Here’s another in my series on old games that are worth studying. In this case it’s a nice example of a little centre that occurred in a Steinitz Defence to the Ruy Lopez. And playing Black was a lifelong adherent of this opening, Emanuel Lasker.
Many of the themes from this position type are in evidence here, exchanging pieces to relieve Black’s lack of space, pressure on the b-file and then a flanking blow against White’s centre with …f7-f5. I would later use such games as a model for my interpretation of the Modern Defence in which I often played …Nc6, …e7-e5 and …e5xd4: