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Emanuel Lasker

(1868-1941)
2nd World Chess Champion
Lasker's
Combination

The Tactician's Handbook

Vol. 4
Copyright 1998 by Victor Charushin

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Lasker's Combination

Author: Victor Charushin


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Contents

Foreword 7
S ymbols 8

Introduction
50 Years Ago 9
Birth of a Combination 1 889
- 10
The Theory of Lasker's Combination 11
Basic Truths of Lasker's Combination 14
An Historical Mistake 15

Part One
A Grand Procession:
from Emanuel Lasker to Garry Kasparov 20
Classification of Lasker's Combination 35

Part Two
Canonical Combinations 37
Shortened Combinations 64
Lengthened Combinations 67
Complex Combinations 75
Reversed Combinations 78
Variations on Lasker's Combination
Destroyers: Bishop & pawn 80
Destroyers: Bishop & Knight 80
Destroyers: Two Knights 83
Destroyers: Bishop & Rook 84
, Destroyers: Bishop & Queen 87
Destroyers: Rook & Queen 88
Destroyers: Bishop(h7) & Bishop(f6) 88
Contents

Part Three
Canonical Combinations 90
Shortened Combinations 97
Lengthened Combinations 97
Reversed Combinations 101
Variations on Lasker's Combination 101
Postscript 103

Index of Players 105


Foreword

Volume 4 of The Tactician's Handbook n ow takes up a tactical element


we call "Lasker's Combination," the destructive sacrifice of two Bishops
against the castled King. The stem game (Game 2) is rather well known,
but the attacking method itself is insufficiently explored. The theory of
this tactical idea, based on the researches of Klaus Junge, is given here,
and a classification of the combination is offered. More importantly, the
internal "natural laws" of this combination are revealed, recurring patterns
that serv e as signposts along the way. For example, note th close
relationship of Lasker's Combination to Alekhine's Block (see Vo!. 1 of
this series).

To illustrate this marvelous legacy of the 2nd world champion, one


hundred and sixty games by players of every level, from novice to world
champion, have been chosen. We see a triumphal procession of one
hundred and ten years, from Emanuel Lasker to Garry Kasparov, to be the
heritage of this beautiful combination.

As always, The Tactician's Handbook is intended for chess clubs, schools,


and a wide range of amateurs.

Victor Charushin
Nizhny Novgorod
September, 1998

7
Symbols

+
=+=

White has a slight advantage Black has a slight advantage

White stands clearly better Black stands clearly better

+ -+

White is winning Black is winning

=11=

the game is even checkmate

00

the position is unclear with compensation

!!
an excellent move a brilliant move

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. .

a mistake a blunder

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a move deserving attention a dubious move

with the idea better is


Introduction 9

Few tournaments were sched ..


S S SR.
Introduction
uled and they were inaccessible to us
because of our lower qualification.
Nevertheless, we fought with enthu ..
"A combination is a possible impossibility! siasm on the 64 squares, and organ..
It is a divine spark located absolutely outside ized small competitions. We played
of chess, and like a meteor it lights up a game wherever we could; we organized
of chess. Therefore it is wrong, and merely school championships, technical sec ..
cheapens the combinational vision, to make ondary school tournaments, and
it dependent on so-called positional play, to even separate chess classes.
which it is diametrically opposite. Combina
tion aims to destroy the lifeless mass of chess One such "childish occupation" was
pieces, the limiting space of the chess board, a two hundred game ( ! ) match for the
the cold and arithmetical counting of moves, title of champion among our student
and even the opponent's very spirit. It solves group. I met with Arthur Ipatov in
this task, throwing overboard all principles turn at his or my home, playing 4
of matter (number of pieces!), position games a week. However, the match
(weak points!), and time (tempos!), while was not finished, for when my advan..
torturing with impudence the honest effort tage mounted to twenty or thirty
to win by positional play. Therefore its rela points (I don't remember exactly) the
tion to positional play is by no means com "pretender" acknowledged defeat.
plementary, but rather disordering....11
Savely Tartakower Why these reminiscences? In one
particular game of this unlimited
duel, an interesting position arose
50 Years Ago (see next page) . Although we played
mostly by intuition, we still had ele ..
The youth of my generation grew up mentary ideas, obtained from our
in the cold and hungry post .. war own experience and by observing the
years. Chess, however, is not subject games of first category players (there
to circumstances, and Caissa's fire were only 5 or 6 of them) . We already
burned constantly in our souls. In the knew s ome thing about isolated
b ackwoods there were no chess pawns, strong Knights, Bishop pairs,
schools, no sections, no coaches - and so forth. Therefore, in spite of
nobody and nothing. The theoretical the pawn minus, I considered my po..
knowledge of young chess players sition in the following game to be not
was close to zero. Books were rarities, bad at all.
and no money was available for the
only chess magazine, Shakhmaty in
10 Lasker's Combination

Game l I Birth of a Combination - 1889 1


Let's turn history's wheel back a fur..
ther sixty years and consider events
at the close of the last century. In
August of 1 889 a "beginning" chess
player, Emanuel Lasker, took 2nd
place at a small tournament in Am..
sterdam (l.Burn, 2 . Lasker, 3 . Ma ..
son) . Here the following historical
game was played.
Charushin, V-Ipatov,A
Izhevsk 1 948 Game 2
Lasker,Em-Bauer,J
I.Ab7! wh7 2.Yrh5 Wg8 3 . .i.g7! Amsterdam 1 889
wg7 (The threat is 4.'fYhB #, and if
l .f4 d5 2.e3 lOf6 3.b3 e6 4.Ab2
3. . .f6 "merry.. go ..round" begins with
Ae7 5 . .i.d3 b 6 6 .tOf3 Ab7
4.'fYhB <it>f7 5.'fYfB <it>g6 6.'fYf6 <it>h7
7.tOc3 tObd7 8.0-0 0-0 9 .tOe2
7.'fYh6 <it>gB B.'fYhB <it>f7 9.'fYfB <it>g6
c5 10.tOg 3 Yrc 7 tt.tOe5 tOe5
10J:te6 +- ) 4.Yrg5 Wh7 (Greater
12 . .i.e5 Yrc6 13.Yre2 a6 14.tOh5
diffic ulties for White spring up a ter
. h5 (Taking the K night invites a
4... <it>hB, i n t e nding t o s a cnftce
firestorm, but not taking is hopeless
Queen for Rook) 5.Ite3 Yrd7!? (
after14...ltJeB15.Ag7 ltJg716.'fYg4
6...'fY d1, but the sly opponent ets a
+_, or 14...h6 15.Af6 Af6 16.ltJf6
further trap. Ins tead, 5 ...'fY cB 1S fol..
gf6 17. 'fY g4 <it>hB lB. 'fY h4 <it>g7
lowed by 6J:tg3! when mate is un..
19J:tf3 :fdB 20.:g3 <it>fB 21.'fYh6
avoidable, and 5...AcB is refuted by
+_, or 14...d4 15.Af6 Af6 16.'fYg4
6.:e4) 6.Yrh4!? (If now 6.:h3?
<it>hB [16...e 5 17.Ae4] 17.:f3 ngB
t h e n 6 ... 'fYh3! 7.gh3 :g B -+ )
[1 7,.. d e 3 1 B.ltJf6 gf6 1 9. 'fYh 4]
6 ...Wg6 7.Itg3 Wf5 8.Yrh3, 1-0
1B.Ah7 :gdB19.'fYh3 Ae7 20.Ae4
We didn't know that we had repeated
+-
)
the famous combination of Em.
(see next diagram)
Lasker and took pride in this master..
piece, showing it to numerous friends
15.Ab7! ('The beginning a very deep
and acquaintances. Thus we com..
and elegant combination." W.Steinitz)
prehended the beauty and greatness
15 ... Wh7 16. Yrh5 Wg8 17 . .!tg7!!
of chess !
(" An original interpre tation of the
Introduction 11

lated everything to the end, then why


did he play his 13th move? You know
the combination went off as well with
the Queen on d 1 , and by playing
13.e 2 he gave Bauer a chance to
play13 .. Jfd8, 1 3...ttJe4, or 1 3 . . . ttJd7.
Of course, 14.b5 was unpleasant
for Black, but it is a completely dif..
ferent game. A sacrifice on h7 was
not new even one hundred years ago,
After 14...ltJh5 but the point is that without the sec ..
ond Bishop sacrifice there was no
two Bishop advantage - sacrifice both victory at all ! And before Lasker, in
of them to strip the hostile King similar situations nobody sacrificed
naked as the hero of Andersen's two Bishops." (B.Weinstein. Thinker,
fairy .. tale." B.Weinstein) 17 ... Wg7 Moscow: FiS 1 9 81 , pp. 1 1 1 .. 1 1 3) .
(17 . . .f6 18.f3 e8 1 9 . h8 <iftf7
20.h7 +- ) 18.flg4 Wh7 19.1::lf3
e5 20.%1h3 flh6 2 1 .IDt6 Wh6 The Theory
22.fld7! ( " The finis h, witho u t o f Lasker's Combination
which the combination would b e in..
correct: both Bishops are attacked. In the eighties of the last century
The curtain might be dropped . . . " Tal nobody thought about a theory of the
and Damsky) 2 2 ... f6 23.flb7 middlegame . The fund amental
W g7 2 4 . %1 f 1 l:a b 8 2 5 . fl d 7 works of A.Nimzowitsch appeared
%1fd8 26.flg4 Wf8 2 7.fe5 g7 only between 1 9 1 1 .. 1925, and re ..
28.e6 %1b7 29. flg6 f6 30.m6 search into separate combinations
jLf6 31 ". still waited its turn. Concerning
3 3 . fl g 7 w e 6 3 4 . e b 7 l:[ d 6 Lasker's Combination, a kind of ob..
35.fla6 d4 36.ed4 cd4 37.h4 d3 session deterred any proper examina ..
38.ed3, 1 -0 tion. The moves on both sides
seemed "one .. of.. a .. kind, " a lucky
"Did Lasker calculate the combina .. chance as it were - although in real ..
tion to the end? Probably yes. In any ity this appearance is illusory. Then
case, such calculation is within the the situation was cleared up by an..
feasible limits of a strong Grandmas .. other "lucky accident!" After this
ter, taking into account that almost splendid tactical method was used
all Black's answers are predeter.. again in the Prague 1 9 42 touma ..
mined. But if Lasker indeed calcu ..
12 Lasker's Combination

ment, many critical articles ap, Bishops. What a pity that such a
peared. Their. essence was that the great talent, as Junge undoubtedly
double Bishop sacrifice was refuted, was, died so young." Because every
that the attack could be beaten off line of his career is something of a
with correct defense (19...f6), and rarity, Junge's commentary appears
that the winners should lose. Very below without abridgment.
soon, however, the critics regretted
these premature conclusions. For the Game 3
winner of that second . game was Junge,K-Kottnauer, C
" ...the most talented German chess Prague 1942
player after Lasker" (as he was called
1.d4 d5 2.e4 e6 3.lle3 e6 4.e3
in encyclopedias), the young master
d7 5.Ad3 gf6 6.f3 (A well,
and brilliant theoretician, Klaus
known position arises by transposi,
Junge. His reaction to the nay,sayers
tion. Now best for Black is Meran's
was quite characteristic. He thor,
variation with 6 ...dc4 7.c4 bS
oughly analyzed the whole game and
8.d3 a6, b.. 9...cS and a compli,
publihed detailed commentary in
ca ted game) 6 ... Jle7 (Preference
t h e Deutsche Schachblatter (1943,
should be given to 6...d6 7.e4 de4
No.3,4, pp.20,21). Junge's analysis
8.11Je4 ctJe4 9.e4, with counter,
not only refuted the critical doubters,
play for Black) 7.0-0 0-0 8.b3 (8.e4
but presented a full and extensive
is much stronger, and Black has to
theory of Lasker's Combination.
struggle for equality after 8 ...de4
9.11Je4 b6, b.. 1 0 ...b7) 8 ... b6
T here is an interesting detail. Klaus
9.Ab2 Ab7 10.fle2 e5 11.l:ladl
Junge perished at the Front in 1945,
fle7 12.e5! l::tad8 (12 ...11JeS
several days before the end of the
1 3.deS eS is refuted by 14.11JdS!
war; but in England I located
+- ) 13.f4 e4? (Preparation for
Kottnauer (now deceased), one of his
the decisive mistake. Better is
opponents. In a very kind letter, the
1 3 ...dc4 14.bc4 cd4 IS.ed4, aI,
old master related details of the Pra,
though White's hanging pawns are
gue tournament and his impressions
by no means weak) 14.b5! fibS
of A.Alekhine' and K.Junge. In par,
(It's forced. After 14 ... c8 IS.lOa 7
ticular he wrote, "The game against
a8 1 6.lDbS, Black cannot play
Junge glorified me, especially in Ger,
16 ... a2 because of 1 7.l:ta l b3
many. I remember that I was often
18.e4 de4 19.1:ta3 b4 20.c3
asked, 'Are you the same Kottnauer
+- winning the Queen) 15.lDd7
from the game Junge-Kottnauer?' In
l:ld7 16.de5 (In the game Samisch
this memorable game Junge defeated
Szily, Trentschin Teplitz 1941 White
me after a typical sacrifice of two
Introduction 13

played the very strong 1 6 .e4 de4


17.dcS ndl I B1:td l cS 1 9 . eS! ,
and now after 1 9 . . . aB 20. g4!
e3 2 1 .hl g6 22. h4 Black had
to sacrifice with 2 2 . . . f4, since
22 . . .f6 or 22 . . .fS would be followed
b y 23.ftd7. Nevertheless, the game
continuation is much more elegant
and fo r c ing) 16 ... ltlc5 ( Aft e r
1 6 . . . cS 17 .e4 or 1 6 . . . bcS 1 7 . e4
White wins a piece. Instead, 1 6 . . . dc4
19 ... f5 (After this move Black gets
is followed by 1 7 . e4 lldl IB. h7
only two pieces for the Queen, but
h7 19.ftdl and Black can take on
White also wins if 19 . . . g7 20 . g4
neither cS nor b3 because of the
hB 2 1 Jlf3 fS [Also hopeless is
threat 20.hS, for example 20 . . . cS
2 1 . . . dB 2 2Jlh3 h4 23.11h4 h4
20. hS gB 2 1 .'iYg4 g6 22.h3
24 . h4 +- ] 22.lIh3 h4 23.'iYh4
+- )
gB 2 4 . hB f7 2 S . lIh7 eB
[2S . . . g6 26.:th6 f7 27.lIf6 e7
2B.'iYg7 +- ] 26.'iYfB fB 27.lIhB
e7 2B.lIbB +-. Instead, 19 . . .f6 is
the best. In this case White has a rich
choice of reliable attacking moves to
reach his goal. For example, a con,
vincing continuation leading to a
clear win is 20. h6 d6 21Jlf3
nff7 ! 2 2 . nh3! [ 2 3 . ltJd6 'iYd6
24.'iYg6 ng7 2 S . g7 lIg7 26.'iYeB
17 .h7! (Now this sacrifice leads to fB 27 .lIhB +-] , and against this
a decisive advantage for White) threat Black can choose one of these
17 ... Wh7 18 . h5 Wg8 19.g7! unfortunately insufficient variations:
(The basic idea! Black's King loses
'
his pawn escort. The sacrifice of two (see next diagram)
Bishops is known in chess practice,
but this game reveals new attacking 22 . . . fB [ 2 2 . . . c7 2 3 . ltJc7 c7
possibilities) {23 . . . nc7 24.g7 r!g7 2S.hB +- }
24.g6 lIg7 2S.'iYeB h7 26. gS =11=;
(see next diagram) 22 . . . c6 23. ltJd6 d6 24.b4 {
2 S . lIg3i if 2 4 . lIg3 then 24 . . . l::tg 7
14 Lasker's Combination

33. c7 could be played, winning the


Bishop) , 1-0

Basic Truths
of Lasker's Combination

The idea of this combination is as


pure as a baby's tear. The sacrifice of
the Bishop pair destroys the the en..
After 22.l::th3! (analysis) emy King's pawn cover. Then any
obtained positional advantages are
25 .eB fB 26 .1:tg7 :tg7 27.c6 realized, either tranSformed into ex ..
+- } 24 . . . ltJ e4 25. g6 :tg7 26.Ag7 tra material or into a mating attack.
n g 7 2 7 . e 4 ! d 4 2 B . l:t d 4 ! +- ; The examples considered above
22 . . . ltJe4 23.ltJd6 ltJd6 24.Ag7 l:tg7 show that the way to success can be
25.hB +- ] 2 3 .J.fB l:tfB 24.hB a thorny path. The sacrificed mate ..
f7 25.!:th7 g6 [25 . . . eB 26.fB rial is too great, while the opponent
fB 2 7 . l:t h B +- ] 2 6 . l:t h 6 f5 can possibly return part of it and aim
[26 . . . f7 27JU6 e7 2B.1Wg7 +- ] for an advantageous ending.
27 J:tf6! l::t f6 28. h5! +- ) 20.Jle5
-'lf6 (After 20 . . . eB, mate in two Therefore the basic truths of this
follows) 2 1 . Jlb8 l:1h7 2 2 . ee 2 combination become more apparent
l:[b8 23.d6 Aa6 ( I f 2 3 . . . J.c6 in the simplest examples. Returning
then 24.cd5 J.d5 2 5 .l2Jf5) 24.h4 to Game 1 , we notice that Lasker's
ltla4 ( N o t 24 . . . ltJb7 b ecause of Combination is the only way to solve
25.b5! ltJd6 26.ba6 ltJc4 27.e4 fe4 a complicated problem. A direct as ..
28.g4 f7 29.f5!) 25.b5! (The Ex .. sault by 1 . h5 is inadequate after
change sacrifice is the simplest way 1 . . . g6 2.1Wh6 ltJd4! (planning 3 . . .f5) ,
to win. Black loses all his weak cen .. when Black even counter.. attacks.
tral pawns) 25 ... ltlc3 26. ec2 ltld1 Alekhine's Block with 1 .Af6 is re ..
2 7 . l:[ d 1 l::t d 8 ( N o b e t t e r i s futed by 1 . . . c6, and the intermedi..
27 . . . J.b7 2B.ltJb7 l:thb7 29.cd5, or a t e 1 .J.e5 is also u s e l e s s after
27 . . . AcB 2B.cd5 J.d7 29.de6 J.e6 1 . . . c6 2.e4 b6 .
30. ltJf5) 28.ltlf5 Ab7 29.ltld4
dc4 ( O r 29 . . . d4 3 0 . l:td4 l:tg7 Importantly, Lasker's Combination is
3 1 .cd5 +- ) 30.eg6 Ag7 31.ee6 based on the attacking side's posi..
Wh8 32. ee7 (After 32 . . . l:tbB even tional advantage: the Bishops must
Introduction 15

be located on open diagonals, and after interesting " introductory play, "
the heavy pieces have room to ma .. which itself could be the theme of a
neuver. The basic laws of Lasker's separate study.
Combination are formulated below.
It should be noted that often Lasker's
At least four pieces take part in the C o m b i n a t i o n is b a s e d on the
combination: two Bishops, a Rook Pillsbury attack, seen in Game 3 after
and a Queen. The two Bishops are 1 2 . lUe5! followed by 1 3 .f4. To clear
sacrificed in turn on the g7 .. and h7 .. the way for attacking pieces one
squares, destroying the enemy King's may have to sacrifice the interfering,
pawn cover. After the first sacrifice, "under.. foot" Knight. Studying the
as a rule, intermediate moves are whole complex of Lasker's Combina ..
made to improve the position, in .. tion (introductory play, the tactical
creasing the effect of the second sac .. blow itself, and realizing the advan..
rifice. The remaining pieces are then tage) is unusually interesting and
brought up for a decisive attack instructive.
against the King.

To put these seemingly simple rules An Historical Mi stake


'---___________----1
into action, especially against strong
opponents, turns out to be not so easy It is an established opinion that the
as in Charushin-Ipatov. The possi.. combination s e e n in the game
bilities of both attack and defense are Em.Lasker-Bauer was repeated only
. quite various, and so Lasker's Corn .. after twenty..five years, but this view
bination is found in practice under is wrong. During that time at least
the most diverse circumstances. Re .. three games featuring Lasker's Corn..
versing the order of battle (that is, bination were played.
playing i"g7 first) is fairly common,
as is maneuvering between sacrifices, Game 4
declining the second sacrifice, and so Lehr-Duras,O
forth. Moreover, taught by miserable Prague 1 906 (exhibition game)
experience, the masters endeavor to
evade any position in which this tac .. 1 .e4 e5 2.lOf3 lOc6 3.,1lh5 lOf6
4.0-0 lOe4 5.d4 ,1le7 6.d5 ( Cl
tical blow is remotely possible; they
6.'iYe2 lUd6 7.i"e6 be6 B.de5 lUb7
exchange Bishops, block diagonals
9 . lUe3 0-0 1 0 . n e 1 ! :teB 1 1 . 'iYe4
and lines, or delay castling. The at ..
lU e5 1 2 . lUg5 i" g5 1 3 . i.g5 'iYg5
tacking side must thoroughly mask
14.'iYe5) 6 . . . lOd4! 7. lOd4 ed4
his intentions, and often carries out
8.%:lel (B . 'iYd4 lU f6 9 . d6 i" d6
this well .. planned combination only
16 Lasker's Combination

lOJ::te l e7 ) S ... ltld6? (Correct 0 - 0 7 . ltl ge 2 c6 S . d2 A e 6


00

is B . . . lDf6) 9 . d4! 0-0 (9 . . . lDh 5 9 .0-0-0 ltleS 10.h4 ltld6 1 1 .ltlg3


lO. 'iYg7 l::t fB 1 1 . h6 d6 1 2 . 'iYfB Af6 12.ltlhS ltld7 13 .f4 e7
<i1;d7 1 3 . 'iY f7 +- ) 10 .Ad3 Af6
( 1 0 . . . lDeB 1 1 .'iYe4 +- ) 1 1 . g4
l::[ e S ( ll. . . lDeB should be played)
12.Ild1! b6 13.ltlc3 Ab7 14.Af4
eS? (14 . . . g6 is necessary)

14.Ah6 ltleS lS. a g7! (Lasker's


Combination with a transposition of
moves) lS. . . gS 16 .hgS ltlg7
17. Ah7!, 1-0

lS. h 7! Wh7 1 6 . hS W gS Game 6


17.eS ltlcS ( 1 7 . . . lDc4 IB.g7! Duz-Khotimirs ky-Levenfish,G
<i1;g7 19.'iYg4 <i1;fB 20.'iYc4) lS.l:ld3 Carlsbad 1911
d 6 (Black cannot be saved, e . g.
1 . d4 d5 2 . ltlf3 ltlf6 3.e3 c5
IB . . . ltJe7 19.1::th 3 lDg6 20 .'iYh7 <i1;fB
4.dcS e6 S.a3 cS 6.b4 e7! (A
2-
flair for positional play did not d e..
lD h B 2 4 . 'iY h 6 <i1;e 7 2 5 . d6 c d 6
ceive the future Gra ?dmaster. In c se
26.d6 # ) 19. g7!! Wg7 20.l::[g3
o f 6 . . . i.d6 L asker s Combinatlon
WfS 2 1.tth6 we7 22.l:le1 Wd7
would be correct) 7.Ab2 a s S.bS
23.tth3 Ile6 24.1:le6 dS 2S.l::[e8!
ltlbd7 9. a d3 b6 10.ltleS ltleS
WeB 26.l:Ig8 We7 27. ltld5# , 1-0
h" 1 1.eS 0-0 12.0-0 ltld 7 13. a d4
() a n o v s k y. R eVlsta S cacc lStlca
1 .A:;'
Ab l 4 f4 ltl a h Wh
lt aliana, 1 906 No. 1 0, p.l92 )
1 6 . h wg 5 Wg ;
lS .g4
Game 5
Alekhine,A-Gutkevich (see next diagram)
Thla 1 910 (simul)
1 .e4 e 6 2 . d4 dS 3 . ltlc3 ltlf6 lS ... gS! (A classic defense ! Black
4.edS edS S. gS e7 6.d3 re turns one of the Bishops, and in
Introduction 17

Neistadt's book, Siegbert Tarrasch


(Moscow: FiS 1 9 83 , pp.117 .. 119.
T he commentary is shortened).

Game 7
Nimzowitsch,A-Tarrasch , S
St. Petersburg 1 91 4
1.d4 d5 2.ltlf3 c5 3.c4 e6 4.e3
ltlf6 5.Ad3 ltlc6 6.0-0 Ad6 (Ex..
changing in the center with 6 ...cd 4
After 18. 'tW g4 7.ed4 dc4 leads to a position with an
isolated d4 .. pawn. Tarrasch willingly
subsequent play realizes his material
advantage. True, it is a great distance
7
isolat s his own central pawn; he
doesn t want to play against the "iso ..
to the goal; both players are conduct..
lani") 7.b3 0-0 S.Ab2 b6 9.ltlbd2
ing the game very inventively)
(Nimzowitsch first breaks the sym ..
19.fg5 ltle4 20.h4 fII c 7 2 1.ltld2
metry of the pieces, then that of the
VJg3 22. ytg3 ltlg3 23. l:lf6 :hS
pawns) 9 Ab7 10.l:1c1 (Having
24.Wh2 ttlf5 25.ltlf3 ltle3 26.ltle5

developed the Queen's Knight ond2 ,


l:lh4 27.Wg3 Ile4 2S.:f7 WgS
and the Queen's Bishop on b2, the
29.%lb7l:le5 30.IDl1 mS 31.Wh4
plan beginning IQ. cue5 deserves at..
l:lf7 32. :bS wg7 33. %lb6 ltlg2
tention) 1 0 . . . fll e7 1 1 .cd5 ed5
3 4 . W g 4 ltl e 3 3 5 . W h 5 l:l e 4
1 2 . ltl h 4 g 6 1 3 . ltl hf3 gadS
36. m.4 l:le5 37. 6 mf5 3S. 1:1a7
( 1 3...cue4 would be premature be..
WfS 39.1:(aS we7 40. l:[gS ltlc4
41.Wh6 ltld6 42.g6 ltlb5 43.g7 cause o f 14.dc5 bc5 15 . ..t e4 de4
1 6.cue4 e4 17.d6, after which
l:lg5 44 . %laS ltld6 45. l:lb2 eS
White cptures one more pawn. In
46.l:[a7 Wd6 47.%1a6 wc5 4S.%1a5
' order to play ...cue4 it is first nee
Wb6 49.1:1aS g7 50. l:lgS l:h 5
..

essary to protect the d6 .. Bishop)


51. m. 5 h5 52.Wg6 m 5 53. %1eS
14.dc5 bc5 15.Ab5 (T he move is
ltlf4 54.Wh 6 e 5 55. l:lbS wc 5
quite j ustifie d fr om a positional
56.l:lcS wd4 57. a4 e4 5S. a5 e3
standpoint, as White contemplates
59.c3 we4 60.IleS l:le5, 0-1
1 6 . ..tc6 ..tc 6 17.b4 - but from a
tactical stand poin t?) 15 ... e4
Perhaps more examples exist from
16.Ac6 Ac6 17.fll c 2 (It turns
this time period, but now we turn
out t h a t on 17.b4 Black has a
to the "recognized" successor to
strong answer in 1 7 . . . Ab5 18.bc5
Em.Lasker-Bauer. T he following
[ 1 8J:te l cb4] 1 8 . . . cuc5 1 9 .1:t e l
historical game is adapted from J.
18 Lasker's Combination

lDd3) 17 ... lLld2 18.lLld2 d4! (In .. even earlier than in the game)
troductory to a combination re .. 2 0 . cJ1h 2 .h4 2 1 . W g 1 jlg 2 !
ported all over the world's chess 22.f3 (The second sacrifice cannot
press. Black is given an advantageous be taken. If 22.g2, then 22 . . . g4
opportunity to open the c6 .. Bishop's 23. hl J:tdS wins. To prevent mate
diagonal. By the way, this move White is forced to give up his Queen,
would also follow 18.'iVd2) 19.ed4 but after 24.cS !lhS 2S.'iVhS hS
(If Nimzowitsch knew what was in 26. gl gS Black takes the Knight
store for him, he would certainly pre.. and wins with little t r o u b le)
fer 19.e4. Looking into variations of 22...l:Ue8! (If22 . . g3 then 23 .lDe4,
.

the following attack, one also notices but n ow this move is a threat)
that 19.1::t fe l provokes the sacrifice 23.lLle4 (23.g2 ne2) 23 ... h1
in a situation incomparably more fa .. 24. cJ1f2 Af1 (Thus Black gains a
vorable for White) material advantage, because White
cannot take the Bishop with 2S.!lfl
'iVh2 26.e l c2 However, the
game is still not over. . . ) 25.d5 (An
attempt to "double" the Queen and
Bishop, creating threats On the long
diagonal) 25 . . . f5 2 6 . c3 . g 2
27.cJ1e3

19 ... Ah2!? (The knowledge of an ..


other's mistakes doesn't guarantee
against your own. In front of us there
is a quite rare case when this knowl..
edge is not only of no use, but also
harms. If Tarrasch had not been fa..
miliar with the classical legacy he,
perhaps, might have discovered the 27 ... l::le4! (Tarrasch, fifty.. two years
more convincing [though not so bril.. old, is fighting with unusual energy)
liant!] way to victory: 1 9 . . . ,i,g2! 28.fe4 f4 (White's King proceeds
20.g2 [20 . dcS 'iVgS] 20 . . . 'iVgS under escort into the enemy camp.
2 1 .f3 [21 .h3 'iVhS; 2 1 . h l 'iVf4 Black then executes an elegant mate,
-+ ] 2 1 . . . !lfe8! 22.!!gl 'iVf4 23. g2 which cannot be compared with the
!le2 -+, and White could resign "rude" mate in three by 28 . . . g3
Introduction 19

2 9 . d 2 'iVf2 3 0 . dl 'iVe 2 * )
2 9 . Wf4 :f8 3 0 . We 5 ff h 2
3 1.We6l:[e8 32.Wd7 Ab5#, 0-1

The jury of the St.Petersburg touma...


ment awarded a special prize for
"beauty," and racked their brains
choosing between two competitors
for the trophy. Capablanca, who bril...
Handy defeated Bernstein, was Tar...
rasch's rival for this honor. Although
the combination of Tarrasch looks
more complicated, yet because of its
typical mechanism of sacrifices on h2
and g2 (the "presence of a predeces ...
sor," as chess composers express
themselves), preference was given to
the Cuban.

Having introduced Lasker's Combi ...


nation, we now place this beautiful
conception of the 2nd world cham ...
pion in its historical setting (Part
One). T here follows a systematic
presentation of Lasker's Combina ...
tion in practice (Part Two), accord ...
ing to the classification on p.35.
Finally, a selection of uncommented
games will be found for independent
study and analysis (Part T hree).
These latter games should not be ig ...
nored, nor thought of as "late addi ...
t i o n s." S u c h g a m e s o f fe r t h e
advancing player a chance to make
discoveries alone and unaided, with ...
out prompting.

Now, let us see how Lasker's Combi ...


nation plays out in history!
20 lasker's Combination

mentary is mine. I have added my


Part One own verbal remarks to the "bare..
bones" analysis which is found in the
Informants.
A Grand Pro cession :
From Emanuel Lasker Unfortunately, there is no measure of
to Garry Kasparov celebrity. I present my apologies be..
forehand to Grandmasters whose
Before we demonstrate examples of names are omitted from this small
Lasker's Combination, it is appropri .. collection. Chess players taking part
ate to make a few remarks. The in the struggle for the world champi ..
games were chosen mostly from chess onship (participants in interzonal
books and magazines; however, vari .. competitions, candidates tourna ..
ous collectors of combinative mas .. ments, and matches of all levels
terpieces were also consulted. I from preliminary to final) are in..
would like to mention R.Shatsky cluded. In addition, the games of cer ..
from Maikop (Russia), but the most tain coaches (Furman/Karpov and
valuable contributor to the study of Gufeld/Chiburdanidze) are given.
Lasker's Combination is Zdenec Za.. Including the games already quoted,
vodny from Bmo (Czech). He even the entire "historical path" of this
published two booklets, 130 Sacri beautiful combination is embraced.
ficed Bishops and 188 More Sacrificed
..

Bishops, which contain respectively


GameS
65 and 94 games. My own collection
Schlechter, C-Maroczy, G
yielded about 100 examples, many
Vienna 1 9CJ7
naturally coinciding with the games
published by Zavodny. l.d4 d5 2.3 e5 3 .e3 e6 4.e4
Cl)f6 5.a3 e6 (The method of de..
The 160 games chosen for this book velopment recommended by Vidmar
meet at least one of the following is preferable, e.g. 5...dc4 6.c4 a6,
criteria: 1) The game involves a fa.. I::l. ...b5, ... -'.b7, a n d .. ltJbd7)
.

mous player; 2) The game is little .. 6.Cl)e3 de4 (Inconsistent. Better


known or unpublished; 3) The game was 6 ... ltJe4!) 7.iLe4 a6 8.0-0 b5
makes a strong aesthetic impression. 9.iLd3 iLb7 10.de5 iLe5 II .b4
The games are arranged in chrono .. iLd6 12.iLb2 e5 13.e5 iLe5
logical order. As far as possible origi .. 14.f4 iLc7 15. tie 2 0-0 16.l::la dl
nal texts are used, with authors tle7 17.e4! e5 18.d5! d5
mentioned a t the end of the game. If 19.ed5l:1fe8? (This weakening of
there is no citation, then the com .. the f7 .. square makes possible the fol..
Part One 21

lowing combination. Correct was


19 . . . :tae8) 20.fe5 Jte5

1 2 . . . Jth2! 13.Wh2 .d6 14.wgl


.e6 15 .f3 .a6 (Naturally, an
2 1 . Jth7! W h7 2 2 . h 5 wg8 exchange of Queens is unfavorable
23. Jte5 f6 (Forced. If 23 . . :ii'e 5 for Black. And so he turns his gaze
then 24.'iYf7 h7 25J f5 and White on White's weakened Kingside, and
wins) 24.f6! gf6 25.J::ld 3 YWh7 plans a decisive attack) 16.lt)e4
26.!tg3 Wh8 27.YWf3 (What is this lQe4 17. e4 l:[b6 18.b3 Jtb7
slyness for? 27.'iYh7 h7 28 . n f4! 19.YWf4
leads to checkmate straight away)
27...f7 28.J::lg4, 1-0 (Barcza)

Game 9
Gruber, S-Euwe, M
Vienna 1 921
l .e4 e5 2 . lQf3 It)e6 3.d4 ed4
4.lt)d4 lQf6 5.lt)e6 be6 6.Jtd3
d5 7.e2 (It is necessary to play
7. l2Jd2 in this variation) 7 ... de4
8 . lQd2 Jtb4! (An unexpectedly 19 ... Jtg2! 20.J::le l (After 20.g2
strong rejoinder) 9.Jte4 (9.c3 would J:.g6 B l a c k t a k e s the fI Rook)
..

be followed by 9 . . . 'iYd3 , and after 2 0 . . . Ilg6 2 1 .e4 Jte4, 0 - 1 ( H .


