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Mikhail Chigorin vs Emanuel Lasker
St. Petersburg (1895/96), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 14, Jan-16
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Giuoco Pianissimo (C53)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Honza Cervenka: White's 27.Re7 was a mistake which could get him in big troubles here if black would have found 27...a4!! Then 28.Rxe6 loses for pretty sac of Queen 28...axb3!! which white cannot accept for mate in two moves (29.Rxe5 c2+ 30.Ka1 Rxa2#) and continuations like 29.bxc3 Qa5 30.Bb3 Rdb8 with threat Rxb3 or 29.Qxc3 bxa2+ 30.Bxa2 Qxc3 31.bxc3 Rab8+ 32.Ka1 (32.Kc2 Rd2+ ) 32...Bd2 or 29.Bxb3 c2+! 30.Ka1 (30.Kxc2 Rd2+; 30.Bxc2 Qxe6) 30...Qc5 are not satisfactory for white too. Better would have been 27.Bxe6.
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  keypusher: After 27. Re7?, Pollock writes in the tournament book:

<We have now arrived at a small series of those "blunders" which are to a great extent inseparable from the kind of chess which produces splendid position in the most arduous conditions, but which are so easy to anathematize in the purlieus of the Strand! It may be assumed that Tchigorin saw a probable draw by (the really necessary) 27. BxB, QxB; 28. R-KB sq, P-R5; 29. R-B8 ch, RxR; 30. QxR ch, Q-Kt sq; 31. QxQ ch, KxQ; 32. Kt-B5, but elected to play for higher stakes.>

They don't write 'em like that anymore...

Pollock goes on to say that the winning 27....a4 as given in Honza's note was demonstrated by Lasker immediately after the game, and <Black's actual combination is also very fine, but as will be seen it gives the opponent a loophole, on his 30th move.>

Feb-26-16  BobbyLev: What happens with 36 ... Bd2?
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  keypusher: <Feb-26-16 BobbyLev: What happens with 36 ... Bd2?>


Feb-27-19  Straclonoor: <White's 27.Re7 was a mistake which could get him in big troubles here if black would have found 27...a4!! Then 28.Rxe6 loses for pretty sac of Queen 28...axb3!! >

You totally right!

Analysis by Stockfish 080219 64 POPCNT:

-+ (-8.41): 27...a4 28.Rxe6 axb3 29.Qxc3 bxa2+ 30.Bxa2 Qxc3 31.bxc3 Rab8+ 32.Bb3 Bd2 33.Re8+ Rxe8 34.Re2 Rxb3+ 35.Kc2 Rxc3+ 36.Kxd2 Ra3 37.Ke1 Kg8 38.e5 Kf7 39.Rd2 Rxe5+ 40.Kf2 Rf5+ 41.Ke2 Ra1 42.Rb2 Rf6 43.g3 Raf1 44.Ke3 g5 45.Rb7+ Kg6 46.Rb8 R1f2 47.Rg8+ Kh6 48.h4 R2f3+ 49.Kd4 Rxg3 50.hxg5+ Rxg5 51.Rc8 Kg7 52.Rc7+ Kg6 53.Kc4 Rg3 54.Kd4

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