New York 1924, Round 10: Lasker crushes Reti

by Johannes Fischer
5/14/2020 – Two clear wins, three draws and many missed chances - that was the result of round 10 in New York. Emanuel Lasker crushed Reti and Bogoljubow made short work of Yates, but Capablanca squandered the advantage he had easily secured against Marshall. Tartakower, too, had chances against Janowsky and Alekhine was lucky not to lose to Edward Lasker. | Photo: Emanuel Lasker

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Two convincing wins, many missed chances

In round 9, former World Champion Emanuel Lasker was on the verge of defeat against Frank Marshall, and this close draw seems to have given him a boost in round 10. He refuted Reti's somewhat articificial treatment of the French with a number of energetic moves.

 

Efim Bogoljubow is known as a great optimist but with 3 wins, 4 losses and only one draw he has not been too successful in New York so far. However, against tailender Frederick Yates Bogoljubow played with his usual confidence and came to a smooth victory, which he secured with a nice combination.

 

When you look at the games of World Champion José Raúl Capablanca, you sometimes get the impression that he finds chess too easy. Against Frank Marshall, after nine moves the Cuban was clearly better with Black but just as in his round 4 game against Alekhine he did not make the most of the chances and allowed Marshall to escape into a draw.

 

Edward Lasker is an engineer by profession and the only amateur in the field. But so far he is doing relatively well in New York though he has missed a couple of chances. In a way, Lasker's game against Alekhine is typical: Lasker outplayed Alekhine convincingly but failed to strike in crucial moments.

 

Tartakower, too, could have done better with Black against Dawid Janowsky. Janowsky sacrificed a pawn in the opening but failed to get enough compensation. At least at first. However, in the further course of the game Janowsky's position got better and better until the game finally ended with a perpetual.

 

With his win against Reti, Emanuel Lasker could extend his lead. After ten of 22 rounds he now with 7.0/9. Alekhine and Capablanca follow one point behind with 6.0/9 (Alekhine) and 6.0/10 (Capablanca).

Results of round 10

F. Marshall ½-½ J.R. Capablanca
Em. Lasker 1-0 R. Reti
Ed. Lasker ½-½ A. Alekhine
F. Yates 0-1 E. Bogoljubow
D. Janowsky ½-½ S. Tartakower

Bye: Geza Maroczy

Standings after round 10

Rk. Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts.
1 Emanuel Lasker   1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½   7.0
2 Alexander Alekhine 0   ½ ½ 1   ½ 1 1 ½ 1 6.0
3 Jose Raul Capablanca ½ ½   1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 6.0
4 Savielly Tartakower ½ ½ 0     1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5.0
5 Richard Reti 0 0 1     0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 5.0
6 Efim Bogoljubow 0   0 0 1   1 1 0 ½ 1 4.5
7 Frank James Marshall ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0   0 1   ½ 4.0
8 Geza Maroczy 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 1     ½ 1 4.0
9 Dawid Markelowicz Janowski 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 0     1 ½ 3.5
10 Edward Lasker ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½   ½ 0   0 3.0
11 Frederick Dewhurst Yates   0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1   2.0

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Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".

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