Spielmann - Lasker

St Petersburg 1909

Vienna Game

1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nf6 3.f4 d5 4.d3 exf4 The simplest.5.Bxf4 (5.e5 can be met by 5...d4) 5...Bb4 6.exd5 Nxd5 7.Bd2 Bxc3 8.bxc3 O-O 9.Nf3 Re8+ 10.Be2 Qe7 11.c4 Nf6 12.Bg5 Nc6 13.Bxf6 Qxf6 14.O-O Bg4 ( Here 14...Qh6 would have been much stronger. If 15.Rf2 Bg4 16.Bf1 Re3 and White cannot free himself from the pressure. ) 15.Qd2 Nd4 16.Rae1 Bxf3

White: Spielmann Black: Lasker
( If 16...Rxe2 17.Rxe2 Bxf3 ( if 17...Nxf3+ 18.gxf3 Bxf3 then 19.Rg2 Qb6+ 20.c5 Qxc5+ 21.d4 or 21.Qf2 and White has the Exchange for two pawns. ) 18.Ref2 Qb6 19.c3 Ne2+ 20.Kh1 and Black is in difficulties. ) 17.Bxf3 Rxe1 18.Qxe1 Nxc2 19.Qf2 Nd4 ( Useless would be 19...Nb4 20.Bxb7 Qxf2+ 21.Rxf2 Rd8 22.Be4) 20.Bxb7 Qxf2+ 21.Kxf2 ( Far better than 21.Rxf2 Rb8 22.Bd5? Rb1+ 23.Rf1 Ne2+ 24.Kf2 Rxf1+ 25.Kxf1 Nc3 and wins the a-pawn as White cannot afford to let the Bishop be taken. ) 21...Rb8 ( Better 21...Re8 at once. ) 22.Bd5 Re8 23.Bf3 ( White should take possession of the b-file with the Rook by 23.Rb1 for then Black would achieve nothing by 23...Re2+

White: Spielmann Black: Lasker

( but would have to be satisfied with a draw with 23...c6 24.Bf3 Kf8 25.Rb7 Re7 26.Rb8+ etc. ) 24.Kf1 as both 25.Rb7 and 25. Rb8+ would be threatened. ) 23...Re6 24.Rb1 Rb6 25.Rxb6 axb6 26.c5 An ingenious idea, which secure the draw. 26...Kf8 ( If Black takes 26...bxc5 White plays 27.a4 and Black's pawn plus would then signify nothing, as the Knight cannot capture the Bishop. ) 27.cxb6 cxb6 28.Bd5 Ke7 29.Ke3 Ne6 30.d4 f5 31.h4 g6 32.Bf3 h6 33.Bd5 g5 34.hxg5 hxg5 35.Bc4 Kf6 36.Bb3 Nf4 37.Kf3 Ng6 38.g3 Adjourned. 38...Ne7 39.Bc4 Nc6 40.Ke3 Nb4 41.Bb3 Ke7 42.Kf3 Nc6 43.Ke3 Kd6 44.Bc2 Ne7 45.Bb3 Nd5+ 46.Kf3 Nc3 47.Ke3 b5 48.Kf3 b4 49.Ke3 Ke7 50.Kf3 Kf6 51.Ke3 g4 52.d5 By this diversion White saves himself 52...Ke5 53.d6 f4+ 54.gxf4+ Kxd6 55.f5 Ke5 56.f6

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3h. 46 - 3h. 54

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