Saturday, October 15, 2005

Lasker Defense Lecture #2



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FM Steve Stoyko discusses the Lasker Defense.


FM Steve Stoyko's second lecture on the Lasker Defense on Thursday night at the Kenilworth Chess Club was even better than the first. He began by reviewing the main points from the first lecture. Then he covered two important lines, including 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5.e3 O-O 6. Nf3 h6 7. Bh4 Ne4 8. Bxe7 Qxe7 9. Nxe4 dxe4 10. Nd2, which had been played by our own Mark Kernighan in a game previously discussed on these pages. Steve's lecture offered new insight on the game and on that important line generally, including the surprise admission that his own 10...e5!? is probably inferior for Black if White plays correctly. You can view or download files from both lectures below:


Steve's next Lasker Lecture (on the Exchange Variation) will be in two weeks. Next week, NM Scott Massey lectures from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. on "How to Analyze." We then begin our 30-minute tournament ($6 entry fee) at 8:30 with two additional rounds next week.

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Black to play after 19.b4 in
Kernighan-Stoyko, Hackettstown 2005.

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