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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Emanuel Lasker
Lasker - Steinitz World Championship Rematch (1896), Moscow RUE, rd 9, Dec-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Honza Cervenka: 33...g5 looks very strange to me. Was that really played? I would guess that it is a typo and that 33...g6 (or maybe f5) had happened in the game.

Anyway, white played this game very well and after 33.a5! he should have won the Rook ending witout troubles, for example 33...g6 34.a6 Ra8 35.f4 (of course, not 35.a7?? Rxa7 =) 35...Rc7 36.Kf2 (threatening 37.Rb7) 36...Raa7 37.Rb6 (see diagram) with decisive advantage of white.

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Mar-01-08  Knight13: Yeah, White seems to be winning if he pushed that a-pawn. Looks like somebody forgot about the "Passed pawns must be pushed!" rule.
Jul-19-12  King.Arthur.Brazil: There's no explantation about 33... g5?
34.Rxg5+ Kf8 35.a5 T8d2 36.f3... But, directly 34.a5 must win! I wonder that there's money thing! STEINTIZ knew he was old, going to retirement and he could be selling his crown, game by game: "I ll not win this game but, Lasker you must pay me for that...!" money-money-money always in the history!
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  sachistu: You are right, <Honza Cervenka>. The move played was 34...g6 (not ...g5). However, both Mason in BCM, 1897, p.66-67 and Tarrasch in Deutsche Schachzeitung 1897, p.14-15. are of the opinion that Black easily draws this ending. On the other hand, neither source mentions your suggestion of 33.a5. Mason goes so far as to give 33.h3 an exclamation mark!

I'll submit a correction slip for the score.

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  offramp: 18. Nc3

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Now the rook and knight have a game on their own:
19. Rc1 Nb4
20. Ra1 Nc2
21. Ra2 Nb4
22. Ra4 a5

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Now the normal game restarts.

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  sachistu: There is a tempo variance <offramp>. Neither Mason nor Tarrasch comment on the little cat and mouse game, except that Tarrasch indicates 18.Nc3 threatens 19.Nb5. He also states the QR is best on the a-file, although he mentions the line 18.Rad1!? when Black has nothing better than ...Nf6 when White would play 19.Nxf6. 18.Bb5 Nf6 19.Nxf6+ gf 20.Rxb6 is best according to Tarrasch.
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  Tabanus: I just changed Site of this game from New York (USA) to Moscow RUE. Hope it's the right game! (i. e., that it belongs to the Moscow match, where it is currently placed)
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  Chessical: "THE LASKER-STEINITZ CHESS MATCH. (Through Reuters Agent.) MOSCOW, Dec. 10.

The ninth game in the Lasker-Steinitz Chess Match was played today and resulted in a draw at the thirty-fourth move. The ninth game arrived last night. If it had not been one of the series it would hardly have been worth publishing. Steinitz made the same moves as in the seventh game, Lasker deviating on his eleventh move with Kt to Q2. An exchange of Queens and minor pieces followed, and although Steinitz remained a pawn ahead in the ending, he could do no more than draw after Lasker got both his Rooks onto the seventh row. Score : Lasker, 5 ; Steinitz, 0; drawn."

Source: London Evening Standard, Friday 11th December 1896, p.10.

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