9.a3 Ad2 1 0 . Ad2 0-0 White cannot Kmoch)
take on e4) 9 ... 0-0! 10.e3 Jtd6
11.Jte6 J::lb8 12.0-0! ? (White can The next game appears in my 226
no longer postpone castling. Now he Short Game s of Alexander Alekhine,
hopes after all to realize his extra Nizhny Novgorod: 1992, pA8.
pawn in the endgame)
22 Lasker's Combination

Game 1 0 would be not satisfied by winning the


Alekhine,A-Drewitt,l Queen for Bishop and Rook, but
Portsmouth 1 923 would play 23.Ah6 'iVh7 24.'ti'hS!
Af8 2 5.g 4 h8 2 6. Af8), 1 - 0
1.lOf3 d5 2 .b4 e6 3.Ab2 lLlf6
(A.Alekhine, Wlth abn. dgment)
4.a3 e 5 5.bc5 Ae5 6.e3 0-0 7.e4
lOe6 S.d4 Ab6 (8...A d 6 9.lDbd 2
Game 1 1
:te8 10.cS Ac7 l1.AbS!) 9.lObd2
'fIe7 10. Ad3 l::tdS 1 1.0-0 Ad7 Tartakower,S-Eliskases,E
1 2 . lO e 5 ! jl e S 1 3 . f4 l::t a e S Ujpest 1 934
14.%le1 lOd7 1 5 . lLle6! l::t e 6 (If 1 .d4 lOf6 2 . g3 e6 3 . Ag2 e5
1 5 ... bc6 1 6.c 5 Aa 5 [16...Ac7 4.lLlf3 lLle6 5 .0-0 ed4 6. lOd4
17.'iVa4] 17.lDb3 Ac718.Ac3l:tbB Ae7 (6...AcS 7.lDb3 Ae7 8.e4 0-0
19.1DaS lDf8 20.'iVa4, and convert .. 9.lD c3 d 6 10 .Ae 3 'iV c7 11.f4
ing White's positional advantage on [Spassky-Geller, USSR 1961] gave
the Queenside requires only tech.. White a small advantage) 7.e4 a6
nique. By the actual move Black is S . lOe3 'fIe7 9 .b3 d6 1 0 . Ab2
preparing the Knight' s sac rifice , Ad7 1 1 .e4 l::t e S 1 2 .Wh1 0-0
which at the first sight is not without 13.f4 rud814.lOf3 'fIb 15.'fIe2
chances) 16.e5 lOe5 17.de5 Ae5 lOa5 16.e5!? (Tartakower passes
1S.%lf3 Aa3 19.1::te 6 Ae6 first over the "line of demarcation."
Eliskases skillfully defends himself
and reduces tension in the center.
Thereafter White retains a small ad ..
v antage) 1 6 . . . lOeS 17 .f5 lOe6
1S.fe6 Ae6 19.lQd5 Ad5 20.ed5
lOe5 21.lOe5 de5 22. Ae5 Ad6
23. 'fIf2 (Finally the first real threat,
striking at the f7 pawn) 23 ... l:1e7
..

24.Ad4 l::t e 7 2 5 .%lae 1 l:(dd7


26. .1lh3 l::te 1 27.lIe1 lIe7 2S.l:1e1
lOe7 (Each has his weaknesses ;
20.Ah7 (Such a two Bishop sacri ..
White the dS"pawn, and Black the
fice has happened before. The only
eighth rank) 29.Af5 'fIeS 30.Ad3
m atte r of inte re s t he re is t hat
lOb5
White masked his Kingside attack..
ing plans by a demonstration on the
(see next diagram)
Queenside) 20 ... Wh7 21.l::th3 WgS
22.Ag7! ( In case of 2 2 ...f6 White
Part One 23

immediately taking aim at the c4 ..

pawn) 9 . e 4 e S 1 0 . 0 - 0 d 6
(10 . .. a6, 1 1 . . . ltJa5 and 1 2 ..J::tc8
deserves attention)

3 1.Af6! (First, Alekhine's Block!)


31 ... gf6 32.Ah7! Wh7 33. ef5
WgS 34.eg4 WfS 3 5.J:!cS J:!c7
3 6.l:[e8 weS (Black has more than
enough c o mpensat ion f or the 11.e5! (Exploiting Black's inability
Queen, but his King does not have a to capture twice on e5, White opens
reliable sanctuary. After lively and an important diagonal) 1 1 ... de5
interesting play the game ends with ( 1 1 . . . a6 is worth considering, al ..
perpetual check) 37 .a4 c3 3S.h4 though after 1 2 .ed6 ltJd6 1 3 . dc5
lQd5 39.h5 %:lc1 40.Wh2 %:lc3 ltJc4 [13 . . . bc5 14.a4 ltJa5 1 5 J!d1 ]
4 1 . 1t e 4 e 7 4 2 . e b 7 l:[ g 3 1 4 . 'ifc2 h6 1 5 J::t d 1 White's posi ..
43.Wh1 %:lg5 44. ea6 f5 45.h6 tion is preferable) 1 2 .de5 Ab7
we7 46.eb7 we6 47.ecS we5 (Not 1 2 . . . ltJe5 1 3 . h7, a n d i f
4S.c3 Wf4 49.ec1 Wf3 50.ed1 1 2 . . . a6 1 3 .f4 ltJa5 14 .c2 g6
Wf2 51.ec2 Wf3, 1/2-1/2 15.h6! ltJg7 16.ltJg3 h4 [16 . . .i"c4
17.c4 ltJc4 18.e2 b5 19.1tJe4]
Game 1 2 17.c1 ltJb3 18.e3! ltJal 19 .i"g5
Lilienthal ,A-Najdorf,M ltJc2 20.d2 g4 2 1 .h3, Black's
Saltsj obaden 1 948 Queen has no retreat) 13.Af4 f5
14.ef6 e5 (Relatively better is
1.d4 lQf6 2.c4 e6 3.lQc3 AM
14 . . . f6 1 5 .c2 g6; also possible is
4.a3 Ac3 5.bc3 c5 6 .e3 c6
14 . . . ltJf6)
7.Ad3 b6 S.e2 (It is possible at
once to play 8.e4, sacrificing a cen ..
(see next diagram)
tral pawn with 8 . . . cd4 [Black should
not take the sacrifice, and so 8 . . . d6 is
15.fg7! (Najdorf underestimated this
correct] 9 . cd4 l2Jd4? 1 0 .e5 l2Jg8?
intermediate move, sacrificing three
1 1 .g4) s . o-o (Better is 8 . . . a6!,
minor pieces for a Rook. As a result,
..
24 Lasker's Combination

Game 13
Kirillov, V-Furman,S
Vilnius 1 949
l.e4 e5 2.ltlf3 ltlc6 3.b5 a6
4. Jta4 ltlf6 5.1I'e2 b5 6.b3
e7 7.a4 b4 S.Jtd5 ltld5 9.ed5
ltld4 10.ltld4 ed4 1 1 .0-0 0-0
12.1I'c4 c5 13.dc6 dc6 14.1I'c6
l:[a7 1 5 . 1I'f3 l:[c7 16.d3 b7
1 7 .1td l d 6 I S .ltld 2 l:l e S
After 14 ...e5
19.1tlc4
Black's Kingside is deprived of
pawn cover) 15 ... l:[f4 16.ltlf4 ef4
17.Jth7!! (Black obviously counted
on 17.c2, when 1 7 . . . lDf6 1 8.l:tadl
e7, 19 . . . g7 allows him not
only to beat off the attack, but to
create threats against the opponent's
Kingside. Now White's heavy pieces
pounce upon the enemy King)
17 ... Wh7 1S.tth5 Wg7 19.l:[adl
1I'f6 (On 1 9 . . . c7 there follows 19 ... h2! 20.Wh2 tth4 21.Wgl
20.g4 f8 21 .l:td7, and on 1 9 . . . c8 g 2! 22.Wg2 l:[c6 23.f4 (After
20.I!fel lDf6 2 1 .gS f7 22.:ld6 the relatively best 2 3 . f3 J:tg6
Black is defenseless) 20.l:[d7 WfS 24.g3 Ite2! 2S .g6 fg6 26.d2
21.l:[b7 ltldS (Black tries to trans, Itd2! 27 . lDd2 gS 28 .h2 d2,
fer the Knight to the King's flank. On Black should win) 23 ... 1tf4 24.l:[hl
21 . . . lDeS the simplest is 22 .el lDg6 l:[f6 25.l:[h2 (There is a beautiful
23 . h6 lDg7 24 . h4; i f 21 . . Jtd8 variation 2S. Ith3 f2 26.hl l:te2
2 2 . l:t e l , with the terrible threat 27.gl f3!! 28 .1:1f3 l:!h6 29.h2
of 23.l:th7!) 22.l:[d7 ltl f7 23.1I'd5 It eh2 30.gl n h l , with a win;
l:[bS (23 . . .lld8 24J f7) 24.l:lel f3 2S .d2 loses at once to 2S . . . f3)
(T here is no protection. For exam, 2 5 . . . klg 6! 2 6 .Whl kle l ! , 0 - 1
pIe, if24 . . . lDed6 then 2S .lle6, when (A.Karpov. Simon Furrnan, Moscow:
2S . . J :te8 doesn't help in view of FiS 1988, p.18)
26.d6) 25.I:[e3, 1-0 (A.Lilienthal
[with abridgment). Andre Lilienthal,
Moscow: FiS 1989, pp.121, 124)
Part One 25

Game 1 4 Game 15
Garcia,R-Najdorf,M Pachman,L-N eikirkh, 0
Santa Fe 1 956 Portoroz 1 958
l . d4 lLl f6 2 . c4 e6 3 . lLlf3 c 5 l .c4 lLlf6 2.lLlc3 e6 3.lLlf3 d5
4. lLlc3 cd4 5.lLld4 Ab4 6 .c2 4.d4 c5 5.cd5 lLld5 6.e3 lLlc6
(A little better is 6.d2 0-0 7.a3 7 . Ac4 lLlc3 8 . bc3 Ae7 9.0-0
i.c5 8.lZJb3 e7 9.g3 d5 1 0.cd5 0-0 10 . e2 b6 1 1 .l:ldl cd4 (The
ed5 1 1 .e3 , as in Salov-Lautier, famous game Byrne,R-Fischer, USA
Dos Hermanos 1 9 95 ) 6 ... lLlc6 7.e3 1 9 5 9 w e n t 1 1 . . . c7 1 2 . e 4 )
0-0 8.Ad2 d5!? (By energetic play 1 2.ed4 (White must either leave a
Black equalizes the game) 9.a3 iJ.e7 weak pawn on c3, or play with a
10.lLlf3 a6 I I.Ae2 dc4 12.Ac4 smothered dark-squared Bishop)
b5 13.iJ.d3 Ab7 (After taking the 1 2 ... lLla5 13.Ad3 iJ.b7 14.iJ.f4
c.-file the advantage passes to Black) .d5 1 5.nabl l:lac8 16.l::[b5!?
1 4.0-0 l:tc8 1 5.b4? (A mistake. (The choice made, White begins to
Perhaps 15.adl then 1 6.bl should attack the enemy King) 16 ...d8
be played) 1 5 . . . iJ.b4 ! 1 6 . b l 1 7 . lLl g 5 ! A g 5 1 8 . iJ. g 5 . d 6
(16.ab4? lZJb4 17.h7 lZJh7 18.bl 19.Af6! .f4 (Immediately lifting
lZJg5! =+= ) 1 6 ... Ad6 17.lLle4 lLle4 the blockade , Black also helps to
18.iJ.e4 f5! (An important move, centralize the ominous Bishop. But
allowing . . J:tf8-f6-h6) 19.iJ.c2 lLle5 what could be done? If 19 . . . gf6, then
20.lLld4 lLlc4 2 1 . Ab4 (21 .lZJe6 2 0. g4 h8 2 1 . h7! i s l o s t )
h4 22.g3 h3 23.f3 g3 24.hg3 20.iJ.e5 .g5 2 1.f4 .e7
g3 25 .hl f6 -+ )

22.Ah7!? (Here the reverse order of


21 ... iJ.h2! 22.Wh2 .h4 23.Wgl Lasker's Combination is expedient,
iJ.g2!! 24.f4 Ad5, 0-1 for by 22.g7! g7 23.g5 h8
2 4 . h7 f5 2 5 .h5 g7 26. f5
26 lasker's Combination

White wins) 2 2 . . . Wh7 23.1fh5 Game 17


Wg8 24.ll.g7! f5 25.Ae5 lOc4?
(Black overlooks the coming mate !
However, after 2 S . . . h7 26. gS
<i1;f7 27 . d S .i. d S 2 8 . n b d S e d S
29 J:tdS Black is also lost) 26.1fg6,
1-0

Game 1 6
Heuer, V-Taimanov,M
Leningrad 1 962
1 .e4 c5 2.lOf3 lOc6 3.d4 cd4 Keres,P-Rampp (simul)
4.lOd4 e6 5.lOc3 a6 6.e3 1fc7 Augsburg 1 968
7 . ll.d3 b5 8 . 0 - 0 b7 9 . lOc6
1.ll.h7! Wh7 2.1fh5 Wg8 3.ll.g7!
1fc6 10.d4 lOf6 1 1 . 1fe2 e7
f5 (If Black takes the second sacri,
12.a3 0-0 13.f4 d5 14.ed5 lOd 5
fice, then White's gS,pawn will play
a decisive part after 3 . . . <i1;g7 4.h6
<i1;g8 S .g6!) 4.1fh8 Wf7 5.g6 we7
6. ll.f8 l::l f8 7.g7 l::lc 8 8. 1fc8!,
1 -0

(see next diagram)

15.ll.h7! Wh7 16.1fh4 cd4 (If


1 6 . . . g6 then 17 .g4 and White wins)
1 7 . 1fh 5 W g 8 18. ll.f6! ( A l e k,
hine's Block ! ) 1 8... 1fc3 19.1l.g7!?
Part One 27

6. 'ifh5, with perpetual check) 5.J:e7


ffa3 6 . ff g 5 , 1/ 2 - 1/2

Game 20
Kuzmin, G-Sveshnikov,E
Moscow 1973
1 . e4 c 5 2 . lQ f3 e6 3 . d4 cd4
4.lQd4 lQc6 5.lQc3 .c7 6.Ae2
a 6 7 . 0 - 0 lQ f 6 8 . A e 3 A b 4
9.lQc6!? (Better than 9. ltJa4 ltJe7)
After 14 c7
...
9 ... bc6 (Now 9 . . . dc6 would be fol,
lowed by 10.ltJa4 with an evident
(White turns aside from the direct
advantage) 10.lQa4 0-0 (The vari,
way with 1 9.tWg4 '*e3 20.h1 '*h6
ation 1 0 . . . Ab7 1 1 .c4 i"d6 1 2 .f4
2 1 .1:U5! g6 22. l::t f3 ... h5 23.l::t h 3 +-)
ltJe4 1 3 .c5 Ae7 14.Ad4 0-0 1 5 . i"d3
19 ... Wg7 20 . g5 wh7 2 1 .m3?
f5 1 6.Ae4 fe4 17.i"e5 'iYd8 18. ... d4
( Missing the win with 2 1 . l::t f4!)
is obviously favorable for White)
21 ... a1 22.Wf2 .c3! 23. fff5
11.c4 (L:::.. 12.c5; 1 1 .ltJb6.:tb81 2 . ltJc8
Wg7 24.ffg4 Wh7 25. ffh3 wg7,
l::t fc8 1 3 . Aa6) 1 1 ... Ad6?! (Errone,
1/2-1/2 (Kapengut, In 1 3 /254)
o u s , a s i s 1 1 . . . ltJe4 1 2 .c5 "'e5
1 3 . A d4 "'f4 1 4 . Ag7 ; correct
Game 1 9
is 1 1 . . . Ae7) 12.f4 lQe4 (Now it's
forced) 13.c5 Jl,e7 14.Ad3 lQf6
15.Ad4 (Centralization!) 15 ... lQd5??
(Allowing Lasker's Combination. But
even the correct 15 . . . g6 16 .... e2,
ltJa4-b6-c4 offers no guarantee)

Ozsvath,A-Portisch,L
Hungary 1 972

1.h7! Wh7 2. ffh5 wg8 3.Ag7!


wg7 4.%:la3! .d6 (4 . . . Aa3 also
le ads to a draw afte r 5 .1W g 5 h7
28 lasker's Combination

16.lOb6!! lOb6 (Or16... l:tb817 . .i.h7!


h7 1 8 . ltJd5 cd5 1 9 . 'ifh5 g8
20.g7! c5 2 1 . hl g7 22.'ifg4
h8 23.1::1 f3 'if c2 24.f5, with a deci..
sive advantage for White) 17.Ah7!
Wh7 I S . e h 5 W gS 1 9. A g7 !
Wg7 20.eg4 wh7 21m3 Ac5
22.Wh1, 1-0 (Geller, InE 1 6/343)

Game 21
Taimanov,M -Shashin,A 2 2 . A h7! Wh7 2 3 . eh5 WgS
URS 1 978 24.Ag7! Wg7 (There is no rescue!
1.lOf3 lOf6 2.h3 d5 3.Ah2 Ag4 If 24 . . .f5 25 . 'ifh8 <M7 26.g6! e7
4.e3 e6 5.h3 Af3 6. ef3 lOhd7 [26 . . . g6 27. 'ifh6 t7 28. 'ife6 r:3;g7
( 0 6 . . . e7) 7.g4!? Ad6 (An early 29 . l:tgl +-] 27 .'ifh7! and White
attack here is positionally justified. wins; or 24 . . .f6 25.g6! +-) 25.eh6
However, the best continuation is WgS 26.g6 lOf6 27.l::[g l! ed5 (If
7 . . . e7 8.g5 ltJe4 9.h4 0-0 10.d3 27 . . . l:te8, then 28.gt7 +-) 2S.g7,
ltJd6) S.g5 lOe4 9.h4 0-0 10.d3 1 -0 (M.Taimanov, InE 27/7)
lO e c 5 1 1 . lO d 2 a 5 1 2 . a 3 a 4
1 3 .h4 lO a 6 1 4 . d4 ! ? c6 1 5 .c4 Game 22
(t::,. 16.b5) 1 5 ... e5!? 16.cd5 ed4 Gufeld,E-Osnos, V
1 7 . d 4 c 5 ! ? l S . h c 5 lO a c 5 URS 1978
19.1Oc4 lOh3 20.JiLd3! (20. ltJd6
1 .e4 c5 2.lOf3 lOf6 3.e5 lOd5
'ifa5) 20 ... c5? (It is not easy to
4.d4 cd4 5. ed4 e6 6 . .1lc4 lOc6
find a correct continuation for Black,
7. Yle4 d6 s.o-o de5 9.lOe5 ec7
e.g. 20 . . . b5? 2 1 .'ife4 g6 22. ltJd6 +-;
(Here it is possible to go at once from
20 . . . ltJal?! 21 .'ifh5 g6 22.'ifh6 ;
the opening into the endgame by
20 ... ltJd4!? 21 .ed4 ltJb6 ) 2 1 . .1lc3?
9 . . . ltJf6 10 . ltJc6! ltJe4 1 1 . ltJd8 d8
(White overlooks that Lasker's Co m..
1 2 . l:tdl c7 1 3 . .i.d3 ltJd6, but after
b ination is pos s ib l e here with
14.c4! [Martinovic-Balajats, Novi
2 1 .h7! h7 22.'ifh5 g8 23 . .i.g7!)
Sad 1 978] White retains the initia..
21 ... h5? (A reciprocal mistake. But
tive) 10.lOf3 lOf6 1 1.tre2 Ad6
after 21 . . . l:te8 22.l:tdl White also
12.l::[e 1 lOg4 13.h3 lOge5 14.lOe5
has a clear advantage)
Ae5 15.lOd2 0-0 16.lOf3 lOd4
17.lOd4 .1ld4 lS.l::[d 1 .1lc5 (Black
(see next diagram)
sounds the retreat; this Bishop aims
Part One 29

[ where would you think? ] for f8 ! the Bishop on g7 creates immedi,


There it rests in total passivity, but ately the threat of mate on h8, leav,
a tte mpting to support the center ing little choice of defense. Still, the
with 18, . .ii6 19 .'ti'e4 doesn't prom' method chosen by White costs two
i s e muc h either) 1 9 . b 3 ! lL d 7 tempi - can Black use that time?)
2 o. lLb 2 ]:tfd8 2 1 . tWg4 lL f 8 26 gf6 27.l:lg4 Ag7 28.t h6
..

22 .Af6! l:le8?! (Strangely, this mis , Wf8 29.l:lg7! (.6. 3 0 J::t f7 <;i;f7
take is based on a small tactic a few 3 1 .'ti'h7 <;i;f8 32.'ti'c7, V.Charushin)
moves hence. If Osnos had glanced
into the not,so,distant future, he
would have placed the Rook on c8;
yet it is difficult to foresee now that
Black's Queen should be securely
protected) 23.lLd3! Ac6?! (After
the relatively best 23 , . . n ac8 24.h4!
Black would be doomed to a hard
defense)

29 ... l:lac8 (Analysis s hows t he


combination to be correct in all its
branches, e . g. 29, . . 'ti'd8 30.h7!
'ti'd7 3 1 . 'ti'g8; 29 . . . l:!ec8 30.'VHf6
[30.'ti'h7 Ae8!] 30 . . . .,te4 [ 30 , . . 'ti'e7?
3 1 . l:tg8!] 3 1 J::t e l ! .,tc2 [3 1 , . J d8
32.'ti'g5!] 3 2 . 'ti'g5 Ag6 [32, . .<;i;e8
33. l:te6 fe6 34.l:tc7 l:tc7 35.'ti'g8]
3 3 . 'ti'h6! <;i;e8 [33 , . .Ac2 34 .l:te6]
24 .ah7! W h 7 2 5 .tW h 5 W g 8
3 4 .l:te6; 2 9 . . . 'ti'd7 3 0 . 'ti'f6 .,te4
26.l:ld4!! (The combinational point [30 . . . 'ti'e7 3 1 .'ti'h6 'ti'd7 32.g5]
which, from beginning to end, is an 3 1 .'ti'g5!) 30.h7! (.6. 31 .l:tdl ! .,td5
exce.llent and -educational example. 32.c4!, restoring the piece with a de,
As in Lasker's Combination proper cisive attack) 30 . . . b5 3 1 .l::[d l!
[with sacrifices on h7 and g7] , here Ad5 3 2 .c4! bc4 33.bc4 , 1 - 0
White also sacrifices both Bishops - (This impudent pawn cannot be
although in reversed order, while taken because of mate, and so the
maintaining Alekhine's Block. This Bishop is doomed. Further resistance
combination shines all the brighter, is useless. E. Gufeld [with abridg,
as it appears less forcing. Sacrificing
30 Lasker's Combination

ment]. Eduard Gufe ld, Moscow: FiS Black) 2 1 . tr g 5 Wh8 (2 1 . . . h7


1985, pp.125,127) 22J:tc4 +-) 22. trf6 Wg8 23.k[c4,
1-0 (Miles, In 34/493)
Game 23
Miles,A-Browne, W Game 24
Lucerne 1 982 Kasparov, G-Portisch,L
1.f3 c5 2.c4 f6 3.c3 e6 Niksic 1 983
4.e3 c6 5.d4 d5 6.dc5 ..ac5 l . d4 f6 2 . c4 e6 3 . f3 b6
7.a3 a6 (7 . . . dc4 deserves attention) 4.c3 ..ab7 5.a3 d5 6.cd5 d5
8.b4 .ta7 9 . .tb2 0 - 0 1 0 . J:Icl (This line is the most fashionable
d4? ! I I .ed4 d4 1 2 .c5 f3 now, but hardly better than the usual
6 . . . edS . White maintains an advan,
(12 . . . eS 1 3 . ltJeS neB is to White's
advantage, after both 1 4 .ltJe2 and tage in the center, and has a greater
14.f4!?) 13.trf3 ..ad7 14 . ..ad3 choice of plans) 7.e3 c3 (Portisch
( 14. 'iYb7 is not possible because of has applied this variation constantly
14 . . .i.cS!) 14 ... .tc6 1 5.e4 e4 of late. His game against Miles in the
16.e4 trc7 17.0-0 (Here Lasker's recent European championship con,
Combination is premature: 1 7 .i.h7? tinued 7 . . . i.e7 8 .i.bS c6 9 . ltJdS
h7 1B . 'iY h S gB 1 9 . i.g7 f6 ! 'iY d S 1 0 . i.d 3 0 - 0 1 1 . 'iY c 2 h 6
20. 'iYhB f7 2 1 .i.fB 'iY eS -+ ) 1 2 .i.h7 hB 1 3 .i.e4 'iYdB . T his
17 ... ad8? (A typical mistake, time a more studied approach is
chosen) 8.bc3 ..ae7 9 .JLb5 c6
noted by Junge. Correct is 1 7 . . . l:tfdB
BJtfd 1 , although White has a clear 10 . ..ad3 c5 1 1 .0-0 c6 12 . ..ab2
advantage) (This plan is now the most popular.
It is logical; first White arranges his
pieces on comfortable squares, and
only then starts active play con,
nected with the advance e3-e4)
12 ... J:Ic8 (An opening ruse - Black
wan ts the White Queen developed
not on c2 but on e2. Moreover, the
Rook is situated quite well on the
c,file) 13.tre2 0-0 14.J:Iadl (This
initial tabia has been lately suhjected
to thorough analysis) 14 ... ttc7 (AI,
18.Ah7! +- Wh7 19.h5 Wg8
lowing White to test an idea. From
20.Ag7! W g7 (20 . . .f6 2 1 . 'iYhB f7
here the game Polugaevsky-Portisch,
22.i.fB nfB 23 . 'iYh7 also doesn't save
Plovdiv 1983 was agreed drawn after
Part One 31

a few moves, but one interesting


possibility was not taken into ac ..
count)

After 16 lDa5
. . .

23.d6 d8 [1f23 . . J c1 24.l:tcl d8


25. ltJg5! fg5 26. l:tc7 c7 27.e8
15.c4! (This natural move is a nov ..
l:tf8 28. e5, and mate is unavoid..
el ty ! In case of 1 5 .e4 ltJa5 Black's able ] 2 4 . l:t c8 c8 25 .e8 %If8
plan would be justified. Now the po ..
26.d7 b7 27. ltJg5! [ /:}. 28. ltJe6]
sition takes on a new color. White's
27 . . .fg5 28.'ffe 5 nf6 29.f6 win..
powerful Bishops concentrate fire on
ning. M aybe Portisch didn' t see
the enemy Kingside [which lacks de ..
everything, but rather fel t that
fenders] , and he has a mobile pawn
White w o u l d h a v e m o r e t h a n
center. Here Portisch thought for a
enough compensation for the pawn.
long time) 1 5 ... cd4 (The Hungarian
So he chooses another way) 18.cd5
Grandmaster decides to struggle
Ad5
against White's hanging pawn cen ..
ter. Instead 1 5 . . . iJ6 is no good, e.g.
16.d5 ltJe5 [ 1 6 . . . b2 17.dc6, win..
ning a piece] 17.ltJe5 e5 18.h7;
analysis recommends 1 5 . . . ltJa5 a s
best, although after 16.d5 White has
a promising game) 16.ed4 lOa5

(see next diagram)

17.d5! (White's pieces are ready to


attack, and Black's plan has resulted 19.Ji.h7 Wh7 20.l:[d5 wg8 (A
in fiasco) 17 . . . ed5 ( 1 7 . . . ltJc4 is no logical move. It is necessary to take
good after 18.'ff e 4 g6 1 9.c4 'ffc 4 me a s ures against, for ex ample ,
20.'ffe 5 f6 2 1 .'ff e 6 l:tt7 22.l:tc l 'ff a6 2 1 .'ffe4 g8 22.l:th5, andif20 . . . c2,
32 lasker's Combination

then 2 1 J:t d2 'ifc5 22.ltJe5 and again followed by 23. 'if g4 <i1;fB 24. 'iff5 f6
casualties are inevitable. At this mo.. 2 5 . l:te l ltJc6 [25 . . . 'ifcl 26J ddl
ment 1 fell to thinking. White's pieces doesn't save either] 26. ltJd7 <i1;f7
are arranged ideally; however, there 27. It e7 with mate; if 22 . . . 'ifc2, then
is nothing concrete to do. There is a 23.'ifg4 <i1;h7 24J:td3 l:tc3 25.'iff5
feeling that White should play ac.. <i1;gB 26.l:tg3 and White wins the
tively, but how? The moves 2 1 . ltJg5 Queen) 23. eg4 WfS 24. ytf5 f6
or 21 . ltJe5 suggest themselves, al.. 25.d7 (2 5 . ltJg6 <i1;eB? [ Afte r
though the Knight on g5 has nothing 2 5 ... <i1;g7 there is nothing special, e . g.
to do. The Knight on e5 looks quite 26. ltJf4 l:td5 27. ltJd5 {27.'ifg6 <i1;hB
good, but then the b 2 .. Bishop is 2B. ltJe6 l:tg5} 27 . . . 'if c5 2B. ltJe7]
somehow unemployed. But what if it 2 6 . 'ifh5 l:td5 27 . ltJe5) 25 ... l:ld7
is sacrificed? Yes, yes just the right 26.l:ld7 ec5 27.yth7 (I decided
thing! ) to play closer to the King, although
now I'm sure that 27. 'ifh3 is more
precise) 27...l:1c7 2S.ehS! (Avoid..
ing the trap 2BJ :td3? 'iff2!! 29. <i1;f2
[29.l:tf2 l:tcl ] 29 . . . c5 30.<i1;g3 Ith7
with a draw) 2S . . . Wf7 29.l::ld3
c4 30.l::l fd 1 ! ( A n 'important
move , connecting the Rooks for
united action. Portisch is tired from
an arduous defense and makes the
decisive mistake) 30 ... e5? (Better
was 30 . . . d6 , but then 3 1 .Itd5 'ifa3
21.Ag7!! (A positional piece sacri..
32. l:td6 and Black is paralyzed)
fice. It is interesting that both White
3 1 . eh7 we6 ( Black' s King is
Bishops took part in exposing the
forced to go the last mile) 32. ytgS
Black King ! ) 21 ... Wg7 22. e5 (It
Wf5 33. g4 Wf4 34.l:td4 Wf3
is astonishing that White has no
35.ytb3, 1-0 (G. Kasparov, Che ss
direct threats, and he is short a piece,
Re vie w [No.20, 1 9 83] , pp. 8 .. 9)
but is position is excellent! By the
way, there is an explanation: Black's
Game 25
Knight grazes long in a distant pas ..
ture. Portisch finds the only chance Dizdarevic,E-Miles,A
to keep from losing immediately) Bie1 1 985
22 ...l:lfdS (22 . . .f5 is no good after 1 .c4 b6 2.d4 e6 3.ltlf3 ltlf6 4.e3
23. It d3 'ifc5 24 . ltJd7, and White Ab7 5.Ad3 d5 6.b3 Ad6 7.0-0
gets back a piece; 22 . . . IthB would be 0-0 S.Ab2 ltlbd7 9.ltlbd2 ltle4
Part One 33

10.1tc2 f5 1 1.l:tadl lOd2 12.lOd2 Game 26


dc4 13.lOc4? ( 1 3 . Ac4 is better, al .. Beliavsky,A-Tal ,M
though even here the combination Oslo 1 989 (active)
1 3 . . . h2 ! 1 4 . h2 'ii' h 4 1 5 . g l
l.d4 e6 2.c4 lOf6 3.lOc3 AM
i,. g 2 ! 1 6 . Ae6 hB 1 7 . f3 ! Ah3 !
4.e3 0-0 5.Jld3 d5 6.lOf3 b6
1B . ltJe4 fe4 19.Ah3 'ii' h 3 20.'ii'e 4
7.0-0 Ab7 8.cd5 ed5 9 . 1tc2
:f6 2 1 .'ifaB ltJfB wins for Black)
(9.a3 Ad6 1 0.b4 a6 1 1 .b3 e7
1 2 .b5 ab5 1 3 . ltJb5 ltJbd7 1 4.a4 c5
1 5.Aa3 [Beliavsky-Hracek, Polianitza
Zdroj 1 996 ] is considered more
promising for White) 9 ... lObd7
10.b3 c5 II.Ab2 I1c8 12.I1acl
=

cd4 13.lOd4 lOe4 (Black presses on


the weak c3 square) 14.lOde2 lOe5
..

1 5 . e d l 1te7 1 6 . A b l I1cd8
17. YWd4 Jlc5!? (Played in "Tal's
style." Black sacrifices the d5 pawn,
..

13.. -+ 14.Wh21th4 1 5.Wgl but opens a diagonal for his light..


.f3!! (A fresh look at Lasker's squared Bishop) 1 8 . lO d 5 I1 d 5
Combination. The straightforward 1 9 .1te4 f 5 20.1tf4 Ad6 (The
1 5 . . . Ag2 is refuted by 1 6.f3, while other Bishop also takes up an attack ..
the text move's "intermediate" Alek.. ing position) 21.Jle5 Jle5 22.1ta4
hine's Block creates the threat of l::ta 5 23.1tc4 Ad5 24.1td3 Ae4
16 . . . g4!) 16.lOd2 (Now 16.Ae2 2 5 . 1t c 4 Jl d 5 2 6 . 1t d 3 Ae4
would b e followed by 1 6 . . . Ag2! 27.1td2 ]:td8 28.lOd4
[ 1 6 . . . :f6 1 7 . Af3 :h6 1 B . Ah 5 ! ]
17.g2 :f6 [ 1 7 ... 'ii' g5 1B.h1 :f6]
1B.Ah5 g5 ; or if 1 6.:fe1 :f6)
16 . . . Ag2 ! 1 7 .f3 ( N a t u r a l ly i f
17. g2 then the standard 17 . . . 'ifg4
18.h1 :f6) 17 ...l::tf6! ( 1 7 . . . 'ifg3?
,

is not good because of 1B.ltJe4!)


