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Emanuel Lasker vs Peter Romanovsky
Moscow (1925), Moscow URS, rd 3, Nov-12
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0



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  keypusher: Yates, Bohatirchuk and Romanovsky all played Chigorin's ...Nd7 and ...Bf6 against Lasker at this tournament, and they all lost.
Apr-22-10  ounos: I don't think they would have substantially better chances using another opening.
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  keypusher: <ounos: I don't think they would have substantially better chances using another opening.>

I do! Dus Chotmirsky, Rabinovich and Gotthilf all did better (at least in the opening) with different variations of the Ruy. But that's not so important. Lasker made no effort against Gotthilf, not much of one against Rabinovich, and Dus was one of his famous escapes.

Here's what caught my attention in the Yates, Bohatirchuk and Romanovsky games: Black is pretty much busted by move 20. That shouldn't happen in any opening, but especially not in a closed Ruy Lopez.

In each game, Lasker was able to open the queenside with a4-a4, exploit the underdefended d5 and g4 squares, and the exposed bishop on f6.

More than most defenses, the closed Ruy Lopez is an affair of fashion; sometimes, just as with clothes, the fashions get really ugly.

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  keypusher: Hope this is right: 22....gxh5 23.Qxh5+ Kf8 (23....Kg7 24.Rg3+ Kh8 25.Qf7 Re7 26.Rxg8+ Qxg8 27.Qxe7) 24.Rd1 Qe7 25.Rf3+ Nf6 26.Qh6+ Kf7 27.Rd7 Qxd7 28.Qxf6+ Kg8 29.Rg3+. There are some lines where Black can answer Rd7 with ...Rad8 because of the back-rank mate.
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  keypusher: The 22...gxh5 23.Qxh5+ Kg7 24.Rg3+ line was OK, but after 23....Kf8 simply 24.Rf3+ Nf6 25.Qh6+ Kf7 26.Qxh7+ Kf8 27.Qg6 is quite decisive.
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  Mateo: This was a 1st class game. Lasker simply outplayed his opponent in the very best way. And he was 56 years old. Worthy studying.
Oct-02-17  WorstPlayerEver: After 18. Qg4 Nc8 things are pretty much unclear. 18. Qb3 is better.
Oct-02-17  sudoplatov: It's a nice game as it shows that often the result of a successful mating attack is achieving a winning endgame.
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  Mateo: <WorstPlayerEver: After 18. Qg4 Nc8 things are pretty much unclear. 18. Qb3 is better.> It is true that the really weirf 18...Kf7? can hadly be good, and that your move (or the move or you computer) was better. However, White would still have the upper hand. Look to the pawn structure after 19.dxe5. Black would have two weak pawns on e6 and e5. And Black pieces are uncoordinated at this point while the White pieces are playing together in complete harmony. I believe that your suggestion 18.Qb3 is a computer move. I don't see why it is better.
Oct-03-17  WorstPlayerEver: <Mateo>

You don't have to see why it's better though. Not my problem.

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  tamar: 1) +1.35 (37 ply) 18.dxe5 dxe5 19.Qb3 Qc8 20.Red1 Kg7 21.Rd3 Ng8 22.Rad1 Re7 23.c4 Nh6 24.Qc3 Nf7 25.h4 Qc7 26.Qd2 h5 27.c5 b6 28.Nf1 a5 29.cxb6 Qxb6 30.Qc2 Qb4 31.Nd2 Rd8 32.Rxd8 Nxd8 33.Nc4 Nf7 34.b3 Ra7 35.a3 Qb5 36.Qc3 a4 37.b4 Qb8 38.f3 Qb5 39.Kf2

2) +1.17 (37 ply) 18.Qb3 Qc8 19.dxe5 dxe5 20.Rad1 Kg7 21.Rd6 Ng8 22.Red1 Re7 23.Qc4 c5 24.Nf1 b6 25.Qe2 Nh6 26.h4 Qf8 27.R6d2 Qf6 28.g3 Rf8 29.Ne3 Ref7 30.Nc4 Kg8 31.a4 g5 32.Nd6 Rg7 33.h5 g4 34.a5 bxa5 35.Qb5 Qg5 36.Qxa5 Rd7 37.Nc4 Rxd2 38.Rxd2

3) +0.94 (36 ply) 18.Qg4 Nc8 19.h4 Qf6 20.dxe5 dxe5 21.Re3 Nd6 22.Rd3 Rad8 23.Rad1 Qe7 24.h5 g5 25.Nf1 Nf7 26.Ne3 Rxd3 27.Rxd3 c5 28.g3 a6 29.Qd1 Rd8 30.Rxd8+ Qxd8 31.Qxd8+ Nxd8 32.Ng4 Nc6 33.Nf6+ Kg7 34.Nd7 c4 35.Nc5 Nd8 36.Kg2 g4 37.f3 gxf3+ 38.Kxf3 Kf7 39.g4 Ke7

All variations look winable, but White has to dodge some blocked pawn formations against 18 Qg4 which can be positional draws.

Dec-13-21  Ulhumbrus: 21 Nh5!! looks like a sacrifice worthy of Carlsen. On 21...gxh5 one variation which Stockfish gives goes 22 Qxh5+ Kg7 23 Rg3+ Kh8 24 Qf7 Re7 25 Rxg8+ Qxg8 26. Qxe7 winning

The move 31...Qe7 concedes the e5 pawn and suggests that the black queen is overworked, perhaps unable to cover both the f6 square against the check Qf6 and the e5 pawn. This suggests that the move 31 Rdd3 transforms the check Qf6+ into a threat, perhaps that of Rh3 following Qf6+

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