Chess PGN Game Match played William Steinitz vs Emanuel Lasker- in St Petersburg Four Masters, Open: QGD – Harrwitz attack

Chess PGN Game Match played William Steinitz vs Emanuel Lasker- in St Petersburg Four Masters, Open: QGD - Harrwitz attack


Match between William Steinitz and Emanuel Lasker

Event: St Petersburg Four Masters

Variation: QGD – Harrwitz attack

Eco code: D35

Pgn File:


[Event “St Petersburg Four Masters”]
[Site “St Petersburg”]
[Date “1895.12.19”]
[Round “2.1”]
[White “Steinitz, William”]
[Black “Lasker, Emanuel”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “D35”]
[Annotator “Rogozenco,D”]
[EventDate “1895.12.13”]
[PlyCount “78”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventRounds “18”]
[EventCountry “RUS”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceDate “2004.03.11”]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bf4 Be7 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 c5 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8.
cxd5 exd5 9. Nf3 Nc6 10. Bd3 (10. Be2 $142 d4 $140 11. Nxd4 Nxd4 12. exd4
Bxd4 13. O-O Be6 $11) 10… d4 $1 { The right move. Black has a slight lead
in development (white king is still on e1) and with the help of this
advance he opens the position. It also trades the isolated pawn in the best
possible way. } 11. exd4 (11. Na4 $2 Bb4+ $17) 11… Nxd4 12. O-O $2 { This
natural move is a mistake, as it allows Bg4 and Black gets the initiative.
} (12. Ne5 b6 13. O-O Bb7 $11) (12. h3 $2 Re8+ $17) 12… Bg4 13. Nb5 (13.
Be2 Nxe2+ 14. Qxe2 Re8 $17) 13… Bxf3 14. gxf3 Ne6 $17 15. Be5 Nh5 { [%csl
Rf4] } 16. Kh1 Qg5 17. Bg3 Rad8 18. Qc2 Qh6 19. Rcd1 Rc8 (19… Nhf4) 20.
Qb3 a6 21. Nc3 Nd4 { Lasker sacs a pawn in order to activate the rook and
increase the initiative. Quite an important moment, by the way. Here we see
that young Lasker was a very active player, who rightly appreciated in this
position how difficult for White would be to defend his weak king against
active black pieces. } (21… b5 $17) 22. Qxb7 Nxg3+ 23. fxg3 Rb8 24. Qxa6
Rb6 25. Qc4 Rxb2 26. h4 (26. Ne2 Ba7 $44) 26… Ba7 27. Be4 $2 (27. Na4 $1
{ Black’s most active piece is the rook on b2 and it was necessary to dirve
it away frim the 2nd rank. } 27… Rbb8 $44 (27… Rd2 28. Rxd2 Qxd2 29.
Nc3 { and Black achieves nothing. })) 27… Qd6 28. f4 (28. Na4 $2 Rb4 $19)
28… Qd7 29. Bg2 $2 (29. f5 $13 Qd6 $140 30. Qd3) 29… Qg4 $1 { [%csl
Rg3] } 30. Qd3 (30. Ne4 Nf5 31. Rd3 Qe2 $19) 30… Nf5 31. Ne4 Be3 $1 { The
most precise way. } (31… Ne3 { wins an exchange and leads to technically
winning position, but Lasker’s move is stronger, as there is no defence
against the direct attack. }) 32. Rf3 (32. Kh2 Nxg3 33. Nxg3 Qxh4#) 32…
Rxg2 $1 33. Kxg2 Nxh4+ 34. Kh2 Nxf3+ 35. Kg2 Nh4+ 36. Kh2 Nf5 37. Rb1 h5
38. Rb4 Ra8 39. a3 Rxa3 (39… Rxa3 40. Qxa3 Qe2+ 41. Kh1 Qf1+ 42. Kh2 Qg1+
43. Kh3 Qh1#) 0-1

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