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Emanuel Lasker vs NN
Simul, 20b (1908) (exhibition), Brixton CC, London ENG, Jan-30
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit (C25)  ·  1-0



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Dec-08-14  TheFocus: From a simul at the Bristol Chess Club in Bristol, England on January 30, 1908.

Lasker scored +17=3-0.

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  MissScarlett: <From a simul at the Bristol Chess Club in Bristol, England on January 30, 1908.>

From <Captain King>'s column in the <Hampshire Telegraph> of February 22nd 1908, p.11:


Dr. Lasker's tour in this country is proving an unprecedented success. The champion of the world has concluded a series of eleven engagements in London, and he is now engaged on a programme in the provinces, which will occupy him almost uninterruptedly till April 25th. His English tour then winds up with a farewell performance at the City of London Chess Club. It is possible that a visit to Scotland may follow in May, if the Scottish secretaries are willing to summon their members for simultaneous performances so late in the season. At any rate, the tour in England and Wales will mean visits to over fifty towns, and total of nearly 1,500 games. Dr. Lasker’s representative in London mentioned to the writer, to show that the interest in the champion’s visit is not confined to the great cities, that he is to visit a place in Wales called Rhosllanerchrngog [sic] - that is if he can ask the station man for a ticket! The results of his first six performances are as follow: Patent Office, 15 wins, 3 draws; West London, 18 wins, 5 draws, 1 loss; Tunbridge Wells, 18 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss; Stock Exchange, 16 wins, 3 draws, 1 loss; Brixton, 17 wins, 3 draws; Hampstead, 15 wins, 4 draws, 1 loss. Total: 99 wins, 21 draws, 4 losses.>

So the upshot is that this was played in Brixton, not Bristol, making this occasion the only recorded instance, to my knowledge, that a world champion graced those salubrious environs with a visit. True, Staunton and Morphy dabbled a little over in nearby Streatham, but still...

<Whyld (1998)>'s game source is <Lasker's Chess Magazine March 1908 p. 195> - is it or Whyld responsible for the mix-up?

Apr-25-19  ughaibu: <so late in the season>

Chess had a season?

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  MissScarlett: <Streatham & Brixton Chess Club can claim to be one of London’s oldest chess clubs with a history that goes back to Victorian times - although it started out as two clubs.

Brixton CC (originally called “Endeavour”) was formed in 1870 or 71. It met initially in north Brixton, and was praised in one chess magazine for its “militant activity”, playing 33 matches in one season. It won the Surrey Trophy in 1884/5, and the London League (of which it was a founder member) in 1897-8. It used various venues including Mr Muggeridge’s residence at 138, Brixton Road; Brixton Liberal Association at 322, Brixton Road; Bon Marché, the Brixton Conservatoire of Music, and Raleigh Hall, all in central Brixton. From 1908/9, and then between the wars, it met at the Prince Regent Hotel, Dulwich Road, Herne Hill.>

I note that the iconic <Lambeth Town Hall> in Brixton opened in 1908, but any thought that Lasker's visit was arranged to mark its opening are seemingly stymied by the fact that it didn't open until April, and the simul took place late January.

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  MissScarlett: Bingo.........

<Dr. Lasker visited the Brixton Chess Club at the Prince Regent Hotel, Dulwich-road, and gave an enjoyable and interesting lecture, afterwards playing 20 members of the club simultaneously. Of these games, he won 17 and drew 3, losing none. The score shows how wonderfully this great master played. The surprise of the evening was the large number of visitors, indicating how great an interest was felt in the neighbourhood both in chess and in the personality of Dr. Lasker, and this circumstance caused the club's usual room to be rather too crowded for comfort.> South London Press, February 7th 1908, p.12.

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