Play Like A (Former) World Champion Round 2

Posted: 15/10/2013 by Ian in Club News

Lasker_SteinitzThe second game of the night was the seventh game from Lasker vs Steinitz 1894 New York / Philadelphia / Montreal

In 1894, defending champion Wilhelm Steinitz was challenged by a fresh 25 year old talent from Prussia by the name of Emanuel Lasker.  After the necessary negotations, the following conditions were agreed upon: The winner of the match was to be the first to win 10 games, draws not counting. The time control was 15 moves per hour. The stakes were $2,000 per side. The match was to be played in New York, Philadelphia and Montreal, in that order.  The match began in New York on March 15, 1894, and was fairly even with two victories to each player in the first six games. However, Lasker then won five consecutive games in Philadelphia. IM Jack Peters attributed this success to Lasker’s ability to convert queenless middlegames into advantageous endings:  Lasker had noticed signs of uncertainty in Steinitz’ handling of “simplified” middlegames, without Queens. Recognizing the champion’s superiority in managing a full army of pieces, Lasker deliberately sought early Queen exchanges. This strategy certainly worked in Philadelphia.  Steinitz was tenacious and managed to respond with back-to-back victories in the 13th game and the 14th game in Montreal, but the score was still heavily in Lasker’s favor, 7 to 4.  On the 19th game, Lasker achieved his 10th win, thereby becoming the 2nd World Chess Champion. It was no great surprise that Steinitz, then 58 years old, was unable to defend against the rising tide of players who had spent years studying his ideas. As Siegbert Tarrasch said,

In my opinion the match with Steinitz does not have the great importance that they themselves attribute to it. For Steinitz has grown old, and the old Steinitz is no longer the Steinitz of old.

Although Lasker was widely respected, few people at the time suspected the impact that he would have on chess during the decades to come, for he was no ordinary challenger–this victory marked the beginning of a reign which was to last 27 years.

The complete game listing, and the crosstable so far is here>

Emanuel Lasker vs Wilhelm Steinitz. Lasker-Steinitz World Championship (1894) • Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense (C62) • 1-0 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 d6 4. d4 Bd7 5. Nc3 Nge7 6. Be3 Ng6 7. Qd2 Be7 8. O-O-O a6 9. Be2 exd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Qxd4 Bf6 12. Qd2 Bc6 13. Nd5 O-O 14. g4 Re8 15. g5 Bxd5 16. Qxd5 Re5 17. Qd2 Bxg5 18. f4 Rxe4 19. fxg5 Qe7 20. Rdf1 Rxe3 21. Bc4 Nh8 22. h4 c6 23. g6 d5 24. gxh7+ Kxh7 25. Bd3+ Kg8 26. h5 Re8 27. h6 g6 28. h7+ Kg7 29. Kb1 Qe5 30. a3 c5 31. Qf2 c4 32. Qh4 f6 33. Bf5 Kf7 34. Rhg1 gxf5 35. Qh5+ Ke7 36. Rg8 Kd6 37. Rxf5 Qe6 38. Rxe8 Qxe8 39. Rxf6+ Kc5 40. Qh6 Re7 41. Qh2 Qd7 42. Qg1+ d4 43. Qg5+ Qd5 44. Rf5 Qxf5 45. Qxf5+ Kd6 46. Qf6+

1 Eddie  Tan 2.0 +B10 +W9
2 Murray  Tuatini 2.0 +B15 +W7
3 Michael  Freeman 2.0 +B14 +W6
4 Daniel  Davis 2.0 +B17 +W8
5 William  Lynn 2.0 +B16 +W14
6 Adam  Hasan-Stein 1.0 +W11 -B3
7 Gary  Judkins 1.0 +W13 -B2
8 Matt  Crombie 1.0 +W12 -B4
9 Stefan  Wagner 1.0 +W18 -B1
10 Richard  Jackson 1.0 -W1 +B18
11 Joel  Crombie 1.0 -B6 +W15
12 Brandon  Cuellar 1.0 -B8 +W17
13 Sivoram  Manoharan 1.0 -B7 +W16
14 Darius  Hasan-Stein 0.0 -W3 -B5
15 Elijah  Dewit 0.0 -W2 -B11
16 Ian  Kennedy 0.0 -W5 -B13
17 Mike  Absolam 0.0 -W4 -B12
18 Graham  Nolan 0.0 -B9 -W10

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