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Fred Dewhirst Yates vs Emanuel Lasker
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 17, Apr-09
Sicilian Defense: Four Knights. Exchange Variation (B45)  ·  0-1

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Apr-27-04  barrister: I find it funny that no Yates-Lasker games are discussed in Hannak's books of Lasker, but I guess we have to remember that Dr. Hannak did not intend to create a thoroughly chessic work on the longest reigning chess champion.
Apr-27-04  iron maiden: Did Hannak write any Lasker books aside from the biography?
Apr-27-04  Calli: 46.Re2? looks like the obvious error. His position falls apart after that. Maybe 46.Be5
Feb-10-08  mack: 'I see the whole scene before me in mocking clarity. The row of tables at Rossolimo's chess cafe in Greenwich Village or under the greasy ceiling of a hotel lounge in the town of X (Cincinnati, Innsbruck, Lima). The Grand Master is giving a routine exhibition - thirty-give boards in simultaneous play. The rule on such an occasion is that all his opponents play black and move as soon as he steps to the board. The weaker the play, the more rapid his circuit around the room. The more rapid his wolf's prowl, the more harried and clumsy one's answering moves. I am playing a Sicilian Defence, hanging on, trying to parry that darting hand and the punishing swiftness of its visitations. The Grand Master castles on the fifteenth move and I reply Q-Qkt5. Once again he hastens toward my table, but this time, O miracle, he pauses, bends over the board, and, wonder of celestial wonders, calls for a chair! The hall is unbearably hushed, all eyes are on me. The Master forces an exchange of queens, and there surges up in my memory, with daemonic precision, the vision of the Yates-Lasker game of the seventeenth round of the 1924 World Championship in New York. Black won on that March afternoon. I dare not hope for the that; I am not mad. But perhaps once, once in my life, a Master will look up from the board, as Botvinnik looked up at the ten-year-old Boris Spassky during an exhibition game in Leningrad in 1947 - look at me not as a nameless patzer but as a fellow human being, and say, in a still, small voice, 'Remis'.

George Steiner, 'A Death of Kings' in George Steiner: A Reader (OUP, 1987), p.178.

Sep-27-08  drukenknight: ENDGAMES OF NY'24. Does Yates miss a win? Alekhine gives 46 Re2 as the losing move, and demontrates a draw starting w/ 46 a5; it may also be possible to draw with moves e.g. 46 h3. But even more startling can white draw or possibly win even later with 49 Re5? The crap pc comes up with this line:

49. Re5 Rxb3
50. Rd5+ Ke8
51. Rd6 Ke7
52. a5 c4
53. Rb6 Kf6

which looks to be winning for white. but neither the crap pc or myself are any good at endgames. It'd be interesting to see some high level analysis of this...

Jun-30-09
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  keypusher: <drukenknight: ENDGAMES OF NY'24. Does Yates miss a win? Alekhine gives 46 Re2 as the losing move, and demontrates a draw starting w/ 46 a5; it may also be possible to draw with moves e.g. 46 h3. But even more startling can white draw or possibly win even later with 49 Re5? The crap pc comes up with this line:

49. Re5 Rxb3
50. Rd5+ Ke8
51. Rd6 Ke7
52. a5 c4
53. Rb6 Kf6

which looks to be winning for white. but neither the crap pc or myself are any good at endgames. It'd be interesting to see some high level analysis of this...>

If 49. Re5 Rxb3 50. Rd5+ Ke8 51. Rd6 Ke7 52. a5, can't Black just play 52....Rxg3 53. Rxe6+ Kxe6 54. hxg3 Kd5? The king and pawn ending looks like an easy win. Or am I missing something blindingly obvious?

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