18.lOc4 Jlh3! (Mate is not far off,
e . g. 1 9 . h 2 : g6 2 0 . h 1 A g 2
21 .gl Af3; or 19.:f2 :g6 20.h1
g2 21 .gl h1 #) , 0-1 (A. Miles,
28... Ah2!? 29.Wh2 1th4 30.Wgl
InE 40/365)
Ag2! 31 .f4! (White blockades the
34 Lasker's Combination

deadly 5 th rank. Tal gets the mini.. Speelman) 1 7 . iL f 6 (Alekhine ' s


mum which Lasker's Combination Block! ) 17 . . . 1:le8?! ( I n c a s e o f
gives him: a Rook and two pawns for 17 . . . gf6 18.'ii'g4 [A perpetual results
two minor pieces - but the pawn from 1 8 . Ah7 <if;h7 1 9 .'ii' h S <if;g8
sacrificed earlier should b e sub.. 20.1Vg4 <if;h7 =] 18 . . . <if;h8 19.'ii'h4
tracted! ) 31 ... A fI 32.Wf l (32 J:tf1
[Not 1 9 .ef6? l:tg8 20.1Wh4 hS! -+ ]
Ild6 gives Black chances to continue 1 9 . . .fS 20.'ii'f6 <if;g8 2 1 .1WgS <if;h8
the a t t a c k ) 32 . . hl 3 3 .We2
22.'fj'f6 <if;g8 23.l:te 1 !? Ad7 24. l:te3,
'ltg 2 34.Wd3 Yl d5 35.Wc3 l:[c5 and White maintains the initiative,
36.Wb2 g 6 (Black's small material according to Speelman)
deficit is compensated by his initia..
tive , which White gradually sup ..
presses to achieve a draw) 37.l:[gl
Wd6 38.Ad3 .f6 39.wbl l:[e8
40.lQf3 l:td8 41. e5 Wg7 42 . b2
l:tcd5 43.Ac2 l:[c8 44.l:[g2 I:lc7
45.ea3 .d646.Yld6l:[d6 47.Af5
l:tdl 48.Wb2 l:[el 49.l:[g3 Wf6,
1/2- 1/2

Game 27
18.iLh7!! wh7 (18 . . . <if;f8 1 9.1Wg4
Dolmatov,S-Speelman,J gf6 2 0 . ef6 +-) 19. Yl h5 Wg8
Hastings 1 990 20. tl'g5 .f8 (20 . . . g6 l o s e s to
"
l.e4 c6 2.d4 d5 3.ed5 cd5 4.c4 2 1 .Wh6) 21.l:[dl! b6 22.l:[d4
f 6 5 . c 3 e 6 6 . f 3 iL b4 iL a 6 2 3 . l:l g4 iLe 2 2 4 . iL g 7 !
7. Ad3 dc4 8 . Ac4 0 - 0 9 .0-0 (24.l:tg3?! only leads to a draw after
bd7 10.Ag5! Ac3 1 1 .bc3 tl'c7 24 . . . l:ted8 2S .h3 l:td3 26.f3?! l:td1
12.Ad3 Y1c3 (Other continuations 2 7 . <if;h 2 A d 3 ! 2 8 . Ag7 V c S ; o r
are worse; for example 1 2 . . . b6 1 3.c4 i f 2 4 . Wg7 Wg7 2 S . l:t g7 <if;h8 !)
with advantage for White) 13.l:lcl 24 Ag4 25.Af8 Wf8 26.tI'g4

Yl a5 14. e5, ( 1 4.l:te1? b6 l S .lLleS l:[ac8 27.h4 (27.'ii'g S!?, followed by


b7 =+= ) 14 ... e5 ( 1 4 . . . b6?! would the march h2-h4-hS, deserves atten..
be followed by l S .1Wf3 'ii' d S 1 6. 1Wh3 tion) 2 7 W e 7 2 8 . g 5 wd7
..

with an attack) 15.l::tc5 .a3 1 6.de5! 29 .f4 a5 30 f7 wc6 31 .f3


(If 1 6. :teS lLldS , 17 . . .fS with un.. wc5 32 e3 wc6 33 . f3 wc5
clear play) 16 ... c5 ( 1 6 . . . lLle4?! 34. a3 wc4 35 b3 wc5 36.a4
17. l:tc8 lLlgS 18. l:ta8 l:ta8 1 9.h4 g6 +- l:lb8 37 c3 Wd5 38.f4 We4
2 0 . b 1 ! ; 1 6 . . . lLl d7 1 7 . l:t b S , 3 9 f3?! (Correct is 39.'ii' c4 <if;e3
Part One 35

40.g3 +-) 39 ... Wd4 40. 1Wc6 we3


4 1. 1Jcl?! (41 .g3 :ecB 42.e6 +- )
4 1 . . . We2 4 2 .h5 J:lec8 43 .1Wf1
d2 44.1Wb5 we3 (44 . . . <it>c3!? is
be tter) 45.g3 Wd4 (Now neither
4 5 . . J:t c 2 4 6 . b3 n o r 45 . . . <it>f3
46. d3 could be played) 46.W g 2
c3 47.h6?! (47.g4!? l:tc5 48.d7
<itfb4 [4B . . . b5 49.d6 l:tbcB 50.ab5
+- ] 49.<it>g3 +- ) 47... I1h8 48.1Wd7
b 5 49.ab5 a4 50.b6 a3 5 1 .1Wa4
14 ... Ah2! 15.Wh2 1Wh4 16.W g1
b 2 (5 1 . . J:t aB 52.c6 <it>b2 53 .b7
Ag2! (In this short game the subtle ..
+- ) 52.1Wb4 wa2 53.h7! l:tbc8
ties of Lasker's Combination are
(5 3 . . . l:th7? 5 4 . d2 <it>b1 5 5 .d3
brightly displayed. First, at this stage
<itf b 2 5 6 . h 7 a 2 5 7 . a 7 l:t h B
White's defensive methods are lim ..
5B .b7 +- ; 5 3 . . J :tb7 54.d2 <it>b1
ited; there are only three possible
55. d3 <it>b2 56.e2 <it>a1 57.f3
moves. Second, in case his attack is
b2 58.b7 a2 59.g7 +-) 54.b7
repulsed, Black has the chance to
l:[c2 55.Wf3 klb2 56.1Wc4 nb3
easily escape with a draw) 17.f4 (If
57 . W g4 W b 2 5 8 . 1W c 8 n h 7
17.<it>g2 then 17 . . . g4 1B.<it>h1 h3
5 9.b8 = 1J klg7 60.Wh5 %lgg 3
is perpetual check; if 17.f3 -then
6 1 . 1W d6 flh 3 6 2 . W g 6 klb g 3
1 7 . . . Afl 1B.Afl :b2 , when 19.Ad4
6 3 . W f 7 kl h 7 6 4 . W e 6 ]:t h 6
is no good because of 19 . . Jlc2!)
65.Wf5 ]:td6 66.ed6 a 2 67.d7
17 . . .Ae4 ( D,. 1B . . . g 3 with mate)
a1 = 1W 68.1Wb7 (6B . . . <it>c3 would
1 8 . 1W h 2 1W g 4 1 9 . W f 2 kl b 2
be followed by 69 . dB=) , 1 - 0
2 0 . A b 3 Yfl f 3 2 1 . W g 1 1W g 4
(Dolmatov, In 49/688)
22.Wf2 Yflf3 (If 23.<it>e1 then after
23 . . . c3 White must come back to
Game 28
f2, since 24.d2 is met by 24 . . . :tb3!
Chuprov,Aeller,E and Black wins) , 1/2- 1/2
St. Petrsburg 1 994
1 .e4 e5 2.lOf3 lOc6 3.lOc3 g 6 1 ---- 1

4.d4 ed4 5 . lOd4 Ag7 6 . .1le 3 Classifi cation o f


lQ f 6 7 . lO c 6 b c 6 8 . e 5 lO d 5 Lasker's Combination
9.lOd5 cd5 10.1Wd5 l:lb8 1 1 . Ac4
0-0 12.0-0 b7 13.1Wd2 .i.e5 The games of well .. known players
14.Aa7 show that, in spite of the variety of
tactical content, their use of Lasker's
36 Lasker's Combination

Combination can be systematized. This classification radically differs


The main difference among our ex .. from one proposed in the booklets
amples of this combination is the mentioned above , systematized by
number of intermediate moves. The Zavodny. He classifies the games ac ..
classification given below is based on cording to other principles, and it
the characteristics of those interme.. looks thus:
diate moves.
1) Sacrifice by the White Pieces
Canonical Combinations a. Black takes both pieces
One Bishop is sacrificed on h7 (h2) , b. Black declines the g7 .. Bishop
followed by one intermediate move, c. Sacrifices for a draw
then the other Bishop is sacrificed on d. Unsuccessful sacrifices
g7 (g2) . See Games 1 .. 3, 6 , 7,10,13 .. 2) Sacrifice by the Black Pieces
17,19 .. 21,23,24,26 ,28. a. White takes both pieces, etc.

Shortened Combinations In all there are more than' twenty


The Bishop pair is sacrificed on suc .. categories ! Of course, such a classifi ..
cessive moves, one after the other. cation also has the right to exist. Our
An intermediate move is absent. classification has a more general
character, clearly defining the con ..
Lengthened Combinations tent of the combinations. And what
Two or more intermediate moves is perhaps more important - only five
separate the Bishop sacrifices (unlike names !
the canonical's single intermediate
move) . See Games 4,9,27. The sacrifice of two Bishops is natu ..
rally not the only method of destroy..
Complex Combinations ing pawns at g7 (g2) and h7 (h2) . The
A special case, in which the interme .. greatness of Lasker's Combination is
diate moves themselves consist of an that the same goal can often be
independent combination, usually reached by other, even even more
Alekhine's Bock. See Games 1 8,25. spectacular means. For example, the
combination n:tay involve the same
Reversed Combinations squares, but use other pieces. Or we
Here the move order is transposed: find other tactical methods inter ..
the first Bishop is sacrificed on woven - again the most often seen is
g7 (g2) , then other on h7 (h2) . See Alekhine 's Block on the s q uare
Game 5 . f6 (f3) . All these we call Variations on
Lasker's Combination. See Games
8,11,12,22.
Part Two 37

2 4 . e h 5 w g S 2 5 . .i. g 7 ! A h 2
Part Two
26.Wh2 wg7 27.ltlf5 Wf6 (Or
27 . . . g8 28.g4 ifg6 29.tlJe7 g7
.-----, 3 0 . ltJg6 fg6 3 1 . ifa4 and White
Canonical Combinations wins) 2S.eh6 Wf5 29. eb6 Ab5
30.l:1e3 f6 31. ee6, 1-0
Game 2 9
Gaudin-Oskam, G Game 30
Bromley 1 920 Book, E-Ingerslev, A
1 .e4 c5 2.d4 cd4 3.ltlf3 ea5?! Goteborg 1 929
(The usual continuations 3 . . . e6 or 1 .e4 e6 2.lQf3 d5 3.lQc3 b4
3 . . . d6 are better) 4.d2 eb6?! 4.d3 c5 5.a3 a5 6.b4 cb4
(4. . . c7 is the Queen's place) 5.ltla3 7.ab4 b4 S.b2 lQe7 9.0-0
iOc6 6.ltlc4 ec7 7.c3 b5 S.lQa3 0-0 1 0 . lIe 1 b6 1 1 .ed5 lQd5
dc3 9 . b c 3 a 6 1 0 . d 3 lQf6 1 2 . lQ d 5 e d 5 1 3 . ltl d4 Ab7
1 1 .0-0 e6 1 2 . lQc2 d5?! (Lagging 14.%le3 lQd7
behind in development, Black should
play the modest I 2 . . . d6) 13.ed5
ed5 1 4 . a4 ba4 1 5 . l:[a4 Ae7
16.4 Yrb7 17 .lQe5 0-0 1S.l:le1
d6 19.1Qc6 Ylc6 20.lQd4 Ylb6
21.Ag5 Ad7 22.6 (Alekhine's
Block) 22 ... Aa4 (22 . . . gf6 23. h5
f5 24. ltJf5 +-)

1 5.lQc6!! (The Knight sacrifices


itself to open the aI-h8 diagonal.
From here the procedure is simple)
1 5 ... JLc6 16.h7! Wh7 17.Yrh5
WgS 1S . .i.g7! wg7 19. 1:lg3 Wf6
20.l:le1, 1 -0

23.h7! (If 23.h5 then 23 . . . g6


2 4 . h6 h 2 ! 2 5 . h 2 f6 a n d
Black saves himself. But there is
Lasker's Combination! ) 23 ... Wh7
38 Lasker's Combination

Game 3 1 12.h3 /Llge5 13./Lle5 /Lle5 14.ed5


Rasmusson-Pulkinen ed5 15./Llf3 /Llf3 16. ef3 /Le6
Helsinki 1 933 17 .e3 l:lad8? (This move corn..
promises Black's position. Undoubt..
l . d4 d5 2 . c4 c6 3 . /Llf3 /Llf6
e dly, it w a s n e c e s s ary t o p l ay
4.e3 e6 5 . /Llc3 /Llbd7 6 . d3
17 . . . ..t eS , planning 1 8 . . . Af6. Lo ..
/Le7 7.0-0 0-0 8.b3 b 6 9.b2
cated on the long diagonal, the
/Lb7 10.ee2 ec7 (Here 10 . . . cS is
Bishop would prevent the opponent's
better) 1 1 ./Lle5 c5 (Of course, not
Kingside attack and promote his
l 1 . . . ttJeS 1 2 .deS eS because of
own minority attack on the Queen's
1 3 . ttJdS!) 12.f4 l:[ae8? (After this
flank. If White answers 17 . . . AeS
error White wins by force) 13./Llb5
with 18.Aa7, then after 18 . . . Ah2
eb8 14./Lld7 /Lld7 15.dc5! c5
1 9 . <it>h 1 :t a7 2 0 . g3 Ag3 2 1 . fg3
(There is nothing better)
Black has we akened the enemy
King's pawn cover. By the way, Black
would also have good prospects on
the Queenside) 18.c2 b5 (Black's
only counter.. chance) 19./Ld4 /Lc5
(Both White Bishops aim menac..
ingly at Black's castled position.
Black would be happy ' to exchange
even one of them) 20.:adl (In
spite its .outward simplicity, this
move is very deepi it is preparatory
1 6 . /Lh7! w h 7 1 7 . e h 5 W g8 for an attack involving the sacrifice
18.g7!! Wg7 ( 1 8 . . .fS 1 9 . 'iVg6 of two Bishops) 20 ...b4 (In case of
:tt7 2 0 . A f6 <it> f8 2 1 . 'iV h 6 <it> g8 20 . . . .!.d4 2 1 .:td4 Black would have
22.h8 * ) 19.eg5 wh8 20.]::lf3 a strategically lost position. For ex ..
/Llf6 21.l1h3 /Llh7 22. eh5, 1-0 ample, he must repel the threat of
(A. Roisman) 22.Ah7 <it>h7 23.hS <it>g8 24. :th4
+- ) 21.e5 fLd6 (Practically forced,
Game 32 as 21 . . . b6 would be followed by
Koltanowsky, G-Defosse 2 2 . g3 g6 2 3 . Ac7 winning the
Belgium 1 936 Exchange)
l . d4 /Llf6 2 . /Llf3 e6 3 .e 3 d 5
(see next diagram)
4 . /Ld3 c5 5 .c3 /Ll c 6 6 . /Llbd2
/Le7 7.0-0 0-0 8.dc5 /Lc5 9.e4
ec7 10. ee2 /Ld6 1 1 .l:tel /Ll g4
Part Two 39

game S imag in-G olde nov, USS R


1 9 5 2 ) 7 . . . d6 8 . lObd 2 lQd2
9.lOd2

2 2 . h7! W h 7 2 3 . eh5 Wg8


24.g7!! wg7 (In this position
Black has only three moves, and the
others are not better. After 24 . . .f5 9 ... ..ah2!? 10.Wh2 .h4 11 .Wgl
25 .fj'h8 26.fj'h7 Black is unable Ag2 ! ? 1 2 . Wg2 .g4 1 3 . Wh2
to repulse White's numerous threats; tlh4, 1/2-1/2 (An amusing open..
or 24 .. .f6 25 . fj'h8 f7 26.Af8 f8 ing trap! )
[If 26 . . .1::[ f8 t h e n 27 . tW h7 e8
28. :e6 +- ] 27.fj'h5 e7 28.fj'h7 Game 34
d6 29.:e6, and White wins the Louma,J-Dolezhal
Queen) 2 5 . e g 5 Wh7 26. l:td4 Marianske Lazne 1 951
Ah2 (Sacrificing his Queen and
1 . e4 c 5 2 . lO f 3 e6 3 . d4 cd4
Bishop somewhat postpones the
4. lOd4 lOf6 5.lOc3 d6 6.d3
inevitable defeat) 27. Wh1 tl f4
lO c 6 7 . lO c 6 bc 6 8 . 0 - 0 e7
28.ru4 Af4 29. tlf4 8 3 . :e5 , 9 f
. 4 tl c7 10.ef3 d5 11 . .1le3

1-0 ( G . Ko l t an o w s k l. lth the
de4 (An unmotivated surrender of
Chess Masters, San FrancIsco: Fal ..
the center. Continuing development
con Publishers, 1972)
with 1 1 . . Ab7 was better) 12.lOe4
.

lOe4 13 . ..ae4 ..ad7 14.d4 0-0


Game 33
(Now Black falls under direct attack.
Heinicke,H-Schmidt After 14 . . . f8 some chances for a
Hamburg 1 936 defense remained)
1.lOf3 lOf6 2.e3 b6 3.d4 b7
4.Ji.d3 e6 5 .0-0 lOe4 6.c4 f5 (see next diagram)
7.c2 (Inaccurate. 7. ltJfd2!? e7
8. ltJc3 ltJc3 9.bc3 0-0 10.e4 gave
White a tangible advantage in the
40 lasker's Combination

1 5 . .i.h7! Wh7 1 6 . e h 5 Wg8 1 5 . Ah 7 W h 7 1 6 . fl h 5 Wg8


17. .i.g7! f6 18.m3 Ad6 19.Ah6 17.Ag7 f6! 18.Af8 ( I f 18.l:tf3
( 1 9 . l:tf7 20. l:tg3 h8 2 1 . g7 g8
. . the n not 1 8 . . . l:tf7 1 9 .h6! , but
2 2 . 'ifh8 # ; 1 9 . . . e8 20.l:tg3 h7 simply 1 8 ... g7 19. l:tg3 l:tf7 20.l:tg7
[20 . . . h8 21 .g7 g8 22. f6 +- ] l:t g7 2 1 . h3 f5 with the better
2 1 . 'ifh3! 'iff7 22.f8 'lWh5 23.d6 game for Black) 18 ... Af8 19.1:lf3
+- ) , 1-0 eh7 20. l:lg3 Ag7 (Black has de ..
fended himself, and soon scores a
Game 35 deserved victory) 2 1 .1I g4 Ac8
Noakh,M-Moisieev, 22.b4 b7 23.l:lf1 d6 24.fld1
Leningrad 1 952 wf7 25.l:lh3 flg6 26.l:lg3 flf5
2 7 . f3 fl e 4 2 8 . d4 l:lh 8
1 . d 4 f6 2 . f3 e 6 3 .e 3 d5
2 9 . 1I g4 fl h7 3 0 . l:lh 3 flg 6
4 . ,!ld3 ,!le7 5.0 -0 0-0 6.bd2
31.1Ig6 Wg6 32.l:lb8 AIl8 33. g4
c 5 7.b3 b6 8.fle2 (White is pre..
e 5 3 4 . fe 5 fe 5 3 5 . c 6 Af6
1 sb ury ' s attac k ; his Q ueen
p n. ng P'll
. on the d1 .. square) 3 6 .h3 a 6 37.l:ld1 4 38.l:ld5
mlght well remaln
Ab7 39.e7 iLe7 40.l:ld7 AM
8 ... b7 9 . .i.b2 bd7 10 .l:lad1
ffc7 1 1. e5 %lad8 1 2.f4 Ad6 4 1 . l:l b 7 iL c 5 4 2 . W g 2 e 3
43.Wf3 c4 44 .l:la7 d6 45 .h4
1 3. d ? d 14 .dc5 c5 (In
Wf6 46.h5 e4 47.Wf4 e3 48.g5
companson wlth model ame ? 3 w e6 49. g6 f5 50.Wf3 d4

[Jun-Kottnuer] , lck 15 b tter
51.Wg4 iLf8 52.W 3 e2 , 0-1 (In
moblhzed whlle White s d2 Knlght
0 ' '

. . ' all respects a fasclnatlng game)
.. .

IS passlve. eCl d lng on L a s ke r s


Combination here results in compli..
cated play, with a Rook and two
pawns against two minor p ie ces)
Part Two 41

Game 3 6 17.a5 a6 1S.Aa4 l:[eS 19.Ae3


AfS 20.Wh1 1:le7 21.l:1g1 l:[c8
22.il.d4 lLle4 23.Jte2 lLlc3

Konig-Cornfort
England 1 952
24.Ah7!! (A courageous decision
I . Ah7! Wh7 2.trh5 WgS 3.Ag7!
r e q u iring p r e c is e c alc u l a tio n .
Wg7 ( I f 3 . . .f6, then 4 . ffh8 f7
Lasker's Combination is now carried
5.ffh7 and W hite wins ) 4.:a3
out with the g7 square protected)
fle7 5.nd7! .1ld6 6.trg5 Wh7
..

24 ... Wh7 25. yth5 WgS 26.iLg7!


7.'!le7 iLe7 S. tre7 l:laeS 9.l::lf3
f6 (If 26 . . . J..g7 27.l:tg7! g7 28J:tg1
(9 . . . Aa8 10.ffh4 g7 1 1 . ffg5 h7
and White wins) 27.iLfS, 1-0
12. :f4 +- ) , 1-0
Game 38
Game 3 7
Pataj-Fichtl,J
Kozlov-Mikenas, V
Czechoslavakia 1954
USSR 1 953
1 .d4 tOf6 2.tOf3 e6 3.e3 b6 4.c4
l .e4 tOf6 2 .e 5 lO d 5 3 . d4 d 6
Ab7 5 .lObd2 (In this variation
4 . lLl f 3 iL g4 5 . iL e 2 e 6 6 . e4
S . ltJc3 is better) 5 ... iLe7 6.iLd3 d5
lQb6 7 . e d 6 e d 6 S . O - O iL e 7
7.b3 0-0 s.o-o lObd7 9 . iLb2
9 . lLle3 tOe6 (The usual continu ..
lOe4 10.yte2 f5 1 1 . lLle5 tOe5
ation is 9 . . 0-0 10.Ae3, and only
12 . .1le4 (White goes in for unfavor..
.

then 1 0 . . . ltJc6 l 1 . dS A f3 , e tc . )
a b l e c o m p l i c a t i o n s ) 12 ... lOc4
lO.d5 ed5 1 1.ed5 .f3 12.gf3!?
13.iLf5 ef5 14.bc4 dc4 15.yte4
(White leaves the "beaten track. " In..
iLd5!? 16.yte3 iLd6 (Everything is
stead, 1 2 . Af3 ltJeS offers e q ual
ready for the decisive combination)
chances) 12 ... tOe5 1 3 .f4 tOed7
17.iLa3
14.a4 lOf6 15.Ab5 tObd7 16.l:te1
(White has a noticeable advantage
owing to the Bishop pair) 16 . . . 0-0
42 lasker's Combination

consolidate the vulnerable King 's


flank) 15.tOe5 cd4 16.JiLd4 JiLb4
17.tOd7 tOd7

17 ... ,iLh2! IS.Wh2 YWh4 19.Wgl


JiL g 2 ! 2 0 . W g 2 YW g 4 2 1 . W h l
.h3!? (On 2 1 . . J f6 White planned
22.e4 h8 23.e7 kth6 24.h2 I S . ,iLh 7 ! Wh7 1 9 . 1Y h 5 W g S
.t:th2 2S .h2 h4 with a draw. How .. 20.,iLg 7! Wg7 21 . g 5 WfS (In
ever, Black refutes this scheme by a case of 2 l . . . h8 the same will hap ..
simple intermediate move, resulting pen, with a transposition of moves.
in a decisive material advantage) For example 2l . . . h8 22Jd7! lId7
22.Wgl m6 23.tfc4 whS 24.c7 23.f6 g8 24.ltJhS Af8 2S.gS
l:lg6 25.YWg3 l:lg3 26.fg 3 YW g 3 h8 26. ltJf6 with an unavoidable
2 7 . W h l YW h 3 2 S . W g l YW e 3 mate) 22 .h6 WgS 23.lLlh5 ,iLfS
29.l:lf2 .a3, 0-1 24 . g5 WhS 25.l:Id7!, 1-0

Game 3 9 Game 40
Klose-Gange. Chulkov-Krasehatik
eOIT. 1 957 Kamehatka 1 960
l . e4 c6 2 . d4 d 5 3 . tOc 3 de4 l.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.tOc3 ,iLb4 4.e5
4.tOe4 tOd7 5.tOf3 tO gf6 6.tO g 3 c5 5.a3 cd4 ( A premature ex ..
e6 7.,iLd3 JiLe7 S.YWe2 (8.0-0 0-0 change. Black should play the theo ..
9.e2 eS 10.deS ltJeS l 1 .Ae4 b6 retical S . . . Ae3, since S . . . AaS also
1 2 . .t:tdl , Filip) S ... b6 9.c4 ,iLb7 gives White a noticeable advantage)
10.,iLd2 YWc7 ll.0-0 0-0 12.l:lfel 6.ab4 dc3 7.bc3?! (An anti .. posi ..
l:feS 13.,iLc3 l:IadS 14.l:Iadl tional move. Correct is 7. ltJf3 e7
c5?! (Finding a good plan for Black 8.d4 ltJe7 9. Ad3 ltJd7 10.0-0 eb2
is not easy, and he is about to "get 1 1 .Ab2 and White's initiative com ..
,

caught" in a combination. I would pensates for the sacrificed pawn)


prefer l 4 . . . .,tf8, . . . g6, . . . .,tg7 to 7 . . .c7 S.ltlf3 ltl e7 9.jLd3 ltl g6
Part Two 43

10.0-0 0-0?! (After 1 0 . . . ltJc6 Black pawn blocks the g .. file, and will play
gets the better game) 1 1.Ah2 e5 a decisive role) 5 6 (S . . .fg6
.

(Again 1 1 . . . ltJc6 is stronger, which 6:g6 wh8 7.l:ta3 h4 8.'iVh6 Wg8


gives White trouble protecting his 9J Ig3!! g3 1 0 . 'iVg6 wh8 1 1 .hg3
e S .. pawn) 1 2 . e5 1fe5 13 .J:te1 +- ) 6.l::ta4 1fe8 7.g7 ltlh7 8.l:[g4
flc7 14.c4 dc4? (Black "swallows Ag5 9.l:[g5, 1-0
the hook ." It was necessary to go on
the defensive with 1 4 . . .f6) Game 42
De Rooi,P-Crabbendam,H
Beverwijk 1 965
1 .e4 c5 2.ltlf3 ltlf6 3.ltlc3 d5
4.ed5 ltld5 5.Ah5 Ad7 6.1fe2
c3 7 .dc3 c6 (The opening duel
in Tseitlin-Belaiac, Pamporovo 1977
ended in White's favor after 7 . . . a6
8 . Ad7 'iWd7 9. ltJeS 'iWe6 1 0 . ltJc4
'iWe2 1 1 .We2) 8.Af4 a6 9.Ac4 e6
10.0-0-0 (His pressure on the d .. file
1 5 . Ah7! W h 7 1 6 . 1f h 5 wg8 gives White a positional advantage)
17.Ag7! f5 18.1fh8 Wf7 19.1ff8, 1 0 . . . Ae7 1 1 .J:ld2 h5 1 2 .Ad3
1-0 l:[a7 13.Ae4 1fc8 14.ltle5 e5
15.Ae5 O-O?! (Black makes a mis ..
Game 4 1 take, supposing that here Lasker's
Combination is incorrect)

Richter-Ullrich
Germany 1 962 1 6 . A h 7 ! Wh7 1 7 . 1f h 5 wg8
18.Ag7! Wg7 19.l1d3 f5 20. l:lg3
1.Ah7! Wh7 2.1fh5 Wg8 3 . .ag7! Wf6 21.1fg6 w e5 (The laws of
Wg7 4. tfh6 Wg8 5.g6! (Here the
44 Lasker's Combination

chess are inexorable: the King's jour,


ney into the center is punished by
inevitable mate) 22.l:[d3 Ac6 23.f4
Wf4 24. fIIg 3 we4 25. file 3 # , 1-0

Game 43
Schuchardt-Eckmann
corr. 1 968
1.e4 e5 2.lOf3 lOc6 3.Ab5 a6
4.a4 lOf6 5.0-0 Ae7 6.I:[e1 b5
7.Ab3 0-0 8.c3 d6 9.h3 lOa5 After 23 . . . ltJe3
10.Ac2 c5 1 1 .d4 fIIc7 12.lObd2
Ad7 (Now preference is given to
Game 44
1 2 . . . cd4 1 3 .cd4 ttJc6 1 4 . ttJb3 as
I S .i,.e3 a4 1 6. ttJbd2 i,.d7 1 7 J::t c l Umansky,M-Kjamer
'Hb7 18.i,.bl nfc8 =, as in Anand- Kaluga 1 968
Pil(et, Linares 199 7 ) 13.lOf1 cd4 1 .d4 d5 2 .c4 e6 3 . lOc3 lOf6
1 4 . c d4 I:[ a c 8 1 5 . A d 3 lO c 6 4.lOf3 Ae7 5.Af4 c6 6.e3 0-0
16.Ae3 d5?! (A typical mistake. 7 . .i.d3 dc4 8.Ac4 b5 9 . ,i.d3
Maroczy-Reti, New York 1 924 saw a 6 10.0-0 .ab7 1 1 . lOe4 lOe4
the correct 16 . . :ifb7 1 7 . ttJ g3 l:tc7 12.Ae4 lOd7 13.l:[c1 l:lc8 14.lLle5
18 Jcl Itfc8 1 9 . i,.bl ttJe8 20.'ifd2 lOe5 15.Ae5 fII d 7 16.l:[c3 c5
g6 with an equ al game) 17.ed5 (Black is ready to exchange Bishops,
lOd5 18.lOe5 lOe5 19.de5 tle5 but it is White's turn - just in time
20.Ad4! (The refutation of Black's for Lasker's Combination! )
strategy) 20 ... tld6 21.Ae5 f11c6
2 2 . .i.e4 ! ? A e 6 2 3 . lOe 3 lO e 3
("Out of the frying pan, and into the
fire ! " Black gets rid of the pin but is
reduced to ashes by Lasker's Combi,
nation)

(see next diagram)

24.l1e3 fIIe8 25.Ah7! (According


to the system) 25 ... Wh7 26. tlh5
1 7 . Ah 7 ! w h7 1 8 . fll h 5 W g 8
w g 8 27.Ag7! f6 28.tlh8 Wf7
19.Ag7! W g7 (Black has many
29.'lWh7, 1-0
protective elements: his e7,Bishop
Part Two 45

controls the key g5 .. square, and a popular variation of the Smith..


