Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Brilliant

Check out this little gem of a game by Edward Lasker. What an awesome, forced 8-move sequence... way to chase the king across the board. Would you have seen the queen sac? :)

5 comments:

Glenn Wilson said...

Would I have seen it? I'd like to think so, but ... ?

The mate in eight is nice. What about the mate in seven? :)
16. O-O (or Kf1) then 17. Nh2#.

OTOH, I was seeing a mate in six that is not there: 16. Be4 is mate...except Black has a bishop on that diagonal and can just take it. D'oh!

Yes, it is a wonderful gem of a game.

takchess said...

An older interesting book is Chess Secrets that I learned from the Masters that Emanuel wrote. It a combination of memories mixed in with the games.

Nice combination. I'd be curious how much is calculated. I wonder if it is something you just do with the faith that marching the king down the board would become mate.

Glenn Wilson said...

takchess: Edward Lasker saw it and announced mate in eight:

The game below is his immortal blitz masterpiece against Sir George Thomas, in which he announced Mate in eight.

A strong player can easily calculate this. The main trick is in seeing the possibility.

Chessaholic said...

Glenn: nice one on the mate in seven! But while that is the fastest mate, I do think for some reason the mate in eight looks nicer. The perfect ending, in my opinion, would have been 18.0-0-0#

tak: that book received some very good reviews at Amazon, now I might have to buy it. Damn you! :) I was wondering the same thing - do you just continue calculating at move eleven because you "feel" that there is a forced mate hidden in that position? That's pretty awesome...

Samuraipawn said...

Sweet! Would never have been able to spot that.