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Edward Lasker vs Richard Reti
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 20, Apr-13
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Chigorin Defense (C97)  ·  1-0



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Jun-26-05  vonKrolock: <21.f4> Alekhine: "Energetic play, accurately calculated! No matter how Black plays, he will be at a lasting disavantage."

{<21...Qd5> <...> "21...Rae8 22.f5 <"!"> And now he gives two alternatives for black: (a)" 22...Qd5 23.fg Qe4" etc that leads to "a very superior endgame " for white; and (b) " Qd5 24.Qg4 Kh8 25.Nh7! Kh7 26.Qg6 Kh8 27.Qh6 Kg8 28.Kh2 Kf7 29.Bg5 wins." and "The move chosen <i.e. 21...Qd5> should have permitted the most drawn out resistance."

Far from exhausting this position's possibilities, but Alekhine is a highly respected analist...

Jun-26-05  vonKrolock: Why <23...♕d5> in line (b)? To start some researches, black can play 23...♘d5!? - for instance: 24.♘e6 (what else?) ♖f7 and no imediate decision is in sight - althought the ♘ in e6 is quite inconvenient for black, it can be disloged, and moreover the ♙ in 'f5' is weak - black still have a solid shape and ♙ plus. To face black's threat of ♘c7 - dislodging the famous horse from 'e6' - white have to find some cute line - Just a try: 25.♗h6 (developing and hindering the ♘c7 idea) ♔h8! 26.♔h2 (what else?) ♘c7 27.♕h4!! (have a look, Monsieur Alekhine!!!) - Well, so black can try 26...♘e7, instead of <26...♘c7>... (to be continued)
Jun-26-05  vonKrolock: <21...♖ae8 22.f5 gf ♘d5 24.♘e6 ♖f7 25.♗h6 ♔h8 26.♔h2 ♘e7> Hmm... double-threat over 'f5': So 27.f6!? ("I'm surrounded, i'm besieged - I attack!" - who was the french General that said this?!) 27...♕e4 28.♖e4 and now: (a) 28...♘f5?! 29.♘g7! ♘g7 30.♗g7 etc is unclear, so (b) 28...♘d5! (to answer 29.♘g7 with ♘f6!!) - aha - it seems that white is in trouble...: returning to <26...♘e7>: 27.♕b7 (the remaining chance) ♘b7 28.f6 <!> ♘d5 29.♗g7 (or 29.♘g7 ♖g8! etc) ♔g8 30.♘g5 (best) ♘f6!! and, with this nice exchange, black is looking good
Jun-29-05  vonKrolock: A chance for white in the line<23...♘d5 24.♘e6 ♖f7 25.♗h6 ♔h8 26.♔h2 ♘c7? 27.♕h4!> now 27...♖e6 (possibly the best) 28.fe ♘e6 is met by 29.♖g1! : (a) 29...♕e7 30.♕g3 ♕e8 31.♖g2! and the tripling of heavy pieces (♖ag1) decide quickly; or (b) 29... ♕a8 30.♖af1 ♕e8 31.♖f6! ♘c6 (or ‘b7’) 32.♖gf1! etc
Jun-29-05  vonKrolock: After <26...♘e7> instead of the weak <26...♘c7> in the line above: 27.♘c5!? - in fact a typical computer move... - this bizarre coup requires carefull saves: but not 27...dc?? 28.♕e5 and mates in few moves
Jun-29-05  vonKrolock: <27.♘c5!?> now with 27...♕a7 (or ♕b6), white is again in the defensive: 28.♘d3 (with another ♘ move 27...♕f2 is a killer) 28...♘f5 and black is better
Jun-11-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: It is unbelievable how RETI could win both CAPABLANCA and ALEKHINE and trow way some games like this with ED. LASKER and YATES. I see these last games,as he made a lot of mistakes, has fall in easy traps... maybe, he underestimated the other player.
Oct-13-16  RookFile: I wonder if black might have preceded his ...f5 thrust with ....h6 first to keep the knight out.

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