Bird vs Lasker
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[Event "Hastings"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Bird"] [Black "Lasker"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A02"] [Opening "Bird: From Gambit, 3...Bxd6"] 1. f4 e5 2. fxe5 d6 3. exd6 Bxd6 {The From Gambit in which Black sacrifices a pawn for quick development and weakens White's kingside in the process.} 4. g3 {4.Nc3 would allow Black to take advantage of White's weakened kingside.} 4... f5 {4...h5 With the idea of pawn h4 is also good for Black.} 5. d3 Nf6 6. c3 Nc6 {Black has a tremendous lead in development for his sacrificed pawn.} 7. Bg2 Ne5 8. Nd2 Qe7 9. Nf1 Bd7 10. Bf4 {10.Bxb7 Rb8 would allow Black to further increase his development advantage. However, this may of been White's best chance.} 10... O-O 11. Bxe5 Bxe5 12. Qc2 { 12.Bxb7 Rab8 13.Bg2 Rxb2 Gives Black winning initiative.} 12... Kh8 13. Bf3 { 13.O-O-O Getting the king to safety was better.} 13... Rab8 {Black prepares to attack on the queenside with pawn b5 in the event White decides to castle.} 14. Qd2 Rfe8 15. h3 Qd6 {Black has a winning position thanks to his big lead in development. While his last move forces the White king to the defense of his g-pawn.} 16. Kf2 c5 17. e3 Bb5 18. Rd1 Rbd8 19. c4 Bc6 20. Qe2 b5 21. b3 { 21.cxb5 Bxb5 when White would be unable to defend his d-pawn.} 21... bxc4 22. bxc4 Ba4 23. Rb1 Rb8 {A very strong move Black challenges the only active White piece. 23...Qxd3 would regain the pawn but loses some of Black's initiative after 24.Qxd3 Rxd3 25.Ne2} 24. Nd2 {White lends protection to his rook but at the expense of his g-pawn. 24.Rxb8 Rxb8 would leave Black with a winning initiative thanks to White's undeveloped kingside.} 24... Bxg3+ 25. Kg2 Bh4 26. Rh2 Bc2 27. Rxb8 Rxb8 28. d4 cxd4 29. exd4 Re8 30. Qf1 Re1 { White could resign here seeing that his queen is trapped.} 31. c5 Qxd4 32. Qxe1 Bxe1 33. Nb3 Bxb3 34. axb3 Qxc5 {White resigned.} 0-1
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Players
WhiteBird
BlackLasker
Game
Moves34
OpeningA02 — Bird: From Gambit, 3...Bxd6
Result0-1
Date
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Tournament
TournamentHastings
Location?
Round0