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Emanuel Lasker vs Carl Schlechter
Berlin Grandmasters (1918), Berlin GER, rd 6, Oct-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Traditional Variation (D30)  ·  1-0



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Jul-16-05  aw1988: Schlechter's last game.
May-10-06  offramp: The tournament was played in Berlin in October 1918; just before the end of the War. Schlechter died on December 27th 1918.

This game, played one month before the end of the war, is from the last round of a quadrangular double-round tournament between Lasker, Schlechter, Rubinstein & Tarrasch.

Lasker won with 4¬Ĺ/6. God knows what kind of conditions they played in. Did they complain about the lighting - the food - the hotel accomodation?

There is an unusual position in this game. After 30.Qd3:

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Then after 31...Qxd4

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Black has won a pawn and centralized his pieces. White's position is the same except he has moved his king into the corner and has lost a pawn. But he now wins with 32.Qb5!

Black might have won this last game of his career against one of the greatest players of all time with 30...Re3!

Nov-27-08  Paraconti: How does black win with 30...Re3! ? 31.Qb5 with the back rank mate seems to sidestep 31...Rxc3. There's no win with 31.Qxd1 either.
Nov-28-08  waustad: <offramp>Considering that Schlechter starved not long after, they probably didn't complain about the food if they had any.
Nov-28-08  whiteshark: <aw1988: Schlechter's last game.> Well, after Berlin he played in Budapest. Schlechter vs Reti, 1918
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  tamar: < Paraconti: How does black win with 30...Re3! ? 31.Qb5 with the back rank mate seems to sidestep 31...Rxc3.>

After 30...Re3 31 Qb5 h5! 32 Rd3 Kh7 33 Rxe3 Bxe3+ 34 Kh1 Qxd4 White must lose a piece.

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At first I was surprised at this verdict by Rybka, but my supposed improvement 32 Rc1 failed worse, with 32...Kh7 33 Qxd5 Rd3 34 h3 Be3+ 35 Kh1 Qg6

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and the long delayed threat against the knight at c3 is renewed along with ...Bxc1.

If 36 Rc2 Rxc3 37 Rxc3 Qb1+ mates.

Nov-29-08  Paraconti: Thanks. That made things a lot clearer!
Feb-15-21  Stolzenberg: They played 26. ... Qg4 27. Rf4 Qe6 28. Rf1 Qg4, invitation to a perpetual? but with 29. Rd1 Lasker rejected the offer. Did he want to win? 29. ... Bg5 30. Qd3 and now 30. ... Re3 instead of 30. ... Be3+. <offramp> <Paraconti> and <tamar>: After 30. ... Re3 31. Qb5 h6 (avoiding mate threats at the back rank and protecting the bishop with one move!) and now the attacked knight cannot move, because it has to protect the rook.

a) 32. Qxd5+ Kh8 33. Rc1 Rxc3 34. Rxc3 Qd1+ 35. Kf2 Qd2+ 36. Kf1 Qxc3

b) 32. Rd3 Qf4 (threatening mate in 1) 33. Rxe3 Qxe3+ 34. Kf1 Qxc3 35. Qxd5+ Kh8 36. Qxb7 Qd3+

c) 32. Rc1 Rxc3 33. Rxc3 Qxd4+ 34. Kf1 Qxc3

d) 32. h3 Rxh3 33. Rd3 Be3+ 34. Rxe3 Rxe3 35. Nxd5 with the exchange against a pawn.

Feb-19-21  Stolzenberg: correction: 28. ... Qg4 is of course not an invitation to a perpetual but to a three time repetition.

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