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By Emanuel Lasker

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The following is an summary of Twelve Lectures given earlier than an viewers of London chess avid gamers in the course of the spring of 1895. it can be considered as an try to care for all components of a online game of chess via assistance from basic rules. the rules laid down are deduced from concerns in regards to the nature of Chess as a struggle among brains, and their notion is predicated on basic evidence. Their useful operating has been illustrated via positions tailored to the aim, and sure to take place over the board.

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And it is P QKt3 Q R3 Q3 BxKt, KxB; (15) P QxB B KR Q B Kt2 which way White two Pawns. difficult to see in make good his minus of KG, will This line of play, the so-called compromised defence of the Evans gambit, leads sometimes to very brilliant combinations. Let me give you an instance of this at move 11 of our principal variation. 11 Castles 12. QR Q 13. Kt KR K 14. K4 BxPch K 15. B P 16. PxP 17. 18. Kt Kt5 Q-B7ch. 19. />. KtxP mate QxKt B Q4 KtxB Q B4 QxQ 40 Instead of (6) P Q4, the greatest connoisseur of the Evans, Mr.

P QKt3 K3 Kt Kt B2 PxP 9. You Kt 7. 10. if P 5. 8. and K5 QB3 Kt KB3 B K2 P P B B PxP BQ2 B R3 B4 Kt5ch, White comes, without compensation, into great difficulties. (b) The exchange of the Pawns in the third move 3. PxP PxP leads to a very even game, in which the advantage of the first move counts for very little. The game might go on 55 4. Kt 5. B 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. or 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. KB3 Kt B Q3 KB3 Q3 Castles Castles B KKt5 QKt Q2 B K3 QKt Q2 R K R K K5 Kt P Kt Kt B3 B2 P Q R K2 B3 Q B2 PxB BxKt QR K P B B Kt Kt3 KKt3 When the advantage of the doubled Rooks on the counterbalanced by the strong position of the two Black Bishops, and Black may even have, on account of the somewhat questionable exchange at move 13, the superior game.

Now B (10) (12) So nothing remains but to (11) K R B6ch. Kt4ch. KtxQ B6ch. Kt R6 checkmate. K ; 36 No. 4 The Evan's Gentlemen, gambit, which in accordance with your desire I have chosen to-night as subject of discussion, four moves: is constituted by these 1. P 2. Kt K4 KB3 Kt B P B4 B QKt4 3. 4. P K4 QB3 B4 no necessity for Black to accept the Pawn. On the contrary, if he retires with his Bishop to Kt3 in reply, he will, as White's last move has in no way furthered his develop- There is offer of the ment, gain a small but distinct advantage in position.

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