White's c3 .. Rook is blocked from the Morra gambit, in which Black is
Kingside by his own e3 .. pawn. White suffering for a pawn. His last move
must play resolutely and inventively) prevents the threatened 1 3 .ti:Jd5!)
20. eg4 Wf6 21.e4 Ae4 22. ee4 13.h3 1Oe5 14.lOd4 JL,d7 15 . .i.g3
Yrd4 23.1U3 wg7 24.J:lg3 Ag5! lO c 6 1 6 . lO f3 e 5 1 7 . c 2 b 5
(24 . . . h6 2 5 .l:t h3 g7 26.h7 f6 lS.lOd5 1Od5 19.ed5 1OdS
27 . nf3 e5 2B . n e l d5 2 9 . n d3
) 25.ef3! ( Aft e r 2 5 . ng5 f6
White's Queen and Rook are under
a t t a c k ) 2 5 . . . f6 2 6 . l:ld 1 ec4
27 .l:[d7 Wg6 (27 . . . gB 2B.h4!)
2S.l:(g4 (2B.h4! nhB 29.ltg5! wins
immediately ) 2S . . . ec1 29.l:ld1
ec2 30.h4 l:lcdS 3 1 .l:[e1 ed3
3 2.ec6 Wh5 (32 . . . f5!? deserves
attenti9n) 33.l:lee4 ed5 (33 . . . dl
34.h2 g4 3S. ng4 g4 36.f3
20.lOe5!! (An original solution to
h4 37. h3 * ) 3 4 . 1Vc 7 ! 1:td7
the problem of realizing a positional
3 5. 1Jg3 Ah6 (Black retains the
advantage. Now the dark.. squared
Bishop, but his King is in a mating
Bishop reaches the long diagonal
ne t) 36.Wh2 ef5 ( I f 36 . . . d3
with tempo, and an avenue to the
then 37.ne5 with mate) 37.eh3!
Kingside is opened for White ' s
1Vf2 (37 . . . nd4 38. ng5! fg5 39.g4!
Q ueen) 20 . . . de5 2 1 . e5 Ad6
+-) 3S.1:1g5! Ag5 39.hg5 wg5
2 2 . Ah 7 ! W h7 2 3 . tlh5 WgS
40. tlg4, 1-0 (A "modem treat ..
24.Ag7! f6 (The best. If 24 . . . g7
ment" of Lasker's Combination, and
2 5 .g5 h7 2 6. nd4 +-) 25.AfS
an excellent example ! Yudovich, In
AfS 26.l%d3 g7 2 7.l:(g3 1Of7
5(226)
(If 27 . . . e5 2B.g6 f5 2 9Jc7! and
White wins) 2S.ttg6 lOg5 29.h4
Game 45 , tieS (An alternative is 29 . . . ..t eB
Angelov-Amaudov,P 30. d3 hB 3 1 .d6!? with advantage
Bulgaria 1 972 to White) 30. tteS l:teS 31.hg5 f5
1 . e 4 c 5 2 . d4 c d 4 3 . c 3 d c 3 32.l:1e3!? (The endgame is better for
4.lOc3 lO c 6 5 . f3 d 6 6 . Ac4 White ) 3 2 . . . WfS 3 3 . l:tc7 l:[e3
e6 7.0-0 Ae7 S.ee2 a 6 9.l:1d1 34.fe3 WeS 35.g6 b2 36.d6
Oc7 10.Af4 lOf6 1 1 .l:1ac1 0-0 e5 37.%la7 WdS 3S.1:a6 e6
12.b3 ebS (The opponents test 39.a3 .1lb2 40.f;[a7 d7 41.l:[aS
46 Lasker's Combination

,i.cS 42.d7! (42 . . . d7 43.g7 g7 fe5 25.:a4] , the Black Knight has
44J:ta7 +-) , 1-0 no squares, and White easily organ,
izes a mating attack) , 1-0
Game 46
Onufriev-Chechekia Game 47
USSR 1 972'
1 . f3 d5 2 .b 3 c5 3 .e 3 f6
4 .b2 e6 5 . e5 d6 (Be tter
is 5 . . . ltJ b d7 6 . b 5 a6 7 . d7
ltJ d7 8 . ltJd7 d7 9 . 0-0 =, as in
Nimzowitsch-Mich el, Zemmering
1926 ) 6.f4 bd7 7.d3 a6 S.a4
0-0 9.0-0 fflc7? (This move is a
mistake. Superior is 9 . . :e7, pro,
tecting the weak Kingside) 10.d7
d7 Cappello-Albano
Pis a 1 973

I.Ab7! Wh7 2.fflh5 WgS 3:Ag7!


f6 (3 . . . g7 4.:t7 +- ) 4.fflhS Wf7
5.fflh7 l:(hS (5 . . . ltJdf2 6.h6 =11= )
6. l:(f6! f6 7.l:(f6! ef6 S.hS
WfS 9.f6, 1-0

Game 48
Agur,E-Dudakov,S
Netanya 1973
I I . jLh 7 Wh7 1 2 . fflh 5 wgS
1 .f3 d5 2 .b4 f6 3.b2 f 5
1 3 . g 7 ! f 6 ! ? 1 4 . l:t f 3 b 6
4.e3 e6 5 . a 3 bd7 6.c4 dc4
15.h6! (All according to Junge's
7 . c 4 a 5 S . b 5 lO b 6 9.e2
classical recommendation! ) 1 5 ...l:(f7
d6 10.d4 lOe4 I I . lObd2 lOd5
16.l:[g3 l:[g7 (The only move. Any
King retreat leads to mate) 17 .g7 12.lQe4 e4 13.0-0 0-0 14.lQd2
YWg7 IS.l:[g7 Wg7 (Black has a
material advantage , but White is (see next diagram)
winning by force) 19.a5 ! ? lQd7
20.c3 e5 21.ffleS l::tbS 22.ffle6 14 ... h2! 15.Wh2 YWh4 16.Wgl
(After 22 . . . f8 23.ltJ d5 [ 24.fe 5 g2 ! 17.Wg2 eg5 1S.Whl eh4
19.Wg2 eg5 (Black pretends to be
Part Two 47

ncs 10.Af4 dc3 I I.ltlc3 1fa5


12.a3 Ae7 13.h4 1fdS 14.1fb3
= (White's initiative compensates
for his sacrificed pawn) 14 ... 0-0
15.kladl a6 16.nd2 b5 17.lll e 5
ltle5 IS.Ae5 1fb6 19. 1tle4 ltle4
20.Ae4 Ac6

After 14.ltJd2

happy with a draw, but White unfor,


tunately decides to look for a win)
2 0.Wh3 ffh6 2 1 .Ah5? ltlf6!?
22.ngl ltlh5 23.f3 f 5 24.Wg 2
f4 25 ..e4 ffg6 26.Wfl ffe4 (Black
has already three pawns for the piece,
2 t . Ah7 ! Wh7 2 2 . 1fh3 wgS
plus an attack against the naked
2 3 . Ag 7 ! W g 7 24 . g 4 W h 6
King) 27. g 5 .g6 2S.d5 g3!
2 5 . b[ d 3 A g 5 ! 2 6 . b[h 3 Wg 6
( A s p e c t a c u l ar c o u n te r , b l o w.
27. %:lh5! ? f6 2S.h4 b[hS (Black
White's position is hopeless) 29.fg3
continues to hold his own, so White
@g 5 3 0 .g4 ed5 3 1 . b[ c l nf7
forces perpetual check) 29.b[g5!
3 2 . 1f f3 kleS 3 3 . Ad4 b[ e 3 ! ?
fg5 30. ee6 Wh5 31.1fe2 Wh4
34 .f2 b[a 3 35.b6 c 6 36. eb2
3 2 . ee 6 ! ? Wh5 3 3 . 1ff7 Wh4
ng3 37.l:[c6 e g4 3S. b[c2 edl,
34 . e6, 1/2-1/2
0- 1

Game 49
Game 50
Shereshevski,M-Vladimirov, E
Zhuravlev-Shuba
Daugavpils 1 978
USSR 1 977
l.e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.ed5 e it 5 4.d4 _ 1 . d 4 e6 2 . f3 f 6 3 .e3 c S
4 .Ad3 d5 5.b3 Ae7 6.Ab2 0-0
'Of6 5.'Of3 e6 (S . . . g4 6.e2 e6
7. bd2 b6 s . o - o Ab7 9.ltl eS
is more in the spirit of the chosen
c6 10.a3 a5 1 1.f4 'Od7 (Permits
variation) 6.Ad3 c6 7.0-0 Ad7
an interesting interpre tation of
S.ltla3 (According to Sveshnikov,
L a s ke r ' s Comb ination) 12.ltlc6
B.nel ! e7 9.dcS cS I O .b4 d6
Ac6 13.dc5 Ac5
I l .ltJa3 is stronger) S ...cd4 9.b5!?
48 Lasker's Combination

16 . . . d4!) 16.jLe3 ef3 17.lDf3


l::[eS (Threatening 18 . . . c5) IS.c1
lD g 4 + 1 9 . jLa7 %lb7 20.1Jrf4
Vd7 21.jLd4 Ad6 22.t'g5 f6
2 3 . h4 %lb5 24. lDbd2 (Only
now has White finished his devel ..
opment, but too late : the position
has ripened for Lasker's Combin a..
tion. The tactical blow here is not
quite canonical because the h2 ..
square is protected by both Knight
1 4 . Ah7 ! Wh7 1 5 . V h 5 wgS
and Queen)
1 6 . jL g 7 ! f 5 ! 1 7 . A h 6 ( A ft e r
17 Jlf3 lLJf6 White has nothing bet ..
ter than 1 8 . h8 f7 19. f8, with
an unclear game) 17 ... Ae3 lS.Wh1

f6 19.klf3!? YWa1 20.lDf1 (This


idea was considered in Game 25)
20 ... jLd4 21 .g6 g7 22.Ag7
ttg7 23 . e6 l:[f7 24.YWc6 (After
24 J:tg3 nc8 Black has too many
pieces for the Queen. Now a draw
by repetition is forced) 24 ... VfS
2 5 . %l g 3 W h S 2 6 . %lh 3 w g S 24 ... Ah2! 25.lDh2 YWd4 (Here is
27.l:[g3, 1/2-1/2 the "rub" - all variations are forced ! )
2 6 . W h 1 A g 2 ! 2 7 . W g 2 %le 2
Game 5 1 2S.W g 3 %lh2 29.lDf3 ( 2 9.g4
Nykopp ,J-Jacobs n g2 -+ ) 29 ... d6 30.Wg4 h5!,
Lewisham 1 981 0-1
1.e4 e5 2.lDf3 lDc6 3.Ab5 a6
Game 52
4 . Ji,a4 lDf6 5 . 0 - 0 b5 6 . Ab3
Ji,b7 7.d3 jLe7 S.a4 d6 9.jLd2 Kliewe,H-Starck
b4 1 0 . a 5 %l b 8 1 1 . V e l 0 - 0 Rostock 1 982
12.Aa4 d5! (By this temporary 1.d4 lDf6 2.c4 e6 3.lDf3 b6 4.e3
pawn sacrifice Bl ack destroys the b7 5.jLd3 jLb4 6.lDbd2 0-0
central fortifications, freeing both of 7.0-0 d5 S.b 3 lDbd7 9.jLb2 ltle4
his Bishops) 13 .jLc6 Ac6 14.lDe5 (Black plays the opening well, and is
L a S 1 5 . f 3 d e 4 (Thre atening first t o begin Pillsbury's attack)
Part Two 49

10.1:lcl f5 11.a3 Ad6 12.b4 c5 12.l:ladl ec8 13.lUel c5 14.c3


13. b3? (White doesn't take his Af3 15.ef3 cd4 16.cd4 ed7
opponent's threats seriously, and 17.Ae5 ltld5 (Black is wrong to
moves his Queen away from the provoke his opponent. He should
Kingside b a t t l e fi e l d ) 13 ... ltld2 play 17 . . .1:tac8, or 17 . . . fd8)
14.ttld2 dc4 15.Ac4

1 8 . Ah7! Wh7 1 9 . ffh5 wg8


15 ... h2! 16.Wh2 eh4 17.Wgl 20.Ag7! f5 21. eg6?! (The direct
i. g 2! 18.f4 (The intermediate 2 1 . i.f8 i.f8 22.'ifg6 i.g7 23.l:te6
18.i.e6 couldn't be played because gives White a tangible advantage)
the Bishop has to keep an eye on e2) 21 ... ee8 22. eh6 l:lf6!? 23.Af6
18 ... eg3 19.1:lf3 (White is de, A f 6 2 4 . l:ld 3 f4 2 5 . g 3 e f7
fenseless) 19 ... Af3 20.Wfl l:lf6 26.gf4 Ag7 27.]::tg3 (Not good is
2 1 . ltl f 3 e f 3 2 2 . W e l l:l h 6 27. 'if e6 'if e6 28J::t e 6 ttJf4, and Black
2 3 . Ae 2 l::l h l 2 4 . W d 2 1'1h2 w i n s ) 27 . . . Wf8 2 8 . ee6 ee6
25.ee6 Wh8 26.l1el (If 26.'ifc4 29.l::le 6 (A plain counting of pawns
then 26 . . J::t e8 27.'ifd3 ttJf6 28J::t e l will show White to have a material
c4! -+ ) 26 . . . ltl f6 27.Wdl ]::te 2 advantage. However, only ruins are
2 8 . l:[e 2 l:l e 8 2 9 . e b 3 ltl d 5 ! left of his powerful pawn chain. Black
(30.d2 c4! -+ ) , 0-1 takes over the initiative and leads his
forces to victory) 29 ... l:ld8 30.h4
Game 53 Wf7 3 1 .J:tc6 Af6 3 2.h5 ltlf4
Plump,D-Besser,H 33.l:tc7 we6 34.l:te3 Wf5 35.h6
Germany 1983 l:lg8 36.Wfl l:lg6 37.h7 l:lh6
(Threatening 38 . . J::t h l =11= ) 38.Wel
1 . e4 e6 2 . d4 d5 3 . ltlc3 de4
ltl d 5 3 9 . l:[f3 ? ! (3 9 . l::t a 7 ttJ e 3
4 .ltle4 ltld7 5.ltlf3 ltlgf6 6.Ad3
40 Je3 e4 4 1 .d2 l::t h 2 42.c3
/1)e4 7 .Ae4 ltlf6 8.i&.d3 b6 9.0-0
e3 43. c4 deserves attention, since
b7 10.ee2 Ae7 II.Af4 0-0
43 . . . l:tb2 is no good because of 44. l::t e7
50 Lasker's Combination

rJtd2 45 J U7 =) 39 ... We4 40.l::tf6 1 7 . A h 7 W h 7 1 S . h 3 w gs.


lif6 41 .1:[a7 lih7 -+ 42.We2 19 . .ag7 wg7 (Now 20.'iYg4 would
lig5 43.l:[e7 Wd4 44.J:td7 wc5 be followed by Levenfish's classical
45.l:[c7 Wb5 46.l:[g7 lie6 47.l:lb7 20 . . . g5! defense. Instead, Ivanovic
lDc5 4S.J:tg7 lDa4 49.J:tg5 wa6 [probably beforehand] has calcu
50.b3 lDc3 51.wd3 - lDa2 52.f4 l ated a different continu ation)
lDc1 53.We4 lDb3 54.f5 lDc5 20.l:[d6?! (Spectacular but incor
5 5 . w d 5 J:t h 1 5 6 . l:t g 2 J:t f 1 recto Any capture of the Rook leads
5 7 . W c 6 w a 5 5 S . J:t b 2 lD a 4 to perpetual check; therefore Sok
59.J:tb5 wa6 60.%le5 b5 61.l:[eS olov declines the offer) 20 ... l:lliS!
wa5 62.]:le5 lDc3 63.Wd6 Wb6 (Simple and convincing) 21.l:[ds
64.We6 b4 65.J:te3 Wc5, 0-1 .adS!? ( B l a c k ge t s the b e t t er
endgame after 21 . . . 1:th3 2 2 . c8
Game 54 d5 23.l::t c7 f6, or good middle
Ivanovic,B-Sokolov,A g a m e c h a n c e s a ft e r the t e x t )
N ovi Sad 1 984 2 2 . e 3 J:t h 6 2 3 . W g 1 .a d 5
2 4 . J:t f 2 l:[c4 ( I n t e r e s ting is
1 .-e 4 c 5 2 . lD f3 e6 3 . d4 cd4
24 . . . l::t c6!?, b,. 25 . . . b6 -+ ) 25.f5
4.lDd4 lDc6 5.lDc3 a6 6.,1le2
lt e4 2 6 . g 3 klg 6 ! 2 7 . c 3
d6 7.Ae3 lDf6 S.0-0 Ae7 9.Wh1
(27 . fg 6 l::t e 1 2 8 . l::t f1 b6 -+ )
0-0 10.f4 Ad7 1 1 . e1 b5 1 2.a3
27 . . . Af6 2S . d2 l:td4 29.fg6
d4 3 .Ad4 A 6 14.l:[d1 (An J:td2 30.l:(d2 Ab2 31. gf7 Aa3
mterestmg but questlOnable pawn sac..
, - + .(I t IS " Impossl' ble to stop t h e
rifice. The usu al contmuaUon
' \IMI
1 4 . g3 ,
avance of Black s a ..pawn) 32.h4
'iYd7 1 5 .d3 is better) 14 ... e4
Ac5 33.Wh2 a5 34.g4 a4 35. g 5
15.Ad3 lDc3 16 . c3 1:lcS (The
, , a3 36.l::td 1 Wf7 37.h5 a2 3S.c3
threat of 17 . . . g2 Ind ce White to
Ad6 39.Wh3 ,ae5 40. g6 wg7
launch Lasker s CombInation)
41.J:tf1 Wh6, 0-1

Game 55
Gavrilov-Frog,I
corr. 1 989
1.e4 e5 2.lDf3 lDf6 3.lDe5 d6
4.lDf3 lDe4 5.d4 d5 6.Ad3 Ad6
7.0-0 0-0 S.c4 c6 9.lDc3 lDc3
10.bc3 .ag4 11.cd5 cd5 12.h3
Ah5 13.J:tb1 lDd7 14.l:[b5 lDb6
15.c4 .af3 16.f3 dc4 17.Ac 2
Part Two 51

1Jd7 (17 . . . c7 deserves attention) c;1; e 8 2 6 . h 5 l:t f7 27 . :t f7 f7


18.a4 :tab8 (A new move. Usually 28J::t e l c;1;f8 29.h6 c;1;g8 30.h8 # )
1 8... J..c7 or 18 . . . g6is played) 19.L g 5! 21.JiLe5 fle7 (Again the only move.
(Pr eparing Alekhine's Block. In, If21 . .. c6? then 22.J..e4 d7 23.J.. g7
stead, 19. J.. e 3 lDc8 20. l:tfbl b6 leads +- ) 22.a5 ltla8 (Even worse is
to unelear play) 19 ... JiLc7 ( 1 9 . . 4.:Jc8 2 2 . . . 4.:Jc8?! 23 . J.. h 7! c;1;h7 24. h5
20.!Ubl b6 2 1 . h5! f5 [ 2 1 . . . g6? c;1;g8 2 5 .J.. g7 f6 26.h8 c;1;f7 27.J..f8
22.J.. f6! J..f4 23.'iVh4 d6 24.g3 a6 f8 28 . h5 c;1;g8 2 9 . n e l 4.:J d6
2 5 J:th5 +- ] 2 2 . e2 4.:Je7 23.c4 30. l:tc5 Ilc8 31 . Ite3 )
h8 24 .d3 !? g6 2 5 . c3 1:tbc8
26.b2 )

23.JiLh7!? ( A l s o 23. b7 m a in,


tains a small advantage) 23 ...Wh7
2O.JiLf6! (The introductory play in, 24. eh5 (Shortening the combina,
eludes Alekhine's Block) 20 ... fld6! tion wi th 24. J.. g7? d6! 2 5 . J.. e 5
(The only move. Everything else c 6 2 6 . d 5 'iWg6 is inadequate)
leads to defeat, as seen after 20 . . . gf6 24 . . . W g S 25.JiLg7 f6 26. ehS
21 .h5 l:tfe8 2 2 . h6 f4 23 . J.. h7 Wf7 27.LfS l1fS (Or 27 . . . f8?
c;1;h8 24.f6 +- ; 20 . . . h6 2 1 . l:tg5 ! g6 28.h5 c;1;g8 29. l:tel , and Black is
22.'tWh5! +- ; 20 . . . g6 2 1 . 'tWhS J..f4 lost) 2S.eh5 WgS 29.ed5 ef7?!
22.'tWh4 'tWd6 23.g3 4.:Jd7 24.J.. e 7 (29 . . . l:tf7 30.g3 d6 31 .c4 is
+- ; 20 . . . 1:tfe8 2 1 . k1gS g6 22.'tWhS stronger) 3 0 .eb7 JiLd6 (30 . . . 'tWd7
.tf4 23.h6 +- ; 20 . . . 'tWc6 2 1 . .th7 3 1 J:tcl 'tWd4 32.c6 l:td8 33.g4 )
h7 2 2 . h S c;1; g8 2 3 . fS +- ; 3 1 . ec6 ee6 32.l:tc5! ltlc7
20 . . . 'tWe6 21 .l::t h S h6 [21 . . . gf6 22. J..fS 33.llc4 ltld5 34.I:tccl ( 3S.l:tce l )
+- ; 2 1 . . . f6 22 . .t h7 c;1;h8 23 . .tg6 34 . . . l:teS 3 5 . g 3 JiL b4 36. ee6
c;1;g8 2 4 J:t h8 ! +- ] 2 2 . l:t g S ! ! g6 l:te6 37.l:tcS Wf7 3S.J:lbl Ild6
2 3 . .tg6 fg6 [23 . . . hgS 24 . .th7! +- ] (38 . . . l:ta6 39. d8 J..d6 40. 1:tb7 c;1;e6
24.:tg6 c;1;f7 [ 24 . . . c;1;h7 2 S . 'tWhS J.. f4 41 .h4 ) 39.h4 JiLa5 (39 . . .fS 40. c;1;g2
26J:tg7 c;1;h8 27. g6 + - ] 2 S . l:tg7 a6 4 1 . l:t bc l ! ? J.. a S 4 2 . l:t8c6 )
52 lasker's Combination

40.llb7 Wg6 41.llgS Wf5 42.h5 (White blocks an important diago,


.i. d 2 4 3 . ll h S Il b 6 44 . lld 7 ! nal, and is immediately punished)
(44 J :ta7 e4 45.g2 f5 is not so
strong) 44 ... Wg4!? (The other way
is 44 . . . e4 45.g2 [45 .h6 lDe3!]
4 5 . . . f5 4 6 . l:teB d4 47 . f4 c5
4BJ:te5 kld6 49. l::t d 6 d6 50.h6
lDf6 5 1 . klf5 e6 5 2 . klb5, and White
wins by 53. f3 and a further g4-g5)
45.Wg2! (4 5 J :td5? h3 46. f1
l:te6 47 . f3 is unclear) 45 . . . lDe3
46.fe3 .i.e3 47.l:lg7 .i.g5 4S.lla7
Ilb2 49.Wf1 Wf3 50.lla3 .i.e3
13 ... .i.h2 ! 14.Wh2 1Ih4 15.Wg1
rhe3 5 2. h 6 rh
51 . 9!!f e3 "et "et f3 (52 . . . f2
M .i.g2! 16.Wg2 lD{4 (In Capablanca's
5 3 . gl f3 5 4 . l::t aB! r!b2 5 5 .h7
opinion, the Queen and Knight
b 1 5 6 . h2 b 2 5 7 . h3 l::t b 1
ma ke an ideal attacking couple)
58.l::t a 3 e 4 59 .l:t a2 l:tbB 60. g4
17. f3 d3 1S.lDe4 (Losing im..
+ _ ) 53 .We1 1:te 2 54 . Wd1 l:te4
me d 1ately 1S 1 B . :f1 'iYh3 1 9.e2
5 5 . J::l d S lle 7 5 6 . l:I fS W g 3
lDf4 20 . e 1 klaeB 2 1 . lDe4 l::t e 4
'8'c2 g3 58.d3 + - )
J
(56 . . J1d 57. ,+.
. 22.e3 l:[e3! 23.fe3 e3) 1S ... lD e 1
1 9 11 1 l:[ S 2 0 .i. f4 yt h 3
57.Wc2 . (The only way to W1n. If

5 7 . 2 f4 5B J :t f6 e4 59. 11 d6 ;
21.Ag tlf 2.Wg d 5 2 3 . .i.c7
kl c7 - ) 57 . . . Wf4 5S.l:(f6 w e4
Me4 2 4 "-'b
'i9'
8 h 1 Me2
9!!f (Bl ck' s attack
59.J::ld6l:[c7 60.Wb3, 1-o (Gavrilov,
compensates for the sacnficed mate ..
In. 50/332)
rial) 25.tlh4 l:(feS 26.Ae5 U,e4
2 7 . tl h 2 l:[ Se 5 ! 2 S . de 5 l::t g 4
Game 56
29. 11g3 (29.f1 d3 30.e1 :te4 # )
Gonzales-Ballesteros 29 ...l:lg3 30.fg3 tle5 (Now Black
corr. 1 989 has a decisive material advantage)
1.e4 e5 2.lDf3 lDc6 3.Ab5 a6 31. I1fl b4 32.J::lf3 bc3 33.bc3
4 . Aa4 lDf6 5 . 0 - 0 b5 6 . Ab3 1f e2 34.J::lf 2 1fe4 35.Wh2 tld3
Ab7 7 . c 3 lD e 4 S . J::l e 1 lD c 5 3 6.Wg2 g6 37.Wh3 f5 3 S.l:tf4
9.lDe5 (Theory recommends in .. w g 7 39. I1 d4 tfc3 40.l:[d5 f4
s t e ad 9 . d5 e7 1 0 . lD e 5 lD e 5 41.J::l g5 h5, 0-1
1 1 . b7 lD ed3 1 2 . iL aB lD e 1 ) =

9 ... lDe5 10.l:[e5 lDe6 1 1.d4 Ad6


12.J::le 1 ( 1 2 J Xe3 0-0 1 3 . kl h3 i s
slightly better) 1 2 . . . 0-0 13.lDd2?
Part Two 53

Game 57 30.e4 Ae7 31.ffh6 WeS 32.l:1b1


Bonin,J-Dlugy,M lOa4 33.f5 1Oc5 34.fe6 fe6 35.h4
New York 1 990 Wd7 36.h5 hS 3 7.ffd2 wc7
3S.g4 l:[agS, 0-1
l . d4 d5 2 .c4 dc4 3 . lO f3 a 6
4 .e 3 e 6 5 . Ac4 c 5 6 . a4 lOf6
Game 58
7. lDc3 lOc6 s . o-o fII e7 9.fll e 2
iJ.e7 10.l:(d1 0-0 1 1 .h3 l:[dS!?
1 2.b3 1Ob4 13.Ab2 Ad7 14.dc5
iJ.c5 15.lOg 5 Ad6 16.l:1ac1 Ac6
17.lOf3 fII a 5 1S.lOd4 fII e 5 19.f4
"a 5 20.lOc6 lOc6 2 1 .Ad3 fII b6
(There are no weaknesses in Black's
position, yet he bravely goes for com ..
plications) 22.Wh1 tyb3!? 23.l:[b1
tfb6

Beljaev,V-Pavlov,N
Russia 1992

1 .l:[a3! fII a 3 (The only move. 1 . . .f6


is refuted by the simple 2.i"d6, and
if 2 . . :d6 then 3 . i"h7 h7 4 .d6
+- ) 2.Ah7! Wh7 3. h5 WgS
4.Ag7! wg7 (Again the only move.
If 4 . . .f5 then White wins after 5 . g6
l:tn 6 . i"h6) 5 . fII g 5 WhS ( O r
24.lOd5?! (White sacrifices three 5 . . . h7 6 J e4 +-) 6.l:te4 fII a 1
minor pieces and a Rook for the 7.Wh2 .b1 S.fll h 6! (If 8J h4,
Black Queen. The combination will then 8 . . . h7 and White has to force
fail because Black's eleventh move a draw) S ... wgS 9.l:[h4 f6 10.l:[g4
opened an escape for his King to the Wf7 1 1 .l:[g7 weS 12. fIIh 5 WdS
Queenside) 24 . . . lO d 5 2 5 . Ah7 13.fll c 5! (.6. 14.e7 * ) 13 ... Ad7
Wh7 26.fllh 5 WgS 27.Ag7 Wg7 ( 1 3 . . . :e8 14.c7 * ) 14.fIIfS wc7
2S.l:[b6 (If Black's Rook were still 15 . c5! (An effective resolution of
on f8, then White would have a per .. the attack; now 1 5 . . . d8 16. Itg8
petual check. Now Black gets a large i"e8 17.d6 c8 18.l:te8 * is the
material advantage which secures end . B u t if White had p l ayed
the win) 2S ... lOb6 29.fIIg 5 WfS 1 5 .a8?, then by 1 5 . . . b6! Black's
54 Lasker's Combination

advancing a .. pawn gives him counter.. Game 60


chances) , 1-0 (Beliaev, In 56/390) Grund-Richter
Ladenburg 1 992
Game 59
l.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.ed5 ed5 4.e4
Balazs,A-Torok,J lOf6 5.lOe3 e6 6.lOf3 Ae7 7.e5
Gyor 1 992 0-0 8.Ad3 b6 9.h4 a5 10.lOa4
l.e4 e5 2.d4 ed4 3.e3 lOf6 4.e5 bc5 I I .bc5 lOe6 12.lOb6 l::[b8
lOd5 5.lOf3 e6 6.ed4 b6 7.Ad3 13.Af4 l::[ b6 14.eb6 'ff b6 (In my
Ab7 8 . 0 - 0 Ae7 9 . lOe 3 lOe3 opinion, Black doesn't have enough
10.bc3 0-0 1 1.b2 (It is difficult compensation for the Exchange)
to imagine how White can clear the 15.0-0 lOe4 16.l::[b l .a7 17.Ae4
long diagonal. However, the oppo .. de4 18.lOe5 lOb4 19.Ad2 b7
nent will help ! ) 11 ... lOe6 12.%:lel 20.a3 lOd3 2 1.lOd3 ed3 22. eb3
l::[ e 8 1 3 .e4 lOa5 14.'ff e 2 %:le7 Ae4 23. 'ffa4 Ad6 24.l::lfel f5
15.lOd2 d5 16.ed6 'ff d 6 17.d5!? 25.l::[b 5 'ff e7 26.'ffb3
(.6. 18.i.eS) 17 ... %:lee8 (Repelling
the threat of 18.i.eS, but permitting
Lasker's Combination)

2 6 . . . Ah2 (Here is Lasker's Corn ..


bination as an attempt to save the
game) 27.Wh2 'ffh4 28.Wgl
18.Ah7Wh7 19.'ffh5 Wg8 20.Ag7 29.'ffe 6 Wh8 30.f3 Af3 (On the
Wg7 21.'ffg4 Wh7 22.l::[e 3 ed5 move 30 . . . i.h3 White would also
2-3.l1h3 'ffh6 (Black hopes to give play 3 1 . '+Wd6, and if 30 . . . '+Wg3 then
up his Queen for the Rook) 24.'ff f5 3 1 . '+WeS) 31.'ffd6 ehl 32.Wf2
Wg7 25.l::[ h6 Wh6 26.l::[e l Ae5 'ffg 2 33.We3 l::[e8 (33 . . .f4 34.'+Wf4!)
(Also losing is 26 . . . i.gS 27.f4 f6 34.l::[ e 5 'ff g5 35.Wd3!? (3S.f3?!
28.l:te7 [Or 28.l:te3] 28 . . J h8 29.fgS'+Wg4 36.<;M2 [36.e3 '+Wg3 # ] 36... 'ifh4)
fgS 30.'li'f6) 27.'fff6, 1-0 35 ... Ae4 3 6 . We3 l::[e 8 37.l::[ e 5
'ff d 8 38. 'ff d 8 l::[ d 8 (Resistance
Part Two 55

without the Rook is nonsense ! ) the f8 .. square for the King's escape)
39.J:[a5 h6 40.Af4 g5 41.Ae5 20.de6 Irf6 21 .l:[e1 WfS 22.ba4
Wh7 42.J:[e3 g4 43.Af4 J:[gS Ab4 23.c3 Ae7 24.J:[ee3 c5 (The
44.J:[a7 Ilg7 45.l:lg7 wg7 46.Wc4 beginning of a strong counter.. offen..
h5 47 .d5 h4 4S.d6 Ac6 49.Wc5 sive) 25 .f7 (25. l:tg3 l:th8 26.g4
Aa 4 5 0 . A g 5 g 3 5 1 . Ah4 f4 g6 -+ ) 25 ...f7 26.ef7 l:Ig2!
5 2 .J:[e4, 1-0 27.J:[e7 (Not waiting for the obvious
27 . . . f3 , White resigned) , 0-1
Game 6 1
Stefansson , H- Klarenbeek,M Game 62
Cappelle la Grande 1 993 Beversdorf-Haakert,l
1 . e4 c 5 2 . lO f 3 e6 3 . d4 cd4 Germany 1 993
4.lll d4 lOc6 5 . lOc3 a6 6. lOc6 1 .d4 d5 2.lOf3 lOf6 3.c4 dc4
bc6 7.Ad3 d5 s.o-o lOf6 9 .e2 4 . lOc3 a6 5 .e4 b5 6.e5 lOd5
le7 10.b3 0-0 1 1 . lOa4 lOd7 7.a4 Ab7 S.e6 f6 ("Nimzowitsch's
12.jLb2 Ab7 13.f4 lOb6 14.ed5 B l o c k a d e , " arising after 8 . . .fe6
ltla4 9 . lUe5, would secure White a lasting
initiative) 9.lOe4 lOe3!? 10.jLe3
Ae4 1 1.ab5 ab5 1 2.l:[aS AaS
13.b3 Ad5 14.bc4 Ae6 15.cb5
Ad5 (After an original opening,
White is two tempi ahead in de ..
velopment) 1 6 . Ad3 e6 17.0-0
jLd6 IS .c2 lOd7 19.1Od2 f5
20.lOc4

15.Ah7 (Control of the key g5 ..


square permits Black to repulse the
attack) 1 5 . . . Wh7 1 6 . h5 Wg S
1 7 .Ag7 wg7 lS.l:[f3 (If 18.g4
then 18 . . . .i.g5 ! , and after 1 9.ba4
[ 1 9.de6 lUeS ; 1 9 . de6 e6 20.ba4
f5 21 .g3 d4 22.h1 f7 -+ ]
19 . . .f5 20.g3 ed5 2 1 J:tab1 %:tf7
W h i t e ' s p o s i t i o n is h o p e l e s s ) 20 ... Ah2!? (Here Lasker's Combi..
lS ... Ac5 19.wh1 l:lgS (Securing nation aims to equalize the position)
56 Lasker's Combination

2 1 . Wh 2 ff h4 2 2 . W g 1 A g2 ! ? post Lasker's Combination leads to a


23.f4 (In case of 23.g2 Black has win) 18.Wh2 ffh4 19.Wg1 A g2!
a perpetual check) 23 ... Af1 (Forced. 20.f4 (20 . g2 'iYh3 2 1 . g l g3
The precarious position of White's 22.fg3 [22. ltJf3 g2 - + ] 22 . . . 'iYg3
King allows Black to torment his op.. 2 3 . hl 'iYh3 24 . gl l::t dg8 -+ )
ponent. In any case, a draw is ensured 20 . . . ffh1 (Thus Black collects a
for Black) 24.Af1 0-0 25. ff g 2 decisive material advantage. 20 . . . g3
Ilf6 26.ef2 l:[g6 27.Ag2 ff g4 2 1 . g2 'iYh2 2 2 . f3 g2 23 . l:t g l
28.ffd2 fff3! 29.Wh1! (Avoiding ndg8 24 . ..td3 ltJf6 is another win,
the terrible trap 29 . . . ltJb6! 30. ltJb6 ning method) 21.Wf2 g3 22.We1
l::t g 2! 3 1 . 'iYg2 'iYe3 32.hl cb6, and Af1 23.f1 g2 -+ 24.b5 cb 5
Black wins) 29 . . . l:lh6 30.Wg1 25.c6 b6 26.ffb3 a6 27.ffa3
l:lg6 31.Wh1, 1/2- 1/2 (A most ffh4 28.Wd1 c4!? (Black plays
interesting game) cat.. and .. mouse. Black could long age
have promoted a second Queen)
Game 63 29. ffc5 b6 30. ffb4 fff2 31.lDd2
Aagaard,J-Liiva,R g l ff 3 2 . Wc 2 ff e 2 3 3 .l:lc4
=

Vejen 1 993 ff gd1, 0-1

1 . f3 d5 2 .c4 c6 3 . e 3 f6
Game 64
4.b3 Af5 5.Ae2 bd7 6.h4
Ag6 7.0-0 e6 8 . Ab2 Ad6 9 . d3
StoW ,I -Seifoj
ffe7 10.c3 0-0-0 1 1.d4 e4 Moscow 1 994
1 2 . f 3 A c 7 1 3 . ll c 1 c 3 1 .c4 e6 2.lDc3 d5 3.d4 c6 4.e4
14.llc3 Ae4 15.c5 g5 16.b4 g4 de4 5 . lDe4 Ab4 6. Ad2 .d4
1 7 .d2 7 .Ab4 ffe4 8.Ae2 lDd7 9.lDf3
c5 10.Ac3 lDgf6 1 1 . d6 .g6
(A new move. The usual continu
ation is 1 1 . . . 'iYc6) 12.lDd2! (Other
moves are in Black's favor, e.g.
1 2 . 0-0-0 ltJe4 1 3 . 'iYc7 ltJc3 14.bc3
'iYf6, or 1 2 . ..td3!? ltJe4! [ 1 2 . . . 'ifg2
1 3 . e2!] 1 3 . 'iYf4 'iYg2 1 4 . 0-0-0
[ 14 . ..te4 'iYhl I S . e2 'iYal 16.ltJgS
ltJf6 17.f6 gf6 18.'iff6 l:tf8 -+ ]
1 4 . . . ltJc3 I S .bc3 'iYh3 16. ltJgS 'iYhS
17. ltJe4 0-0) 12 ... a5 (Accepting the
1 7 . . . Ah2 ! ( Paul Ker e s proved sacrifice is dangerous. If 1 2 . . . 'ifg2
[Game 1 7 ] that with an advanced g4 1 3 . ..tf3 'iYgS 1 4 . 0-0-0, planning
Part Two 57

