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The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - GAMES - By Leonard Bar­den LEONARD BAR­DEN

Emanuel Lasker v Wil­helm Steinitz, world cham­pi­onship match, New York 1894. Lasker held the world ti­tle for 27 years, a record which has never been bro­ken, and his shrewdest move was right at the start when he per­suaded the age­ing Steinitz to ac­cept him as a le­git­i­mate chal­lenger. Steinitz should have met Lasker’s ri­val and en­emy Sieg­bert Tar­rasch, who dom­i­nated the big tour­na­ments of the time. But Tar­rasch dithered over tak­ing time off from his Mu­nich med­i­cal prac­tice, while Lasker boosted his cre­den­tials by win­ning a se­ries of matches against sec­ond-rate US and Bri­tish op­po­nents. So Lasker be­came the chal­lenger, out­played Steinitz in New York, then crushed him in a re­turn in Moscow. Here White (to move) is knight and pawn down, but Black’s king is in trou­ble, How did Lasker achieve a win­ning ad­van­tage?

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