Originally posted by @sundown316
Lasker-Capablanca, St. Petersburg 1914. The ultimate chess psych-out. Lasker needed a win to catch Capa, but instead of going into some wild attacking line, he plays one of the most drawish variations in chess, throws Capa completely off his game, and wins a magnificent game.
Oh yes. There is more to the story, however.
In Round 6, Alekhine had played the same opening variation (Spanish Exchange) against Lasker and lost. Then in Round 7, Lasker, with the White pieces, played it against Capablanca. That Lasker would risk playing the opposite color in a game he had just won must have thrown everyone for a loop. Pure chutzpah.
Here is the Alehkine - Lasker game, St. Petersburg 1914, 89 moves (an extraordinarily difficult endgame):
And now, the next round, Lasker - Capablanca, in which Capa goes down in a mere 42 moves:
The stuff of legend.