:1 hg 1 , wb1 , and lDe4 gives White 20J:td7 i.. d7 2 1 .'iVd7 a3! 22.'iVb7
a s trong a t t ac k j or i f 1 2 . . . lDe4 ab2 23. i.. b 1 [23.i.. b 2 l:ta7 24 .'iVb5
1 3 . lDe4 e4 1 4 .0-0-0! e2 1 5 .i.. g7 1!ta5 =] 23 . . . a3! 24.i..b 2 b4 =)
c4 1 6 . w b 1 : gB 1 7 . i.. f6 ! +- ) 20 ... a3!? (Losing is 20 . . .f6 21 .l::t h3
13 .Af3 ( 1 3.0-0-0!? deserves atten.. f5 [2 1 . . . h6 2 2 . g3 , 23J :th6]
tion) 13 ...l:ta6 14.c7 0-0 15.0-0 2 2 . l::t g3 g6 23.i.. d3 l:tc6 24.f4 [
(1 5 .i.. a 5 l:tc6 1 6.f4 e5 1 7 . e3 b6 2 5 . i.. c4 +- ] 24 . . . c4 25. i..b 1 b3
1B.i.. c3 is not so strong) 15 ... a4 (In 26.d4 e5 27 .d5 l:tf7 2B. i.. e 5
case of 1 5 . . . d3 1 6. i.. a5 d6, both +- )
17J :tfd1 and 17.d6 give White a
clear advantage) 16.l:[fe1? (Here
16.!!ad1 [ 17.l:t fe1 , 1 B . lDe4] is
correct, and if 16 . . . a3 [ Worse is
16 . . . d3 17 . lDe4 c4 1 B .i.. f6 lDf6
1 9 . 1Df6 gf6 20. l:tdB! ] , then 17.b4
c 2 1 B . n c 1 a 2 1 9 . b 5 l:t a 4
20.i..d1 !, 2 1 .i..b3 +- ) 16 ... d3!
17.lLle4!? (Just so ! Instead, both
17J lad1 d6 1B.d6 Jld6 1 9 . lDe4
lDe4 2 0 . i.. e4 l:t d 1 2 1 . l:t d 1 lDb6
2 1.h7 (Reversing the sacrifice
22.b3 ab3 23.ab3 f5!? 24 .j,f3 lDd7
2 5 . j, b7 j,b 7 2 6 . l::t d7 l::t f7 , a n d
with 2 1 . j,g 7 Wg 7 2 2 . g3 whB
23.j,h7 [23.h4 f5] 23 . . . e5 24.h4
17 .-f4 d6 1 B .h4 lead to an
w g7 2 5 . l:t g 3 : g6 2 6 . i.. g6 fg6
equal game) 17 ... lLle4 ( 1 7 . . . c4 ?
i s favorable for Black) 21 ... Wh7
1B. lDf6 lDf6 1 9.j,e2 ) 18.l:[ad1!?
22.l:h3 (Laske r ' s Combination
(An i m p o r t a n t interm e z z io . I f
must be "lengthened" so, because
1B.j,e4 d6!, but not 1B . . . c4?!
weaker is the immediate 22.g7?!
1 9 . 1:te3) 18 ...c4 19.Ae4 (White
c4! [The only correct defense. Nei ..
sacrifices a third pawn, which has to
ther 22 ... wg7 23.g3 wf6 24.h4
be taken because of the thre a t
+-, nor 22 . . . e5 23.MB lDfB 24.cB
20.j,d3) 19 ...a2! 20.:td3 (Other
lDg6 { 24 . . . ab2 25.fB b1 = 26. l:th3
continuations lead to an equal game,
wg6 2 7 . h6 wf5 2 B . l::t h 5 w g 4
for example 20 .j,b7 l:ta7 2 1 .g3
29.h3 # } 25.ba3 +- withstand the
[ 2 1 . l::t d7 j,d7 22.d7 b3 23.d2
White attack] 23.l:td7 Wg7 [23 . . . j,d7!?
l:tb7 24 .j,g7 =] 2 1 . . .f6 22. l::t e 6!? [Or
24.i..fB ab2 { 24 . . . d5 25 .ba3 }
22. j,e4 lDe5!?] 22 . . . l:tb7 [22 . . . e6
25.d7 { 25.g3 d4 =+= } 25 . . . c3 !?
23.i..d5] 23.l:te7 :t7 [23 ... g6 24.h4
l::t f7 25 . :eB l:tfB 26. l:te7 =] 24.l:teB { 25 . . . f4 26.g3 f5 27.d2 wgB
28.b2 wfB = } 26.f7 whB 27. l:tfl
:fB [24 . . . lDfB 25J :tcB] 25.l:te7 = j or
58 Lasker's Combination

l:tal 28. 'ifg6 bl ='if! 29.l:1bl 'ife l (Neither here nor next move can
-+ ] 24.'ifg3 h7 [ 24 . . . f6 25 .h4! White execute Lasker's Combina
+- ] 25.'ifh3 =) 22 ... wg8 23.g7 tion with 14.h7 h7 1 5 .'ifh5 g8
e5! (Blocking the b8-h2 diagonal 16.g7 g7, since Black controls
saves Black the game. Everything the g4 and g5squares) 14 ... Jld 6
else leads to defeat, for example 15.M . g 5 16.e3 .h4 17 . f3
23 . . . ab2? 24.iJ6!!; 23 . . . g7 24.'ifg3 e5! 18 .f4 (Losing at once is
f6 2 5 . 'if h 4 f5 2 6 J f3 g 6 1 8 . 'ife 2 h3 1 9 . 9h3 'ifh3 [ L\
2 7 . l:t g3 f5 2 8 . 'if g 5 * ; 2 3 . . . f6 20 . . . ltJf3] 20.f4 ltJd3 21 .'ifd3 %:te3
24 .'ifg3 f7 25 .f8 ltJf8 [25 . . . f8 -+ ) 18 . . . h5 1 9 . c5 b8
26.h7 +- ] 26. h8 +- ) 24.f8 ( 1 9 . . . c7 deserved attention, not
f8 25.l::[g3 (25. 'ifc8 ab2 26.'ifb7 blocking the a8 Rook) 20 . e 3
'if a l 2 7 . l:t g3 ltJ g6 is hope l e s s ) d 3 2 1 . 1f d 3 f 5 2 2 . d 2
25 . . . l:g 6 26. l:g6 (26. 'ifc8 l:tg3 l:e2!? 23.1fdl (If 23 .'ife2, then
27 .hg3 ab2 28. 'ifb7 c4 is advanta 2 3 . . . 'ife2 24 . :t fe l h2 2 5 . h 2
geous for Black) 26 ... fg6 27.ba3!? 'ifc2 and Black wins) 23 . . . h3!
(Finally this pawn is liquidated ! 24 . e2 (After 24 . gh3 'ifh3 mate
Wotse is 27. 'ifc8 ab2 28. 'ifb7 ltJe6!? is unavoidable)
:;: ) 27... d2 28.ml f5 29 . c5

1fd4 = 30 . c7 e4 3 1 .l:e l
e6 32 .e7 f4 (Perpetual check.
If now 33.'ifb4? then 33 . . . g2! -+ ,
but White continues instead with
3 3 . 'ife8 g7 34.'ife7 h6 3 5 . 'ifh4
=. An important theoretical game,
charting a course for the intermedi
ate 1Xh3, rather than the more usual
Queen move) , 1/2 - 1/2 (S tohl, Inf.
62/43 8)
24 ... h2! (White had banked on
24 . . . 'ife2 2 5 J :t fe l h2 2 6 . h2
Game 65
'ifc2 27 . h3 'ifa4 28 J e7 with
Mantsinov,B-Kuporosov, V counter chances, but Black finds
Elista 1 994 something stronger) 25.Whl (Or
l . e4 c5 2 . f 3 e 6 3 . d4 cd4 25.h2 g4 26.gl e2 27. l:tfel
4.d4 c6 5.e3 f6 6.c3 'ifg4 -+ ) 25 ...e 2 26.Wh2 Jlg 2!
b4 7.d3 d5 8.0-0 0-0 9.ed5 (Not so convincing is 26 . . . e6
ed5 1 0 . h3 l:e8 1 1 . c 6 bc6 27.d4, L\ 28. ltJc5 and the game
12.d4 e6 13.a4 d7 14.c3 would continue for a long time)
Part Two 59

27 .Wg2 Vc2 2S.l:Xfe1 Va4 - + 23. l:lg3 .g6 24.h4 lLlf6 25.1JIIe 7
29 .A d4 a5 30.a3 h 6 31.l:Xe3 ab4 l::(eS 26.l:Xg 6 W g6 (Black has more
3 2 . c b 4 . c 2 3 3 . l:X a e 1 e c 4than adequ ate material for the
3 4 . l1 d 1 W h 7 3 5 . l:X g 3 l:X g 8
Queen, but his exposed King position
36.%1gd3 f5 37. l:[f3 f4 3S.Ac5 gives White real winning chances)
g 5 3 9 .l:ld4 tW e 2 40 . a4 tW e 6 2 7 . d6 e5 2S.h5!? W g7 29.h6!?
4 1 .b5 cb5, 0-1 Wg6 30.f4 e4 31.f5! ,.f5 32.1ff4
(White's positional advantage be ,
Game 66 comes tangible; he is ahead in mate,
Wojcik-Czamota rial) 32 ... lLlh5 33 .f5 Wh6 34. g4
Poland 1 995 lLl g7 35. g5 W h5 36. f11f7 wg4
37.1fg7 +- l:XgS 3S.1fb7 Wg5
l . e4 c 5 2 . lLl f3 e 6 3 . d4 cd4
3 9 . 1fd 5 Wh4 40 . W h l l:XaeS
4. ltld4 ltlf6 5. lLlc3 Ab4 6.e5
41.l:X g1 , 1-0
ltl d 5 7 . a 3 c 3 S . b c 3 1f c 7
9 . ltlb5 tWe5 10.e2 0-0 1 1 .0-0
Game 67
ltlc3? 12.lLlc3 1fc3 13.l:Xb1 d5
14.b2 .c5 15.d3 .e7 (The Kaminski, M-Krivoshey,S
spirit of Lasker revolts against pawn, Katowice 1 995
hunting, not to mention five Queen 1 .e4 e 6 2 . d4 d5 3 . lLlc3 e7
moves in the opening. The punish, 4.lLlf3 lLlf6 5.d3 c5 6.ed5 cd4
ment is inevitable ! ) 7.lLld4 lLld5 S.ltld5 fII d 5 9.0-0
lLld7 10.lLlb5 .c6 11 .e2 a6
12.lLld4 fIIc7 13.c4 d6 14.lLlf3
lLle5 1 5 . lLle 5 e5 1 6.h3 0-0
17.h[el h2 1S.Wh1 d6 19.b3
d7 20.b2 l:Xad8 21.l:[ad1 (Or
2 1 ...th7! immediately) 21 ... cS

1 6 . h7! W h 7 1 7 . h 5 w g S
1S.g7! W g7 ( 1 B .. .f6 1 9 . ..th6 ndB
20. nb3 h7 2 1 J Xg3 whB 2 2 . ..tg7
WgB 23 . ..tf6 +-; 1 B . . .f5 1 9 . ..te5
+- ) 19. 1Wg4 Wh6 20.l:[b3 tWg5
2 1 . b4 lLl d 7 2 2 . l::t h 3 W g 7
60 Lasker's Combination

2 2 . A h 7 ! W h 7 2 3 . 1f h 5 W gS
24.Ag7! f6 (B l ac k lo s e s a fter
24 .. .c;1;g7 25. g5 h8 26.h6 g8
27 J ld4 +- ) 25.AfS AfS 26.l:td8
1fdS 27.l:td1 (In the emerging mid ..
dlegame White's Rook is stronger
than Black's Bishop pair, which is
hampered by their own pawns)
27 ... 1fe7 2S.1fg 6 A g7 (There is
no altemative, since 28 ... g7 29.g7
g7 is followed by 30 . l:t d8 + - )
1 9 . Ah7 ! Wh7 2 0 . 1fh 5 W gS
29.1fd3 e5 30.1fdS 1ffS 31.1fc7
21.Ag7! f6 22.1fhS wfi 23. tWh 7
Wh7 3 2 .l:tdS 1f a 3 3 3 .l:td 1 ! ?
e5 (23 . . . c8 24. f8 f8 25.h8
(White won't settle for the draw +- )
f7 2 6 . h 5 f8 2 7 . !l g4
with 3 3 . J!tc8 cl 3 4 . h2 f4 )=
24.A{S We6 25.YWgS 1ffi 26.YWfi
33 ... Af5 34.1fb7 1fa2 35.1ff3
Wf7 27.l:td7 Ad7 2S.Ae7 we7
1fc2 36.c5 Ae4 37. 1fh5 WgS
(The matter comes down to a prosaic
3S.l:tdS A{s 39.1fg4 Ag6 40.c6
endgame. White has an extra pawn
wg7 41 .c7!? 1fc7 42.l:td7 1fd7
which, by the way, is not very hard to
43.1fd7 iLf7 44.h4 WgS 45.1fg4,
use) 29.lDd5 Wd6 30.lDb6! l::(dS
1-0
3 1 . lD d 7 l:[ d 7 3 2 . l:[ d 1 w c 7
33.l:td7 Wd7 34.Wf1 +- we6
Game 68
35.We2 Wf5 36.Wf3 e4 37.We3
Roberts-Hartley We5 3S.h4 f5 39. g3 Wf6 40.Wf4
England 1 995 b6 41 .h5 b5 42.b4 we6 43.Wg5
1 . e 4 c 5 2 . d 4 c d 4 3 . c 3 d c 3 1-0
4 . lDc 3 lD c 6 5 . lDf3 d6 6 . Ac4
e6 7.0-0 lDf6 S.1fe2 a6 9.%ld1 Game 69
Vc7 10.Af4 Ae7 11.l:lac1 0-0 Ivanov, V.I-Hermlin,A
12.Ab3 VbS 13.h3 Ad7 14.e5 Helsinki 1 996
de5 15.lDe5 lDe5 16.Ae5 1feS
1 .e4 d5 2.ed5 lDf6 3.lDc3 lDd5
17.Ac2 Ac6 1S.I1d4 lDd7 (The
4.Ac4 c6 5.1ff3 e6 6.lD ge2 Ae7
never.. ending story. Black longs to
7.d4 0-0 S.Ad2 lDd7 9.lDd5 ed5
ease the pressure by exchanging or
1 0 . Ad3 lDf6 1 1 .h3 a5 1 2 . g4
driving off White ' s centralized
l:[eS 13.0-0-0 a4 14.lDg3 Ae6
Bishop. Instead, he falls into Lasker's
15.Wb1 YWb6 16.g 5 lDe4 17.lDe4
Combination)
de4 1 S . Ae4 a3 1 9 .h3 .d4?!
Part Two 61

(Carelessly inviting the opponent's 6.d3 (Now White controls the b1-
Bishop onto the main diagonal) h7 diagonal) 6 . . . c6 7.a3 a6?!
20. Ac3 eb6 (Black should play 7 . . . dS B.b3 dc4
9 . .i.c4 tDdS 1 0 . .i.b2 f6) s.o-o
l:[bS 9.b3 d6 (9 . . . dS at once, in,
tending 1 0 . . . d4 is better) 10.b2
d 7 1 1 . g 5 ! ? (Thre ate ning
1 2 . tDh7 tDh7 1 3 . h7 c;1;h7 14.'iYhS
c;1;gB l S .l:t f3 eS 1 6.fS ) 11 ... eS
12.e4 (Now 12.tDh7 tDh7 1 3 .h7
c;1;h7 14.'iYhS c;1;gB 1 S J:tf3 is repelled
b y l S . . .fS!) 12 . . . c7?! (Instead,
1 2 . . . g6 should be played) 13.c2
d7?? Los ng imedi t ly. Black
2 1 . h7! Wh7 2 2 . eh5 W g S
c an maintain hiS pOSitiOn after
2 3 . g 7 ! g7 2 4 . e h 6 W g S
13 . . . tDe 4 14. tDe 4 fS l S .tDgS tDdB
2 5.g 6 ( hlte s attack develops
1 6.'iYf3 f6! 17. 'iYh3 g6 1 B.M6
all according to the "Keres plan")
gf6)
2 5 . .. g 5!? (O ther defe nses are
refuted by analogy with the game
continuation, e.g. 2S . . . f6!? 26J:td7!!
[26.g7?? 'iYb3!! 27.cb3 fS 2B.c;1;c1
b2 29. c;1;d2 l:tadB -+ ] 26 . . . l:te7
27. l:te7 'iYd4 2B.'iYh7 c;1;fB 29. l:tt7!
+- ) 26..,h7! WfS 27.l:[d7!! "b3!?
2S.ab3 (The only move) 2S ... a2
29.Wb2 f6 30.c3 g7 3 1 .gf7
Af7 32. ed3! b5 33. ef3 l:[e7
34.l1e7 we7 3 5 . "c6, 1 - 0 ( A
sharp s truggle ! V. 1 . Iv anov, Inf. 14.d6! (An original position. To
?/34 8) c arry out Lasker's Combination
White has to first sacrifice both
Game 70 Knights. Spectacular introductory
Stanishevsky-Shershevsky play!) 14 ... d6 15.b5! (Open,
Lobnja 1 996 ing the b1-h7 diagonal) 15 ... ab5
(All is ready for the now familiar
1.c4 f6 2.c3 e6 3.e3!? (A new
double Bishop sacrifice)
idea. White intents to keep his f.. pawn
mobile) 3 ...c5 4.f4 e7 5.f3 0-0
(see next diagram)
62 lasker's Combination

dS =+= ) 11 ... d3 12.1fd3 .1ld6


13.0-0 b6 14.l:[a2?! (An errone
ous plan. Correct is 14.b2 b7
l S . ttJ d S 'if h 4 1 6 . g 3 'if e 4 )
14 ... a5! 15.b5 ( 1 S .cS? bcS 16. bcS
a6! -+ ) 1 5 ... b7 (Lasker's Com,
bination looms) 16.l:[e2? (The best
defense is 16J:td2 l:te6 , as the sacri,
fice leads only to a draw: 1 6 . . . h2!?
17.h2 'ifh4 18.gl g2! 19.g2!
[ 1 9.f4 'ifh1 20.f2 'ifh2!! 21 .e1
1 6 . h 7 ! W h7 1 7 . VWh 5 W g S
f1 22.'iff1 l:te3 23 .d1 'ifhS -+ ]
I S . g 7 ! W g 7 1 9 . 1f g 5 W h S
1 9 , . . fVg4 20.h 1 ! [20.h2?? l:te6
20.l:[f3 , 1 -0 (Stanishevsky, Inf.
-+ ] 20 . . .'ff3 [20 . . J le6?? 21 .f3 +- ]
69/339)
2 1 .gl ! 'ifg4 [ 2 1 . . . e6?? 22. ttJe2!
+- ] 22.h 1 ) =

Game 7 1
Gamboa,N-Blatny,P
New York 1 996
l .d4 f6 2.c4 e5 3.de5 g4
4.f3 c5 5.e3 c6 6.c3?!
(The usual continuations are 6.a3 ,
6 :d2, and 6.e2) 6. . .0-0 7 .Ad3?!
(A doubtful novelty. Better is 7 . ttJe4
b4 8 . d2 d2 9 . 'ifd2 ttJ ge S
1 0 . ttJ e S ttJeS 1 1 . ttJc3 d 6 1 2. e2
=
e6 as played in Vaulin-Galanov,
,
16 ... h2! 17.Wh2 1fh4 1S.W gl
Budapest 1 99 1 ) 7 ... l:[eS (Th pre ,
g 2 ! 1 9 . W g 2 1f g 4 2 0 . W h 2
mature 7 , . . ttJgeS is refuted tact1cally
(20 . h 1 'iff3 2 1 . g l l:te6 -+ )
by 8.ttJeS ttJeS 9.h7 h7 1 0.'ifhS
20 ...l:[e5 2 1.1fd5 (The only de,
g8 l 1 .'ifeS) S.a3 (Better is 8. 'ifc2
fense) 2 1 . . . 1f h 5 2 2 . W g l l:[ g 5
g6 9.e4 [Or 9. ttJe4 ttJb4 1 0 . 'ifc3
23 . g5 . g 5 24.Whl (24 .h2??

ttJd3 1 1 . 'ifd3 f8 , 2 . . . 7]
'ifeS 2S .g2 'ifc3 -+ ) 24...f6!
9 . . . ttJceS, with Black hold1ng the 1n,
25.b2 .f3 26.w gl? (White can
itiative) S... ge5 9.h4 f3 10.1ff3
set a more complicated task with

(lf 10. gf3 then 10,..Ad4, 1 1 . . . 'ifh )
26.h2, but then the continuation
10 ... e5 1 1 . e2 (Inadequate 1S
26 . . Jle8 27 J :tg1 l:te6 28.l:tg2! l:td6
1 1 .Ah7 h7 1 2 .'ifhS g8 1 3 .bcS
l e a d s to zugzwang, e . g. 29.gl
Part Two 63

[2 9J;:t c2? Itg6! 30Jg6 hS 3 1 . g3 2 5 . .i. h 7 ! W h 7 2 6 . 1f h 5 Wg8


'J/Ig6 -+ ; 29.a1? %!h6 30.gl h3 27. .i.g7! f6 28.1fh8 Wti 29.1fh7
31 .f3 h1 -+ ; 29.e4 hS 30.gl lLlf8 30.,i,f8 Wf8 3 1.lLlf5! (As
gd1 ! 3 1 . ltJd1 e2 -+ ; 29 . ne 1 l;:td2 proved in Game 56, adding a Knight
30.a1 nf2 -+ ] 29 . . . %!d1 !! 30.ltJd1 to the attack ensures a win. All at'
'J/Ie2 -+ ) 26 ... l::le8 27.lId2 1f g4! tempts to give back material are
(Also winning is 27 . . . l;:te6 2B. ltJe2 fruitless) 31 ... 1ff2 32.Wf2 ,i,c5
lI g6 29. ltJg3 hS! 30. nd4 h4! 3 1 . nf4 33.Wf3 l::le3 34.l::le3 ,i,e3 35.l::ld 5!
'J/IhS) 28.Whl l:le6 29.f3 1fh3 (Mate is unavoidable) , 1-0
(30.gl l;:tg6 3 1 .f2 J!tg2 32 .e1
nd2 -+ ) , 0-1 (P.Blatny) Game 73
Susak, Z-Rosandic, D
Game 72 Tucepi 1 996
Kozlova, O-Bogatkova, T 1 .e4 c5 2.c3 lLlf6 3.e5 lLld5 4.d4
Frydek Mistek 1 996 ed4 5.lLlf3 b6 6.ed4 e6 7. lLlc3
1 . e4 e6 2 . d4 d5 3 . lLl e 3 de4 ,i, b 7 8 . a 3 ,i, e 7 9 . A d 3 0 - 0
4. lLle 4 ,i,d7 5.lLlf3 ..\l e6 6. JLd3 10.0-0 lLlc3 1 1 .bc3 d6 12.1fe2
lLld7 7.0-0 lLl g f6 8.lLl g 3 ,i,e7 fIIe7 13.,i,f4 lLld7 14.l:Uel de5
9.e4 ,i,f3 10.1ff3 e6 1 1 .b3 0-0 15.lLle5 lLle5 16.,i,e5 ,i,d6
1 2 . A b 2 l:[ e 8 I 3 . l:a d l Yi' e 7
14.!Ife1 l::la d8 1 5.h4 1fa5 16.a3
a6 1 7 . b4 1fe7 I 8 . lIe l 1f b 8
I9.,i,bl a 5 20.ba5 1fa7 21.Ae3
Aa3 22.l::le d1 ,i,e7 23.d5!? ed5
24.ed5 lLld5? (Centralizing the
Knight, but Lasker's Combination
should be taken into account)

I 7 . ,i, h 7 ! Wh7 I 8 . 1f h 5 Wg8


19.,i, g7! f6 20 . .i.f8 ,i,f8 (Familiar
circumstances . White 's minimal
material deficit is more than com,
pensated by his relentless attack)
21.l::le 6 1fg7 22.d5 l::ld8 23.c4
b5 24.l::le 3 1ff7 25.1f g4 Ag7
26.l::lael ,i,e8 (The minor pieces
64 Lasker's Combination

are helpless against White's mobile Completing our review of canonical


and all .. penetrating heavy pieces) combinations, it is necessary to single
27.g3 bc4 2S.l:le7 .fS 29 .c7 out two more typical patterns. The
h6 30. d8!, 1-0 presence of an advanced pawn on gS
ensures a win for White if he follows
Game 74 the Keres plan of 'iYh6 followed by
Falmenschmidt, G---Schwalfenberg,J gS-g6-g 7, as in Game 1 7. On the
Germany 1 996 other hand, control of the gS square ..

gives chances to repel the attack if


l .d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.lOc3 lOf6 4.e3
Black can return the Bishop at once
e6 5 . lOf3 lObd7 6 . c2 Jld6
with . . . g5, or after a preliminary
7.b3 0-0 S.Jle2 .e7 9.0-0 b6
. . . wh6. We call this idea the "Leven..
10.e4 de4 II.lOe4 lOe4 12 .e4
fish" defense (Game 6) .
b7 1 3 . Jl b 2 f 5 1 4 . c 2 c 5
15.l:ladl cd4 16.lOd4
Shortened Combinations

Game 75
Surdej-Cvachouchek
Czechoslavakia 1974
l .e4 e5 2.lOf3 lOc6 3.Jlb5 a6
4.Jla4 1Of6 5.0-0 Jle7 6.l:lel b5
7.Jlb3 0-0 S.c3 d5 9.ed5 lOd5
10.lOe5 1Oe5 1 1 .l:le5 c6 12.Jld5
cd5 1 3. ef3!? Jld6 14.l:lel l:leS
16 ... Jlh2?! (Control of the key g4
1 5.l1e3 d4!? 16.cd4 (An alterna..
..

square by White makes the combi .. tive is 1 6. 'iYaB de3 17.de3 [Not
nation doub tful) 17.Wh2 .h4 17.fe3? h2 18.Wh2 'iYh4 19.wgl
I S . W g l Jl g 2 1 9 . W g 2 . g 5 'iYe1 20.Wh2 'iYcl ] 1 7 . . . bB! IB.'iYf3
20.Wh3 ! ? l:lf6 2 1 . lOf5! ! (This [ 1 8.ltJd2 'iYc7 1 9.'iYf3 'iYh2 20.wfl
original counter..blow immediately h5] I B . . . b7 1 9 . 'iYe2 e6, with
decides the game) 21 m5 22 .e4 enough compensation for the sacri..

l:lafS 2 3 . e 6 W h S 2 4 . nd7 Hced material) 16 ... l::lbS 17.b3


l:l5f6 25.Jlf6 .h6 26.Wg 2, 1-0 Jlb7 18.ee2 l:le3 19.de3 (Black
has loaned his opponent two pawns;
the following double sacrifice re ..
minds White that interest is due.
Primitive, but only on the surface ! )
Part Two 65

7 . e 3 ltl c 6 S . ltl c 2 d5 9 . c d 5
e d 5 10.0-0 .1\.g4 1 1.d2 ltle5
1 2 . ltl c 3 0 - 0 1 3 . ltl a 4 . c 6
14.ltlc5 .c5 15.f3 Ad7 16.b3
l:lfeS 17.ltld4 h5 lS.Ab2 .d6
19.1:[fd1 h4 20.g4 Ag4?! (Black
has successfully played the opening,
wresting away the initiative. HOWl
ever, White's defensive resources are
sufficient to repulse the attack. His
g2, Bishop and powerful d4, Knight
1 9 ... h2 20.Wf1 g2!! ("Please,
tempt the opponent to trade Bishop
I i nsis t ! ) 21.We1 (White only
It
for three pawns. Note that Black ex,
seems to have enough for the Queen changes his active pieces, so that
after 2 1 . g2 gS 2 2 . h 2 l:t b6
with every trade the strength of
23 .f3 l:th6 24.h3 l:th3 2 S . h3,
White' s remaining pieces grows)
because the obvious 2S .. :ifgl ! spells
21.fg4 ltleg4 22.h3 ltle3 (The
further casualties. His Bishop is out
sally 22 . . . ltJe4 is refuted by 23.g2
of play and cannot prevent 26 . . . f2,
ltJe3 24. ltJfS ! ltJg2 2S . ltJd6 ltJd6
with the deadly threat . . . h7-hS and
26 . .i.g2 +- ) 23.ltlf5! ltlf5 24.f5
g7-gS-g4 # . Apparently a new idea
(The attack is repelled; now White
within Lasker's Combination) 2 1 . . . J:[cS
creates counter, threats) 24 ...l:[adS
22.b2 tyh4 23.ltlc3 (White is
25 . f2 h3 26.1:d3 ltlh5 27.Ilf1
unable to correct the defects in his
(Preventing 27 . . . ltJf4, and aiming
position, and can do practically noth,
at the weak f7,square) 27... a6
ing) 23 ... f5 24.Wd2 f4 25.e4 f3
2S.l:[h3 l:(e2
26. eel g5 27.ltld5 g4 2S.ltle3
g3 29.ltlf5 gf2 30.ltlh4 fe1 11' =

31.l:le1 rus (Worse is 3 1 . . . Ag3?!


3 2 . ltJg2 Ael 3 3 . ltJ e l f2 3 4 . e 2
fe l = 3 S . e l ) 32.Jla3 J:lf4
33.lDf3 l:lf3, 0-1 (Cvachouchek)

Game 76
Hausner,I-Littlewood,P
Skara 1 980
1 .c4 c5 2 . ltlf3 ltlf6 3 . d4 cd4
29.Ah7! (A most decisive blow!)
4.ltld4 e6 5.g3 tyb6 6 . .1\.g2 c5
29 ... WhS 30 . .1\.g7! wg7 (Now if
66 lasker's Combination

30 . . . ltJg7 then 3 1 .d3 with mate) 1 2.c4 ed4 13.d4 f4 14.lrc2


31.lrf7 WhS 32.l:lli 5 , 1-0 Ah3 15.Af4 Af4 16.2b3

Game 77
Braun, M-Weber, M
Germany 1 992
1 .e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3 .e5 c5 4.c3
c6 5 . f3 eb6 6 . Ad 3 cd4
7.cd4 .ad7 s.o-o d4 9.d4
.d4 10.c3 a6 1 1 .Wh1 e7
12.f4 c6 13.a3 Le7 14.ee2
. a 7 1 5 . f 5 ef5 1 6 . d 5 0 - 0
1 7 . A e 3 A c 5 l S . A g 5 J:l fe S 16 . . . Ah2? (Black is lagging in de ..
19.Af6! (Alekhine's Block) 19 ...b8 velopment [no supporting Rook ! ] ,
20.Af5 l:le6 (Now comes the con .. so here Lasker's Combination is
eluding combination) doomed) 17.Wh2 Ag2 lS.f5!
(Taking the Bishop leads to a draw by
perpetual check) lS ... .afl 19.lOc5
.f7 20.lOb7 Irh5 21.Wg1 lre2
22.ec3! (Domination! ) 22 ... Lh3
23.eh3 g6 24.lOg7 WfS 25. ed7,
1-0

Game 79
Robatsch,K-Casagrande,H
Austria 1993
2 1 . Ah 7 ! WfS 2 2 . Ag7! Wg7 1.lOf3 lOf6 2.c4 e6 3.lOc3 d5
23. eg4 l:[g6 24.l:tf7!, 1 -0 4.d4 iJ.e7 5.Af4 0-0 6.l:lc1 c6
7.e3 lObd7 S . .ad3 dc4 9 . .ac4
Game 78 lOd5 10.iJ.g3 .a5 1 1 .0-0 b5
Jamieson , R-Drummond, M 12.Ab3 lOc3 13.l:lc3 c5 14.lOe5
Sydney 1 992 lOe5 15.Ae5 c4 16 . .ac2 .ab7
1 .e4 e5 2.f3 c6 3.Ab5 a6
4.Ac6 dc6 5 .0-0 ed6 6.d3 f6
(see next diagram)
7.Le3 Ag4 S.bd2 e7 9.a4
17.iJ.h7! Wh7 lS . .ag7! (The ca ..
g6 10.ec1 .d7 1 1.d4 Ad6
nonical version ofLasker's Combina..
Part Two 67

41.f4 nd2 42.Wg3 l:(d3 43.Wh4


Af6 44.l:tg5 l:Dt3 (The only de ..
fense from mate) 45.Wh3 Ag5
46.fg5 wg5 47.eg8 WfS 48. ec8
we5 49. ec2 (White reaches a
theoretically won position) 49 ... Wd6
50.ec8 a6 51.Wg3 l:lc6 52. ed8
we5 S3. e a S Wd4 54.Wf3 Xle6
5 S . eb4 Wd5 S 6 . eb3 Wd6
S7.Wf4 Wd7 58.eb7 , 1-0
After 1 6" .iLb7

tion was possible with 18.'ifh5 g8 Len gthened Combinations


1 9.Ag7! g7 20.g4) 18 ... Wg7 '------'

19. eg4 Wh6 (The Levenfish de .. The following game is quite good for
fense ! ) 20.e4 ec3!? (Black imme .. teaching purposes. Everything is ac ..
diately cuts the Gordian knot) cording to Lasker: the same opening,
21.bc3 ( 22.'ifh3 g7 23.'ifg3 the same combination. The Rook's
c;Ph7 24.c7) 21 ... fS? (A strategic, position on f3, however, lengthens
p robably p sychological mistake ; the combination for one more move,
Black overestimates his chances. but makes White's position consider..
The White threats should be parried ably stronger and allows him to win
by 2 1 . . . l:tg8! 22.'ifh3 g7 23.'ifg3 the game by force.
f8, and Black holds the position)
22. eh3 Wg6 23. eg3 Wf7 24.f3 Game BO
l::lad8 2S.ec7 .1lc8 26.l::te l l!td7 Broune-Howell,C
27. eeS l!tb7 28.efS efS 29. edS
London 1 932
Wg6 30. ec6 Af6 (White's few
remaining pieces are at maximum 1 .f4 dS 2.e3 lLlf6 3.lLlf3 e6 4.b3
Ad6 S . .1lb2 0-0 6.Ad3 lLlbd7
activity, and with them Robatsch
7.0-0 :e8 8.lLle5 c6 9.l::lf3 ec7?
demonstrates unequivocally that he
(Clearly White is going to attack the
plays to win. The following part of
King, so why does Black remove his
the game is exceptionally interest ..
Queen from the battlefield? He should
ing) 3 1 .g4! l:( b6 32.ec5 l:( d8
. p l ay 9 . . . ltJe4 1 0 . l:th3 f5 I I . ltJ d7
33 h3 b4 (A conslstent b ut unsuc..

[ 1 1 . 'ifh5 ltJdf6] 1 1 . . . 'ifd7 1 2. h5


cessful attempt to sharpen the game)
g6 1 3 . 'ifh4 'iff7) 10 d7 d 7
34.Wh2 ! ? bc3 3 5 .gf5 Wh6
.

