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Emanuel Lasker vs Jackson Whipps Showalter
Lasker - Showalter (1892), Logansport, IN USA, rd 1, Dec-14
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0



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Dec-20-04  chess man: A nice game by Lasker. The pawn becomes a queen... easy endgame.
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  keypusher: Another very early quasi-Exchange Variation by Lasker. I think he figured out early that he could get a decent game against anyone with it.
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  beatgiant: <keypusher><early quasi-Exchange Variation by Lasker>

Looks to me more like Showalter just gambitted the e-pawn with 4...Bc5?! for what looks like dubious compensation, and Lasker accepted.

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  keypusher: <beatgiant> yes, you are right. My comment was stupid.
Jan-19-07  Calli: Doesn't 31...b3 draw?
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  beatgiant: <Calli>
You have in mind a result like 31...b3 32. Rd2 b2 33. Rxb2 Bxd5 34. Rd2 Be6 35. Rxd6 Kf8, etc.?

In that case, 22. Qh3 looks stronger for White. It might continue 22. Qh3 Rxe1 23. Rxe1 Qd8 24. Ne5 Bc8 25. Ng4, with a strong attack for White (e.g. 26. Re8+ Qxe8 27. Nf6+ forking the queen is threatened, and Black's pieces are out of play and kingside weakened).

Or if that's not god enough, the simple 21. Qxc5 looks like it leaves White a pawn up with the better position.

Feb-20-07  paul1959: With 31... b3 32 Rd2 Kf8 followed by Ke7 , b2 and Bxd5 Black would keep both d-pawns. It still looks like a draw. Black tried for a win with 31...Ba2.
Feb-20-07  paul1959: In the same line 31 ... b3 32 Rd2 g5 looks annoying for White , so possibly 32 f4 is better leading to 32... b2 33 Rb1 Bxd5 34 Rxb2 and Black again keeps both d-pawns
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  GrahamClayton: The wager for this match was $100, with a time limit of 18 moves per hour.
Oct-01-14  Everett: <Or if that's not <god> enough, the simple 21. Qxc5 looks like it leaves White a pawn up with the better position.>

My goodness, your variations are excellent but no need to claim divinity ;-)

Jan-02-17  Helios727: What happens if 15... cxd4 ?
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  beatgiant: <Helios727>
15...cxd4 16. <Bxf6> Bxf6 17. Nxd7. White threatens both 18. Nxb8 winning the exchange, and 18. Nxf6+ breaking up Black's kingside.
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  Honza Cervenka: 20.Ng5 Rh4 21.Rfe1 was worth of consideration.

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