# Edward Lasker vs. George Alan Thomas

Edward Lasker vs. sir George Alan Thomas, London, 1912. White to move and win in 7! In the real confrontation the mate comes after the 8th, spectacular, move.

Roll over to see the solution: `1. Qxh7+ Kxh7 2. Nxf6+ Kh6 3. Neg4+ Kg5 4. f4+ Kh4 5. g3+ Kh3 6. Bf1+ Bg2 7. Nf2# or 1. Qxh7+ Kxh7 2. Nxf6+ Kh6 3. Neg4+ Kg5 4. h4+ Kf4 5. g3+ Kf3 6. Be2+ Kg2 7. Rh2+ Kg1 8. O-O-O#`

FEN: `rn3rk1/pbppq1pp/1p2pb2/4N2Q/3PN3/3B4/PPP2PPP/R3K2R w KQ - 7 11`

### About the players

**Edward Lasker **(1885-1981), engineer by profession, he was a German - American chess and Go player. He was distantly related with World Chess Champion Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941).

**Sir George Alan Thomas** (1881-1972), 7th baronet. British badminton, tennis and chess player. He won twice the British Chess Championship.

I solved this puzzle in 7 moves : Qh5xh7+ Kg8xh7

2. Ne4xf6+ Kh7-h6

3. Ne5-g4+ Kh6-g5

4. f2-f4+ Kg5-h4

5. g2-g3+ Kh4-h3

6. Bd3-f1+ Bb7-g2

7. Ng4-f2#

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I found two move win, Qf7 KingH8 Ng6

1. Qxh7+ Kxh7

2. Nxf6+ Kh6

3. Neg4+ Kg5

4. h4+ Kf4

5. g3+ Kf3

6. Be4

i have a rather… idiotic solution

1. Ne5-g6 h7xg6

2. Qh5xg6 Bf6xd4

3. c2-c3 Bd4-c5

4. f2-f3 Bc5-e3

5. h2-h4 Nb8-c6

6. Ne4-g5 Be3xg5

7. h4xg5 Rf8-f5

8. g2-g4 Rf5-e5+

9. Ke1-f2 Qe7-c5+

10. Kf2-g3 Re5xg5

11. Rh1-h8+ Kg8xh8

12. Qg6-h7#

1. Qxh7+ Kxh7

2. Nxf6+ Kh6

3. Neg4+ Kg5

4. f4+ Kh4

5. g3+ Kh3

6. Be2+Kg2

7. Rh2+ Kg1

8. O-O-O#

1. Qxh7+ – Kxh7

2. Nxf6++ – Kh6

3. Ng4+. – Kg5

4. h4+. – Kf4

5. f3#

GREAT COMBINATION

1. Wf2-f4—Bf6-f4+

2. g2-g3—Qe7-b4+

3. Ke1-e2—d7-d6

4. Ne4-g5—Bd7-f3+

5. Ke2xf3—Kg8-h8

7. Ng5-f7#

1. White f2-f4—Blackf6-h4+ The Right One …

2. g2-g3—Qe7-b4+

3. Ke1-e2—d7-d6

4. Ne4-g5—Bd7-f3+

5. Ke2xf3—Rf8-c8

6. Bd3xh7+—Kg8-h8

7. Ng5-f7#

Because of the number of moves, this puzzle is generally thought of and categorized as ‘difficult.’ Actually, it was easy… just look for the moves that give the opponent only one option.

I don’t see anyone discussing ne4 to f6. It’s a win in maximum of 3 moves

There are 4 scenarios:

1. Ne4 to f6 .. (qf6 or pf6 or kh8)

2. Qh7 mate

The 4th scenario is black rf6

2. Qh7 .. kg8

3. Qh8 mate

Please correct me if I’m wrong

Sorry kf8 not g8 in the last scenario

Yeah i see it now sorry

In scenario pf6 q takes q disadvantage for white

1.Qxh7 Kxh7 2.Nxf6 Kh6 (2…Kh8 3.Ng6 #)3.Neg4 Kg5 4.f4 Kh4 (4…Kxf4 5.g3 Kg5 6.h4#)5.g3 Kh3 6.Bf1 Bg2 7.Nf2#

1) Nxf6+ any move

2) Qxh7 mate

If 1….Rxf6

2. Qxh7+ Kf8

3. Qh8 mate