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Emanuel Lasker vs Efim Bogoljubov
Atlantic Ocean cons (1924), Mar-05
Spanish Game: Columbus Variation (C68)  ·  1-0



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  chancho: Lasker was Lethal.
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  Benzol: <chancho> Thanks for pointing this game out. I was totally unaware of it. Was it played before or after the New York 1924 Tournament?
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  chancho: <Benzol> My guess is that this game was played on a liner on the way to New York. In Hannak's book: The Life Of A Chessmaster, on pg 208 it says: <Lasker was looking forward to the American trip, for he hadn't crossed the Atlantic in twelve years. The last time his wife had been with him, but this time she stayed at home. The European masters met in Hamburg, passage having been booked for all of them on a Hapag liner, but Lasker had he been a less energetic person might have missed the boat.>
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  Pawn and Two: <Benzol & chancho> The game was played aboard the SS Cleveland, enroute to the 1924 New York tournament. For an additional game and details, check out this game: Tartakower vs Lasker, 1924.
Oct-27-07  RookFile: Just a fairly typical example of Bogo getting slapped around by one of the big boys.
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  Benzol: <Pawn and Two> Thanks.


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  Honza Cervenka: <RookFile: Just a fairly typical example of Bogo getting slapped around by one of the big boys.>

This was an off-hand game which none of participants had taken much seriously. From the opening black appeared as a clearly superior but in move 18 he blundered when he overlooked or underestimated 19.Na4! After simple retreat of Rook to a8 white position would be a wreck. But despite of loss of Pawn black position looked still playable and for example after 21...Qe8 22.Qc1 Qh5! (the Rook is taboo for 23.Qxa3 Ng4! 24.fxg4 Qxg4+ with forced draw) 23.Qe3 Qg6+ 24.Kh1 Nh5 white can be quite happy with draw. But instead of that (undoubtedly with such a scheme in mind) Bogo blundered again with 21...Nh5 and after 22.Qb2 facing loss of another Pawn with no compensation he resigned.

Dec-09-08  brankat: <..In Hannak's book: The Life Of A Chessmaster, on pg 208 it says: <Lasker was looking forward to the American trip, for he hadn't crossed the Atlantic in twelve years..>

Dr.Lasker played the Match in Cuba, 1921. So, he must have crossed the Atlantic somehow :-)

Dec-09-08  FHBradley: Perhaps he took a submarine, though a doubt if there were that many German submarines left in 1921. Another, more intriguing, scenario would be that Lasker in fact flew over the Atlantic Ocean no less than six years before Lindbergh.
Dec-09-08  whiteshark: Lindbergh flew non-stop.
I don't know if there where flights before with a halt in between on the Azores.

I guess these <12 years> were a typo / poor handwriting by Hannak

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  sleepyirv: <whiteshark> Lindbergh flew non-stop solo. There were a few of cross Atlantic flights at the time with crews.
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  Phony Benoni: <Brankat> Well, it's possible that he took the Eastern route to get to Havana. But more likely he just wanted to forget the Capablanca match

I see that he had a tour in North and South America in 1911, so it would have been about twelve years between Atlantic crossings otherwise.

Dec-09-08  Calli: Aha! A clue by Hannak that it really wasn't Lasker who lost so badly to Capablanca. Yes, yes it all makes sense to me now. Em Lasker first tried to resign the title and then he sent his double to Habana.
Dec-09-08  whiteshark: <news release> members solved another unsolved mystery of chesshistory ...
Dec-09-08  Calli: Have you ever noticed that no photos of Lasker from Havana 1921 exist. Now we know why.
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  keypusher: <Honza Cervenka> Thanks for your interesting notes on this game. At the end of your line, 25. Rg1 Qxg1+ 26. Kxg1 Ra1+ 27. Kg2 Nf4+ 28. Kg3 Rg1+ 29. Kh4 g5 is checkmate! But for what it is worth, Shredder thinks that the knight and pawns outweigh the rook in the ending after 28. Qxf4 exf4 29. Nxe6.
Mar-08-09  paladin at large: <Calli><Yes, yes it all makes sense to me now. Em Lasker first tried to resign the title and then he sent his double to Habana.> I am convinced you have made a great find. All those whining one-liners after the 1921 match from the apparent Lasker "The sun was bothering me" (the games were played at night) were really by his double -- Groucho Marx.
Mar-16-09  JG27Pyth: What wit! To play the Columbus variation while cruising across the Atlantic.

This is yet another example of Dr. Lasker taking a cramped, seemingly passive and losing position and emerging, a few moves later, with a win. A one of a kind player.

Jun-05-16  Dvd Avins: The first translatlantic flight (by a human) was in a balloon. The first in an airplane was indeed via the Azores. The first non-stop was by two Brits. Lindbergh was the first that was both solo and non-stop.

The first commercial passenger fight was back to balloons again, or rather a zeppelin, which is close enough, in 1928.

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  plang: Not much of a game by either player - Lasker's opening was completely harmless.

Black was at least equal until 18..Qa6? - I really doubt Black would have played that move in a tournament.

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  perfidious: If this was played in consultation, as stated in the header, I am curious who the partners of Lasker and Bogo were--perhaps some of the masters named in the comments to the link mentioned by <Pawn and Two>.

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