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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Emanuel Lasker
Lasker - Steinitz World Championship Rematch (1896), Moscow RUE, rd 13, Dec-27
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1-0



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May-07-05  aw1988: Qf4, what a slap in the face.
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  Chessical: Lasker's all or nothing plan to invade on the K-side commencing <25..Rh6> fails.
Mar-01-08  Knight13: <Chessical: Lasker's all or nothing plan to invade on the K-side commencing <25..Rh6> fails.> What else was he supposed to do? The center and queen side was already owned by Steinitz. King side attack was his only chance, it seems.
Sep-17-10  soothsayer8: Yeah, I thought 37. Qc4+ 38. Qf4 was a clever little maneuver
Nov-08-20  offramp: There is a marvellous episode in this game which shows the high calibre of these two world champions.

It starts in this posotion.

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Material is level. All the pieces are still on the board. Black looks a little better. He now played
This attacks the knight on c3, but Steinitz ignored it and played the Zwischenzug
16. Nc4! This is a good move because while the Nc3 is still there the Black queen has only one available square:

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If you have a look you'll see that the Nc3 has no square to move to! It is TRAPPED!
Steinitz sees a way out:
17. Bf4!

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Now we see Lasker at his cleverest! The Nc3 is still trapped and attacked. All Lasker has to do is move his queen away from the the attack of the Bf3 and he can take the knight in peace.
The most obvious move is
17...Qc6, which threatens mate in one at g2.
However, that would be met by
18. Bf3 when once again the black queen would be short of squares, in fact the only square available is e8.
And after
18...Qe8, White has a square available for the knight@c3, which can now move the the square the bishop vacated:
19. Ne2!=

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Well, Lasker saw that and clearly thought his position was worth more than =. He had a really outstanding idea.
When his queen was threatened after
17. Bf4, he played 17...e5!

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It's a pawn sacrifice with a very specific idea. After
18. Bxe5 Qc6
19. Bf3 <as before!>. But Black now plays
19...Qe6! Instead of ...Qe8. Lasker makes use of the square vacated by the e-pawn. It is much more aggressive.

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Now both white knights are attacked. If the Nc4 moves then the Be5 is loose. The whole position is tense and Steinitz deserves great credit for finding a clear path through the complications.

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  OhioChessFan: Thanks <off>. Very good stuff. <KEG> does a lot of it too. Explaining what's going on is far more helpful than merely posting engine lines.
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  OhioChessFan: This should be a Puzzle of the Day.

37. ?

Some will know it due to the WCC Match, but still nice.

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  fredthebear: <OhioChessFan: Thanks <off>. Very good stuff. <KEG> does a lot of it too. Explaining what's going on is far more helpful than merely posting engine lines.>

Hear, hear!

Feb-10-21  Jean Defuse: ...

Harding: 38.Qf4 <Black resigned: Bachmann #886; The Field, 2 Jan 1897; BCM March 1897 page 114; has a four-ply continuation that was not played.>



Oct-24-22  Ninas Husband: The champ went all in, but lost it on the river. Or is that a different game? :)

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