### (1) Chigorin,Mikhail - Lasker,Emanuel [C54]

St Petersburg 9596 St Petersburg (3), 1895

* [Tilling,Chris]*

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1.e4
e5
2.Nf3
Nc6
3.Bc4
Bc5
4.c3
Nf6
5.d3
d6
6.Nbd2
a6
7.h3
Ba7
8.Bb3
Nd7
9.Nf1
Nc5
10.Bc2
d5
11.Qe2
[11.exd5
Thanks for your anaylsis guys. It was very instructuive. If I could summarise, it seems to me that Black has big chances for the upper hand after 14.Ne3, but 14.Qe2 promises equality, at least after 15...Qd6! The only line that may give white equality after 14.Ne3 and the whole 15.Ke2 is Mike's 18. Nc4 move (if black insists on 15 ...f5). But it seems that black bursts through with a strong attack if he goes in for the knight exchange (18 ...Nxd4!). Either that or Claus-Juergen's idea of 15 ...Nf6 seems to give black a simper way to keep even a slight advantage, but 15...f5 is more ambitious. 11...Qxd5
12.d4
exd4
13.cxd4
Ne4
14.Qe2
* (14.Ne3
Qa5+
15.Ke2
** (15.Nd2
Nd6
*Claus-Juergen: "and d4 hangs"*; 15.Kf1
Nf6
16.Bd2
Qh5
17.Bc3
0-0
18.Ne5
*Claus-Juergen: "White has active play in the center"*) *15...f5
* (15...Nf6
16.Re1
0-0
17.Kf1
Rd8
*Claus-Juergen: "and the d-pawn looks doomed" *18.d5
** (18.Bd2
Qb5+-/+
) *18...Nb4-/+
Claus-Juergen: "If Black can reach this kind of position with natural, not hard to come by moves then I'd say the whole Ke2 idea is a failure.") 16.Bb3
Bd7
17.Re1
0-0-0
18.Kf1
* (18.Nc4
Nxd4+
** (18...Qb4
19.Kf1
Rhe8
20.Be3
g5
21.Nxg5
Nxd4
*Mike Ogush: "=/+"*; 18...Qb5
*Claus-Juergen: "I suggest 18...Qb5 as an improvement for Black. The idea is to provoke a4 when the Bb3 is only defended by the queen which makes Nxd4 ideas once again valid. The pin also sets up threats against the Nc4 (Be6)." *19.Kf1
** (19.Be3
f4
20.Bxf4
Nxd4+
21.Nxd4
Bxd4
22.Kf1
Bc6
23.Qg4+
Kb8
*Here Claus-Juergen's analysis is a little confusing, but it is still basically advantage to black*; 19.a4
Qb4
20.Be3
** (20.Kf1
Nxd4
*Mike Ogush: "reduces Black's advantage" * (20...Rhe8
*Mike Ogush: "better than the similar position where the a-pawn has not moved since the queen is tied to the defense of the Bb3."*) *21.Nxd4
Bxd4
22.Qxd4
Qxb3
23.Na5
Qb6
24.Qxb6
cxb6
25.Nc4
b5
26.Nb6+
Kc7
27.Nxd7
Rxd7
28.axb5
Mike Ogush: " Black will still have the pawn plus, but the extra pawn is part of the doubled isolated b-pawns and Black's king is still not very secure. I would evaluate this as equal. ") 20...f4
21.Bxf4
Bxd4
22.Nxd4
Nxd4+
23.Kf1
Bf5
Claus-Juergen: "with an overwhelming game for Black") 19...Be6
20.Qe2
Nxd4
Claus-Juergen: "is definitely advantageous to Black") 19.Nxd4
Bb5
20.Nxb5
Qxb5
21.Qc2
