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

Frank Mar­shall v Emanuel Lasker, world ti­tle match, New York 1907. Mar­shall, US cham­pion for 27 years, is a rook up here, but his king is in dan­ger. His idea is to meet Black’s ob­vi­ous Rh4+ by Qxh4. Lasker can try 1 ... g5 to shut out the white queen and men­ace Rh4 mate, but then White starts a se­ries of checks by 2 Qd7+ or 2 Qe7+ when the black king is caught in per­pet­ual check or his rook has to with­draw from its strong po­si­tion. Lasker was also a 27-year cham­pion, but he held the world ti­tle and he soon spot­ted the flaw in Mar­shall’s de­fence strat­egy. Can you find Lasker’s next few turns which forced Mar­shall to re­sign?

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