Ed Lasker - G.A. Thomas
London, 1912.









Edward Lasker (2550) - Sir George A. Thomas, (2400) 
[A83]
;   
London, 1912

[A.J. Goldsby I]


Chernev writes: 
"An explosive Queen sacrifice, a forced march by the King, and then a checkmate from away over in left field -- that's winning it in the grand manner!"

One of the prettiest short games in all of the whole realm of chess. 


1. d4 f5;   2. e4
This is the so-called Staunton Gambit.

[Two book lines are: 2.g3 Nf6; 3.Bg2 g6; 4.Nf3 Bg7; 5.0-0 0-0; 6.c4 d6; 7.Nc3 Qe8
8.d5
Na6; 9.Rb1+/=
Or White can play: 2.c4 e6; 3.g3 Nf6; 4.Bg2 Be7; 5.Nf3 0-0; 6.0-0 d6; 7.Nc3 Qe8
8.b3
a59.Bb2 Na6; 10.e3+/=]

2...fxe43. Nc3 Nf6; 4. Bg5

A good move, but not the only one White can play here.

[White can also play: 4.f3 d5 ; (4...exf3 5.Nxf3, [comp]) 5.fxe4 dxe46.Bg5 Nc6;
7.Bb5
Qd6; 8.Qd2 a6; 9.Bxc6+ Qxc6; 10.Nge2 Bg4; 11.h3 Bh5; 12.d5 Qd6;  
13.Nf4
Bf7; 14.0-0-0, and White has some compensation for the material he invested.]

4...e65. Nxe4 Be7; 6. Bxf6!

White gives up his Bishop, rather than lose time.

[Or 6.Nxf6+ Bxf6; 7.Be3 0-0= ]

6...Bxf6; 7. Nf3 b6

I am not sure about this ... but Black seeks to develop his QB somehow.

8. Ne5 0-09. Bd3!?
,  
Interesting, but it may allow a counterstroke by Black. 
[The best for White may be: 9.Nxf6+ Qxf6 10.Qf3 Qxf3 ; 11.Nxf3= ]

9...Bb7!?

Calmly continuing with his development, with no idea with what 
is in store for him. 

[ Black's best move may be: 9...Bxe5! ]

10. Qh5 Qe7!?
; ('?!') 
A seemingly logical move, counting on a lateral protection of his h-Pawn 
by the Queen. 

[The best for Black was: 10...Bxe5!; 11.Qxe5, (11.dxe5 Rf5; "/+")  
11...Nc6
; 12.Qh5 Rf5; 13.Qg4 Nxd4; 14.0-0-0, {comp. for White}

Now comes one of the prettiest (and most shocking) Queen sacrifices in all of chess. 
Then it was followed by one of the nicest King pursuits in all of chess literature.

11. Qxh7+!! Kxh712. Nxf6+ Kh6

This appears forced.

[12...Kh8? 13.Ng6# ] .

13. Neg4+!?
,  
This is very logical, cutting off the h5-square.

[White actually missed a quicker mate with: 13.Nfg4+! Kh5
(13...Kg5?!; 14.h4+ Kf4;
   or 14...Kh5; 15.Bg6#   15.g3#) 
14.Bg6+
Kg5; 15.h4+ Kf4; 16.g3# ] .

13...Kg514. h4+ Kf4

15. g3+ Kf316. Be2+ Kg2;

17. Rh2+ Kg118. Kd2#
,   1-0 

A beautiful mate, accomplished by driving the King all the way to the other side of the board.

Perhaps this game does not stand up to modern analysis, but few games do. It is still one of the prettiest games in the whole of chess praxis. 

Chernev writes: "Beginning with the Queen sacrifice, every one of White's seven pieces assisted in the mate." 

I saw this mate when I was just a lad, (somewhere in between 10-13); and it made a tremendous impression on me ... and I never forgot it. - Life Master A.J. Goldsby I. 
[Just as artistic would have been: 18.0-0-0# ]

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