New York 1924, Round 8: Lasker keeps the tempo high

by Johannes Fischer
5/12/2020 – Former World Champion Emanuel Lasker, at 55 years of age the second-oldest player in New York seems to be in splendid shape in New York. In round 8 he defeated Efim Bogoljubow with persistence and good endgame technique. In the second top encounter of the round Alekhine won against Reti, while World Champion Capablanca only drew against Maroczy. Lasker now leads with 5.5/7, half a point behind is Alekhine with 5.0/7. | Photo: Emanuel Lasker (Archive)

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New York 1924: Decisions in the endgame

The tournament in New York is long, and only eight of 22 rounds have been played so far. But that was no reason for former world champion Emanuel Lasker to slow down when playing with Black against Efim Bogoljubow in round 8. For a long time the game had been equal but in the endgame Lasker gradually got the upper hand.

 

Alexander Alekhine won an important game against Richard Reti. Before the eighth round Reti and Alekhine both had 4.0/6 and shared second to fourth place with Capablanca but after his win against Reti Alekhine is now sole second. Like Lasker, Alekhine won in the endgame – with a nice attack with reduced material.

 

World Champion José Raúl Capablanca had to content himself with a draw with White against Geza Maroczy. After 31 only moderately exciting moves the game finally ended peacefully.

 

US champion Frank Marshall provided more entertaining. In a game full of fascinating tactical possibilities he won with Black against Dawid Janowsky.

 

Edward Lasker and Savielly Tartakower played the second draw of the round: a game that lasted a bit more than 30 moves and did not offer much excitement.

 

After eight rounds Emanuel Lasker remains sole leader with 5½/7. Half a point behind follows Alekhine with 5.0/7. Capablanca is sole third with 4½/8 and still has to get the bye.

Results of round 8

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

Bye: Frederick Yates

Standings after eight rounds

Rk. Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pts.
1 Emanuel Lasker   1 ½   ½ 1 1 1   ½   5.5
2 Alexander Alekhine 0   ½ 1     1 1 ½   1 5.0
3 Jose Raul Capablanca ½ ½   0 1   ½ ½   ½ 1 4.5
4 Richard Reti   0 1     0   ½ ½ 1 1 4.0
5 Savielly Tartakower ½   0     1   ½ ½ ½ 1 4.0
6 Efim Bogoljubow 0     1 0   0 1 1 ½   3.5
7 Dawid Markelowicz Janowsky 0 0 ½     1     0 1 ½ 3.0
8 Geza Maroczy 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0     1 ½   3.0
9 Frank James Marshall   ½   ½ ½ 0 1 0     ½ 3.0
10 Edward Lasker ½   ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½     0 2.5
11 Frederick Dewhurst Yates   0 0 0 0   ½   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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Leavenfish Leavenfish 5/13/2020 03:26
Tartakower vs Lasker game, has the photo of Emanuel Lasker, not Edward.
Rozier denis Rozier denis 5/12/2020 06:51
If we know that Emmanuel Lasker was a terrible fighter, don't forget he was also one of the most stronger endgame player in chess history !
niteguide niteguide 5/12/2020 02:59
https://ibb.co/xCxS9MW

Hi, Emanuel Lasker is GM and this profile picture is from Edward Lasker.
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