Understanding before Moving 131: Chess history in a nutshell (13)

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6/25/2023 – Herman Grooten is an International Master, a renowned trainer and the author of several highly acclaimed books about chess training and chess strategy. In the 131st instalment of his ChessBase show "Understanding before Moving", Herman continues his series "Chess history in a nutshell" and continues to talk about the attacking and defending skills of Wilhelm Steinitz, the first official World Champion. | Photo: Pascal Simon

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Emanuel Lasker (1)

After Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941) had won the world title at the expense of Steinitz in 1894, it would take no less than 27 years before a player would knock him off the throne. Lasker played several matches for the world championship title but - apart from a draw with Schlechter - he prevailed effortlessly.

In his play, Lasker further developed Steinitz's teachings that one should play according to the rules of logic, with a good balance between positional play and tactics. This is known as the classical style of chess. Lasker also credits Steinitz with being the founder of modern positional play.

Based on the analyses of his predecessor, Lasker compiled Steinitz's Table of (Strategic) Elements. This table lists the various characteristics that play a role in evaluating the position. (See also the previous episodes on Steinitz in this series.)

The diagram position reflects an important characteristic element in Lasker's game.  While his opponent (with his last move 19.Rb3) seems to be starting a dangerous attack on his king, Lasker has a risky but justified defensive plan in mind.

Do you have any idea how he proceeded here?

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