Mike Ogush: "Black doesn't have enough compensation for the piece".
But, whites weak-points: f2 pawn; King position; Pin on c4-knight; Undeveloped a1-rook. Whereas Black's strong points are noticable: strong dark squared bishop; dominateing knight; Active d-file rook, and easily-made-active h to e file rook; relatively safe king; active queen cooperating with the rest of the army.
Concretely, 21 ...Bxf2! leads to a big black advantage 21...Bxf2
This is very messy stuff that follows, and I can only suggest that black has the better of it becasue of the previous mentioned advatages and disadvantages - and because Junior 8 has a rating of some 2 pawn advantage for black. 22.a4
* (22.Rd1
Rxd1
23.Qxd1
** (23.Kxd1
Qc5
24.Bf4
g5
25.Nd2
gxf4
26.Qxc5
Nxc5
27.Bc2
Rf8
*and black has two extra pawns.*) *23...Rd8
24.Qc2
Ba7
25.Bf4
g5
26.Bh2
Rd2+
27.Qxd2
Nxd2
28.Kxd2
Qd5+
29.Kc3
Bd4+
30.Kc2
Qxg2++-
; 22.Be3
Bxe3
23.Kxe3
Rhe8
24.Kf3
Qc6
25.Rad1
Rxd1
26.Rxd1
Nc3+
27.Kf2
Re2+
28.Qxe2
Nxe2
29.Kxe2
Qxg2+
30.Kd3
Qe4+
31.Kd2
b5
32.Ne3
f4
33.Nf1
f3
34.Kc1
f2
35.Bd5
Qf5
36.Rd2
g5
; 22.Bg5
could be the best. Principle here is to swap off as much as possible, making any black attack less dangerous. 22...Bxe1
23.Bxd8
Rxd8
24.Rxe1
Qc5
25.Ne3
Qe5
26.Bd5
Rxd5
27.Nxd5
Qxd5
28.Kf1
Qxa2
Perhaps black has the advantage here. The previous line is rather speculatuive.) 22...Qb4
23.Rf1
Rhe8
24.Kf3
Ba7
25.g3
Nc5
26.Ba2
Ne6
27.Kg2
Nd4
28.Qd1
Re2+
29.Kh1
Qc5+-
) 18...Nxd4!
) 14...f5
15.Ne3
Qd6
Claus-Juergen: "is an improvement " * (15...Qa5+
16.Bd2!
; 15...Qb5
16.Qxb5
axb5
17.Nd5
Kd8
18.Bf4
Nd6
19.Bg5+
Kd7
20.Be3
*Mike Ogush: "+/="*) *16.0-0
* (16.Nxf5
Bxf5
17.Bxe4
0-0
*Claus-Juergen helpfully adds: "and I think Black has compensation for the pawn because of superior development, the half-open f-file and the weakness of the d-pawn. In fact I'm not so sure if White can hold the pawn." *18.Bxf5
** (18.Qc4+
Be6
19.d5
Rad8
20.0-0
Bxd5
*Claus-Juergen: "="*) *18...Rxf5
19.Be3
Qe6
20.a3
Claus-Juergen: "preparing the Ra1 to move" * (20.Qd2
Raf8
) *20...Rd8
21.Rd1
Rfd5
22.Rd2
Qf6
) 16...0-0
Claus.juergen: "Poses no problem for black"]

11...d4
12.c4
f6
13.Bd2
Ne6
14.Ng3
b5
15.cxb5
axb5
16.Bb3
Ne7
17.Nh4
Nc5
18.Bc2
Be6
19.Nh5
0-0
20.g4
Bb6
21.b4
Nb3
22.Bxb3
Bxb3
23.0-0
Bf7
24.Nf5
Nxf5
25.gxf5
Qe8
26.Ng3
Rxa2
27.Rxa2
Bxa2
28.Kh2
Bf7
29.Rg1
Kh8
30.Qg4
Rg8
31.f4
c5
32.fxe5
fxe5
33.Bg5
Bd8
34.bxc5
b4
35.c6
Qxc6
36.Bxd8
Rxd8
37.Qg5
Qf6
38.Qc1
Qe7
39.f6
gxf6
40.Nf5
Qf8
41.Qc7
Rc8
42.Qb6
Bg6
43.Nh4
Be8
44.Nf5
Bd7
45.Nh4
Qh6
46.Qd6
Qxh4
47.Qxd7
Qf4+
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