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Emanuel Lasker vs Eugene Delmar
Match series (1892), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Oct-15
French Defense: Classical Variation. Richter Attack (C13)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Dec-12-12  ughaibu: What's wrong with 47.Rg5?
Dec-12-12  Cyphelium: <ughaibu> I guess he didn't like 47.- ♕h7+. 48. ♘g6 ♖xa3 is actually scary, as is any move by the king. After 48. ♖g6 though, I cannot see how black can save himself.
Dec-12-12  ughaibu: Nice to get your agreement. It's particularly strange as promoting to a knight is so ornate and wasteful.
Dec-12-12  Cyphelium: <ughaibu> At least it keeps the queen from getting to h7! Though actually the queen would be 'trapped' there: after 47. ♖xg5 ♕h7+ 48. ♖g6 ♖xa3 49. ♕h6 black has to exchange queens, 49.- ♕xh6 50. ♖xh6 ♖a2+ 51. ♔b1 ♖f2 52. ♖f6 etc. BTW, why did black agree to a draw in the final position? There's no way to stop ♕xb4.
Dec-12-12  ughaibu: Have you overlooked 49...Qf7, in that line?

I wonder if the conclusion is actually an annotation(?) Otherwise, I wonder what the time controls were.

Dec-12-12  Cyphelium: <ughaibu> Yes, I did. Anyway, I guess 48. -♖xa3 49. f8♕ is enough?
Dec-12-12  ughaibu: Certainly looks good enough, to me.
Dec-13-12  ughaibu: Cyphelium: Do you have any feelings about the goat?
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  keypusher: Paging <TheFocus> -- do you know?

<I wonder if the conclusion is actually an annotation(?) Otherwise, I wonder what the time controls were.>

Dec-13-12  TheFocus: Well, let's see what the annotators have to say about this:


If 47.f8(Q) Qh7+ with a fine attack, and indeed White would have to exercise great care not to lose. If, for instance, 48.Kb2, then 48…Qd3 with a winning game. Or if 48.Kc1 gxf4 49.Rg8 Rxa3 50.Qb8+ Ka6 51.Qc8+ Kb6 and wins. But the text move does not mend matters much, and White would have done more wisely to play for a draw at once by 47.Rxg5 Qh7+ 48.Rg6! Ra8 49.Kb2 – <Steinitz>.

It would have been difficult, we think, for Black to draw against 47. Rxg5 – <Ranken>.

<47…Rxa3 48. Rxg5 Qe7 draw.>

Black has a won game and it appears that Delmar was far too lenient in being satisfied with the mere rescue of his game, which no doubt was an exceedingly remarkable performance. <Lasker> stated that he intended to play 49. Nxe6, but then the following continuation pointed by <Lipschultz> was likely to arise: 49…Qxb4 50.Nc5+ Kb6 51.Rg3 (there seems to be nothing better) Ra2+ 52.Kd1 Ra1+ 53.Kc2 Qb1+ 54.Kd2 (or 54.Kc3 Ra3+ 55.Kd2 Ra2+ and mates next move accordingly, by …Rc2 or …Qe1) Qc1+ and mates next move on e1 – <Steinitz>.

And here, though a draw was agreed to, we doubt if White ought not to lose. His only move appears to be 49. Rg3, whereupon by exchanging Rooks Black recovers his lost piece and remains with a passed Pawn ahead and the best position – <Ranken>. (1:51 – 1:35)

I would have to check in <London Chess Fortnightly>, edited by Lasker, to see if he annotated this game there. It's at home, I am at work.

Jun-14-13  thomastonk: Does any of these old sources mention that the perfect follow-up of 43.g6 fxg6 would have been 44.d5!, which opens the way for White's queen? After 44.. ♗xd5 45.♘xg6 Black has too many problems: the queen is under attack, and ♕c5 and f7 are in the air. If 44.. exd5, then 45.♘f3! is not only quite beautiful, but also quite strong.

Nevertheless, <my engine> told me that Black has a suitable counter-attack, which is, I think, by no means less beautiful: 43.. ♕a8!! . For the moment, Black is closer to the enemy king, and after 44.♔b2, Black has 44.. ♕a7!. The threat is 45.. ♖xa3 46.♕xa3 ♕xd4+, and neither 45.gxf7 nor 45.♖xf7 can stop this. Another beauty can be found after 45.♖a1 ♖a8!, and now Black's threat has changed: 46.. ♖xb4! 47.♕xb4 ♕xd4+, and this is already unstoppable according to my silicon friend.

So, scientifically, 43.. fxg6 is a mistake, but I don't like to mark it with a "?", of course.

Personally I was more surprised that Lasker played 23.f4, and that f5 did not happened soon. If f5 is not played within a few moves, then 23.f4 is premature and probably weak, because it takes not only time, but also an important square (e.g., please follow the game and imagine that White could play Qf4-f6).

Jun-14-13  TheFocus: <thomastonk> Ranken says: 43. g6 fxg6 44. f7 <It is surprising that Lasker did not see that 44. Nxg6 must have won.>

I would have to check <Fortnightly> again to see what it says.

Jan-26-14  paderamo: Not a simul:
Nov-09-14  TheFocus: This is Match Game 1 of a series of matches played against members of the Manhattan Chess Club.

Played on October 15, 1892.

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