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Lasker, Emanuel - Albin, Adolf, New York (E.V) (12), ? - D08 [1893] 1-0
Annotator: Reinfeld & Fine
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5 The present game seems to have been the earliest occasion on which this opening appeared in master play. 3.dxe5 d4 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.a3 Not bad, but White could play Nc1-d2 at once, followed by the fianchetto of the KB with a definitely superior game. 5... Bg4 6.h3 Bxf3 7.gxf3 Nxe5 8.f4 Nc6 (8...Nxc4 9.Qa4+) (8...Ng6 was preferable. ) 9.Bg2 Qd7 10.b4 a6 If at once (10...Rd8 11.b5 Na5 12.Qa4 b6 13.Bd2) 11.Bb2 Rd8 12.Nd2 Nge7 13.Nb3 Nf5 After (13...Ng6 14.b5 would tempting, say (14.Qd2 Bd6 (14...Qf5 15.Bxc6+ bxc6 16.Nxd4) 15.Nxd4 Bxf4 16.e3) Nxf4 but (14...axb5 15.cxb5 Na7 (15...Nxf4 16.Bf3 Ne5 17.Nxd4 Nxf3+ 18.exf3 Bc5) 16.Qxd4 Qxb5 17.Qxa7 Qxb3 18.Qxb7 Qxb7 19.Bxb7 Nxf4 20.Bc6+ Ke7 21.Bb5 Ne6 22.e3 and White should win. ) 15.bxc6 Nxg2+ 16.Kf1 Qxc6 17.Nxd4 Ne3+ and wins ) 14.Qd3 Safe and sound. (14.b5 axb5 15.cxb5 Na7 16.Bxb7 Nxb5 would have led to nothing definite. ) Be7 15.Be4 Nd6 The weakness of Black's QP has prevented him from obtaining a natural development. The result is that his position is already lost. If he tries (15...g6 16.Bxf5 gxf5 17.b5 axb5 18.cxb5 Na7 19.Qxd4 Qxd4 20.Bxd4 and wins. ) 16.Nc5 Qc8 17.Bf3 Lasker is in no hurry. (17.Nxa6 would have won a pawn, but after 17... Nxe4 18.Qxe4 O-O 19.b5 Rfe8 Black's splendid development would be adequate compensation. ) O-O 18.Rg1 Again (18.Nxa6 would not have been wholly convincing, for black could reply 18... Ne8 19.b5 Bd6 with counter-chances. ) Ne8 19.Nb3 Qd7 (19...Qxh3 20.Rh1) 20.O-O-O Qd6 21.Kb1 Qxf4 22.Rg4 Qh6 23.Bxc6 bxc6 (23...Qxc6 24.Nxd4 would be no better. ) 24.Rxd4 Rd6 25.c5 Re6 26.Qxa6 Qxh3 27.R4d3 Qg2 28.Nd4 Rf6 A blunder which loses quickly. But even after (28...Rg6 29.Rf3 Black's position would have been hopeless. ) 29.Re3 Bd8 30.Nc2 Rxf2 31.Rxd8 and Black resigns. An unorthodox conclusion to an unorthodox game. From "Lasker's Greatest Chess Games 1889-1914" Dover Publications - New York 1965