Bird vs Lasker
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[Event "Liverpool"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Bird"] [Black "Lasker"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A03"] [Opening "Bird: Lasker Variation"] 1. f4 d5 2. e3 g6 3. Nf3 Bg7 4. c3 Nf6 5. d4 O-O 6. Bd3 b6 7. b4 {This wastes time and weakens White's queenside. White should simply castle and get on with his development.} 7... Bb7 8. O-O Nbd7 9. a4 { White hopes to gain space on the queenside, but only exposes himself there.} 9... Rc8 {A dual purpose move-Black prepares a retreat for his bishop in case of a4-a5- a6 and prepares to take the initiative with ...c5, when White's self inflicted weaknesses on the c-file will be exposed.} 10. a5 c5 11. axb6 axb6 12. Ra7 Bc6 {Before retreating to a8, Black provokes White to push his b-pawn, which will take the b5 square away from White's bishop or knight.} 13. b5 Ba8 14. Ne5 Rc7 15. Ra2 e6 {Black prevents f5 and defends f7 with his queen rook.} 16. Nd2 Qb8 {Preparing to take over the a-file. White should probably prevent this by 17 Qa4, though his position is already awkward.} 17. Ndf3 Ra7 18. Rxa7 Qxa7 19. Bb2 c4 {Cutting off the defense of the b5 pawn.} 20. Bc2 Qa5 21. Qa1 Nxe5 22. Qxa5 Nxf3+ {White didn't notice that this was a check.} 0-1
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WhiteBird
BlackLasker
Game
Moves22
OpeningA03 — Bird: Lasker Variation
Result0-1
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TournamentLiverpool
Location?
Round0