New York 1924, Round 17: Lasker extends lead

by Johannes Fischer
5/21/2020 – The field at the tournament in New York 1924 consists of eleven players, and in each round one player has a bye. This distorts the table but after 17 of 22 rounds, the situation at the top has cleared up. In round 17 Capablanca had the bye while Emanuel Lasker won with Black against Yates, and with 11½/17 Lasker is now sole first and 1½ points ahead of Capablanca, who is second with 10.0/17. Alekhine follows in third place with 9½/16. | Photo: Lower Manhattan

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Lasker remains patient and ambitious

In round 16 Emanuel Lasker won a fighting game against Richard Reti and in round 17 the 55-year-old former World Champion again proved his fighting spirit. He played with Black against Frederick Yates and in a balanced position Lasker patiently set his opponent problems until Yates finally cracked in the endgame.

 

Round 17 also saw the first loss on time in the entire tournament. In New York, the players have two hours to make 30 moves, but in his game against Dawid Janowsky, Geza Maroczy thought for too long and only managed to make 29 moves in two hours and lost on time.

 

Richard Reti scored a nice win with Black against Savielly Tartakower. In a Ruy Lopez Reti soon seized the initiative and then sacrificed the exchange to add some pressure. Tartakower found no defense and resigned after 47 moves.

 

Efim Bogoljubwo and Alexander Alekhine played the longest game of the round. After an exciting and long fight they drew in 85 moves.

 

Frank Marshall and Edward Lasker are old rivals: in 1923 they played a match for the US Championship, which Marshall narrowly won with 9½-8½. Marshall also won against Edward Lasker in the first half of the tournament in New York, but their game in round 17 ended in a draw.

 

Results of round 17

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

Bye: J.R. Capablanca

Standings after 17 rounds

Rk. Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts.
1 Emanuel Lasker   ½0 11 11 ½  ½  ½  11 ½1 11.5
2 Jose Raul Capablanca ½1   ½½ ½½ ½1 ½  ½1 10.0
3 Alexander Alekhine ½½   10 ½½ ½  ½  ½½ 11 9.5
4 Richard Reti 00 01   01 ½0 11 ½  9.0
5 Efim Bogoljubow 00 ½½ 10   01 ½1 11 8.5
6 Frank James Marshall ½  ½½ ½  ½1   ½0 11 ½  8.0
7 Savielly Tartakower ½  ½  00 10 ½1   ½½ ½0 ½1 7.5
8 Geza Maroczy ½0 ½  ½½   ½1 10 7.0
9 Edward Lasker ½  ½  ½½ ½0 ½1 ½0   00 5.0
10 Dawid Markelowicz Janowski 00 ½0 00 ½0 01   ½0 4.5
11 Frederick Dewhurst Yates ½0 00 00 ½  11 ½1   4.5

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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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