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Why Lasker Matters by Andrew Soltis
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This collection gathers the 100 games annotated in Andrew Soltis' 2006 book, _Why Lasker Matters_. Soltis sums up Lasker as follows:

"Lasker employed many of the techniques that have become common today. He violated general principles when he felt confident in doing so. He played "practical" moves. He focused on specifics, such as targets, rather than the theoretical. He didn't calculate what didn't need to be calculated. He realized the clock was the 33rd piece. He complicated before his position got bad. He took calculated risks. He sacrificed for purely positional compensation. He used tactics to advance positional goals.

It used to be said that Lasker, unlike his contemporaries, formed no school of thought. But we're all his students."


1
V Tietz vs Lasker, 1889 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 40 moves, 0-1

2
Lasker vs Lipke, 1889 
(C26) Vienna, 47 moves, 1-0

3
Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 
(A03) Bird's Opening, 38 moves, 1-0

4
J Mieses vs Lasker, 1889 
(C25) Vienna, 28 moves, 0-1

5
Blackburne vs Lasker, 1892 
(C22) Center Game, 50 moves, 0-1

6
Bird vs Lasker, 1892 
(A02) Bird's Opening, 42 moves, 0-1

7
Lasker vs C Golmayo, 1893 
(B27) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1-0

8
Lasker vs Albin, 1893 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 31 moves, 1-0

9
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

10
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 1-0

11
Schiffers vs Lasker, 1895 
(C46) Three Knights, 45 moves, 0-1

12
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1895  
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 40 moves, 1-0

13
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1895 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 49 moves, 1-0

14
Burn vs Lasker, 1895  
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 20 moves, 0-1

15
Chigorin vs Lasker, 1895 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 26 moves, 0-1

16
Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

17
Lasker vs Chigorin, 1896 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 1-0

18
M Porges vs Lasker, 1896  
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 0-1

19
Winawer vs Lasker, 1896 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 0-1

20
Lasker vs Chigorin, 1896 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 53 moves, 1-0

21
Lasker vs Schiffers, 1896 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 49 moves, 1-0

22
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1896  
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 41 moves, 1-0

23
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 55 moves, 1-0

24
Lasker vs Steinitz, 1896 
(C64) Ruy Lopez, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

25
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 39 moves, 0-1

26
Lasker vs F J Lee, 1899 
(B19) Caro-Kann, Classical, 39 moves, 1-0

27
Showalter vs Lasker, 1899 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 46 moves, 0-1

28
Chigorin vs Lasker, 1899 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 42 moves, 0-1

29
Steinitz vs Lasker, 1899 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 30 moves, 0-1

30
F J Lee vs Lasker, 1899 
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 0-1

31
Burn vs Lasker, 1900 
(D40) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 44 moves, 0-1

32
Lasker vs Maroczy, 1900 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

33
Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 30 moves, 0-1

34
Lasker vs Chigorin, 1903 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 34 moves, 1-0

35
Lasker vs E Delmar, 1904 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 40 moves, 1-0

36
A W Fox vs Lasker, 1904 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 45 moves, 0-1

37
Lasker vs Chigorin, 1904 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 30 moves, 1-0

38
Lasker vs Marshall, 1904 
(B40) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

39
A Hodges vs Lasker, 1904 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 33 moves, 0-1

40
Lasker vs W Napier, 1904 
(B34) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 35 moves, 1-0

41
Janowski vs Lasker, 1904 
(C48) Four Knights, 35 moves, 0-1

42
Lasker vs J Corzo, 1906 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 39 moves, 1-0

43
Lasker vs E Delmonte, 1906 
(C10) French, 24 moves, 1-0

44
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

45
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 0-1

46
M Morgan / S L Stadelman vs Lasker, 1907 
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 45 moves, 0-1

47
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 0-1

48
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908  
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 38 moves, 1-0

49
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1908 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 44 moves, 1-0

50
Reti vs Lasker, 1908 
(C56) Two Knights, 15 moves, 0-1

51
Lasker vs L Forgacs, 1909 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 38 moves, 1-0

52
A Speijer vs Lasker, 1909 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 37 moves, 0-1

53
Lasker vs Salwe, 1909  
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 65 moves, 1-0

54
Tartakower vs Lasker, 1909 
(A22) English, 53 moves, 0-1

55
Lasker vs Vidmar, 1909  
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 24 moves, 1-0

56
Lasker vs Burn, 1909 
(C88) Ruy Lopez, 64 moves, 1-0

57
Lasker vs Teichmann, 1909  
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

58
Janowski vs Lasker, 1909  
(C49) Four Knights, 32 moves, 0-1

59
Lasker vs Janowski, 1909 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 37 moves, 1-0

60
Schlechter vs Lasker, 1910  
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

61
Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910  
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 71 moves, 1-0

62
Lasker vs Janowski, 1910 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

63
Lasker vs Janowski, 1910 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 1-0

64
O Bernstein vs Lasker, 1914 
(C66) Ruy Lopez, 33 moves, 0-1

65
Lasker vs Alekhine, 1914 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 35 moves, 1-0

66
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

67
Marshall vs Lasker, 1914  
(A53) Old Indian, 36 moves, 0-1

68
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1914  
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 46 moves, 1-0

69
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 
(C68) Ruy Lopez, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

70
Lasker vs Marshall, 1914 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

71
Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1916 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 23 moves, 0-1

72
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1916 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 34 moves, 1-0

73
Lasker vs Rivier / Henneberger, 1919 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 21 moves, 1-0

74
M Walter vs Lasker, 1923 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 21 moves, 0-1

75
H Wolf vs Lasker, 1923 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 35 moves, 0-1

76
Reti vs Lasker, 1923 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 43 moves, 0-1

77
Lasker vs Tarrasch, 1923 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

78
Lasker vs Tartakower, 1923 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 42 moves, 1-0

79
Lasker vs Reti, 1924 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 32 moves, 1-0

80
Alekhine vs Lasker, 1924 
(D35) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 0-1

81
Maroczy vs Lasker, 1924 
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 30 moves, 0-1

82
Lasker vs Bogoljubov, 1924 
(B40) Sicilian, 61 moves, 1-0

83
Reti vs Lasker, 1924 
(A12) English with b3, 45 moves, 0-1

84
Ed. Lasker vs Lasker, 1924 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 51 moves, 0-1

85
Tartakower vs Lasker, 1924 
(A20) English, 48 moves, 0-1

86
Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1925 
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 57 moves, 0-1

87
Ilyin-Zhenevsky vs Lasker, 1925  
(B23) Sicilian, Closed, 38 moves, 0-1

88
B Verlinsky vs Lasker, 1925  
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 41 moves, 0-1

89
Marshall vs Lasker, 1925 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 48 moves, 0-1

90
Lasker vs Yates, 1925 
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 34 moves, 1-0

91
C Jaffe vs Lasker, 1926 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

92
Euwe vs Lasker, 1934 
(D52) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 0-1

93
Lasker vs H Mueller, 1934 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 32 moves, 1-0

94
Kan vs Lasker, 1935 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 50 moves, 0-1

95
Chekhover vs Lasker, 1935 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 38 moves, 0-1

96
Lasker vs Pirc, 1935 
(B85) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical, 20 moves, 1-0

97
Spielmann vs Lasker, 1935 
(C47) Four Knights, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

98
Lasker vs Capablanca, 1935 
(C15) French, Winawer, 64 moves, 1-0

99
Lasker vs Riumin, 1936 
(B74) Sicilian, Dragon, Classical, 73 moves, 1-0

100
G A Thomas vs Lasker, 1936 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 55 moves, 0-1

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