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Frank Marshall vs Emanuel Lasker
Exhibition (1940), New York, NY USA, rd 1, May-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Rubinstein Variation Flohr Line (D62)  ·  1-0



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Sep-07-05  Koster: 25... Re7? must have been played with 27...Rxe3?? in mind, otherwise 25...Ra8 looks like a likely draw after 26. bxc5 bxc5 (27. Rxc5 loses to Rxc5 28. Qxc5 Rc8).
Dec-26-05  BlueMooner: I do not profess to be an expert but 27...Rxe3 looks like chess suicide. Speculative would be complimentary! I have only perused the position. I was keen to have a peek at a M Marshall 30 - 40 move victory as White which can often be explosive but it appears the x-world champion Lasker was feeling 'generous' as the position didn’t look good as black but other than dragging a\ few pawns away form the King & I suppose the white squared bishop @ b7 may have had a role to play for Lasker but Rxe3 looks like madness! I note that it was an 'exhibition' game I suppose that they may feel obliged or more inclined to take risks in their play.

I had just played after reading & playing, Frank Marshall -v- A Burn 'The Pipe Game', Paris 1900; so called allegedly (according to Yasser Seirawan's book 'Winning Chess Tactics' anyway..) because Burn loved to smoke a pipe whilst playing but as he was beautifully blown away in 17 moves whilst as black (Queens Indian) he did not get time to light his pipe!

Folk lore or not, the Marshall -v- Burn game is an excellent mating combination stemming from a very orthodox position whilst playing Queen’s Gambit Declined opening.

I had just played Frank Marshall - A Burn 'The Pipe Game', Paris 1900 ; so called allegedly (in yasser seirawan's book 'Winning Chess Tactics') because Burn loved to smoke a pipe whilst playing but as he was beautifully blown away in 17 moves as black (Queens Indian) he did not get time to light his pipe! Folk lore or not it is an excellent mating combination.

Sorry to drone on; & hope u gat chance to read this & perhaps the 'pipe game'

Dec-27-05  syracrophy: It's so sorpresive that Marshall beated the great Lasker!
Dec-27-05  HannibalSchlecter: Looks like Lasker beat himself.
Jul-03-06  Nasruddin Hodja: Well, Lasker was a very old man at the time this game was played, and in fact died only a year later. I think this is the last game annotated in Marshall's _My 50 Years of Chess_.
Jul-21-09  TheFocus: This was to originally be a three game match but Lasker was unwell and could not play the third game. These were not Lasker's last games, as he played a simultaneous exhibition later in the year. Marshall only won two games against Lasker, their first and last games, 40 years apart!
Oct-22-09  AnalyzeThis: Maybe Lasker overlooked Marshall's very accurate 31. Ra5. He might have thought he was going to play something like 31. Rc7, when he can reply 31....Ba6, meeting 32. Ra7 with Bc4, giving him a way to defend against the two pigs on the 7th. He might have been able to survive for a while, but 31. Ra5 basically ended the game.
Dec-22-14  TheFocus: Match Game 1 played in New York, New York on May 18, 1940.

Lasker lost with a score of +0=1-1.

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  perfidious: One curious feature of the encounters between these great masters is that Marshall won their first game and it took him forty years to gain another victory.
Nov-05-18  Petrosianic: <Marshall only won two games against Lasker, their first and last games, 40 years apart!>

If the scoresheet is to be believed, this wasn't Marshall's last game with Lasker. This was:

Lasker vs Marshall, 1940

Sep-28-19  AlbertoDominguez: Correct, this is often cited as the last game between them (including the Hannak biography of Lasker), but the last game was the second match game the next day.

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