Lasker vs Vidmar
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[Event "St.Petersburg"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Lasker"] [Black "Vidmar"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C62"] [Opening "Spanish: Old Steinitz, 4.d4 Bd7"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 {Black is playing the Steinitz variation of the Spanish Game. Although at one time very popular it is rarely seen today as Black's pieces lack activity.} 4. d4 Bd7 5. Nc3 exd4 6. Nxd4 g6 7. Be3 Bg7 8. Qd2 Nf6 9. f3 O-O 10. O-O-O a6 {A mistake as Black misses a tactical opportunity to capture at d4. 10...Nxd4 11.Bxd4 Nxe4 12.Nxe4 Bxb5 13.Bxg7 Kxg7 14.Qc3+ f6 15.Nc5 Qc8 stops the fork on e6 while protecting the b7 pawn. 16. Qb3 Bd7 17.Nxd7 Qxd7 18.Qxb7 with equal chances.} 11. Be2 b5 12. h4 { White's pieces prove to be better placed for the attack.} 12... Ne5 13. Bh6 Nc4 {13...c5 14.Bxg7 cxd4 15.Bxf6 dxc3 16.Qxd6 cxb2+ 17.Kb1 when White wins material due to the double attack on the Black queen.} 14. Bxc4 bxc4 15. h5 { White's kingside attack has progressed rapidly.} 15... c6 {This seriously weakens the d6-square. 15...Nxh5 16.Bxg7 Kxg7 17.g4 Nf6 18.Qh6+ Kg8 19.Nd5 Nxd5 20.Qxh7+} 16. Bxg7 Kxg7 17. hxg6 fxg6 {White has a solid pawn structure, but Black has a mess, with three pawn islands, doubled pawns and a hole at h6. 17...hxg6 Opening up the h-file would be punished by 18.Qh6+ Kg8 19.Qh8+ Mate.} 18. Nde2 Rf7 19. Qxd6 Qb6 20. Qd4 { Being a pawn up White welcomes the exchange of queens leading to a won endgame. } 20... c5 {Now there is a new hole at d5.} 21. Nd5 Qb7 { 21...cxd4 22.Nxb6 Ra7 23.Rxd4 Bb5 24.a4} 22. Qc3 Raf8 23. Nxf6 Rxf6 { The pressure on the a1-h8 diagonal is tremendous. And it just gets worse.} 24. Rd6 {Black resigned due to his material deficit and pinned rook on f6. After 24...Qc7 25.Rxf6 Rxf6 26.Rxh7+ Kxh7 27.Qxf6 White should win easily.} 1-0
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Players
WhiteLasker
BlackVidmar
Game
Moves24
OpeningC62 — Spanish: Old Steinitz, 4.d4 Bd7
Result1-0
Date
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Tournament
TournamentSt.Petersburg
Location?
Round0