36.ec4 .1ld4 37.l:te4 c2!? 38.IDt4


(see next diagram)
WgS 39.l:tg4 Wh6 40.ef7! lle5
68 lasker's Combination

1 1 . h7! Wh7 ( I n s t e a d , a ft e r After l S ... ltJc3


1 1 . . . wfB White could sacrifice the
24.'iVg6 + - ) 20.1'fh8 Wf/ 2 1.1'fh7
second Bishop, or continue mor e
1'fe7 2 2 .l:ld1 we8 (White has
simply with 1 2 J:tg3 g6 1 3 .g6) an extra pawn and the initiative,
1 2 . l:[ h 3 w g 8 1 3 . 1t h 5 W f8
but Black has defended himself.
14 . .1lg7! We7 15.1t g 5 f6 16 . .af6
The strong b7 .. Bishop and open
ltlf6 17.l:lh7, 1-0
lines give Black the chance to organ..
ize a counter..attack) 23.1'fh6 Wd7
Game S ! 24.Ae5 (An original way to retreat)
Brinck---C laussen 2 4 ... 'Ue J":o\. f3 .i&.
J":o\. 4 25. '0 d5 2 6 . ....
d4
Tel Aviv 1 964 J::tc8 27.c3 !lg8 (The Black pieces
1 . e4 c 5 2 . f3 d 6 3 . d4 cd4 take up menacing positions; White
4. d4 f6 5.c3 e 6 6 . .ae3 goes on the defensive) 28.1th4 1'ff/
a6 7.f4 b5 8.a3 Ab7 9 .Ad3 29.g 5 g5 30.fg 5 e5 31.Jil.f2
bd7 10.0-0 e7 1 1.1'fe2 OO f 4 3 2 . ]:t d 2 w c 6 3 3 . a 4 e 4
1 2 . 11a d 1 1'f c 7 1 3 . A f 2 c 5 34.ab5 ab5 35.l:ld4 e 3 36.Jil.e1
14.Ah4 fe4 15.Ae7 c3 (The f3 37 .gf3 1'ff3! (Now Black has an
combination begins in the midst of a d v a n t a g e , and he t h r e a t e n s
mutual exchanges) 3B . . . 'iVh1 =11= ) 38.Ild5 1'fd5 39.Jil.g3
l:lf8? (Probably time pressure. If
(see next diagram) 39 . . . 'iVg5 then 40.'iVe4, but 39 . . J:tg5
40.'iVd4 'iVd4 41 .cd4 wd5 42 .wfl
1 6 . Jil.h 7 ! W h 7 1 7 . 1t h 5 W g 8 wd4 43.d6 [43 .we2 d5 44.f4
18.f8 d1 19.Ag7! f5 (After ng2 - + ] 43 . . . wd3 44.b4 [44.g3
1 9 . . . Wg7 White has a dangerous at.. ng3! -+ ] 44 . . . :f5 -+ leads to vie ..
tack. For example , 20. 'iVg5 wfB tory) 40.1td4 1tf3 ? (S till after
2 1 . f5 e5 2 2 . l2J e6 fe6 2 3 . fe6 weB 40 . . . 'iVd4 4 1 .cd4 e2 4 2 . f2 nf4
43 .h4 l:td4! Black maintains winning
Part Two 69

chances) 41.d6 Wb7 42 .c7, 3 3 . d 8 W h 7 3 4.J:te1 J:tg3


1/2-1/2 3S.hg3 eg6

Game 82
Siaperas, T -Czerniak, M
Zagreb 1969
1.e4 lOf6 2.eS lOdS 3.c4 lOb6
4.cS ltldS S.ltlc3 e6 6.ltldS edS
7.d4 d6 8.cd6 cd6 9.ltlf3 ltlc6
10...ae2 deS 11.deS AcS 12.0-0
0-0 13. ..agS .b6 14 .dS ltld4
ls.lOd 4 Ad 4 1 6 . Ad 3 l:[ e 8
17.l:1ae1 Ab2 18.Af6! (Alekhine's 36.Ag7!! (Finally, Lasker's Combi,
Block) 18 ... d4 (Of course the nation!) 36 ...c6 37. h8 Wg6
Bishop is untouchable) 38..1lf8, 1-0 (A beautiful game)

Game 83
Podgaets, M-Averbakh , Y
USSR 1973
1.d4 ltlf6 2.c4 e6 3.ltlf3 b6 4.a3
b7 S.ltlc3 dS 6.gS ..ae7 7.e3
0-0 8.l:[c1 ltlbd7 9.cdS edS
10.d3 cS 11.0-0 ltle4 12. ..af4
ltlc 3 13 .l:[c 3 c4 1 4 . .1lb1 bS
lS.ltleS ltlf6 16.f3 aS 17.l:1c2 b4
19.Ah7! Wh7 20. ef7 ed7 (The 18.aM aM 19.94 ltld7 20.]:lg2
only move) 21 .hS Wg8 22.e6!? ltleS 21.AeS Ad6 22.f4 f6
(White recovers a Bishop, and the
whole game is still ahead!) 22...l:[e6
23...ab2 flf7 24.flaS (If White
exchanges Queens, the Bishops of
opposite color give Black drawing
chances) 24...l:[g6 2S.d8 Wh7
26.l1e3 (Defending himself against
26 Ah3!) 26 ...a2 27.h4 l:[h6
...

28.e4l:tg629.tfh4l:lh6 30.tre4
l:lg6 31.l1g3 .f7 32.eh4 Wg8
70 lasker' s Combination

23.Ah7! Wh7 24.g5 fg5 (Losing 1 5 . <it>g2 g4 16.<it>h1 1:.f6 and Black
is 24 . . .fe5 25.h5 <it>g8 26.g6 l:tf6 wins) 1 5 . . . l:(f6 1 6 . e4 (Whit e
27 . h7 <it>f8 28. h8 <it>e 7 29. g7 should return material) 16 ...h l
<it>e8 30.b7 +-) 25 . h5 w g8 1 7 . Wf 2 .h4 1 8 . w g 1 (Afte r
2 6 . g7! w g7 2 7 . l:[ g 5 . g 5 18.<it>e2 f1 19.<it>f1 fe4 20.e4 c6
28.g5 Wfi 29.Wh1 (Now White Black has good prospects) 18 ...fe4
is winning) 29 ... We8 30.e4! e7 19 .g2 ed3 20.1th2 l:lg6 21.W h l
(Not 30 . . .de4? 3 1 . b5 <it>d8 32. b 7) 1tf6 22.e4 (The Queen cannot be
31 .g6 Wd7 32.e5 l:ta6 33 . g7 saved by 22.d2 l;[h6 23.<it>gl g5
l:[a2 (Black's counterplay has few 24. <M"2 nh2, and 25 .. J:td2) 22 ... 1td4!
prospects) 34.f5 l:[b2 35.f6 l:[ e8 (Instead of taking of the Queen by
36 . f7 c3 37.e6 Wd8 38.fe7 22 . . . l:th6 Black decides to mow down
l:(e7 39 .f8, 1-0 a few pawns) 23.b2 1Yc4 24.:g 1
.b4 25.g7 (A desperate move in
Game 84 a hopeless position) 2 5 . . . W g 7
Bemdt-Sandler 26.e5 wfi 27.1tc7 .e7 28.l:[g6
1 975 hg6 29.1tg3 1tf6, 0-1
1 .d4 lQf6 2 .c4 e6 3 . lQf3 b6
Game 85
4.e3 Ab7 5.Ad3 lQe4 6.0-0 f5
7.lQbd2 d6 8 .c2 lQd2 9.lQd2
(In Game 33 Black here sacrificed
two Bishops to force a draw. Sandler
elects to continue the game, and not
in vain) 9 ... lQc6 10.a3 0-0 1 1 .M

Gusseinov, G-Balaj an
USSR 1975

1.Ah7! Wh7 2.nd8! ( 2.h5 g8


3 .g7 l:td1 ) 2 ... J:ld8 3 . h5 wg8
4. g 7! W g 7 (Here Levenfish's
1 1 ... Jil.. h 2! 12.Wh2 .h4 13.Wg1 defense with 4 . . . g5 doesn't help,
lQb4! (An intermediate Knight sac' e.g. 5 J g5 l:td1 6.<it>d1 M3 7.c1
rifice! ) 14.ab4 Ag2! 1 5.f3 (Or and White wins) 5 . h6 w g 8
Part Two 71

6 .g 6, 1-0 (A triumph of the Keres


plan . Gufeld, In 20(2 72)

Game 86
Lunney-Bruere
corr. 1 977
1 . e4 e6 2 . d4 d5 3 . lQc3 .!lb4
4.e5 lQe7 5 . g4 c5 6.a3 .a5
7 .ab4 .a 1 8.Wd1 cd4 9 . lQb5
0 -0 10.lQc7 Ad7 1 1 . .!ld3 (A new
move. The idea is to retain the After 1 7 . .. 1Whl
Knight on its important c7, square.
following 1 9 . . J h8 20 . Wff7 wh6
Theoretical lines include 1 1 . ltJa8
2 1 .WfhS wg7 22.ltJce6! e6 23.ltJe6
ltJa6 1 2.Wfd4 ltJc6 1 3 .Wfc3 ltJcb4 =+= ,
W g8 .2 4 . WfgS wf7 2 S . Wff6 we8
and l 1 .bS WfaS 1 2 . ltJa8 bS =+= ,
26.Wfh8 wd7 27. ltJcS Wc7 28.Wfa8
Kortchnoi) 11 ... lQbc6
+-) 20.lQe4 lQg6 2 1 .g5 l:[ac8
1/2- 1/2 (A bloody battle)

Game 87
Sveshnikov,E-Karpeshov,O
Volgodonsk 1983 <

1 .e4 c5 2.c3 d5 3.ed5 .d5 4.d4


e6 5. lQf3 lQf6 6.lQa3 .dB 7.lQc2
.!le7 8 . .!ld3 lQbd7 9 . 0-0 0-0
10.Af4 b6 11 .e2 .!lb7 12.l:lad1
lQh5 13 . .!lc1 .c7 14.lQe5 lQe5
12.jLh7! Wh7 13.lQf3 ( 14.WfhS
Wg8 1S.ltJgS +- ) 13 ... lQf5 14 . h5
Wg8 15.g4 (Now l S . ltJgS is useless
b e c a use of l S . . . ltJh6) 15 ... lQh6
16.We2 lQe7 17.Ah6! (Sacrificing
the second Rook! ) 17 ... h1

(see next diagram)

18.jLg7! Wg7 19.lQg5 .e4!! (The


sav ing counter,blow. Black loses
72 lasker's Combination

1 5 . Jlh 7 ! Wh7 1 6 . 1t h 5 W gS I.Jlh7! Wh7 (Complicated vari,


1 7 .d e 5 J:ladS I S . J:lde l Jla 6 ations emerge after 1 . . . wh8 2.t2J g5
19.g4 Jld3 20.Jlh6 Jlg6 2 1.h4 de5 3 . Ae4! g6 [3 . . . t2Jf4 4.'iVf3 +- ]
WhS 4 . h 5 Ag5 [4 . . . Wg7 5 . hg6 :th8
{ 5 . . . Ag5 Ieads to the main variation
below } 6 . l:th$ 'iVh8 7 . 'iVf3 ! 'iVg8
{7 . . . 'iVh1 8.t2J f1 +- ; 7 . . . 'iVf8 8.t2Jh7,
9.gt7, 1 0 .'iVg4 +- } 8.gt7 'iVe8
9.f8='iV! +-:- ] 5 .hg6 wg7 6. :th7 wf6
7 . 'iVf3 Af4 [7 . . . We7 8 . :tf7 :tt7
9 . 'iVt7 wd6 10. t2Je4 We6 1 1 . t2J e5
w d 6 1 2 . 'iV b 7 +- ] 8 . de 5 We7
[8 . . . We5 9. t2Je4 wf6 10.d5! 'iVd5
1 1 .'iVf4 'iVf5 1 2 .'iVh4! 'iVg5 1 3 .'iVd4
+ - ] 9 . 'iV a 3 ! w d7 1 0 . 'iVd6 We8
22 . .1lg7! wg7 2 3.h5 h1hS 24.h g6 1 1 .g7!) 2.lQg5 Wg6 (Or 2 . . . wh6
l:lh,4 2 5 . Ylf3 fg6 26 .g3 Ilh5 3 . 'iVd3! f5 4.g7! wg6 5 .h5! and
2 7 . lQ e 3 J:l fS 2 S . Yl g 2 Il f h S
White wins) 3. Yld3! f5 4.h5! Wh6
29.lOg4l:lh1 30.Ylhl %Di1 31.Whl 5 . .1lg7! (The completion of Lasker's
Yld7 32.lQe3 Yld2 33.J:tdl Ylb2 Combination ! ) 5 . . . Wg7 6. lQe6,
34.J:td7 WfS 35.Wg2 Ylc3 36.:hl 1 -0 (Valdes, Inf. 46/426)
Yle5 37.l:lh7 Jlf6 3S.l:la7 WgS
3 9 .%lhb7 .1ldS 4 0 . l:(d 7 .bS The next two games follow the same
41.lQg4, 1-0 scenario. The first half of Lasker's
Combination looks like a simple ex,
Game 88 change, but the second half leads to
a forced win.

Game 89
Knaak,R-Vujosevic
Budapest 1988
l .d4 lQf6 2 . c4 e6 3 . lQc3 d5
4.cd5 ed5 5 . .1lg5 Jle7 6.e3 0-0
7 . .1ld3 b6 S. lQf3 .1lb7 9 .0-0
lQbd7 10. ee2 c 5 11.J:tacl c4
12 . .1lbl a6 13.a4 lQeS 14 . .1\.f4
Pecorelli,H-Ortega .1ld6 15.lQe5 ec7 16. ef3 lQe5
Cuba 1 988
17.de5 Jle5
Part Two 73

b6 18.Ag7! wg7 19. Irg5 wh8


2 0 . lO e 5 Yfl c 8 2 1 . l:lc4 A f5
22.l:lh4 Ah7 23.lrh6 (23 . . . 'itf5
24.e4 +- ) , 1-0

Game 9 1
Lukic,D-Ilic, S
Arandjelovac 1 991
1 . e4 c 5 2 . lOf3 e 6 3 . d4 cd4
4.lOd4 lOf6 5.lOc3 d6 6.f4 lOc6
1 8. Ah7 ! W h 7 1 9 . Yfl h 5 W g8 7.Ae3 Ae7 8.Yflf3 0-0 9.0-0-0
20.Ae5 Yflc6 21.Ad4 b5 22.f4 Yflc7 10.1:g1 a6 11.g4 l:[e8 12.g5
b4 23.lOe2 lOd6 24.Ag7! Wg7 lOd 7 1 3 .h4 b5 14.Ad3 lOd4
2 5 . Yfl g 5 W h 7 2 6 . %1 f 3 A c 8 1 5 . Ad4 b4 16.lOe2 a5 17.e5
2 7 . Yfl h 5 W g 7 2 8 . l: g 3 W f 6 Ab7
29.Yflg5, 1-0

Game 90
Minarelli, G-Pastorini, M
Forli 1 989
1 . d4 lOf6 2 . lOf3 e6 3 .e 3 d 5
4.d3 c 5 5 .b3 A d 6 6. lObd2
lObd7 7.Ab2 0-0 8 .0-0 Yflc7
9.c4 e5 1 0 . c d 5 lO d 5 1 1 .d e 5
lOe5 12.lOe5 Ae5
1 8 . Ah7! Wh7 1 9 . Yflh 5 wg8
2 0 . e d 6 A d 6 2 1 . A g7 Af4 ! ?
(Thus Black establishes control of
the key g5 ... square. This factor, as
seen already, gives him chances for
a successful defense) 22.Wb1 Wg7

23.g6 l:Ih8 ("Into the hot clash


with my foe , Freely and bravely
without fear I go ! " ) 24.gf7 Wf6
25.l:Ig6 we7 26. Yflg4 lQf6 27.lU6
(The endgame after exchanges on
1 3 . Ah 7 ! Wh7 1 4 . Yfl h 5 W g8 f4 is hopeless for White) 27 ... Wf6
15.Ae5 .c6 16.4Ae6 17 .%:tac1
74 Lasker's Combination

28.lDf4 t)'e5 29.%lfl t)'e4 (Black Game 93


believes in active defense) 30.lDh5 Fronczek,H-Hoffmann,R
we7 31. t)'g5 Wd6 32.f6 t)'h4 Baden-Baden 1 996
33. lldl Jld5 -+ 34.e8 wc6!?
l .d4 f6 2.c4 e5 3.de5 e4
35. t)'e5 t)'h2 36.t)'d4 he8!?
4.f3 c6 5.a3 d6 6.ed6 d6
3 7.fe8 = e J:[e8 38.t)'a7 ec7
7 . e 3 JLf5 8 . Ae2 t)'f6 9 . 0- 0
39. t)'a6 t)'b6 40. t)'e2 tlg8 (Now
begins the counterattack) 41. t)'h5 0 - 0 - 0 10.eb3 g5 1 1 .c3 g4
llf8 42.t)'g5 t)'f2 43.t)'e5 t)'c5 12.e4 Jle4 13.d2
44. t)'g7 a4 45.c4 bc3, 0-1

Game 92
B rink , J-Kouwenhoven ,M
Netherlands 1 995
l .e4 c5 2.d4 cd4 3.c3 d3 4.Ad3
e6 5 .f3 a6 6.0-0 d6 7. ee2
e1f6 8.ndl ec7 9.bd2 Jle7
1 0 . lD f l 0 - 0 1 1 . g 3 lLl b d 7
12.Jlf4 b 6 13.e5 de5 14.e5
13 ... Jlh2! 14.Wh2 t)'h4 15.W gl
d5
l: d2!? (Black increases pressure on
the weak f3 point. Nevertheless, the
canonical combination is possible
here with l S . . . j"g2 1 6.g2 '1Wh3
17 .gl g3, D,. 18 . . . g2 according to
the Ke res p l an) 1 6 . il,.d2 e5
17.t)'c3 (An x,ray on the h8,Rook)
17 . . . f6 18.ffd4 Jlg2! 19.g4
( 19.g2 'ti'h3 20 .gl ltJf3 2 1 .i.. f3
gf3 -+ ) 19 ... g4 20.W g2 ]:Ig8
21. ef4 (The escape attempt would
1 5 . Ah7! Wh7 1 6 .%ld5 ! e5 be unsuccessful, e.g. 2 1 . f3 ltJh2
(16 . . . edS? 1 7 . ltJ g6! + - ) 17.Ae5 2 2 . e2 'ti'hS 2 3 . f3 l:tg2 24 . l:tf2
t)'c6 18. t)'h5 wg8 19.Ag7! wg7 [ 2 4 . e 1 ltJf3 2 S . l:t f3 'ti'f3 -+ ;
20. eg4 Jlg5 2 1 . t)'g5 (Black's last 2 4 . d 1 ltJf1 -+ ] 2 4 . . . 'ti'f3 -+ )
hope was 2 1 J:tgS? f6) , 1-0 21 . . . e5 22. t)'g3 l:[g3 23. fg 3
t)'e4 24.Wh3 f3 (Black's attack
r a g e s unab a t e d ) 2 5 .Jlc3 g 5
Part Two 75

2 6 . W h 2 . e 2 2 7 . W g l lQ h 3 -+ ) IS . . . Ag4 19.1Qh2 Ah2 ! ?


28.Whl lilf2 29.Wg2 30.Wh3 20.Wh2 ffh4 21.Wgl
h 5 (Threatening mate, Black ac ..
quires more material) 3 1 .l:1hl lQf2
3 2 . W g 2 lQ h l 3 3 . W h l . f 2
34.1:tg l .e3 35.W h2 b6 36.lUl
fle2 37.Wgl .e3 3S.Wg2 "e4
3 9 .Wgl f5 40. lU4 .bl 4 1 .Wg2
fld3 42.Wh3 .e2 (Very soon
White will be in zugzwang) 4 3.l:1d4
c5 44.l:lf4 W d7 45.Ag7 we 6
46. Ae3 a6 47.Ag7 Wf7 4S . Ae3
Wg6 (Black's formation is complete)
21 ... Af3! (Alekhine's Block allows
49 .l:th4 (49.AhB is followed by
Black to force a draw by perpetual
49 . . . h4! 50. l:th4 [Or 50.gh4 tWe3,
check) 2 2 . Ae 2 jlg2! 2 3 . Wg2
and if 50.Ac3 then also 50 . . . tWe3!]
1Ig5 24. Wh2, 1/2-1/2
50 . . . tWf2 5 1 . l:tf4 tW g 1 5 2 . g4 tWh1
53.g3 tWhB -+ ) 4 9 ...f2 50.lU4
flgl, 0 -1 Game 95
Kudrin, S-Machado Hermes,A
Salonika 1 988
Complex Combinations I l . e4 e5 2.l f3 lllf6 3.111 e 5 d6
4.lQf3 lQe4 5.d4 d5 6. Ad 3 Ad6
Game 94 7.0-0 0-0 S.e4 e6 9.lQe3 lQe3
Pinter,J-Marovic,D 10.bc3 Ag4 II.ed5 ed5 12 .l:lb l
Rome 1 979 lQd7 13.h3 Ah 5 14.l:1b5 lQb6
15.e4! Af3 16 . f3 de4 17.Ae2!
l . d4 lQ f 6 2.e4 e6 3 . lQe3 d5
l:1bS!? (A novelty at the time)
4 . lQf3 Ae7 5 . A g 5 0 - 0 6 . e 3
IS.a4 (The immediate 1B.Ag5!? de..
bd 7 7 . l:1e l a 6 S . ed 5 e d 5
se rves attention) IS ... a 6 19.Ag5
9. Ad3 e6 10.0-0 l:1eS l l.h3 lQfS
12 .e2 lQg6 13.Af6 Af6 1 4.b4 e7 (The telling strength of9 two
BIshops. Black loses after 1 . . .f6
A e7 1 5.l:1bl A d6 16. lQ a4 "f6
20. tWh5 h6 2 1 . Ah6! +- )
17.lQb6 Ah3! IS.lQaS (Taking
the Bishop with 1B.gh3 leads to de ..
(see next diagram)
fe at after 1 B . . . tWf3 1 9 . Ag6 h g 6
20. aB l:te4 [Threatening 21 . . . l:t g4 !
20.Ah7! (Alekhine 's Block is not
22.hg4 'ifg4 23 . h1 tWh3 24 . g l
corre c t ; for e x ample 2 0 . A f6 g6
tWh2 # ] 21 . l:tfe1 l:th4 22.tWe2 Ah2!
76 Lasker's Combination

17.Ad3 Ab5 (In pursuit of a pawn


Black has crowded his pieces to the
board's edge, and by doing so "com,
pells" White to strike with Lasker's
Combination)

After 19 . 'iVc7
. .

2 1 .'iYh5 f4!) 20 ... Wh7 21 . h5


wg8 22.Af6! (But now it works ! )
22 . . . Ah2! 23.Whl .d6? (Black
is unable to calculate all the v ari,
1 8 . Ah 7 ! Wh7 19 . h4 wg8
ations. If 23 . . . ab5 24 . 'iYg5, or if
20.Af6! (Now, Alekhine's Block)
23 . . . f4? 24. ng5 , b u t the b e s t
20 . . :Ad3 (Quickly to help the poor
move is 23 . . . 'iYf4! 24.g7 [24.e5 ]
monarch! If 20 . . . gf6? then 2 1 .'iYg4
24 . . . g7 25.1:[g5 f6 26.'iYh6 e7
h8 [ O r 2 1 . . . h7] 2 2 . ef6 l:tg8
27. ne5 d7 28. 'iYb6 with an un,
23. 'iYh5 :1: ) 21 .g5 6 22.ltlb4
clear game) 24.g7! Wg7 25.l:lg5
.e6 23.g7! Wg7 24.l:U6 (The
Wf6 26.l:tel! (So the King cannot
key square in this game) 24 ...e8
escape) 26 ...e6 (Alas! There is
25. 5 wg8 26.l:lfl lDc4 27.ffh6
not hing to be don e . If 26 . . J. h8'
f5 28.l:[lf5 lDe5 29.l:lh5!, 1-0
27.nf5 + - ) 27. l::le 6 fe6 28.l:lg6
we7 29.l:tg7, 1-0 (S.Kudrin, Inf.
46/397) Game 97
Fischer,R-Barlocco, C
Game, 96 Mendrisio 1988
Day, Ltopa,J l .e4 c5 2.lOf3 lDc6 3.d4 cd4
Oakham 1 988 4 . lD d4 lDf6 5 . lDc3 d6 6.e2
l .e4 e5 2.f4 c5 3 . lDf3 d6 4.c3 e 5 7 .lOb3 e7 8.0-0 a6 9.f4 b5
lD f 6 5 . d 4 e d 4 6 . c d 4 b 6 1 0 . f 3 e 6 I I . lD d 5 A d 5
7.lDc3 0-0 8.e5 de5 9.fe5 lDd5 12.ed5 lDa5 13.lDa5 .a5 14.fe5
10.g5 lOc3 I I.bc3 .e8 12.a4 de5 15 .e2 Ad6 16.g5 lDd7
lOc6 13.e2 lOa5 14.0-0 e6 17.Whl 0-0 18.e4 lDc5
1 5 . W h l b 3 1 6 . e l A a 4
Part Two 77

4 S . W f 2 ltl g 4 4 9 . W g 3 ltl f 6
50.h6 wd7 5 1 .11a6 l:1hS 5 2 .h7,
1 / 2 - 1/2 (An all .. out struggle from
first to last)

Game 98
Cordier,F-Schwartzmann, G
Val Thoreus 1 991
1 . e4 e 5 2 . f4 ltlf6 3 . ltlf3 d5
4.fe5 ltle4 5.d3 ltle5 6.d4 ltle4
1 9 . Jth7! W h 7 2 0 . fl h 5 W gS 7.Ad3 Ae7 S.O-O 0- 0 9 . ltle3
21.6! (Alekhine's Block) 21 ... fld2 ltle3 10.bc3 e5
(Of course , hopeless is 2 1 . .. gf6
22.k!f6, and there is no protection
from 23 .'iYgS h8 24. :Ih6 * . By his
last move Black takes the fS .. square
under control) 22..i.g7! Wg7 23. flg4
Wh7 24.l:tf3 f5 25.l:1h3 flh6
26.l::lh6 Wh6 (A lonely Queen is
no "warrior in the field," and White
can only hope for a draw) 27.flh4
Wg(j 2 S . g4 f4 2 9 . fl h 5 w g7
30. flg5 Wf7 3 1 . h4 ltlb7 3 2 .h4
1 1 .Ah 7! (An original form of
we S 3 3 . h 5 ltl dS 3 4 . a4 ltl f7
35.1tg6 ba4 36. l:la4 l:[hS 37.e4 L
asker's Combination is realized in
l::lh6 3S.1tf5 JiJ.e7 39.e5 (By skill..
the first part of the game) 11 ... Wh7
12.5! JiJ.g5 13.1fh5 6 (Black
ful pawn play White develops an
s e s to protect himself, but Alek..
initiative which, unfortunately, is ,
hlne s Block follows! ) 14.lU6! WgS
not enough to win. There are too
15.JiJ.h6 gf6 (Again Black appears
many Black pieces for the Queen)
39 ... . l1f6 40. fle4 %leS 41.Wg2 f3
to have everything in order, but ... )
16.11f1 ed7 (So that if 17.ef6,
42.wf1 f2 43.l:[a2 ltlg 5 (Black
too has counter.. chances) 44.1te5 then 17 . . . 'iYg4) 17.JiJ.g7!!, 1-0 (A
ltlf3 45 . 1t g 3 A d6 ! 4 6 . e d 6 !
brilliant miniature )
(46.'iYg2 ltJh2 is impossible, and if
46.cd6 then 46 . . . ltJd2! 47J:td2 l:tcl .
In summary, we see that Alekhine's
In both cases the pawn becomes a Block is often vital to the execution
Queen) 46 . . . l::l d 6 47.ed6 ltlh2 of Lasker's Combination.
78 Lasker's Combination

Reversed Combinations of moves, but he might have played


the canonical combination wi th
Game 99 17.h7! wh7 18.'tVh5 wg8 19.g7 !
Honlinger-Palda,K wg7 20.'tVg5 wh8 2 1 . :f3 +- ) , 1-0
1 93 3
Game 1 00
1 .d4 d5 2 . c4 c6 3 . lOf3 lOf6
4.e3 e6 5.lObd2 lObd7 6.Ad3
Baturinsky, V-
" Alexeev,A
Ae7 7.0-0 0-0 8.b3 b6 9.Ab2 Leningrad 1 936
Ab7 10.ee2 c5 1 1 . lOe5 ec7 1 .e4 c5 2.lOf3 lOf6 3.e5 lOd 5
(l 1 . . . ltJe5 1 2.de5 ltJe4 leads to an 4.d4 cd4 5. ed4 e6 6.Ac4 lOc6
equal game) 12. l:lac1 l:lac8 13.f4 7 . ee4 d 6 8 . 0 - 0 de5 9 . l:l d 1
Ad6 (Now the White Bishops de, ec7 10.lOc3 lOc3 11.bc3 Ae7
velop tremendous energy. After 12.eg4 0-0 13.Ab6 Af6 14.Ad3
1 3 . . . ltJe4 or 1 3 . . . g6 Black maintains lOe7
the position) 14.cd5 ed5 15.lOd7
lOd7 (It doesn't matter now, e.g.
1 5 . . :tVd7 1 6.dc5 c5 17.f6 gf6
1 8 . 'tVh5 f5 1 9.'tVg5 h8 20.'tVf6
W g8 2 1 . : f3 : fd 8 2 2 . 'tV h 6 f6
23.:g3 wf7 24.:g7 +- ) 16.dc5
bc5

15.Ag7! (Black controls the g7,


and h7,squares; nevertheless White
bravely essays Lasker's Combination)
15 . . . Ag7 16.Ah7! Wh7 17.lOg5
(The point. Inclusion of the Knight
is d e cisiv e ) 17 . . . Wg8 18.1Jh5
l::[d8 19.ef7 Wh8 20.eh5 Wg8
17.Ag7! (Black resigned. There 21. ef7 Wh8 22.l:td3! (If 22 . . . :d3,
would follow 17 . . . Wg7 18.'tVg4 h8 then 2 3 . 'tVh5 g8 2 4 . 'tV e 8 f8,
[ 1 8 . . . Wf6 1 9 .'tVg5 we6 20 . f5 =11= ] 25.'tVf7 wh8 26.'tVh7 =11= ) , 1-0
19.'tVf5 ltJf6 20.'tVf6 wg8 2 1 .h7!
wh7 22. :f3 'tVd7 23.f5 +- . With
the text White prefers a transposition
Part Two
79

Game 1 0 1 17 ...e d5 1S.e4 d4 19.b6!? 1tbS


Knutter-Rodewald 20.GQc4 l:leS 2 1.h3 lQh5 22.e5 ?!
Cologne 1 962 (Better is 22.1t.fl Gt:Jf4 23 .g3 Gt:J g6
24 .iLg2 1t.f8 with an unclear game)
1 . e4 e5 2 . GQf3 GQf6 3 . d4 d 5
2 2 ... .1le5! (22 . . . Gt:J e5 23. Gt:J ceS 1t.e5
4.GQe5 GQe4 5.Ad3 Ae6 6.0-0
24. 'iVc5 iLf3 25 .gf3 is not so certain)
A d6 7 . c3 GQd7 S . GQ d7 . d 7
2 3 . A h 7 W h S 2 4 . lL f 5 Jt f 3
9.c2 0-0-0 10.Ae4 de4 1 1 .e4
25 . .ad7 Ah2 26.Wh1
Ad5!? 12 . c2 (One more example
of an opening catastrophe)

26 ... .ag 2! 27.Wg2 lM4 2S.Wh2


(An original embodiment of Lasker's
12 ... ll..g 2! 13.Wg2 .g4 14.Wh1
Combination. The sacrifice is impos ..
f3 1 5 . Wg 1 A h 2 ! 1 6 . W h 2
sible to decline, e.g. 28.hl 'iVb7
]::ld5, 0-1 (An instructive game)
29.f3 iLg3 30. l:te8 l:te8 3 1 .iLg4 l:te2
-+ ) 2S ...GQd3! (28 . . . 'iVb7 is refuted
Game 1 02
b y 2 9 . l:t g l 'iV d7 3 0 . l:t g 3 l:t e 2
Sokolov,I-Hracek,Z 3 1 . 'iVd l- 'iVd5 3 2 . ltJe3!) 29.Wg1
Pamu 1 996 (The best defense here is 29. ltJe5!?
1.d4 GQf6 2.GQf3 e6 3.c4 AM ltJ e l ! 3 0 . l:t e l l:te5 3 1 . l:t e5 'iVe5
4.GQbd2 d5 5 . a 3 Ae7 6 . c 2 32.gl l:tb8 :;: ) 29 ... GQe1 3 0. f5
bd7!? (A novelty. 6 . . . b6 is usually .b7 3 1 .f3 GQf3 32.Wf2 GQh4
played) 7.e3 0-0 S.b4 a5 9 .l:[b1 (If 3 3 . g 4 f 5 ! 3 4 . h 4 . d 7
9.b5, then 9 . . . c5!) 9 . . .ab4 10.ab4 3 5 . f4 .e6 36.GQd2? (White
b6 11.Ad3 c5 12.dc5 bc5 13.b5 overlooks the Knight, but his posi..
Ab7 14.0-0 .ad6 15 . .ab2 h6?! tion is already hopeless. For example,
(15 . . . l:te8 o r 1 5 . . . 'iVc7 are prefer .. 36.l:tcl 'iVe2 37.gl l:te6 38.'iVf5
able) 16.nfe1 (White is preparing l:tf6 39.'iVg4 [39.b7 l:taf8] 39 . . . 'iVf2
the e3-e4 break) 16 ... c7 17.cd5 40.hl l:te8 -+ ) 36 .e3, 0-1
( I f now 17.e4, t h e n 1 7 . . . d4 ) (Hracek, In 66/4 18)
80 lasker's Combination

Variations on keep control of both the gl .. and g3 ..


