Schlechter's Queen & Rook Sac

billwall
billwall
Aug 9, 2007, 12:00 AM |
15 | Amazing Games

Carl Schlechter (1874-1918) was one of the top 7 players in the world from 1900 to his death by starvation in 1918.  He learned the game when he was 16 and soon gave up his studies to devote himself to chess.  In this game, Carl was 19 years old and already showed promise as a great attacking player.  Here, he sacrificed his Queen and Rook to force mate against one of Vienna's strongest players.  In 1910, Schlechter challenged Emanuel Lasker for the world title.  The 10-game match was a draw and Lasker retained his title.  After World War I, he suffered from poverty and starved to death, or died of pneumonia.

 

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