Illyin-Zhenevsky vs Lasker
[Event "Moscow"] [Site "?"] [Round "0"] [White "Illyin-Zhenevsky"] [Black "Lasker"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "B23"] [Opening "Sicilian: Closed"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nc3 e6 3. Nf3 d6 4. g3 Nf6 5. Bg2 Be7 6. O-O O-O 7. b3 Nc6 8. Bb2 Bd7 9. d4 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Qa5 11. Qd2 Rac8 12. Rad1 Kh8 13. Nce2 Qxa2 $6 { After what we have been saying in the last few examples about greed for material, comment on this move seem superflous, especially as it leads to the loss of the Black Queen in a few move. Appearance can be deceptive. Lasker is not just grabbing a pawn. Anyone who really knows his play will realize that Lasker is choosing this line of of play purposely. Better than any other player Lasker understood human nature. After this move Black's position is very sound. White's material advantage certainly gives him the better chances, but against this must be weighed the fact that the Queen sacrifice will upset White's equilibrium. He is sure to think that Lasker has made a bad blunder, and so will feel bound to play for awin} (13... Qc7 14. c4 $16) (13... Qxd2 { White has the better ending}) 14. Ra1 Qxb2 15. Rfb1 Qxb1+ 16. Rxb1 Rfd8 17. c4 Ne8 18. f4 {In the tournament book Bogolyubov condemns this move as a weakening of the Kingside, and recommends 18. Nxc6} (18. Nxc6 {Bogolyubov}) 18... a6 19. Kh1 Nc7 20. Qe3 Rb8 21. Rd1 Nb4 {Black's last few moves appeared to be preparing for the advance ... Pb5, but Lasker suddently changes his plan and decides to exploit the strategic point at b4} 22. Qc3 a5 23. Ra1 { The Rook has no business here, as Bogolyubov correctly comments} 23... b6 24. Qe3 $2 {A blunder which loses the exchange} 24... e5 $1 25. Nf5 Bxf5 26. exf5 Nc2 27. Qc3 Nxa1 28. Qxa1 Bf6 29. Qg1 d5 $1 { Thus Black assumes the initiative in the centre} 30. cxd5 Nxd5 31. fxe5 Bxe5 32. g4 f6 33. h4 b5 { Now Black's extra pawn on the Queenside bring a quick decision} 34. Nd4 Ne3 $1 {Forcing a winning liquidation: the White Knight can't move because of ... Rd1} 35. Qxe3 Rxd4 36. Bf3 a4 37. h5 a3 38. Qe2 Rbd8 0-1
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OpeningB23 — Sicilian: Closed