Lasker's Combination squares) 25 ... lO g1 26.l:[g3, 1-0

Destroyers : Destroyers :
Bishop and pawn Bishop and Knight

Game 1 03 Game 1 04
Wason-Motyvaj Kapengut,A-Vaskau
corr. 1 963 USSR 1965
1 . e4 c 5 2 . lOf3 d 6 3 . d4 cd4 1 . e4 c5 2 . lOf3 e6 3 . d4 cd 4
4.lOd4 lOf6 5 . lOc3 a6 6 . Ae 2 4.lOd4 a 6 5 . lOd 2 d 6 6 . d3
e5 7.lOb3 JLe7 s.o-o 0-0 9 .Ae3 lOf6 7 . 0 - 0 d 7 S . b 3 lO c 6
JLe6 1 0 .f4 ec7 1 1 .f5 Ad7? ! 9.b2 e7 10.c4 b5 1 1 . ee2
(The first cause of Black's misfor.. eb6 12.104f3 l:lbS 13.1:ac1 0-0
tune. 1 1 . . . c4 should be played) 14.J::t fd 1 l:[fdS 1 5 .b1 JLe8
1 2 . g4 c6 1 3 . Ad3 d5 14.g5 1 6 . lOf 1 %lbcS 17 . lOe 3 .bS
lOe4 1 5 .f6 lOc3 (Counting on lS.lOg5 lOd7
16.bc3 d6, b.. 17 . . . e4, but White
lands a crushing blow)

1 9 . 1O h7! Wh7 2 0 . h 5 W g 8
21.Ag7! Wg7 22.e5 ( b.. 23 . 'iVh7
1 6 . h 7 ! Wh7 1 7 . eh 5 W g8 f8 24.'iVh8 # . Compared to the ca ..

lS.%lf3! d7 (Trying to prevent nonical version ofLasker's Combina ..

19. r! h3) 1 9 .fg7 W g7 2 0 . h6 tion, here the assault is simpler to


WgS 21.g6! (White uses the Keres conduct: White keeps a Bishop and
p l a n ) 2 1 . . . lO e 2 2 2 . W h 1 f g 6 his Knight is ready to attack) 22 ... f5
2 3 . g 6 W h S 2 4 . e h 6 W g S 23.ef6 Af6 (The Black King has
25.J::tg 1! (Black's Knight cannot been deprived completely of pawn
Part Two
81

c ov e r ) 2 4 . V h7 W f S 2 S . lO g4 1 9 . 1Og 7 ! W g 7 2 0 . 1fg3 whS


ce5 26.lOh6 (White plans to 21. Ah7!! f5 ( Other moves lead to
transport the c 1 Rook to the battle ..
.. defeat, e. g. 21 . . . wh7 22 . :tfS! df6
field via the route l:tc1 -c3-g3-g8) 23 .h4 g7 24. l:tg5 =11= ; 21 . . . df6
26 ... Af7 27.f4 Va7 2S.Whl bc4 22 .Ad3 i.e7 23. 'ti'h4 g7 24.Ah6!
(Of course , 28 . . . c6 c annot be h6 25 . g5 h8 26. 'ti'h6 g8
played because of 29. 'iff7 =11= ) 29.feS 27. :f6 ..tf6 28.h7 =11= ) 22.AgS f4
e5 30.l:fl cb3 31 .l:1cel!? ba2 (No good is 22 . . . :g8 23.h4 Wg7
32.J::lf6 weS (32 . . . a1 = 'if ? 33.'ii' g8 24.h6 f7 25.l:tf5 e8 26. e6
e7 34. l:tf7 f7 35. f7 =11= ) 33.Aa2 +- ) 23.eg6 lOf6 24.lU3? ( 2 4. Ae6!
Ve3 34.l:1efl (I f 34 . . . :c7 then is significantly stronger) 24 ... l:lgS?!
35 .i.e6! five blows on the f7 ..
- (A reciprocal courtesy. 24 . . . g7! is
sq uare ! ) 1-0
, correct) 2 S . Vf6 l:1g7 26 .d2
(White has two extra pawns plus an
Game 1 05 ongoing attack. Black should sign his
Tarjan,Ji1den,L s core s h e e t) 26 . . . J:tfS 27.J:h3
El Paso 1 973 WgS 2S. ee6 ruf7 29.l:el d6
30.:h6 ec2 31.l:tcl! efS (Or
1.e4 cS 2.lOf3 d6 3.lOc3 a6 4.d4
3 1 . . . 1Wd2 32. :c8 i. f8 33. l:tf8 8
cd4 S.lOd4 lOf6 6.f4 eS 7.lOf3
34 . 'ii' c8 e7 35 J e6 =11= ) 32.:cS
Vc7 S . Ad 3 A e 7 9 . 0 - 0 0 - 0
AfS 33.l:1fS! WfS 34.%IhS l:[gS
10.Vel bS 1 1 .whl Ab7 1 2.feS
3 S . Ab4, 1-0 (Zavodny)
deS 13.lOh4 b4 14.lOdl WhS
l S . lO f 5 lO g S 1 6 . lO d e 3 Ac s
Game 1 06
1 7 . lO d S A d S l S . e d S t;) d 7 ?
(Black seems unconcerned. Instead, Kovachevik,A-Ilinicic
18 . . . g6 should be played) Yugoslavia 1 994
1 . e4 c S 2 . lOf3 d 6 3 . d4 cd4
4.lOd4 lOf6 S . lOc3 a6 6.e3
e6 7.f3 bS S.g4 Ab7 9 . Yld2
lOfd7 10.0-0-0 Ae7 1 1 .h4 1Ob6
1 2 . A d3 lOSd7 13. Vf2 ( 1 3 .g5
lLle5 14.b1 bc4 1 5 . c4 c4
1 6 .... d3 e3 17.'ife3 leads to an
unclear game) 13 ... J::lcS 14.lOce2
(Avoiding the Exchange sacrifice
1 4.g5 :c3! 1 5 .bc3 a4, when Black
has enough compensation) 14 ... 0-0
lS.gS ( 1 5 .b1 is usually played)
82 Lasker's Combination

15 ... lL}a4 (Or 1 5 . . . ltJc4 16.c4 l:tc4 24.b1 c3 25.c1 c1 26.c1


1 7 . b 1 a5 1 B .h5 ) 16.Whl l:td4 27. ltJe2 a3 28.d2 l:td6 is
(Necessary in view of 16.h5 g5 also unclear. The best move for
17.f4 h6! 1B.l:thg1 hB =+= ) 16 ... d5 White is 23.l:ta1 ! c3 24.b1 l:ta4
(Wrong is 16 ... ltJdb6 17.l:tdg1 ltJc4 [24 . . . f6] 25 .l:ta2 [25 J :t a4 ba 4
18.c1 ) 17.g6 (Black is better 2 6 . d 2 l:t b B 2 7 . ltJ b 3 c7 =+= ]
aft'er 1 7 . ed5 d5 1 B . ltJf4 ltJdb6 2 5 . . . .rt a 2 2 6 . a 2 a3 ! [26 . . . eS
19.c1 [ 19.g6 is useless in view of 27. ltJb3 ef4 28.d4 b4 29.h5 + - ;
1 9 . . . ltJb2! 20.gf7 l:tf7 2 1 .b2 ltJa4 2 6 . . . ltJb6 27. ltJfe 2 a3 2B .b1
2 2 . a 1 a5 - + ] 19 . . . c5 =+= ) ltJ a4 29 . c 1 b4 30. ltJb3 f6
17 ... hg6 18.ed5 ( l B.h5 g5 1 9.h6 3 1 .e1 +- ] 27. l:tb 1 [27.c1 c1
g6 20 .h7 hB 2 1 . l:t dgl f6 =+= ) 2B.l:tc1 e5 29. ltJfe2 { 29. ltJd5 c5
18 ... Ad5 19.1L}f4 ( 1 9 . c 1 ltJe5 ; 29. ltJg6 ed4 30. ltJfB a5 3 1 .b2
20.e4 f6 2 1 . d5 ed5 =+= ) b 4 = } 29 . . . a 5 3 0 . b 1 ed4
3 1 .d4 ltJf6 with enough compen,
sation for the sacrificed material]
27 . . . d6 2B J :tb3 [ 2B . ltJb3 b4
29.a1 M4 00 ] 2B . . . a5 29.b1
e5 30. ltJg6 fg6 [30 . . . ed4 3 1 .d2
+- ] 3 1 . ltJe6 f6 32.ltJg5 e7 )
23 ... bc4 24.lL}d3 (I hope you aren't
drowning in a sea of variations, are
you ? Other moves: 24 .d2 l:tbB
2 5 . ltJ b 3 c 3 2 6 . c 3 a 3 , - + ;'
24. ltJb3 f6 25. l:td4 [25.d4 c3
19 ... Aa2!? 20.Wa2 Va5 21.Whl
26.b1 a3 -+ ] 25 . . . cb3 26.cb3'
lL}h2! 22.Wh2 (What if White
e5 - + ; 24.c1 a3 25.b1 c3
doesn' t take the Knight ? Then
2 6 . c 1 n bB 2 7 . ltJ b 3 c b 3 + ; -

22. ltJb3 ltJd1 23. ltJa5 ltJf2 24.f2


,

24. l:ta1 l:tbB 25. ltJb3 e5 26.d4


ltJe5 , and the e ndgame is obvi,
f4 2 7 . n a6 cb3 =+= ) 24 . . . Af6!,
ously better for Black) 22 ... :c4!
25.k[hl (Two more lines are 25.c1
23.Ac4? (Other possibilities in,
l:tbB! 26. ltJb3 [ 26. ltJb2 c3 27.ltJb3
clude 23.d2? a3 24.b1 kta4
cb2 28.b1 a1 29.ltJa1 ba 1 =!! # r
2 5 . ltJ b 3 a 2 2 6 . c 1 a 3 :11: ;
26 . . . cb3 27.cb3 cB - + , and 25.c3
23.ndg1? a3 24 .b1 l:ta4 2 5 . ltJb3
cd3 26. l:td3 [26.d2 ItbB 27. ltJb3
M6 -+ ; 23. ltJb3 c3 24.b1 f6
a4 -+ ] 26 . . . ltJe5 27J ldd1 nb8
25.d4 d4 26. ltJd4 l:td4 27. ltJe2
2B.Wc1 a 1 29.d2 ktb2 30. ltJc2:
b4 28. c1 a3 29.d2 !!b2 with
ltJc4 3 1 .d3 a5 ! -+ ) 25 ... cd3
an unclear game ; and 23.c 1 a3
26.cd3 (Or 26.c1 %1cB 27. l:tb2
Part Two 83

'lWa l 2 8 J:t b l 'lia3 2 9 . nb2 d4 enough. Black's position is hopeless)


30 .d4 nc2 3 1 .'lic2 dc2 32.c2 28 . . . J:[g8 29.l:1h4 J:[g7 30.J:[cl
'lWf3 -+ ) 26 ... J:lb8 27.Wcl .a3 Wg8 31.l:tb4 lOe5 32 . e3 lLl g5
28.llb2 (After 28.d2 'lia2 29. ltJc2 33.Wg2 J:[d8 34.l:1c5 f6 35.l:[e5
Jlbl 30.bl 'libl Black also wins) fe5 36.%lg4 lOf7 37. ]:lg7 Wg7
28 ...al, 0-1 (Ilincic, InE 60/239) 38 . a7, 1-0

Game 1 07
Kvamme,J-Willin,M Destroyers :
Berlin 1 995 1\vo Knights
l.lOf3 lOf6 2.g3 b5 3.Ag2 Ab7
4.0-0 e6 5.d3 i/.e7 6.e4 d6 7.a4 Game l OB
b4 8 . lO b d 2 lO b d 7 9 . b 3 0 - 0 Osichansky-Kirichenko
10.Ab2 c5 I I . lOc4 lOb6 1 2.lOa5 corr. 1 988
Aa6 13.lOc6 .c7 14.lOe7 .e7 l . e4 c6 2 . d4 d5 3 . lOc3 de4
1 5 . e 5 lO f d 7 1 6 . e d 6 . d 6 4.lOe4 lOf6 5.lOg5 e6 6.f4 Ad6
17.iLlg5 lOd5 18.J:[el J:[ac8 7.i/.c4 0-0 8.lOe2 lObd7 9.0-0
lO b 6 1 0 . i/.b 3 c 5 I I . c 3 .e7
1 2 . lO g 3 c d 4 1 3 . c d4 A d 7
1 4 .i/.d2 lO b d 5 1 5 . e 2 Ac6
1 6 . %l ael .c7 1 7 . lOh5 l:[ae8
18.i/.d5 lOd5 (The position is ex ..
ceptionally favorable for a sacrifice 9f
both Knights)

1 9 . 1Ll h 7 ! W h 7 2 0 . h 5 Wg8
21.Ag7! wg7 (Hopeless is 2 1 . . .f6
22.'lig6 ltJe5 23.r!e5 fe5 24. Af6 =11= )
2 2 . g 5 W h 8 2 3 . l:1 e 4 i/. d 3
(23 , . . ltJ5f6 24 . r! h4 ltJh7 2 5 . 'lih6
ltJdf6 26. 'lif6 g8 27 . 'lih6 + - )
2 4 . c d 3 lO 5 f 6 2 5 . l:l h 4 lO h 7
26 .h6 .d3 (Or 26, . . ltJdf6 27.'lif6 19.1Oh7! Wh7 20.lOg7! lOf6 (On
+ - ) 27.Ae4! .e4 28.J:[e4 (Two 20, . .g7 White plays the familiar
Knights for the Queen are not 2 1 . 'lig4 h8, and may either take a
84 lasker's Combination

draw by perpetual check or continu'e 24.ltlg7! (If Black doesn't take the
t h e a t t a c k w i t h 2 2 . 'if h S g8 Knight he loses material; if he takes
23.'ifgS h8 24. :f3) 21.ltle8 l:1e8 it he gets mated. Panczyk chooses the
22.ed3 Wg7 23.eg3 Wf8 24.eh4 shortest way) 24 ... Wg7 25.ltlh7!
(White has obtained equivalent ma .. ltlh7 26.eh6 Wg8 27.Ah7 Wh8
terial for his sacrifice, and retains a 28.Ag6 wg8 29.eh7, 1-0
strong attack) 24 ltle4 25.l:te4! Ae4

26.f5 ( b.. 27. h6 with a mate)


26 ... Ah2 27.Whl (Of course not Destroyers :
27.'ifh2 'ifh2 28.h2 fS drawing) Bishop and Rook
27 . . . f6 2 8. Ah6 wg8 2 9 . ee4
eh7 30.eg4 (30 . . . h8 3 1 .'ifhS Game 1 1 0
+- ; 30 . . . t7 3 1 .fe6 e7 32.'ifh4 Haas-Wolf,H
'ifg6 33.:f6 +- ) , 1-0
Vienna 1911
l.e4 e5 2.ltlf3 ltlc6 3.Ab5 a6
Game 1 09
4.Aa4 ltlf6 5.0-0 ltle4 6.d4 b5
Szopka,D-Panczyk,K
7.Ab3 d5 8.a4 (Losing his opening
Lublin 1 988 advantage. The usual 8.deS e6
l .e4 c5 2.ltlf3 d6 3.ltlc3 ltlc6 9 .c3 is better) 8 ... ltld4 9.ltld4 ed4
4.Ac4 ltlf6 5.d3 e6 6.0-0 lLe7 10.ed4?!, ,( 10.abS cS 1 1 .c3 0-0
7.a3 0-0 8.Aa2 b6 9.%:lel ILb7 1 2 . cd4 b6 1 3 .ba6 a6 14.:el
10.ltle2 d5 II.e5 ltld7 12.ltlg3 'ifJ6 = w a s S t o l z-Bogolj ubow,
%:lc8 13.c3 b5 14.d4 cd4 1 5.cd4 M unich 1941) 10 ... Ae6 II.c3 c5
b4 16.ed3 J:te8 17.lLd2 eb6 12. ee5 Ad6! (The advantage shifts
18.Abl ltlf"8 19.ltlh5 ba3 20.ba3 to Black) 13.e g7 Wd7! (Now
Aa6 21. ee3 nc7 22. ef4 ltla5 Black organizes an irresistible attack)
23.ltlg5 Ad8 14.eh6 l:1g8 15.Ac2 l:1g6 16.ee3
Part Two 85

16 ... Ah2! 17.Wh2 eh4 1S.Wg 1 follow ing 2 3 . h 2 'iVh4 24 . g2


l:(g2! (The sacrifice of Bishop and [ 24 . g1 h3 -+ ] 24 . . . h3 25 . g1
Rook is probably the largest subset d5 26.f3 'iVg3 27.h1 J.f3 -+ ,
of Lasker's Combination. The se .. but the text move allows an irresist..
quence looks natural, every move ible attack) 23 ... .i,g4 24.We4 Yld5
flowing automatically from the pre .. 2 5 . W e 3 e e 5 2 6 . W d 2 ff b 2
vious move) 19.Wg2 l:lgS, 0-1 27. lIfh1 ed4 2S.Wcl h5, 0-1
(In addition to his other troubles,
Game 1 1 1 White is in zugzwang)
Chirich-Redalfi
1 958 Game 1 1 2
1 .e4 e5 2.lOf3 lOc6 3.Ab5 lOf6 Kuczera,F-Karcher, C
4 . 0 - 0 lOe4 5 . d4 lO d 6 6 . de 5 Eppingen 1 988
lOb5 7.a4 lObd4 S. lOd4 lOd4 1 .e4 e5 2.lOf3 lOc6 3.lOc3 lOf6
9.ed4 d5 10.ed6 ed6 1 1 .ec3 4 . d4 ed4 5 . lO d 5 lOd5 6 .ed5
Ae6 12.lOa3 c6 13.Ae3 eb4 lOb4 7 . A c4 d6 S . lOd4 Ae7
14. ee5?! (White declines to ex .. 9 .0-0 0-0 10.c3 c5 11 .cb4 cd4
change Queens, possibly underesti .. 1 2 . ff d 4 A f 6 1 3 . ff d 3 li e S
mating his opponent. After 14. 'ii' b4 1 4 . ff b 3 A e 5' 1 5 . A d 2 A d 7
b4 1 5 .c3 a3 1 6.ba3 a draw is 16.Ac3 (White simply ignores his
obvious. Now White suffers the de .. opponent's plan. He should probably
s e r v e d p u n i s h m e n t ) 14 ... Ad6! play 16.g3 h3 17. l:tfe1)
15. eg7 0-0-0 16. ec3

16 ... Ah2! 17.Wh2 eh4 1S.Wg l


16 ... Ah2! 17.Wh2 eh4 1S.Wg1 l:1e4 (The Rook moves to g4 with
IIhgS 19. ec5 l:1g2! 20.Wg2 IIgS tempo) 1 9 . Ad3 J:lg4 20 .%lfe1
21.Ag5 (Otherwise mate) 21 ... Ilg5 J:lg2 2 1.Wg2 (Or 21 .f1 'ii'g4 -+ )
22.eg5 eg 5 23.Wf3 (Black wins 21 ... Ah3 22.Wh2 .ag4, 0-1
86 lasker's Combination

Game 1 13
Hector,J-Plachetka,J
Gausdal 1 989
1 . e4 c5 2 . lO f 3 e 6 3 .d4 cd4
4.lOd4 lOc6 5.lOc3 ec7 6.f4 a6
7.lOc6 ec6 8.Ad3 b5 9.ee2
ll.b7 10.0-0 (A novelty. The usual
continuation is 1 0. Ad2) 10 ... lOf6
11.a3 Ac5 12.Wh1 Ad4!? (White
is a little better after 1 2 . . . 0-0 1 3 .Ad2
[ 1 3 .eS ltJdS 14.ltJe4 Ae7 =] 1 3 . . . dS After 2 1 . . . a6
14.edS ltJdS l S . ltJdS 'ii'd 5 1 6.c4 )
26 . . . <ifth7 is followed by 27.MB <iftgB
13.lOa2! d6 (If 1 3 . . . ltJ e4? White
2B. l:tf6 AfB 29. 'ii't7 <ifthB 3O J:tg6
replies 1 4 . ltJb4 +- ) 14.a4! ba4
with a mate) , 1-0 (Plachetka, Inf.
15.lOb4 eb6 16.J:[a4 O-O? (Black
48/249)
should play 1 6 . . . aS! 17.AbS [ 17.c3
c S I B . ltJ c 2 0 - 0 = ] 17 . . . <ifte7
Game 1 1 4
1B. ltJc6 Ac6 19.Ac6 l:tacB 20.c3!
[20.AbS ltJe4! +] 20 ... Ac3! [20 . . . AcS Petrov-Kutynec
2 1 . bS ; 20 . . . 'ii' c 6 2 1 . l:td4 ] Ostrava 1 994
2 1 .bc3 'li'c6 22.l:taS! [22.l:td4 'ii' c 3 1 .e4 lOf6 2 .e5 lOd5 3 .d4 d6
=+= ] 22 . . . 'li'e4! [22 . . . ltJe4 23.l:ta7 <iftfB 4.c4 lOb6 5.f4 de5 6 .fe5 c5
24 .fS] 2 3 . l:t a7 <iftfB 24.'ii' a 6 'ii' c 6 7.d5 e6 8.lOc3 ed5 9 .cd5 c4
2S .Aa3 [2S.'ii'a 3] 2S . . . 'ii' a 6 26.l:ta6 10.lOf3 Ag4 11.ed4 Af3 12.gf3
= ) 17.c3 Ac5 18.e5 lOd7 19.lOa6 Ab4 13.Ac4 0-0 14.l:[g1 ec7
d e 5 ( 1 9 . . . a6 2 0 . l:t a6 l:t a6 15.Ad3 Ac5
2 1 . Aa6 deS 22 .AbS! ) 20.fe5
lOe5? (Necessary is 20 ... Aa6 2 1 . l:ta6
IXa6 22 .Aa6 ltJeS, although after the
further 23.b4 Ae7 24.Ae3 White
m aintains a p e r c e p tib l e e d ge )
2 1.ee5 JLa6

(see next diagram)

2 2 .ll.h7! wh7 23.J::tg 4 f6


+-
(There is no other defense) 24. eh5
Wg8 25.%lg7! wg7 26.JLh6 (Now
Part Two 87

1 6 . Ah 7! w h 7 1 7 . e h 4 W gS 4. " <ii? h8 5 .:g8 # , and if 4 ... 8 then


I S . l:l g 7 ! W g 7 1 9 . A h 6 W h 7 5 . :g8 # ) S.l:[g6 =11= , 1-0
(Naturally, the only move) 20.AgS
WgS (If 20 . . . <ii?g6 then 2 1 . tih6 <ii?f5 Game 1 1 6
22.tif6 # ) 2 1.Af6 eeS (Alas and Madl,I-Summermatter
Oh! The move is forced) 2 2.AeS Zhenev 1 989
f6 23. 6 lQSd7 24.ehS ( hite
has decIsIve matenal . and posl onal l . e4 c S 2 . lQf3 e 6 3 . d4 cd4
o 4 .lQd 4 lQf6 S.lQc3 d6 6.e3 a6
advantage) 24 ... Wf7 2S. eg7 WeS
7.g4 Ae 7 S. gS lQfd7 9.h4 lQc6
26.lQe4 Ab4 27.Wf2 lQdS 2S.eg6
1 0 . e h S 0 - 0 1 1 . 0 - 0 - 0 lQd4
IUi 29.lQgS ,acS 30.Wfl , 1 -0
1 2.,ad4 bS 13.Ad3 IteS

Destroyers :
Bishop and Queen

Game 1 1 5

14.,ag 7! (The Keres attack will


yield an overwhelming positional
advantage to White, realized through
Lasker's Combination) 14... Wg7
IS. eh6 WhS 16.eS! lQfS 17.lQe4
lQ g6 IS.lQf6 ,af6 19.9f6 :gS
Engles-Allies
1 943 (consultation) 20.hS efS (White , u sing the
cramped position of Black's King,
1 .'tjh7! ! Wh7 2.lQf6 WhS (In completes the combination with a
case of 2 " .<ii? h 6 mate is also un .. splendid stroke) 21.eh7!! ( 21 , . .<it>h7
avoidable: 3 . :h3 g5 4 . :g3 <ii?h6 22.hg6 # ) , 1-0 (A beautiful combi..
[4, . .<ii?f4 5.ltJh5 # ] 5 .:g6 # ) 3. Ag7!! nation from a beautiful lass ! )
Wg7 (3 " .:g7 4.:h3 :h7 5 . :h7 # )
4.l:[g3 Wf6 (Black can't run in any
direction! If 4 " .<ii? h6 5 . :g6 # , or
88 Lasker's Combination

Destroyers : Destroyers :
Rook and Queen Bishop (h7) and Bishop (f6)

Game 1 1 7 Game l I B
Dzielorkevich Batuev, A-Rabinovich , I
corr. 1 992 Leningrad 1 934
1 .e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.lDc3 Ab4 4.e5 1 .d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.e3 lDf6 4.lDc3
Ac3 5 . bc3 lD e 7 6 . ff g4 0 - 0 e 6 5 . lDf3 lDbd7 6 . Ad3 dc4
(6 . . . ltJg6 deserves attention) 7 . .i.g5 7 . Ac4 b5 8 . Ad3 a6 9 .e4 c5
ffd7 8 . .i.d3 (Threatening 9.h7 10.e5 cd4 11 .lDb5 lDe5 12.lDe5
wh7 10.ffh4) 8 ... lDbc6 9.h4 lDf5 ab5 13.0-0 1fd5 14.ffe2 Aa6
10 . .i.f6 lDce7 1 1 .h5 Wh8 (Hop, 1 5. jL g 5 lDd7?1 (Here Black devi,
ing for 1 2 . . . gf6 1 3 .ef6 l:tg8. How, a t e s from Bogolj ubow ' s recom,
ever, a terrible blow follows) mended l S . . . e7 1 6.f4 0-0 17. f3
b7 18J:th3 g6 19.b3 l:tfc8 with
equality) 16.f4 Ac5 17.Wh1 lDe5
18.fe5 (The thre at is 19.e4!)
18 ... ffd7 19.a4 0-0

12.ffg7!! (Less good is 1 2 . g7 ltJ g7


1 3 .h6 l::t g8, and the struggle contin,
ues) 12 ... lD g7 13.h6 lD g 6 (Black
is defenseless, e.g. 1 3 . . J!t g8 14.hg7
l::t g7 l S . l:t h7 W g8 1 6 J:t g7 wf8 2 0 . Ah7! Wh7 2 1 . ff h5 wg8
1 7 . ltJf3 ffc6 18. wd2 , b.. 1 9 J!th1 22 . .i.f6! (Again we see Alekhine's
+- ) 14.hg7 Wg8 1 5.]::l h7! ( A final Block) 22 . . . l::lfd8 (In order to meet
sacrifice ! ) 15 . . . Wh7 16.gf8 = 1Y, 23.ffgS with 23 . . . f8, but White
1-0 (A delightful miniature ! Dziel, simply brings up reserves) 23.l::lf4
CCY 5/136) .i.b7 24.l::lh4 g2 (An interesting
but futile attempt to escape mate)
2 5 . W g 2 ff d 5 2 6 . W h 3 ff b 3
27.Wg4, 1-0
Part Two 89

Game 1 1 9 lOf6 7.0-0 ec7 S.a3 Ae7 9.l:lel


Bezler,R-Ardizzone, S 0-0 10.e5 lOfd7 I I .lOb3 lOc6
Dombrin 1990 12.Af4 lOb6 13.c3 lOc4 14.ffe2
1 . e4 e6 2 . d4 d5 3 . lOc 3 de4 b5 15.lObd4 Ad7 16.lOc6 Ac6
17.lOg5 1l.g5 1S.Ag5 l:laeS
4. /Lle4 lO d7 5 .lOf3 lOgf6 6.lOf6
lllf6 7 .Ad3 c5 S.dc5 Ac5 9.jlg5
eb6 10 .0-0 Ad7 I I .ee2 Ac6
12.c4 lOd7 13.l:1adl 0-0 14.lOe5
tOe5 15. e e5 J:taeS

1 9 . Ah7! Wh7 2 0 . eh5 wg8


21.Af6! (Another Alekhine's Block)
2 1 . . . gf6 2 2 . e g4 Wh7 23 .ef6
Wh6 24.f4 (Any move leads to
mate . For example 24 . . . 'ffb6 25.h1
16.Ah7! Wh7 17.Af6!! (Once
lLle3 26. 'ff g 5 h7 27 .'ffg7 :#: , or
more Alekhine's Block, with the un..
24 .. .l:tg8 25 .'ffh4 g6 26.'ffg5 h7
equivocal threat of 1 8 . 'iVh5 g8
27. 'ffh 5 :#: ) , 1-0
19."'g5 g6 20."'h6, and mate to
follow) 17 ... gf6 (Or 17 . . . g6 1 8 .l:t d3
Next we turn to perhaps the most
+_ ) IS.eh5 Wg7 19. e g4 Wh7
important part of this book - a struc,
20.r:td3 Ae3 (No thing can b e
tured collection of games without
done . Black's Queen and Bishop
annotations. These forty examples
should be given up) 21.J:te3 ee3
offer scope for original analysis and
22.fe3 f5 23.eh5 (The continu ..
independent study; time spent play,
ation would be 23 . . . g7 24 .'ff g 5
ing through them, supplying your
h7 25 .1:t f4 +-) , 1-0 (Zavodny)
own variations and commentary, is
amply rewarded.
Game 1 20
Arnason,J-Dreev,A
Reykjavik 1 990
l . e 4 e 6 2 . d4 d 5 3 . lO d 2 a 6
4. lOg f3 c5 5.dc5 1l. c5 6.Jtd3
90 Lasker's Combination

de S 1 3 . e5 ffb6 1 4 . i"d3 i"b7


Part Three
1 5 .g4 l:tfd8 16.g5 ltJd7

Canonical Combinations

Game 1 2 1
Iglesias,A-Rodriguez,J
Havana 1 966
l .e4 e5 2 .ltJf3 ltJc6 3 . b5 a6 4.a4
ltJf6 5 .0-0 e7 6.ffe2 b5 7. b3 0-0
8 . c 3 d5 9 . ed5 ltJd5 1 0 . a4 l:t b8
1 1 .ab5 ab5 1 2. ltJe5 ltJf4 1 3. ffe4 17.h7 <it>h7 18. ffh5 <it>g8 19.g7
ltJe5 1 4 . fff4 ltJ d3 1 5 . fff3 b7 <it>g7 20.ffh6 <it>g8 2 1 .g6 ltJf8 22.gt7
16J'd1 d6 17.l:ta7 <it>t7 23.l:tg7 <it>e8 24. 'iYh5, 1-0

Game 1 23

17 . . . h2 18.h2 ffh4 19.<it>gl g2


20.<it>g2 ffg5 2 1 .<it>h2 l:tb6 22 .t7
<it>h8 23.h5 l:th6 24.ffg4 ffg4, 0-1 Pollak-Auhalte
1 978
Game 1 22
l . ltJd7 ltJd7 2 . h7 <it>h7 3 . 'iYh5
Andre-Knol
<it>g8 4.g7 f6 5.'iVg6 l:tt7 6. h6
Fos 1 975
<it>h8 7.'iVt7 l:tg8 8. l:tf3 'iYe8 9.i"g7,
l . e 4 c S 2 . ltJ f3 ltJ c 6 3 . d4 c d4 1-0
4 . ltJd4 ltJf6 5 . ltJc3 d6 6. c4 e6
7 . e3 e7 8.ffe2 0-0 9 .0-0-0 a6
1 0 . l;[hg1 ltJd4 1 1 .i"d4 b5 1 2 .e5
Part Three 91

Game 1 24
Tataev,M-Milov
Novi S ad 1 989
l .d4 dS 2.c4 c6 3 . ltJf3 ltJf6 4.e3 e6
S . ltJbd2 ltJbd7 6.it.d3 cS 7.0-0 cd4
B. ed4 it.e7 9 . b3 0-0 1 0. it.b2 b6
1 1 .'ife2 it.b7 1 2. :tad1 :tcB 1 3 .ltJeS
'ifc7 1 4 . f4 :t cdB I S . h 1 it. d6
1 6. :tc1 'ifbB 1 7 . ltJd7 ltJd7 1 B .cS
bcS 19.dcS ltJcS 20 .:tcS it.cS
20.it.h7 h7 21 .'ifhS gB 22 .g7
fS 23.g6, 1 -0

Game 1 2 6
Browne, W-Kneebone
Great Britain 1985
l .e4 cS 2 . ltJf3 ltJf6 3.d4 cd4 4. ltJd4
ltJc6 S . ltJc3 d6 6.Ac4 e6 7 . e3
it.e7 B.'ife2 0-0 9.0-0-0 a6 10. !thgl
'fIc7 l 1 .g4 ltJd4 1 2.it.d4 bS 1 3 .d3
2 1 .it.h7 h7 22.'ifhS gB 23.it.g7 b4 14 .eS deS l S .AeS 'ifaS 16.gS
f6 24.'ifg6 :tf7 2S.it.h6 hB 26.'fIf7 ltJd7
:tgB 27.:tf3 , 1 -0

Game 1 25
Atanasov, P-Zaj kov
Sofia 1 980
1 .e4 cS 2 .ltJf3 d6 3 .d4 cd4 4 . ltJd4
ltJf6 S . ltJc3 e6 6.it.e3 it.e7 7 .f4 a6
B.'iff3 'ifc7 9.it.d3 bS 10.g4 it.b7
1 J : gS ltJfd7 1 2 .0-0-0 ltJc6 1 3 .h4
ltJcS 1 4 . b l :t cB l S . :t d2 ltJd4
16 .it.d4 b4 17.ltJe2 dS 1B.ltJg3 0-0 17.it.h7 h7 1B.'ifhS gB 19. g7
19.edS it.dS g7 20. 'ifh6 gB 2 1 . ltJ dS edS
22.g6 ltJf6 23 .g7 ltJh7 24.gfB='lW =11= ,
(see next diagram) 1 -0
92 Lasker's Combination

Game 1 2 7
Kesmaeker-Audoin
corr. 1 986
1 .e4 cS 2 . ltJf3 ltJc6 3.d4 cd4 4.ltJd4
ltJf6 S . ltJc3 eS 6. ltJdbS d6 7 .ltJdS
ltJdS 8.edS ltJe7 9.c4 S 10.i.d3
ii.e7 1 1 .0-0 a6 1 2 . ltJc3 0-0 1 3.f4 ef4
14.ii.f4 'ifb6 I S .hl 'ifb2 1 6.Ad2
ltJe3 17.i.e3 'ifc3 IB.i.d4 'ifaS

After 14 . lLld7
. .

