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Leon L Labatt vs Emanuel Lasker
Casual game (1907), New Orleans, LA USA, Jun-20
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Compromised Defense Main Line (C52)  ·  1-0



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Sep-09-07  paladin at large: Judge Labatt of New Orleans was quite a player. In Capablanca's fifth tour of the United States in 1915 he lost only two simul games - one to Labatt. (440+ 2- 16=) Capa beat him in a simul three days after losing.
Jun-03-10  whiteshark: Hmmm, Lasker's pieces never crossed the 'fifth' rank. Maybe it's only an unhappy coincidence that it's mentioned here...
Feb-11-11  Karpova: This was an individual game, not part of a simul.

See page 105 of 'Lasker's Chess Magazine', July 1907:

<The following sparkling and spirited party was one of the individual games that occurred at the Chess, Checkers and Whist Club during the recent visit of the chess champion of the world. The party in question was played on Thursday, June 13 last, and was one of three individual games contested that afternoon by Dr. Lasker. While very brief, the battle was both sharp and decisive and Judge Labatt is, indeed, to be warmly congratulated upon the outcome.>

Quoted in Chess Note 6942.

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  MissScarlett: <The party in question was played on Thursday, June 13 last>

Unlikely, given that Lasker was in Topeka, KS, that day. Whyld (1998), using the same source (although he (incorrectly, I think) gives the magazine number as June 1907, not July) realised this and corrected the date to June 20, the following Thursday.

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  Phony Benoni: "American Ches Bulletin" 9May / June 1928, p. 95),, in an obituary of Labatt, quotes the passage form "Lasker's Chess Magazine" but attributes it to the "Times Democrat" of 1907, presumably the "New Orleans Time Democrat".

I have not found this source. However, a similar article in the "St. Louis Globe Democrat" (July 7, 1907, p. 50) publishes the game and dates it as June 20.

Obviously a topic for the next Democratic debate.

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  MissScarlett: In my experience, the <Times-Democrat> is one of those papers where automated searching has proven less than ideal.

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