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Snap-Shots in Time

(Chess Moments and Chess Moves)

On this page I will bring you a few of the more memorable combinations and chess 
moments of all time. If you would like to see a game here, please drop me a line.

  White is going to unleash one of the deadliest "windmills" (see-saw attack) in chess praxis.  (snap-s1.jpg, 22 KB)
  Emanuel Lasker - Carlos Torre  
  Moscow, 1925  

(The position after Black's 22nd move. White to play.) 

( Click on the above links. The first one takes you to a js-replay page
  The second one takes you to a list to find out more about this event. [Moscow, 1925.]

23. Nc4!, Qd5!?; (maybe - '?!/?') 

Burgess says 23...Qd5!? is worthy of a question mark, although I feel that is too severe.

(23...hxg5!?; Burgess says this move is a MUST.)

24. Ne3, Qb5?;  (Bad)

(The only move for Black is:  23...Qxd4[];)

25. Bf6!!  A brilliant Queen sacrifice.

"In return for losing his Queen, White sets up a deadly see-saw, which ultimately makes decisive material gains." ( - FM Graham Burgess, in his excellent book:  "Chess Highlights of The 20th Century." Pg. # 54)

25...Qxh5;  26. Rxg7+, Kh8;  27. Rxf7+!, Kg8;  28. Rg7+, Kh8;

29. Rxb7+, Kg8;  30. Rg7+, Kh8;  31. Rg5+!, Kh7;  32. Rxh5, Kg6;

33. Rh3, Kxf6;  34. Rxh6+,

Burgess notes that White has 3 extra pawns here.

34...Kg5;  35. Rh3, Reb8;  36. Rg3+, Kf6;  37. Rf3+, Kg6;  38. a3, "+/-"

White won in just a few more moves.  (1-0 in 43.)  

(If you would like to have this game annotated in depth, - maybe to a level never before seen - drop me a line.)

(GM Soltis left this game off his list [and out of his book!] of the "100 Greatest Games of the 20th Century." But many historians and chess scholars feel it is one of the more memorable moments of chess history. Usually Lasker lost only to the very best players in the world. His losses to "rank outsiders" or "unknowns" were very rare.) 

Certainly one of the more important and interesting achievements in chess occurred in January, 2002, when Ponomariov defeated Vassily Ivanchuk to become one of the youngest World Champions in the history of chess. 

 Stay tuned as I bring you more "Snap-shots of Chess History." (And great chess moves!)


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