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Lasker's Great Escapes
Compiled by Calli
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Emanuel Lasker was at his best in an inferior position. This collection contains games where he looks lost or drawn but somehow wins or draws the game.


Lasker looks dead after 21.f3.
Capablanca vs Lasker, 1914 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 100 moves, 1/2-1/2

Looks like a win for Pillsbury, but Lasker turns the tables
Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1895 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1-0

22.Rh1 looks like a Capa win, but the wily Lasker wriggles out.
Capablanca vs Lasker, 1914 
(C49) Four Knights, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

21.Nc6! appears to win, but....
Spielmann vs Lasker, 1935 
(C47) Four Knights, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lost @ move 26, Lasker proceeds to confuse Nimzo tactically
Lasker vs Nimzowitsch, 1914  
(B16) Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chigorin up an outside passed pawn, Lasker wins anyway
Lasker vs Chigorin, 1896 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 53 moves, 1-0

Marshall's 27.Rcc7!! Lasker wriggles out with a draw somehow.
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

14...Ng4?! looks bad, but Lasker's magic gets a win
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 0-1

By the time he plays 20.Qh6, Janowski must be winning or is he?
Janowski vs Lasker, 1904 
(C48) Four Knights, 35 moves, 0-1

"On the face of it, it looks as if White should win" Capablanca
Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910  
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Drawing with an unknown? Lasker finds an unexpected sacrifice!
Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1893 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 55 moves, 1-0

Lasker survives his own blunders 25...bxc6? and 49...Bf4?
Marshall vs Lasker, 1924 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lasker discovers a new drawn endgame. 103 move classic
Lasker vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 
(C99) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 12...cd, 103 moves, 1/2-1/2

Albin misses an easy one
Lasker vs Albin, 1896 
(A84) Dutch, 45 moves, 1-0

Janowski looks clearly winning
Lasker vs Janowski, 1924 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 82 moves, 1-0

Lasker's 41.Kg6! saves the day
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lasker in a little trouble.
Lasker vs Showalter, 1900 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

33...Bxb2 34.Bxd6 Rb6 35.Bf4 Nf6 likely won
Lasker vs Dus Chotimirsky, 1925 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 1-0

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