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Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense (D57)
1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 5 e3 O-O 6 Nf3 h6
7 Bh4 Ne4 8 Bxe7 Qxe7

Number of games in database: 169
Years covered: 1922 to 2017
Overall record:
   White wins 36.7%
   Black wins 16.6%
   Draws 46.7%

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PRACTITIONERS
With the White Pieces With the Black Pieces
Miguel Najdorf  3 games
Vadim Malakhatko  3 games
Ludek Pachman  3 games
Erich Eliskases  6 games
Jan Hein Donner  4 games
V Liberzon  4 games
NOTABLE GAMES [what is this?]
White Wins Black Wins
Deep Fritz vs Kramnik, 2002
Ivanchuk vs Jakovenko, 2010
Stahlberg vs L Piazzini, 1939
Topalov vs Anand, 2010
Euwe vs E Eliskases, 1938
Martinez vs Guimard, 1948
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 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 169  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gruenfeld vs Tartakower 0-1421922Grünfeld - TartakowerD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
2. G Norman vs G A Thomas  1-0551927Hastings 1926/27D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
3. Vidmar vs K Treybal  ½-½311934UjpestD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
4. Gruenfeld vs L Steiner  ½-½301934UjpestD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
5. E Eliskases vs Gruenfeld ½-½271934UjpestD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
6. Euwe vs E Eliskases 0-1421935?D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
7. Fine vs A N Towsen  1-0371935ACF CongressD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
8. Vidmar vs Stahlberg  ½-½241935OlympiadD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
9. G van Doesburgh vs R Broadbent  0-1501938ENG-NEDD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
10. Euwe vs E Eliskases 0-1501938NoordwijkD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
11. S Landau vs G A Thomas 1-0521938Hastings 1938/39D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
12. C L Bagby vs A J Fink  1-0391939MatchD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
13. Bogoljubov vs E Eliskases  ½-½541939StuttgartD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
14. E Eliskases vs Vidmar  ½-½441939StuttgartD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
15. S Landau vs E Spanjaard  1-0271939Baarn IID57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
16. Kieninger vs E Eliskases  ½-½361939GER Ch 6thD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
17. Stahlberg vs L Piazzini 1-0331939Buenos AiresD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
18. Foltys vs P Vaitonis  ½-½331939Buenos Aires ol (Men) f-AD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
19. Najdorf vs W Cruz  1-0371939Buenos Aires ol f-A ;HCL 37D57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
20. R Grau vs E Eliskases  0-1381939Buenos Aires ol-finD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
21. J Vinuesa vs J M Cristia  0-1281939RosarioD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
22. Gilg vs R Keller  0-1421940GER Ch 7thD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
23. Guimard vs E Eliskases  0-1391941Mar del Plata UARGOD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
24. P Frydman vs B Schneidermann  1-0321941Aguas de Sao PedroD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
25. M Brunoehler vs H G Lachmann  1-0501941GER-chD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-17-04  popski: Again one of those openings where author didn't use it. Lasker defence and there is no Lasker games with this opening?! Also somewhere they call this opening Lasker system, why difference in naming?
Oct-06-04  themindset: also, the diagram doesn't match the opening at all. there should be a black Knight on e4 and a white pawn on c4 and a black pawn on d5 ......
Oct-06-04  Whitehat1963: They should call this the "Eliskases Defense." He has five of the first nine uses of it as black, and he won four of those five and drew the remaining game. Not bad for someone I've never heard of, using a defense I've never seen before today. But to call it the "Lasker Defense," why?
Oct-06-04  ughaibu: Eliskases was a strong player: Eliskases vs Capablanca, 1937
Feb-16-05  Dudley: Lasker invented this line for Black and he did use it-check the database.
Feb-16-05  Dudley: I checked the database and the Lasker games are under D53-the only difference is that he played 6..Ne4 and left out ...h6. The move ...Ne4 is characteristic of the Lasker defense.
Feb-16-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  IMlday: Lasker tried to leave out ..h6 so he would have the h6 square for a Rook later.
Feb-17-05  Dudley: That makes sense. It's kind of a spoiler opening but I guess White maintains at least a small edge. I can't get over the massive statistical advantage for White in almost all lines of the QGD.
Mar-21-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Gypsy: <They should call this the "Eliskases Defense." ... Not bad for someone I've never heard of ...> Eliskases star shone the brightest right before WW2. Bright enough that there were already negotiations going for him getting a title-shot against Alekhine.
Jun-20-05  vampiero: i like this defence, its actually one of my favorites. Especially when i'm not in the mood for any tense tactical positions, i try to use this to simplify the position in hopes of a draw in the endgame, or maybe even a win
Jun-21-05  vampiero: one the Queens Gambit Declined DVD that Kasparov put out, he has a special segment on the Laskers defence and he says that instead of playing ... Ne4 cxd4 Nxc3 bxc3 exd4 to simplify, one could play ...Ne4 Rc1 to complicate things, followed by Nxc3 Rxc3 dxc4 Bxc4
Jun-21-05  maoam: That's the approach Karpov tried in his match with Yusupov (probably the strongest player to use this line regularly) after getting nothing from 9.Qc2 or cxd5 (see Karpov vs Yusupov, 1989 , Karpov vs Yusupov, 1989, and Karpov vs Yusupov, 1989).
Jun-22-05  vampiero: theory wise, what is the general goal for white in the Rc1 or the cxd4 Nxc3 bxc3 exd4 variations? or the goal for black?
Jun-22-05  Assassinater: < Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense (D57) 1 d4 d5 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Nf6 4 Bg5 Be7 5 e3 0-0 6 Nf3 h6 7 Bh4 Ne4 8 Bxe7 Qxe7 >

What happened to the knight on e4 in the picture?

Jun-23-05  vampiero: well in the picture, they continued it with one of the more popular lines, going cxd4 Nxc3 bxc3, and thats the picture, generally the next move is exd4
Jun-29-05  aw1988: The Lasker Defense (there is also one in the Evans' Gambit) is one of those openings where the idea of "black to equalize" is seen full force.
Jul-09-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  James Demery: Does anyone know of any games where Lasker played this defense? I understand he didn`t play h6 whuch does create a weakness.
Jul-09-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  James Demery: Did I really spell which as whuch?
Jul-10-06  FHBradley: <James Demery:> He played it at least against Marshall on a couple of occasion in 1907, but without h6. The opening moves would be 1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. ♘c3 ♘f6 4. ♗g5 ♗e7 5. e3 ♘e4. I didn't check the chessgames.com-database for these games.
Jul-10-06  FHBradley: <James Demery:>

Marshall vs Lasker, 1907

Marshall vs Lasker, 1907

Marshall vs Lasker, 1907

Jul-10-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  James Demery: Thanks FHB. I remember that first game was the game of the day , but I totally missed that it was Lasker`s Defense. Thanks again.
Dec-26-07  Cactus: <cg.com> The opening moves shown totally don't match the position diagram :P
Aug-28-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  parisattack: Close to bulletproof! White gets the slightest edge but if he presses (Topalov-Anand) it can backfire on him.
Sep-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Opening of the Day

Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♘f6 4.♗g5 ♗e7 5.e3 O-O 6.♘f3 h6 7.♗h4 ♘e4 8.♗xe7 ♕xe7

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