Horwitz Defense: 👀👀 Emanuel Lasker’s Amazing queen sacrifice and brilliant King hunt 👀👀

Edward Lasker vs George Alan Thomas
«Fatal Attraction» (game of the day Apr-10-2016)
Casual game (1912), London ENG, Oct-29
Horwitz Defense: General (A40) · 1-0
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Chess Notation:

1. d4 e6 2. Nf3 f5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Bg5 Be7 5. Bxf6 Bxf6 6. e4 fxe4 7. Nxe4 b6 8.
Ne5 O-O 9. Bd3 Bb7 10. Qh5 Qe7 11. Qxh7+ Kxh7 12. Nxf6+ Kh6 (12… Kh8 13.
Ng6#) 13. Neg4+ Kg5 14. h4+ Kf4 15. g3+ Kf3 16. Be2+ Kg2 17. Rh2+ Kg1 18.
O-O-O# *

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