World Chess Championship 1907

The 1907 World Chess Championship was a chess match contested between reigning world champion Emanuel Lasker of Germany, and challenger Frank J. Marshall of the United States, for the world chess championship. Lasker defended his title in dominant fashion, holding Marshall winless throughout the series, while winning eight games and drawing seven.

Defending champion Challenger
Emanuel Lasker
Frank Marshall
German Empire Emanuel Lasker United States Frank J. Marshall
11½
Born 24 December 1868
38 years old
Born 10 August 1877
29 years old
1896–97 1908
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d5 white pawn
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e4 black knight
b3 white queen
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e2 white bishop
g2 white pawn
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Game 15: Marshall blundered with 20. Qd3?, allowing Lasker to take advantage with 20...Bf5 which put him the exchange up.

BackgroundEdit

Lasker had played little chess since retaining the World Championship in 1896–1897, in part due to his doctoral studies in mathematics. However, Lasker agreed to defend his title against American challenger Frank Marshall from January 26 to April 6, 1907, in the United States, with the games being played in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Chicago, and Memphis. Lasker won the first three games, then scored one win and seven draws in games 4-11 before winning the last four games.

ResultsEdit

ConditionsEdit

The first player to win eight games would be World Champion.

MatchEdit

World Chess Championship Match 1907
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Wins Total
  Frank J. Marshall (United States) 0 0 0 = = = = 0 = = = 0 0 0 0 0
  Emanuel Lasker (Germany) 1 1 1 = = = = 1 = = = 1 1 1 1 8 11½

Lasker retained his title.

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