, I'm not sure what line you're discussing.
Dec-09-03  Calli: <sneak> In the game, why not 45.kxg3. h4 is protected by the rook on b4.
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  Sneaky: Oh, I'm sorry, my mistake! I had already moved the rook to b8. OK, good question... why NOT 45.Kxg3? Or 45.Qxg3 for that matter?
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  FSR: After 44...Rf7:

<Here my third hour was up, and I had to move instantly. Under this stress I had the hallucination that I could not take the Knight, forgetting that my Rook was defending the mate on KR4 which Black's queen had previously threatened. After 45. KxN Black's game would have collapsed very quickly. The threat was 46. R-K4 and 47. B-B4.>

Edward Lasker, <Chess Secrets I Learned From the Masters>, p. 303.

After a few minutes of thought Houdini 3 agrees with this assessment, giving 45.Kxg3 (+2.06).

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  Peligroso Patzer: In the tournament book (<New York 1924>, by Alexander Alekhine, Russell Enterprises, Inc. ©2008, at p. 40), Alekhine notes (correctly, as confirmed by computer analysis) that Bogoljubow erred in missing <40. … Rd5>, which would have led to a winning advantage. There is, however, a stunning oversight in the line Alekhine gives as the main continuation (after 40. … Rd5), as follows: 41.Qb6 cxb5 42.Qxc7 Qd4+ 43.Kh2 Nxf5 44.Re4 Qc5, of which resulting position Alekhine writes: “the game, thanks to two extra pawns, would have been easily won for Black.”

In the above line, however, after 41. … cxb5 (??), Alekhine overlooks 42.f6+ forcing mate. Correct, of course, would have been 41. ... Rxb5 (keeping the sixth rank blocked). Perhaps it was the possibility for White to construct a mating net if he could get in the pawn push f5-f6 that led Bogoljubow to choose ... f7-f6 at move 40.

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  perfidious: The apparent oversight in analysis by Alekhine may well have been a typo in transcription, though it is possible he was analysing sans voir, as was his habit.
May-06-16  Howard: Sounds like you're referring to his habit of analyzing without a board.
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  plang: 7 Bg5 is not considered to be one of the more ambitious lines. 8 Bb3 was a new move; 8 a4 is the most popular move here. 14 Qc3?! was a strange maneuver allowing Black to gain time on the queenside; 14 c3 would have been better. The game was adjourned after 31..Qd4! with Black having a large advantage. Alekhine complimented 35..g5!? but it had the disadvantage of allowing White to exchange his offside knight; 35..Nd7 was suggested as an alternative.

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