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Berthold Lasker
  
Number of games in database: 14
Years covered: 1880 to 1911
Overall record: +6 -5 =3 (53.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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BERTHOLD LASKER
(born Dec-31-1860, died Oct-19-1928, 67 years old) Germany

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Berthold Lasker was a doctor of medicine and the older brother of Emanuel Lasker, to whom he taught the game. In the late 1880s and early 1890s he was among the leading players in Berlin, at the time probably the strongest chess city in the world. His best tournament results were in Berlin 1890 (tied with his brother) and second in Berlin 1891 (behind Horatio Caro). During a short stay in the United States he won the New York State Chess Association championship in 1902.

From 1894 to April 11, 1903 he was married to the German poet Else Lasker-Schueler with whom he had a son (Paul, born on August 24 in 1899).

notes: Berthold played consultation chess on the team of B Lasker / Von Scheve / Trobach.

Wikipedia article: Berthold Lasker


 page 1 of 1; 14 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tarrasch vs B Lasker 1-0231880BerlinC42 Petrov Defense
2. B Lasker vs E Varain 1-0271881BerlinC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
3. B Lasker vs Tarrasch 0-1281882BerlinC25 Vienna
4. Tarrasch vs B Lasker 1-0241882BerlinC44 King's Pawn Game
5. B Lasker vs Von Bardeleben 0-1411884casualC77 Ruy Lopez
6. B Lasker vs H Caro 1-0381890BerlinC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
7. B Lasker vs Lasker 0-1191890BerlinD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. B Lasker vs Von Bardeleben  ½-½471890Berlin m 8990C25 Vienna
9. B Lasker vs Lasker ½-½431890BerlinD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
10. B Lasker vs F Brendel  1-0361894Simul, 15bC39 King's Gambit Accepted
11. NN vs B Lasker 0-1121901Offhand gameC26 Vienna
12. E Delmar vs B Lasker  0-1331902Manhattan CC HandicapD00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. B Lasker vs H M Phillips 1-0301905New York-Berlin cable mC42 Petrov Defense
14. Max Weiss vs B Lasker ½-½311911Berlin-ViennaC49 Four Knights
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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-20-04
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Just how strong was Dr Berthold Lasker, the World Champion's brother and an MD I believe?
Feb-01-05  iron maiden: In the early 1880's he was one of the most feared chess hustlers in Berlin--probably even at national championship level. He was eight years older than his brother, and was in fact responsible for teaching the game to the future World Champion. Lord knows how far Berthold may have progressed had he not fully devoted himself to his studies.
Oct-30-05  soberknight: I saw the following item in a chesscafe.com holiday quiz. I thought it was quite funny.

True or false: Horatio Caro, whose historical Elo rating was a relatively low 2470, once won a tournament in which Lasker finished last.

True. Emanuel's brother.

http://www.chesscafe.com/text/skitt...

Oct-30-05  Averageguy: <Benzol>What does "MD" stand for?
Oct-30-05  Karpova: medical doctor?
Oct-30-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <Averageguy> <Karpova> is correct.
Oct-30-05  FHBradley: I put the link here, too:

Here are two games where Emanuel meets his big brother (you'll find them under the title 'biographie de Lasker'):

http://langevin.univ-tln.fr/NOTES/L...

But I'm not sure that 1890 is the correct year. I'd rather suggest 1880.

Dec-18-05  THE pawn: <Averageguy> <Karpova> <Benzol>

for those who enjoy cultural differences, in Quebec, MD stands for «maître diplomé», which can be translated like this: grad master.

Jan-16-06  Steppenwolf: Thepawn says "n'importe quoi". MD is medical doctor everywhere.
Dec-30-06  KTR: According to Jeff Sonas' retrospective ratings, Berthold Lasker reached No. 7 in the world rankings, and was in the top 10 for several years. Nowadays we would consider him one of the super GMs. I think we would hear a lot more about his career if he had not had such a famous and successful younger brother.
Mar-25-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  James Demery: This guy should have stayed away from Tarrasch and left him to his younger brother. I could imagine Berthold telling Tarrasch " I`m gonna tell my little brother on you."
Aug-28-07  Karpova: <<In the name of Hippocrates, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.>

(Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 21 (1983).)> http://www.poemhunter.com/quotation... (Quote number 8)

Jun-05-09  myschkin: . . .

He spent most of his life in Berlin, where he played in local tournaments. In 1881 he shared 1st with Siegbert Tarrasch , and took 2nd, behind Curt von Bardeleben, there. In 1883, he tied for 1st-4th and took 4th (playoff) - Hermann Von Gottschall won. In 1887, he tied for 5-6th (Max Harmonist won).

His best achievement was a tie for 1st place with his brother Emanuel Lasker at Berlin 1890. He took 2nd, behind Horatio Caro, at Berlin 1891. He took 10th at Berlin 1898/99 (Theodor Von Scheve, Emil Schallopp and Horatio Caro won). In 1902 Lasker won the New York State championship.

He and his brother Emanuel wrote a drama called "Days of Mankind". It contained deep philosophical symbolism, and the theme was "redemption for rationalists and rigid logic truth through the emotional powers of mysticism."

Dec-31-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: R.I.P. Herr Lasker.
May-17-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: <In 1902 Lasker won the New York State championship.>

That was news to me, but apparently he planned to settle in New York at the time. This is from the "Brooklyn Daily Eagle", August 3, 1902:

<"While one of the famous Lasker brothers thinks of heading this way in the near future the other one--Dr. Berthold, the champion of the New York State Chess Association--is about to forsake this country and return to his home in Germany. This, too, will be a great surprise to chess players in general, who had supposed him to be a fixture here. That really was his intention, when he came over and settled down, but, after passing the necessary state medical examinations and establishing a practice as a specialist in skin diseases, he feels obliged to abandon it on account of his own health. Having contracted malaria some time ago his physical condition has been very unsatisfactory ever since, so much so that he feels departure to another clime to be the only cure. Dr. lasker is a highly esteemed member of the Manhattan Chess Club and his genial disposition has made him a great favorite there, as well as in other circles he has visited. His departure, therefore, will be a distinct loss.">

Looking elsewhere, his sojourn appears to have lasted from December 6, 1901, to August 16, 1902.

May-17-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: It's nice to know this about Berthold Lasker. I wish more of his games were available.

Emanuel once remarked that Berthold was a stronger player than himself.

Dec-31-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Hmmm. Emanuel was born on December 24th, Berthold on December 31st.

That must have been a really dull household for 51 weeks of the year.

Dec-31-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday to the big brother of the greatest chess player of all time.
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