GAME 14

Forgacs - Lasker

St Petersburg 1909


Ruy Lopez

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 d6 4.d4 Bd7 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.dxe5

The d-file being opened by this exchange, the game takes altogether an open character.

6...dxe5 7.Bg5 Bb4 8.O-O Bxc3 9.bxc3 h6 10.Bh4 Qe7


White:Yates; Black:Marshall

If 10...g5 11.Bg3 Nxe4 12.Nxe5 and neither with 12...Nxe5 ( nor 12...Nxg3 13.Bxc6 Bxc6 14.fxg3) 13.Bxe5 would Black then have a satisfactory position.

11.Qd3 a6 12.Ba4 Rd8 13.Qe3 g5 14.Bg3 b5 15.Bb3 Nh5 16.Ne1 Na5 17.Nd3 Nf4 18.f3 Rg8

 If here 18...Nxd3 19.cxd3 c5 then 20.d4 and after the exchange of the pawns Black's King would be exposed.

19.Rfd1 Rg6 20.Bf2 Bc8 21.Qe1 Nxd3

 Trying to avoid Bc5. After 21...Nb7 White might well have have played 22.a4

22.cxd3 Nxb3 23.axb3 c5 24.b4 cxb4 25.cxb4 g4 26.Bc5 Qg5 27.fxg4 Qxg4 28.Ra2 Be6 29.Rf2 Bc4 30.Qf1 Bb3 31.Ra1 Qd732.Rf3 Qc6 33.Qf2 Rd7

 The Bishop at b3 was in danger, therefore 33...Be6 was indicated. But, in this case, White would obtain a decisive attack by 34.Rf1 followed by 35.Rf6.

34.Qb2 Qe6 35.d4 exd4 36.Qxb3 Qxe4 37.Qd3 Qd5 38.Qxg6

0 - 1

2h. 19 - 2h. 30

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