Game 129
Bjordal-Wicklund
Norge 1 988
l .d4 ltJf6 2 . c4 e6 3 . ltJf3 b6 4.e3
Ab7 S . A d3 i.e7 6 . ltJ b d 2 0-0
7 . 0-0 cS B .b3 dS 9 . Ab2 ltJbd7
1 0.1We2 l:tcB 1 1 . l:tacl ltJe4 1 2 .l:tfdl
19.ii.h7 h7 20.'ifhS gB 2 1 .Ag7
ltJ d 2 1 3 . l:t d 2 cd4 1 4 . e d4 dc4
g7 22.l:tf3 , 1 -0
I S . l:tc4 l:tc4 1 6.bc4 Ad6 17.eS
i.b4 I B . l2Jd7 tWd7 1 9 . 1:tdl 'ti'c7
Game 1 28 20.dS Ad6
Bruno-Stull,N
Lienz 1 986
1 .d4 ltJf6 2 . ltJf3 e6 3 .M4 b6 4.e3
ii.b7 S . ltJbd2 i.e7 6.h3 0-0 7.c4 cS
B.ii.d3 dS 9.ltJeS ltJbd7 10.Wf3 a6
l 1 .g4 bS 1 2. l:tdl tWb6 1 3 .gS ltJeS
14.ii.eS ltJd7

(see next diagram)

I S .i.h7 h7 16.tWhS gB 1 7.Ag7


2 1 .i.h7 h7 22.tWhS gB 23 .Ag7
g7 I B . 'if h 6 g B 1 9 . 9 6 ltJ f6
g7 24 . 'iVgS hB 2 S.'iVf6 , 1 -0
20. l2Jf3 l:tfdB 2 1 . ltJeS, 1 -0
Part Three 93

Game 1 3 0
Bucker-Koch
Munster 1 989
l .e4 cS 2 .b3 d6 3 . Ab2 e6 4 . lDf3 lDf6
S .eS deS 6 . lDeS lDbd7 7.f4 YJIIc 7
B.Ad3 b6 9.lDa3 Ab7 1 0.0-0 Ae7
l 1 .lDbS YJIIbB I 2.YJlle 2 a6 1 3 . lDa3 bS
14.:ael 0-0 I S . lDd7 lDd7

After 14 . . l2Jc5
.

Game 132
Socko, B-Muc, T
Bielsko-Biala 1 991
l .e4 cS 2.lDf3 lDf6 3 . lDc3 lDc6 4.d4
dS S . edS lDdS 6. c4 lDc3 7 . bc3
e6 B.O-O Ae7 9.e3 0-0 10.YJlie2
16.Ah7 h7 17. YJll hS gB IB. Ag7
YJII c 7 1 1 . : adl lDaS 1 2 .dcS cS
g7 1 9 . YJII g 4 hB 2 0 . l:t e 3 Ag2
1 3 . Ad3 Ae7 1 4 . lDd4 lDc6 I S .f4
2 1 .:g3, 1-0
: eB 1 6 . lD c6 bc6 1 7 . Ad4 b7
I B . :f3 cS
Game 1 3 1
Peters , J-Wood
USA 1 990
l .e4 cS 2. lDf3 lDc6 3.d4 cd4 4 . lDd4
lDf6 S . lDc3 d6 6.f4 e6 7.Ae3 Ae7
B.YJllf3 lDd4 9.Ad4 0-0 10.0-0-0 a6
l 1 .eS deS 1 2 . AeS YJII a 5 1 3 . Ad3
lDd7 14.:hel lDc5

(see next diagram)


19. h7 h7 20. l:th3 gB 2 1 .g7
I S .h7 h7 1 6.YJllh 3 gB 17.Ag7
'iYc6 22.AeS , 1 -0
g7 I B . 'iY g4 AgS 1 9 . 'iY gS h7
20 .YJlihS gB 2 1 .YJIIg4 hB 22.:e3,
1 -0
94 Lasker's Combination

Game 133
Borocz,I-Fogarasi , T
Hungary 1 991
l . e4 cS 2 . ltJf3 e6 3 .d4 cd4 4 . ltJ d4
a6 S . ltJc3 'fic7 6.it.e2 ltJc6 7 . ..te3
ltJf6 8.0-0 ..tb4 9. ltJc6 bc6 1 0 . ltJa4
0-0 l 1 .c4 ..td6 1 2 .f4 ltJe4 1 3 . ..td3
ltJ f6 1 4 . ..t d4 ..t e 7 I S . c S ltJ d S
1 6 . ltJb6 ltJb6

After 16 . . . lLlh7

h8 23.'fih6 g8 24 .'fie6 h8,


1/2-1/2

Game 135
Gretarsson , H-Vidarsson,1
Iceland 1 993
l .b3 eS 2 . ..tb2 ltJc6 3 .e3 ltJf6 4.it.bS
d6 S . d3 ..te7 6 . ltJf3 0-0 7 . ..tc6
17 . ..th7 h7 18.'fihS g8 19 . ..tg7 bc6 8.ltJbd2 ltJdS 9.d4 ed4 10. ltJd4
f6 2 0 . 'fi g 6 ..t c S 2 1 . h l :t f7 ..td7 1 1 .0-0 M6 1 2 .'ficl 'fie7 1 3 .c4
2 2 . ..th6, 1-0 ltJ b 4 1 4 . ..t c 3 c S I S . ltJ e 2 c 6
16. ltJf4 ..teS 17.a3 ..tf4 18.ab4
Game 134
Hlian,E-Ionov,S
Podolsk 1 992
1 . d4 ltJf6 2 . c4 e6 3 . ltJf3 b6 4 . e3
..tb7 S . ..td3 ..tb4 6. ltJbd2 cS 7.00
0-0 8 . dcS it.cS 9.b3 ..te7 1 0 . ..tb2
d6 1 1 .'fie2 ltJbd7 1 2 . l:tadl 'fic7
1 3 . ltJgS a6 14.f4 h6 I S . ..tbl hgS
1 6.fgS ltJh7

(see next diagram)


1 8 . . . ..th2 19.h2 'fih4 20.gl g2
2 1 . g2 'fig4 22.h2 'fih4, 1/2- 1/2
17. h7 h7 18.hS g8 1 9 . ..tg7
g7 20 .'fih6 g8 2 1 .g6 fg6 2 2 . 'fig6
Part Three 95

Game 1 3 6
Palkovi,J-Pigott,J
Budapest 1 993
1 .e4 cS 2.c3 ltJf6 3.eS ltJdS 4.d4 cd4
S.cd4 tDc6 6. ltJc3 ltJc3 7.bc3 d6
8.ed6 e6 9. ltJf3 'li'd6 1 0 . d3 e7
1 1 . 0-0 0-0 1 2.l::t e l b6 1 3 . ltJeS ltJeS
14.f4 b7 I S .eS 'li'c6 1 6.e4
'li' d7

After 15 0-0
. . .

Game 138
Hausknecht,M-Roeberg, F
Bruchkoebel 1 993
l .e4 eS 2 . ltJc3 ltJf6 3. ltJf3 ltJc6 4.d4
ed4 S . ltJd4 b4 6. ltJc6 bc6 7. d3
dS 8.edS cdS 9.0-0 0-0 10.gS i.e6
l 1 . ltJbS aS 1 2 . ltJd4 i.b6 1 3 . ltJc6
17 . i.h7 h7 1 8.'li'hS g8 19.g7
'li'd6 14.6 'li'c6
q;g7 20 . l::t e 3 'li'dS 2 1 . l::t g3 f6
22.'li'h4 fS 23.'li'g4, 1 -0

Game 1 3 7
Abdul, G-Abdulla,A
Doha 1 993
1 .e4 cS 2 . ltJf3 ltJc6 3 .d4 cd4 4. ltJd4
'iYb6 S.ltJb3 ltJf6 6.ltJc3 e6 7.d3
i.e7 8.e3 'li'c7 9.0-0 a6 10.f4 d6
1 1 .'li'f3 ltJb4 1 2 . l::t a el dS 1 3 .edS
l2JbdS 14.ltJdS ltJdS I S . d4 0-0
I S .h7 h8 16.e4 g4 17.i.g7
g7 18.'li'g4, 1-0
(see next diagram)

16.h7 h7 17.'li'hS g8 18.g7


g7 1 9 . 'li'g4 h8 2 0 . 'li'hS g8
21 .'li'g4 h8 22.'li'hS, 1/2- 1/2
96 Lasker's Combination

Game 1 3 9
Busquets, L-Mortazavi,A
San Mateo 1 994
l .e4 cS 2 . ltJf3 e6 3.d4 cd4 4. ltJd4
ltJc6 5 . ltJc3 fIIc7 6.Ae2 ltJf6 7.0-0
a6 8.Ae3 Ab4 9.ltJa4 0-0 10.c4
d6 1 1 .f4 ltJe4 1 2 .ltJc6 bc6 1 3 .Ad3
ltJ f6 1 4 . c 5 A e 7 1 5 . A d4 ltJ d 5
16.ltJb6 ltJb6

After 20 . cobd7
. .

26.l:te3 d6 27.fllh4 )f;g6 28.fIIg4


)f;f6 29.fllh 4, 1/2-1/2

Game 1 4 1
Semrl,M -Sale,S
Ljubljana 1996
l .d4 e6 2.Af4 cS 3.e3 fIIb6 4.ltJc3
ltJf6 5 . l:tbl cd4 6.ed4 Ab4 7.ltJf3
17.Ah7 )f;h7 18.fllh 5 )f;g8 19.Ag7
0-0 8.Ad3 fIIa5 9.0-0 Ac3 10.bc3
f5 20.fIIg 6, 1 -0 d 5 1 1 . l:t b 3 ltJ c 6 1 2 . lD e 5 ltJ e 5
1 3 .Ae5 ltJd7
Game 1 40
Backelin,R-Krizsany,L
Budapest 1 994
l .e4 ltJf6 2 .e5 ltJd5 3 . ltJc3 ltJb6 4.d4
d6 5.ed6 cd6 6.a4 e6 7 . ltJf3 Ae7
8 . Ae2 as 9 . 0-0 0-0 1 0 . ltJb5 d5
I 1 . Af4 ltJa6 1 2 .fll d 2 Ad7 1 3 .b3
A c 6 1 4 . c 3 ltJ d7 1 5 . A d 3 fII b6
16.flle 2 l:tac8 17.l:tael ltJf6 18.,ltJg5
Ab5 19.ab5 ltJb8 20. Ae5 ltJbd7
14.h7 )f;h7 1 5 .fllh5 )f;g8 16.g7
(see next diagram)
f5 17.fIIg6 l:tt7 18.Ah6, 1-0

2 1 . ltJh7 ltJh7 22.Ah7 )f;h7 23.'iVh5


)f; g8 2 4 . A g7 )f; g7 2 5 . fII g4 )f; f6
Part Three 97

Game 1 42
Nevostrujev, V -Scherbakov
Archangelsk 1 996
l .e4 cS 2. ltJf3 ltJc6 3.d4 cd4 4.ltJd4
eS S.ltJbS d6 6.c4 Ae7 7 .b3 ltJf6
B.Ad3 0-0 9.0-0 ltJd7 10. ltJSc3 ltJcS
l 1 . ltJdS AgS 1 2. Ab2 a6 1 3 . ltJbc3
l::t bB 14.b4 ltJe6 l S .g3 Ae7 1 6.f4
ef4 1 7 . gf4 ltJ b 4 1 B . ltJ b 4 'ii'.b6
19.h1 'ii' b4 20. nb1 ltJc7 2 1 . ltJdS
ltJdS 22.edS 'ii' a S 20.Ah7 hB 2 1 .g7, 1-0

Lengthened Combinations

Game 1 44
Steiner-Pirc, V
Podebrady 1 936
l .e4 c6 2.d4 dS 3 . ltJc3 de4 4. ltJe4
ltJd7 S . ltJf3 ltJgf6 6.ltJg3 e6 7.Jl.d3
cS 8.0-0 Ae7 9.'ii'e 2 0-0 10J;:[d1
23.Ah7 h7 24.'ii' h S gB 2S . Ag7 'ii'c7 1 1 .c4 l::t eB 1 2 .Ad2 b6 13.Jl.c3
f6 26.ng1 , 1 -0 Ab7 14.ltJeS l::t adB l S . ltJd7 'ii' d7
1 6 .dS edS 1 7 . cdS d6 l B . 'ii' f3
AdS
Shortened Combinations
----------------
IIi"""""'"

Game 1 43
Degli-Schwertel
corr. 1 986
1 .d4 dS 2 . e4 de4 3 . ltJc 3 ltJf6 4 . f3
ef3 S .'ii'f3 c6 6.Ad3 Ag4 7.'iVf2 e6
B.ltJge2 Ae7 9.0-0 AhS 1 0 .h3 Ae2
1 1 . ltJe2 ltJbd7 1 2.'ii'g3 'iVaS 1 3 .c3
0 - 0 1 4 . b 4 'iV d S l S . A h 6 ltJ h S
1 6.'iVg4 Af6 17.c4 'ii' d6 1B. 'ii'h S
Jl.d4 19. h1 Aa1
98 Lasker's Combination

19.h7 h7 20J::t dS ltJ dS 2 1 .'ii' hS


g8 2 2 . .i. g7 g7 2 3 . 'if gS <i1i>f8
24.h6 g8 2S.gS, 1/2-1/2

Game 145
Riedner,M-Habibi,A
Graz 1 987
l .d4 ltJf6 2 . ltJf3 e6 3 .e3 b6 4.Ad3
b7 S . ltJbd2 dS 6.b3 .i.e7 7 .Ab2
0-0 8.0-0 ltJbd7 9. ltJeS cS 10.Wf3
Itb8 1 1 .e2 flc7 1 2 .l::t a el a6 1 3 .a4 1 2 .Ah7 h8 1 3 . ltJgS g6 1 4.b4 <i1i>g7
ltJeS 14.deS ltJd7 I S .c4 ltJeS I S .baS dc6 1 6.,Ab2 h6 17 .d2
WgS 1 8.i&.g7 <i1i>h5 1 9 . WgS gS
20.i..f8 Ae6 2 1 .Ag7, 1 -0

Game 147
Pandorf,H-Raach, V
Trier 1991
l .d4 dS 2.c4 c6 3. ltJf3 ltJf6 4.ltJc3
dc4 S.a4 i..f5 6.e3 e6 7.i.. c4 J..b4
8.0-0 0-0 9. i..d3 .i.g4 10 .b3 fle7
1 1 .ltJeS i..hS 1 2 . ltJe4 ltJe4 1 3 . .i.e4
1 6.h7 h7 17.'ifhS <i1i>g8 1 8.AeS Ae2 1 4 . i.. h7 <i1i>h8 I S . J.d3 J.. fl
.i.d6 19 . .i.g7 g7 20.WgS h7 1 6.fl as 17.e4 cS 18.Ac4 lDd7
2 1 .hS , 1/2-1/2 1 9 .Wh3 q;g8 20.J.f4 l::tfe8 2 1 .l::t d l
l::t adB 22.d5 lDeS 23.Ae5 ed5
Game 1 46
Lotberg-Boucq
Sweden 1990
l .e4 eS 2. ltJf3 ltJc6 3 .Ac4 i..c S 4.c3
ltJf6 S.d4 ed4 6.cd4 .i.b4 7 . ltJc3
ltJe4 8.0-0 .i.c3 9.d5 ltJd6 1 0.dc6
0-0 1 1 . .i.d3 .i.aS

(see next diagram)


Part Three 99

2 4. i.g7 g7 2S. l:td3 'iYe4 26.l:tg3 'iYbB 1 6 . lU d S edS 1 7 .e6 lLJ de S


wfB 27 . 'iY h 6 e7 2 B . l:t e 3 d7 IB.l:tc6 i.c6 1 9.e7 neB
29 . l:te4 l:te4 30.i.bS c7 3 1 . g3
bB 32.'iYf6 l:tfB, 1 -0

Game 1 48
Rahal ,M-Baigorri, N
Sitges 1 992
1 .e4 cS 2. lUf3 d6 3 . d4 cd4 4. lUd4
lUf6 S . lUc3 e6 6.i.e3 i.e7 7.f3 lUc6
B.'iYd2 0-0 9.0-0-0 a6 1 0.g4 lUd4
1 1 .i.d4 bS 1 2 .bl i.b7 1 3 .h4 dS
1 4.gS lUd7 I S .edS b4 1 6.lUe4 i.dS 20.Ah7 h7 21 .'iYhS gB 22.i.eS
17.i.d3 l:tbB IB.hS 'iYaS 1 9.b3 i.e4 'iYcB 23.i.g7, 1-0
20.i.e4 lUcS
Game 1 50
Loef,D-Gros,D
Wiesbaden 1 993
1 .e4 cS 2 . lUf3 lUc6 3.d4 cd4 4. lUd4
e6 S . i.e3 a6 6.c4 'iYc7 7. lUc3 lUf6
B . Ad3 A e7 9 . 0-0 0-0 1 0 . f4 d6
1 1 . l:tcl lUd4 12.i.d4 b6 1 3 .eS lUd7
14.hl deS I S .feS lUeS

2 1 . Ah7 h7 22.g6 gB 23 .h6 lUb3


24.h7 hB 2S.Ag7, 1 -0

Game 1 49
Kaidanov, G-Donaldson,J
King's Island 1 992
1 .d4 dS 2.c4 c6 3.cdS cdS 4.M4
lUc6 S . e3 lUf6 6. lUc3 e6 7 . Ad3
i.e7 B.h3 0-0 9 . n c l b6 1 0 . lU f3 1 6.Ah7 h7 17.'iYhS gB IB.i.eS
Ab7 1 1 . 0 - 0 a 6 1 2 . 'iY e 2 i. d 6 i.d6 1 9 . i.g7 g7 20.'iYgS hB
1 3 . lUeS i.eS 14.deS lUd7 I S . l:tfdl 2 1 . l:tf6, 1 -0
1 00 Lasker' s Combination

Game 1 5 1
Tibensky,R-Mihalik,M
Slovakia 1 994
l . d4 lD f6 2 . c4 e6 3 . lD f3 .i.b4
4. lDbd2 0-0 S.e3 dS 6.b3 c6 7 . .i.d3
lD b d7 8 . 0 - 0 .i. d 6 9 . A b 2 'Wi c 7
1 0 . ne1 eS l 1 .cdS lDdS 1 2 .deS lDeS
1 3 . lDeS .i.eS

After 14.0-0

Game 1 53
Mastrovasilis,D-Bar,R
Rimavska Sabota 1 996
l .e4 cS 2 . lDf3 lDc6 3 .d4 cd4 4. lDd4
VJic7 S. lDc3 e6 6 . .i.e2 a6 7.0-0 lDf6
8 . .i.e3 b4 9. lDa4 0-0 10. lDc6 bc6
14 . .i.h7 h7 l S .'WihS g8 16 . AeS
1 1 . lDb6 l1b8 1 2 . lDc8 'Wic8 1 3 .eS
'Wi e 7 1 7 . e 4 lD b 6 1 8 . .i. g7 g7
lDdS 14.c1 AcS l S .c4 lDe7 16.b3
1 9 . e3 f6 20 .'Wih6 eS 2 1 . lDf3 * ,
'Wic7 17. b2 lDg6 18 . .i.d3 lDeS
1 -0

Game 1 52
Broadhurst-Marczykovski
Quad 1 996
1 . d4 lDf6 2 . lDf3 dS 3 . c4 c6 4 . e 3
e 6 S . lDc3 lDbd7 6.Ad2 .i.d6 7.cdS
lDdS 8 . .i.e2 0-0 9. lDe4 .i.c7 1 0 J:tc1
eS 1 1 . d e S lD e S 1 2 . lD e S .i. e S
1 3. 'Wic2 .i.fS 14.0-0
19 . .i.h7 h7 20 .VJihS g8 21 ..i.e S
(see next diagram)
d6 22 . .i.g7 g7 23. 'WigS , 1/2-1/2
1 4 . . . .i.h2 1 S .h2 'Wih4 1 6.gl .i.e4
17. b3 .i.g2 , 1 /2-1/2
Part Three 101

Game 1 54
Dizdar,Gulava,N
Vinkovci 1 993
l . lN3 lLlc6 2 .e4 es 3 . Abs a6 4 . Aa4
lD f6 5 .0-0 lLle4 6.d4 Ae7 7.e2 bs
8 . l2Jes lLles 9.e4 lLlc6 1 0. Ab3 0-0
l 1 .ds lLlas 1 2. d6 Ad6 1 3 . a8

20.Ag7 lLlg7 2 1 .h7 h7 22 Jg7


g7 23.hs lLles , 0-1

Variations on
Lasker's Combination

1 3 . . . h2 1 4 . h 2 h4 I s . g l Game 1 56
Ab7 16.tWa7 g2 17.g2, 1/2-1/2 Groszpeter,A-Radulov,I

l
Biel 1 989
1 .d4 d6 2.e4 flJf6 3.flJc3 c6 4. fl:If3
Reversed Combinations tWas 5 .es lLle4 6.ed6 lLlc3 7.bc3
1....-
________
_ ---' . ed6 8.Ad3 Ae7 9.0-0 0-0 1 0 1I el
Game 1 55 Ae6 1 1 .l:tbl b6 1 2.c4 hs 1 3 .ds
Ree,H-Kuijf,M cds 1 4 . c d s tW ds I s J b s b7
Leeuwarden 1 981 16.lLlgs Ags 1 7 . l:tgs lLlc6
l .c4 lLlf6 2 . lLlc3 e6 3 . lLlf3 cS 4.d4
cd4 s . lLld4 Ab4 6. Ags a6 7 . l:tc l
b 6 8.tWb3 Ae7 9.e3 Ab7 10.lLla4
b s _ I I . c b s a b s 1 2 . lLl b s a s
1 3 . lLlac3 0-0 14. Ad3 Ag2 I s . l:tgl
Ac6 1 6 . tWc4 Abs 1 7 . bs tWc7
18.h6 lLle8 19.e2 lLlc6

(see next diagram)


1 02 lasker's Combination

IB . .!.h7 h7 19.'ii'h S gB 20J 1g7


g7 2 1 ..!.h6 h7 22 . .!.gS , 1 -0

Game 157
Avrukh,B-Sadler,M
Budapest 1 993
l .d4 dS 2 .c4 dc4 3 .e3 lDf6 4 . .!.c4
e6 S . lDf3 a6 6.a4 cS 7.0-0 lDc6
B.'ii' e 2 cd4 9J:tdl Ae7 10.ed4 0-0
l 1 .lDc3 lDdS 1 2 . .!.d3 lDcb4 1 3 . .!.bl
b6 14.lDeS .!.b7 I S . l:ta3 l:tcB 20.Ah7 h7 2 1 .Af6 .!.f6 22.ef6,
1 -0

Game 159
Mohring-Finsch
Germany 1 961
1 .e4 cS 2.lDf3 e6 3.d4 cd4 4.lDd4 a6
S . lDc3 flic7 6.Ad3 lDc6 7. lDc6 bc6
B . O-O d5 9 . l:t e l lDf6 1 0 .tif3 d4
l 1 .eS lDd7 1 2 . lDe4 ltJcS 1 3 . lDcS
AcS 14.flJg4 0-0 1 5 . .!.gS Ab7
16 . .!.h7 h7 17.lDdS 'ii' d S IB.'ii'h 5
gB 1 9 . 1:t g 3 l:t c l 2 0 . l:t g7 g7
21 .'ii'g4 h6 22.'ii'h 3, 1/2-1/2

Game 1 58
Batuev,A-Abdusamatov
Lvov 1 951
l .e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3 . lDd2 de4 4.lDe4
lDd7 S . lDf3 lDgf6 6.lDf6 lDf6 7.Ad3
.i.e7 B.O-O 0-0 9.'ii' e 2 b6 10 . .!.gS
.!.b7 1 1 . l:tadl lDd7 1 2 . .!.c l l:teB 16 . .!.h7 h7 17 . .!.f6 gf6 IB.'ii'h4
1 3 . lDeS lDeS 14.deS ticB I S .tig4 gB 19.tig3 h7 20.l:te4, 1 -0
c S 1 6 . .!. h 6 A fB 1 7 . A g S fli c 6
IB. l:tfel .!.e7 19.Ae4 'ii' c7

(see next diagram)


Part Three 1 03

[ Postscript

Dear reader! What do you wish to


see in our next installment of The
Tactician's Handbook series? In my
turn I offer to consider an original
tactical method which I would call
"The Steeplechase." A good illustra..
tion of this combination is an histori ..
cal game played by the famous
French enlightener, philosopher,
1 2 .f4! ed4 13.f5 dc3 14.Wh1
pedagogue, writer, composer and -
cb2? (The race should be broken
chess player! Jean Jacques Rousseau
off b y 1 4 . . . ttJe5! 1 5 .f6 [ 1 5 . .,tg8
( 1 7 12 .. 1 778) . h6! ] 1 5 ... Wfg6 16.t7 ttJc4) 15.
ba1 e (So the Black pawn arrives
=

Game 1 60 a t the finish. B u t what ab o u t


Rousseau,J-Prince Couti White ? ) 16.f6!! wg8 17.fg7 Ae6
Paris 1 759 18.gh8 . (The finale. Who is the
=

1 .e4 e5 2.lQf3 lQc6 3.il.c4 il.c5 winner? Why, the strongest wins ! )
4.c3 .e7 5.d4 il.b6 6.0-0 d6
7.il.g5 (Here 7.h3 is more solid)
7 f6 (7 . . . ttJf6, not weakening the

King's flank, is be tter) 8.il.h4?


(White can get a clear advantage
w i th 8 . A e 3 A g4 9 . ttJ bd 2 e d4
10.cd4 ttJd4 1 1 .Ad4 Ad4 1 2.tWb3)
8 ... g5 9.lQg5 fg5 10 . h5 Wf8
(Greco in 1 6 1 9 played 1 0 . . . d7
1 1 .Ag5 Wfg7? 1 2.Ae6 e6 1 3 .tWe8
ttJge7 14.d5 =11= ) 1 1.il.g5 eg7 (The
18 ...h8 19.Af6! (Domination! ) ,
opponents approach the starting line
1 -0 (A.Roisman)
for the Steeplechase. The route of
Black's pawn is e5-d4-c3-b2-a1 , and
of White's is f4-f5-f6-g7-h8)

(see next diagram)


Index of Players 1 05

Index of Players Bemdt 84


Besser,H 53
Beversdorf 62
Aagaard,] 63
Bezler,R 1 1 9
Abdul,G 1 3 7
Bjordal 1 2 9
Abdulla,A 1 3 7
Blatny,P 7 1
Abdusamatov 158
Bogatkova, T 72
Agur,E 48
Bonin,] 5 7
Albano 47
Book,E 30
Alekhine,A 5 , 10
Borocz,I 1 3 3
Alexeev,A 1 00
Boucq 1 46
Allies 1 1 5
Braun,M 7 7
Andre 1 2 2
Brinck 8 1
Angelov 45
Brink,] 9 2
Ardiz zone,S 1 1 9
, Broadhurst 1 5 2
Amas on,] 1 20
Broune 8 0
Amaudov,P 45
Browne,W 2 3 , 1 26
Atanasov,P 1 2 5
Bruere 86
Audoin 1 2 7
Bruno 1 2 8
Auhalte 1 2 3
Bucker 1 3 0
Averbakh,Y 8 3
Busquets,L 1 3 9
Avrukh,B 1 5 7
Cappello 47
Backelin,R 140
Casagrande,H 79
Baigorri,N 1 48
Charushin, V 1
Balajan 85
Chechekia 46
alazs,A 59
Chirich 1 1 1
Ballestros 56
Chulkov 40
Bar,R 153
Chuprov,A 28
Barlocco,C 9 7
Claussen 8 1
Batuev,A 1 1 8 , 1 5 8
Cordier,F 98
Baturinsky, V 1 00
Comfort 36
Bauer,] 2
Crabbendam,H 42
Beliavsky,A 2 6
Cvachouchek 7 5
Beljaev,V 58
1 06 Lasker's Combination

Czarnota 66 Garcia,R 14
Czerniak,M 82 Gaudin 29
Day,L 96 Gavrilov 55
De Rooi,P 42 Geller,E 28
Defosse 32 Gilden,L 1 05
Degli 1 43 Gonzales 56
Dizdar,G 1 5 4 Gorkevieh 1 1 7
Dizdarevic,E 25 Gruber,S 9
Dlugy,M 5 7 Gretarsson,H 1 3 5
Dolezhal 3 4 Gros,D 1 50
Dolmatov, S 2 7 Groszpeter ,A 1 5 6
Donaldson,J 1 49 Grund 60
Dreev,A 1 2 0 Gufeld,E 2 2
Drewitt,} 1 0 Gusseinov,G 8 5
Drummond,M 7 8 Gutkevieh 5
Dudakov, S 48 Haakert,} 62
Duras, 4 Haas 1 1 0
Duz ..Khotimirsky 6 Habibi,A 1 45
Dziel 1 1 7 Hartley 68
Eckmann 43 Hausknecht,M 1 3 8
Eliskases, E 1 1 Hausner ,1 76
Engles 1 1 5 Heinieke,H 3 3
Euwe,M 9 Hector,} 1 1 3
Fahnenschmidt,G 74 Hermlin,A 69
Fichtl,J 38 Heuer,V 1 6
Finsch 1 5 9 Hlian,E 1 3 4
Fischer,R 9 7 Hoffmann,R 93
Fogarasi,T 1 3 3 Honlinger 99
Frog ,I 5 5 Howell,C 80
Fronczek,H 93 Hracek, Z 1 02
Furman, S 1 3 Iglesias,A 1 2 1
Gamboa,N 7 1 Ilie, S 9 1
Gange 39 Ilinicic 1 06
Index of Players 107

Ingerslev,A 30 Kozlova,O 7 2
Ionov,S 134 Kraschatik 40
Ipatov,A 1 Krivoshey, S 67
Ivanov,V.I 69 Krizsany,L 140
Ivanovic,B 54 Kuczera,F 1 1 2
Jacobs 5 1 Kudrin, S 95
Jamieson,R 78 Kuijf,M 1 5 5
Junge,K 3 Kuporosov,V 65
Kaidanov,G 149 Kutynec 1 14
Kaminski,M 67 Kuzmin,G 1 8,20
Kapengut,A 1 04 Kvamme,J 1 07
Karcher,C 1 1 2 Lasker,Em 2
Karpeshov,O 8 7 Lehr 4
Kasparov,G 2 4 Levenfish,G 6
Keres,P 1 7 Liiva,R 63
Kesmaeker 12 7 Lilienthal,A 1 2
Kirichenko 1 08 Littlewood,P 76
Kirillov,V 1 3 Loef,D 1 5 0
Kjamer 44 Lofberg 146
Klarenbeek,M 6 1 Louma,J 34
Kliewe,H 52 Lukic,D 9 1
Klose 39 Lunney 86
Knaak,R 89 Machado Hermes,A 95
Kneebone 1 2 6 Madl,I 1 16
Knol 122 Mantsinov,B 65
Knutter 1 0 1 Marczykovski 1 5 2
Koch 130 Maroczy,G 8
Koltanowsky,G 3 2 Marovic,D 94
Konig 36 Mastrovasilis,D 1 5 3
Kottnauer,C 3 Mihalik,M 1 5 1
Kouwenhoven,M 9 2 Mikenas,V 3 7
Kovachevik,A 1 06 Miles,A 23 , 25
Kozlov 3 7 Milov 1 24
1 08 Lasker's Combination

Minarelli,G 90 Plump,D 53
Mohring 1 59 Podgaets,M 83
Moisieev,O 3 5 Pollak 1 23
Mortazavi,A 1 3 9 Portisch,L 1 9,24
Motyvaj 1 03 Prince Couti 1 60
Muc,T 1 3 2 Pulkinen 3 1
Naj dorf,M 1 2 , 1 4 Raach,V 147
Neikirkh,O 15 Rabinovich,I 1 18
Nevostrujev,V 1 42 Radulov,I 1 56
Nimzowitsch,A 7 Rahal,M 1 48
Noakh, M 3 5 Rampp 1 7
Nykopp,J 5 1 Rasmusson 3 1
Onufriev 46 Redalfi 1 1 1
Ortega 88 Ree,H 155
Osichansky 1 08 Richter 4 1 ,60
Oskam,G 29 Riedner ,M 1 45
Osnos,V 22 Robatsch,K 79
Ozsvath,A 19 Roberts 68
Pachman,L 15 Rodewald 1 0 1
Palda,K 99 Rodriguez,J 1 2 1
Palkovi,J 1 3 6 Roeberg,F 1 3 8
Panczyk,K 1 09 Rosandic,D 73
Pastorini,M 90 Rousseau,J 1 60
Pataj 38 Sadler,M 1 5 7
Pandorf,H 1 4 7 Sale,S 1 4 1
Pavlov,N 5 8 Sandler 84
Pecorelli,H 88 Sarbaj 18
Peters,J 1 3 1 Scherbakov 142
Petrov 1 1 4 Schlechter,C 8
Pigott,] 1 36 Schmidt 3 3
Pinter,J 94 Schuchardt 43
Pirc,V 1 44 Schwalfenberg,J 74
Plachetka,J 1 1 3 Schwartzmann,G 98
Index of Players 1 09

Schwertel 1 43 Ullrich 4 1
Seifoj 64 Umansky,M 44
Semrl,M 1 4 1 Vaskau 104
Shashin,A 2 1 Vidarsson,J 1 3 5
Shereshevski,M 50 Vladimitov,E 5 0
Shereshevsky 70 Vujosevic 89
Shuba 49 Wason 103
Siaperas, T 82 Weber,M 7 7
Socko,B 1 3 2 Wicklund 1 2 9
Sokolov,A 5 4 Willin,M 1 0 7
Sokolov,I 102 Wojcik 66
Speelman,J 2 7 Wolf,H 1 1 0
Stanishevsky 70 Wood 1 3 1
Starck 52 Zajkov 1 25
Stefansson,H 6 1 Zhuravlev 49
Steiner 1 44
Stohl,I 64
Stopa,J 96 (Note: numbers refer to games)
Stull,N 1 28
Sulava,N 1 54
Summermatter 1 16
Surdej 75
Susak,Z 73
Sveshnikov,E 20,8 7
Szopka,D 109
Taimanov,M 16,2 1
Tal,M 2 6
T arjan,J 105
Tartakower, S 1 1
Tarrasch,S 7
Tataev,M 1 24
Tibensky,R 1 5 1
Torok,J 5 9
About the Author
Victor Charushin was born in the Russian Republic of Udmurtij a in 1 93 2 .
He is by profession a civil engineer, lecturing at the Academy of Architec ..
ture and Building in Nizhny Novgorod where he lives - but his first love
is chess. Victor is well known in the world of correspondence chess, and
has placed among the prize ..winners in several European Championships.
In 1 986 Victor earned the ICCF International Master title, after which his
attention turned to writing. Charushin is the author of over a dozen books,
including biographies of Alekhine and Bogoljubow.
The Tactician's Handbook

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LASKER'S COMBINATION
Lasker's Combination is the sacrifice of both Bishops, a destructive assault upon
the enemy King's castled position. Few tactical motifs impress so powerfully
as this legacy of the 2nd world champion. Indeed, when Lasker used his
Bishops like a wrecking-ball to demolish Bauer's Kingside in their famous
encounter, this stunning double sacrifice was thought to be a magical
accident, or one-of-a-kind wizardry only gods might perform. Yet here, in
volume four of The Tactician's Handbook, we discover that the "unlucky" Bauer
merely succumbed to the iron laws of chess. Here Charushin demonstrates
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