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Emanuel Lasker vs Thomas Franklin Leech
"Sucker Punch" (game of the day Oct-09-2020)
Simul, 14b (1892) (exhibition), Logansport, IN USA, Dec-13
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit Anderssen Defense (C33)  ·  1-0



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Nov-08-14  TheFocus: Simul at Logansport at the State meeting on December 13, 1892.

Lasker scored +13=0-1.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The position after 17...Nd7 looks like a typesetter’s error—surely the Bc8 is a Black piece, right? Well, wrong.
Oct-09-20  offramp: The fasti of GsOTD from Laskerine simultaneoi continues; this is an exhibition game sponsored by Logan, founder of the sports shop Logansport. Logansport is still with us today trading as Texas Instruments.
Oct-09-20  goodevans: Having been under the cosh for about a dozen moves, black missed his opportunity to create some threats of his own with <21...Rh7>.

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As well as threatening white's B, black is also threatening to win the Q with <22...Rf7>. If white ploughs ahead with <22.Qxb7?> then <22...Rf8!> would be winning.

I've no doubt Lasker would have still prevailed but it would have been a little less one-sided.

Oct-09-20  acapo: What is with all these pop up ads??? this is ridiculous I used to enjoy coming here
Oct-09-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: I don't understand the pun. I don't understand why this slaughter is a GoTD.

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Oct-09-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: My late grandmother probably did better at playing Muehle with Dr. Lasker, something she did as a little girl, than the opponent in this game did ...
Oct-09-20  Brenin: <Cheapo>:The pun is based on Black's surname: a leech is an aquatic or terrestrial annelid worm with suckers at both ends, and a sucker punch is a punch that takes someone by surprise. We must assume that Black was taken by surprise by one of White's moves. Not the best pun (or game) I've ever seen here.
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  OhioChessFan: Serviceable pun. Surely would be better for a Leech win, but alas, there isn't one in the database.
Oct-09-20  Cheapo by the Dozen: Ah. Leech/sucker. Thanks. Got it.
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  MissScarlett: <Sucker for Punishment> would have been better, but, no offence, for this audience, it's more than adequate.

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