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Emanuel Lasker vs Eugene Znosko-Borovsky
St. Petersburg (1909), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 8, Feb-25
French Defense: McCutcheon. Exchange Variation (C12)  ·  1-0



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Apr-08-06  lopium: From the notes :< There is nothing better for White than 6 Bxc6 bxc6 7 Nf3.> Sorry I don't understand. I see on the board that there's no bishop being able to take an imaginary knight on c6. Can someone shows me my error, thank you.
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  keypusher: <lopium> Presumably an error in transcribing English notation (6. BxN PxB 7. N-B3). 6. Bxf6 gxf6 7. Nf3 was meant.
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  keypusher: In Soltis' notes to Lasker vs Schiffers, 1896, he says that Lasker had "two qualities that every player envies in the truly great."

<The first is the ability to create winning chances in positions that seem barren. Like Marshall, Alekhine, Shirov and a few others, he seemed to find tactics wherever he looked.>

There is an example of that in this game after 24....Ra5.

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White is a double, isolated pawn ahead, but his position doesn't seem very promising. Black's rooks are on open files and the white queenside pawns look weak and unable to advance. But Lasker comes up with a whole series of tactical shots to get his c-pawns moving: 25. Rd1! Rc8 26. Rc7! Rb8 27. c5 Nd5 (Trying to get his knight into action. As Lasker notes, 27....Rxa2 allows 28. c6 followed by Rb7 and c6-c7.) 28. Rd7! (threatening c3-c4) 28....Kf8 29. c6 Rc5 30. c4 Nf6 31. c7!

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The pawn won't get in, but Lasker will trade it for Black's a-pawn.

31....Re8 32. Rd6 a5 33. Ra6 Ke7 34. Rb1 Rxc7 (as Lasker notes, Rb1-b5 will in any event win the pawn) 35. Rxa5.

Now with two passed pawns on the queenside, White is clearly winning. There are a few neat tactical shots at the end, given in Lasker's notes.

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  keypusher: Lasker's second enviable quality, per Soltis, was his talent for scaring opponents.
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  yiotta: Lasker's clear vision after 17...a6, with moves like 20. Rb1, and transferring the N to b3, is very instructive, as is the way he transforms double pawns on the c file to 2 passers on the Q side.
Dec-31-15  jvv: After 30...Rxc6 black is OK.
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  yiotta: <jvv> Yes, that looks simple and good. Lasker must have had me hypnotized.

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