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Basil Heastie vs Emanuel Lasker
"Basil Faulty" (game of the day Jul-18-2020)
Simul, 18b (1908) (exhibition), Stafford ENG, Mar-18
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  0-1



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  MissScarlett: Game #831 in <Whyld (1998)>. What's wrong with this one?

The score there has transpositions in the shape of <8.Be3 Bb6 9.Bc4 0-0> and <29.Qe2 Rd8 30.Rad1 a6>, based on the <Birmingham Daily Post> of March 24th.

Although the <Post> published first, I'm inclined to the version in the <Staffordshire Sentinel> because it's closer to home, so to speak. After 33.Rd1 we're told Heastie offered a draw and upon 38.c4: <Why Mr. Heastie made this move he himself does not know, but it speedily lost him the game.>

Jul-18-20  thegoodanarchist: Basil was faulty, as were his towers (rooks).

One tower is en pris in the final position, and black doesn't even want it.

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  offramp: I woke up this morning and I heard a disquieting sound. It was the sound of a kettle failing to work.

In vain did I thrash the brute, and it made me think of Mr Fawlty's contretemps with his recalcitrant Morris Minor.

And by coincidence here is another Basil being faulty. He and his brother were known as <the Heastie Boys>.

Lasker was too clever for him. Lasker essentially pwned Heastie.

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  al wazir: White should never have played 38. b4. What was he thinking?

After 40. Rxe3 dxe3 41. Qe2 Qh4 it would still have been a game, but black has all the chances. If 42. Rxd7, then Qg3+ 43. Kf1 Qxh3+ 44. Ke1/Kg1 Qxd7.

Before that he was an exchange ahead and at least even in position. Against Lasker.

Pretty good for a simul.

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  NM JRousselle: The protected passed knight on e3 was a killer!
Jul-18-20  jith1207: That sounds like the early 20th Century version of <The Onion> article.
Jul-18-20  Atking: For the pun, "Basic Hasty" isn't bad too.
Jul-18-20  Brenin: Emanuel's Spanish Game fared better against this Basil than Spanish Manuel did against his Basil.
Jul-18-20  7he5haman: <18...Rxf3> is the sort of sacrifice I love to play in Blitz as Black.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Dear Editor,

This one is GOTD but the same game B Heastie vs Lasker, 1908 is not GOTD.

Yours, Totally Confused, Mrs Pedantic, Tunbridge Wells.


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Yes 38.b4 giving the Knight the c4 square and then e3 did him in.

Possibly by then Lasker had knocked over most of the opposition and was suddenly coming around a lot quicker. It looks like a knee jerk, 'quick, must move - move a pawn' mistake.


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  MissScarlett: Correction already submitted. Let's just hope they delete the right one.

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