Lasker vs Salwe
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[Event "St Petersburg"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Lasker"] [Black "Salwe"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C62"] [Opening "Spanish: Old Steinitz, 4.d4 Bd7"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. d4 Bd7 5. Nc3 Nf6 6. O-O Be7 7. Bg5 exd4 8. Nxd4 O-O 9. Bxc6 bxc6 10. Qd3 Re8 11. Rae1 c5 12. Nb3 Ng4 13. Bxe7 Rxe7 14. f4 Rb8 15. h3 Nh6 16. f5 (16. g4 {Lasker recommended this afterwards. The move played has in any case the disadvantage of giving Black free use of e5 and g5}) 16... f6 17. Nd5 Re8 18. c4 Nf7 19. Qc3 Re5 20. Nd2 c6 21. Nf4 Qb6 22. b3 Rbe8 23. Qg3 Kh8 24. Nh5 Rg8 25. Rf4 Qd8 26. Nf3 Re7 {The weakness of Black's d-pawn is balanced by the weakness of the White e-pawn, so that White's only real advantage is some spatial superiority. The attack on the enemy King soon comes to a full stop} 27. Rh4 (27. Rg4 Qf8 {adequate defence}) 27... Qe8 28. Qf2 {Now a typical phase of tacking begins.} (28. Nf4 Nh6 {gets nowhere}) 28... Rf8 29. Qd2 {Not quite as innocent as it looks} 29... Qb8 30. Kh1 Rfe8 31. Rg4 Rg8 {The best defence} (31... Nh6 32. Nxf6 (32. Rxg7 $1 Rxg7 33. Qxh6 Rf7 34. Nxf6 Ref8 35. Ng5 $18) 32... Nxg4 33. Nxe8) 32. Rd1 { Strengthening the pressure against the d-pawn} 32... Qb4 {Searching for counterplay. It appears from the sequel, however, that the Queen would have done better to stay at home} (32... Qe8) 33. Qf2 Qc3 34. Qh4 Nh6 35. Rf4 Nf7 36. Kh2 Rge8 37. Qg3 Rg8 { The Queen is out of play and cannot defend the critical d6} 38. Rh4 $1 (38. Rg4 Nh6 39. Rh4 d5 40. cxd5 cxd5 41. Rxd5 Bc6 { counterattack based on White's weak e-pawn}) 38... g5 (38... d5 39. cxd5 cxd5 40. Nf4) 39. fxg6 (39. Rg4 Be8) 39... Rxg6 40. Qf2 f5 (40... -- 41. Rf4 { the f-pawn comes under heavy pressure}) 41. Nf4 Rf6 42. Ne2 Qb2 43. Rd2 Qa1 44. Ng3 Kg8 (44... -- 45. exf5 Bxf5 46. Nxf5 Rxf5 47. Rxh7+ $1 Kxh7 48. Qh4+ Kg7 49. Qxe7) 45. exf5 Bxf5 46. Nd4 $1 (46. Nxf5 Rxf5 47. Rxh7 Rxf3 $1 $132 (47... Qf6)) 46... cxd4 47. Nxf5 Kf8 48. Qxd4 Qxd4 49. Nxd4 Ne5 50. Rh5 Ref7 51. c5 { Lasker plays the ending with great skill. this move leads to a four Rook ending, and such endings routinely allow many drawing chances; lasker has seen, however, that in the present case his advantage will quickly provedecisive} 51... dxc5 52. Rxe5 cxd4 53. Rxd4 Rf2 54. Rd8+ Kg7 55. Ra5 Rc2 56. a3 $1 { In order to avoid losing the a-pawn after R7f2} (56. -- Rff2) 56... c5 57. Rc8 Rb2 58. Rb5 Rff2 59. Rb7+ Kg6 60. Rc6+ Rf6 61. Rxc5 Ra6 62. a4 $1 Rf6 (62... Rxa4 63. Rc6+ Kf5 64. Rb5+ Ke4 65. bxa4 $1) 63. Rc3 a6 64. Rg3+ Kh6 65. Rgg7 1-0
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Players
WhiteLasker
BlackSalwe
Game
Moves65
OpeningC62 — Spanish: Old Steinitz, 4.d4 Bd7
Result1-0
Date
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Tournament
TournamentSt Petersburg
Location?
Round0