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Emanuel Lasker vs Siegbert Tarrasch
"Schach und Matt!" (game of the day Jul-08-2014)
Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908), Duesseldorf GER, rd 1, Aug-17
Spanish Game: Exchange Variation. General (C68)  ·  1-0



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Feb-20-10  reti: Remmember Dr.Tarrasch's words: " I have only three words for you: Check, Check, and mate!
May-16-10  sillybilly47: One of the most overlooked great games in championship history.
Jun-30-10  sillybilly47: Why noy double rooks on the d-file on Black's 15th move? It would seem more consistent with Tarrasch's previous moves.
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  Phony Benoni: <sillybilly47> If you go through the notes by Tarrasch and Lasker given above:

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You'll find that White's threat in this position is winning material after 16.Nd3 b6 17.Ne5. 15...Rfd8 would do nothing about this threat.

Jul-04-10  sillybilly47: Thank you.
Jan-25-11  Llawdogg: Lasker was quite an excellent endgame player. This was a great start to the match for him.
Jul-21-12  King.Arthur.Brazil: After 21.c4 seemed that black said: draw and dind't have a plan for the rest of game. Many passive moves and LASKER made his kside Ps to move and to promote. While White has a plan, Black looked... the incoming win was expected!
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  naresb: White Knight - Nf3 can have a look at Black's a5, c5 Pawns with Nf3-Ne5-Nd7-Nb6. White King supports White Pawns a4, c4.
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  Infohunter: To appreciate today's pun it is necessary to be aware of what took place prior to the outset of this match, of which this was the first game, as well as the followup to it.

Dr. Lasker and Dr. Tarrasch had had some serious disagreements in the course of the negotiations leading up to the match. It was suggested that they reconcile before play commenced. Dr. Lasker was willing, but Dr. Tarrasch dashed whatever hopes anyone might have had for any such reconciliation when he entered the room and said, "Ihnen Herr Dr. Lasker rede ich nur drei Worten an: 'Schach und Matt'!" meaning, "To you Dr. Lasker I shall address only three words: 'Check and mate'!"

It must have been satisfying to Dr. Lasker, in a quiet, dignified sort of way, that he got to use those words (figuratively speaking) more than Dr. Tarrasch did, inasmuch as the former won the match 8-3, with 5 draws.

Thanks to whoever submitted this GOTD pun for bringing an interesting old story to mind.

Jul-08-14  MountainMatt: I've seen the following quote attributed to Karpov: "Style? I have no style." I feel like this would apply to Lasker as well; no matter the situation, no matter what "theory" or "principles" would suggest as the proper course of action, he just played whatever he thought would work..and it did.
Jul-08-14  morfishine: <Infohunter> These old stories add to the richness of chess history, especially here when told in the original language. Lasker reportedly grew tired of repeating two words: "Another game?"
Jul-08-14  Castleinthesky: This game is a great example of capitalizing on an imbalance. White's only advantage is that he has an extra pawn on the kingside vs. black's doubled queen side pawns. White plays his endgame perfectly, which is something I rarely achieve. Certainly, a game worth studying. The pun is another matter.
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  kevin86: Lasker wins endgames! Is that news to anyone?
Jul-08-14  BOSTER: Nice <POTD > White to play 46, or White to play 52.
Jul-08-14  posoo: Easy game. WHY allow white to play da ruy lopes if you are just going to be an EXCHANGE MONGER all game and allow it to come down to da pons?!

Turrush should've been ASHASMED of his performance in dis.

NOTE: I once played a simul against a Hungarian GM and he said dat my style reminded him of "Da Great Dr. Lasker," HOHO!

Jul-08-14  Nova: Thanks <Infohunter> for the great story!
Jul-08-14  Mr Bigz: Fantastic game.
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  Infohunter: <Nova> Delighted, I'm sure.
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  offramp: The reason Lasker didn't castle on move 5 when he played the exchange variation was that he liked to castle queenside.
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  thegoodanarchist: Astounding endgame play! And an incredible testament to the abilities of Dr. Lasker in the endgame, as he completely commanded it from the start.

It seems that he foresaw the ending, aimed for it, then systematically exploited it as he knew that he could. Nothing but adulation for his achievement, especially since he did so against the great Dr. Tarrasch!

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  profK: In the Lopez exchange variation with black playing exd4 at some point, white gets a K side pawn majority...and this can often lead to positive endgame chances for white. This is a perfect example.
Dec-13-17  aliejin: 35.... bxe4 leads a easy draw , at least, for black.
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  whiteshark: REQUEST ANALYSIS

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Black to move

1) =0.00 (28 ply) <35...Bxe4 36.fxe4 Kd6 37.Rh3 Rf1+ 38.Rf3 Rh1 39.Kg4 Ke5 40.Rf7 Rg1+ 41.Kh4 Rh1+ 42.Kg4>

2) +0.60 (28 ply) 35...Bc8 36.Re3 Rd8 37.Nf2 Rd4+ 38.Re4 Kd8 39.Ke5 Rd2 40.Ng4 Bxg4 41.fxg4 Ke7 42.Kf5+ Kd7 43.g6 Rf2+ 44.Kg5 h6+ 45.Kh4 Rf1 46.Re3 Rh1+ 47.Rh3 Rf1 48.g5 hxg5+ 49.Kxg5 Rg1+ 50.Kf5 Rf1+ 51.Ke5 Re1+ 52.Kf4 Rf1+ 53.Ke4 Re1+ 54.Kd3 Rd1+ 55.Kc2 Rg1 56.Rf3 Ke6 57.Rf7 Rg2+ 58.Kd3 Rg3+ 59.Ke4 Rh3 60.Rxg7 Rxh5

3) +0.60 (27 ply) 35...Bh3 36.h6 gxh6 37.gxh6 Rh1 38.Ke5 Bd7 39.f4 Rxh6 40.f5 Rh1 41.Ng5 Re1+ 42.Kf6 h5 43.Rh3 Rd1 44.Rxh5 Rf1 45.Ne4 Rf3 46.Ke5 Rxb3 47.f6 Rf3 48.Nd6 Re3+ 49.Kf4

1.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 8 v270317

Jan-02-18  circleVIII: Great game. Cannot help but notice the endgame after move 8. Ne2 looks like an inferior Berlin endgame for white, but after only 13 more moves black has misplayed and it already seems quite favourable.

After 21... Re8 white has managed (or been given) the exchange of dark squared bishops and has a secure kingside structure preventing black's kingside majority from mobilizing. From here on in it is only white to make any progress, and Lasker does an impressive job of doing so.

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  Messiah: Well played by Lasker, nice win.
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