Chess PGN Game Match played Emanuel Lasker vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury- in St Petersburg Four Masters, Open: Petrov – Cozio (Lasker) attack

Chess PGN Game Match played Emanuel Lasker vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury- in St Petersburg Four Masters, Open: Petrov - Cozio (Lasker) attack


Match between Emanuel Lasker and Harry Nelson Pillsbury

Event: St Petersburg Four Masters

Variation: Petrov – Cozio (Lasker) attack

Eco code: C42

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[Event “St Petersburg Four Masters”]
[Site “St Petersburg”]
[Date “1895.12.30”]
[Round “3.2”]
[White “Lasker, Emanuel”]
[Black “Pillsbury, Harry Nelson”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “C42”]
[Annotator “Rogozenco,D”]
[EventDate “1895.12.13”]
[PlyCount “62”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventRounds “18”]
[EventCountry “RUS”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceDate “2004.03.11”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nxe5 d6 4. Nf3 Nxe4 5. Qe2 { Having reached an worse
position in their first round game, Lasker decided to play quietly this
time and tries to outplay his young opponent without taking risks. Played
for the first time by Morphy (only once though), the move 5.Qe2 gained some
popularity thanks to Lasker and later Capablanka played it as well.
Nowardays Black found clear ways to hold equality in the arising positions.
} 5… Qe7 6. d3 Nf6 7. Bg5 Nc6 $5 { Black has some other good ways of
solving the opening problems, but this knight move is playable as well.
Lasker was not able to find an advantage in this game and also in the
future practice White failed to do so. } (7… Be6 8. Nc3 Nbd7 (8… h6 9.
Bxf6 Qxf6 10. d4 $14 { 1-0 Morphy, P-Loewenthal,J/New Orleans 1850 (55) })
9. O-O-O h6 10. Bh4 g5 11. Bg3 Nh5 12. d4 Nxg3 13. hxg3 g4 14. Nh4 d5 15.
Qb5 $1 $36 { 1-0 Lasker,E-Marshall,F/St Petersburg 1914 (29) }) (7… Qxe2+
8. Bxe2 Be7 9. Nc3 Bd7 (9… c6 { is the most precise way according to the
theory, with full equality. }) 10. O-O-O Nc6 11. Rhe1 O-O 12. d4 Ng4 13.
Bxe7 Nxe7 14. Bb5 Bxb5 15. Rxe7 Ba6 16. Rxc7 Nxf2 17. Re1 Rfe8 18. Ree7
Rxe7 19. Rxe7 $16 { 1-0 Lasker,E-Teichmann,R/Cambridge 1904 (38) }) 8. Nc3
{ It is amazing that Lasker keeps the pawn structure and does not take on
f6, thus avoiding opening of the g-file and all the resulting
complications. After losing first two games against Pillsbury, one could
expect the World Champion to complicate things and go for revenge in their
present game from the third round. However, Lasker decided not to take
major risks in this game. } (8. Bxf6 { The most ambitious move. White
breaks the opponent’s pawn structure, but gives up the bishop’s pair. The
arising position is balanced, with chances for both sides. } 8… gxf6 9.
Nc3 $5 (9. Qxe7+ Bxe7 10. Nc3 Bg4 11. Be2 O-O-O $11) 9… Bg4 $140 $6 10.
Nd5 Qxe2+ 11. Bxe2 O-O-O 12. Nxf6 { and Black has no sufficient
compensation for the pawn. }) 8… Be6 9. O-O-O (9. d4 d5 10. Ne5 $2 Nxd4)
(9. Ne4 O-O-O) 9… O-O-O 10. d4 d5 11. Ne5 Qe8 $1 12. Qf3 Be7 ( { It is
Pillsbury’s turn to avoid complications: } 12… Nxe5 13. dxe5 Bg4 14. Qg3
Bxd1 15. exf6 gxf6 16. Bf4 (16. Bxf6 Rg8 $1) 16… Bxc2 $1 (16… Bh5 $2
17. Qh3+ Kb8 18. Qxh5 Qe1+ 19. Nd1 $16) 17. Kxc2 $14 { /~~. }) 13. Bb5 {
Lasker makes all the logical moves but still Black has possibilities to
hold – his position is very solid and Black has some tactical ideas as
well. } 13… Nxe5 (13… Nd7 14. Bxe7 Ncxe5 15. dxe5 Qxe7 $11) 14. dxe5
Nd7 15. Bxd7+ (15. Bxe7 Qxe7 $11) 15… Qxd7 16. Bxe7 Qxe7 17. Nxd5 Qc5 18.
Nc3 Qxe5 19. Rde1 Qa5 { Again versus Pilssbury Lasker ended up in a
slightly inferiour position. This time the position is almost equal
(similar pawn structure) and Lasker simply forces a draw by exchanging
everything: } 20. a3 Rd4 21. Qe3 Rhd8 22. Rd1 Qb6 23. Rxd4 Qxd4 24. Qxd4
Rxd4 25. Rd1 Rxd1+ 26. Kxd1 Kd7 27. Kd2 a6 28. Ke3 Bf5 29. Ne4 Bxe4 30.
Kxe4 Ke6 31. f4 f5+ 1/2-1/2

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