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Edward Lasker
Ed. Lasker 
Number of games in database: 247
Years covered: 1908 to 1976

Overall record: +110 -76 =51 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 10 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C84 C83 C98 C97 C78
 Queen's Pawn Game (17) 
    A46 D02 A40 D00 D05
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (12) 
    C84 C97 C98 C89 C90
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D30 D37 D38
 Orthodox Defense (11) 
    D63 D52 D61 D60
 Four Knights (9) 
    C49 C48
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (28) 
    C77 C84 C68 C91 C80
 Tarrasch Defense (11) 
    D32 D34 D33
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    D00 D02 A46 E00 D05
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (11) 
    C84 C91 C99 C89 C97
 Four Knights (8) 
    C49 C47 C48
 Queen's Gambit Declined (7) 
    D37 D30 D39 D06
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 1-0
   Janowski vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 1/2-1/2
   Ed. Lasker vs F Englund, 1913 1-0
   Lasker vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 1/2-1/2
   Santasiere vs Ed. Lasker, 1931 0-1
   A Lasker vs Ed. Lasker, 1909 0-1
   S F St Jermain Steadman vs Ed. Lasker, 1913 0-1
   Ed. Lasker vs B F Winkelman, 1926 1-0
   Ed. Lasker vs Tartakower, 1924 1-0
   Carlos Torre vs Ed. Lasker, 1926 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Marshall - Ed Lasker US Championship (1923)
   9th American Chess Congress (1923)
   Scheveningen (1913)
   New York Masters (1915)
   Hastings 1952/53 (1952)
   New York (1924)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Chess Secrets (Ed.Lasker) by Qindarka
   US Open 1916, Chicago = 17th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   Scheveningen 1913 by Phony Benoni
   Lake Hopatcong 1923 (9th American Chess Congress by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1921, Cleveland = 22nd Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1919, Cincinnati = 20th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   Centennial games: 1917-2017 by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1947, Corpus Christi by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1918, Chicago = 19th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1917, Lexington = 18th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni

   Charousek vs Heinrichsen, 1898

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(born Dec-03-1885, died Mar-25-1981, 95 years old) Germany (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Edward Lasker was born in Kempen (Province of Posen, German Empire, presently Poland). He studied in Breslau and in Charlottenburg (now part of Berlin). Before World War I he moved to London, England, but after the outbreak of the war he left the UK to come to the United States. When America entered the war, he was sent enlistment papers, but with the right of exemption as a German. He waived his right to exemption, hoping that may expedite his request for American citizenship; however, the war was over before he was called.

He was Paris Champion in 1912 (defeating Frederic Lazard in a 4 game match), London Champion in 1914, New York City Champion in 1915, the Chicago Champion in 1916, and won five U.S. Open events (1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, and 1921). In 1923 he challenged Frank James Marshall in a match for the American championship, narrowly losing by a 5-4 score He competed in the famous New York 1924 tournament, but finished only tenth out of eleven players. After that he authored several chess books, but did not compete in very many more serious tournaments, devoting most of his time to his engineering profession. FIDE awarded him the official IM title in 1961.

He was friends with world champion Emanuel Lasker. Some controversy exists as to whether they were related. Edward Lasker wrote in his memoirs of the New York (1924) tournament "I did not discover that we were actually related until he (Emanuel Lasker) told me shortly before his death that someone had shown him a Lasker family tree on one of whose branches I was dangling."

He authored several books, including Chess Strategy (1913), Chess and Checkers: the Way to Mastership (1918), Chess for Fun and Chess for Blood (1942), and Chess Secrets I Learned from the Masters (1951).

notes: Edward also played consultation chess on the team of Edward Lasker / Allies.

Wikipedia article: Edward Lasker

 page 1 of 10; games 1-25 of 247  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ed. Lasker vs Alekhine 0-1321908DuesseldorfC41 Philidor Defense
2. A Rhode vs Ed. Lasker 0-1241909East-GER CF CongressC56 Two Knights
3. A Lasker vs Ed. Lasker 0-1201909Simul, 30bC50 Giuoco Piano
4. E Cohn vs Ed. Lasker ½-½561909Chess SocietyC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Nimzowitsch vs Ed. Lasker 0-1241910MatchC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
6. Ed. Lasker vs Rotlewi ½-½621910Hauptturnier-AC55 Two Knights Defense
7. E E Colman vs Ed. Lasker  0-1451910Hauptturnier-AB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
8. Ed. Lasker vs A G Conde  1-0441910Hauptturnier-AD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. M Kuerschner vs Ed. Lasker  0-1291910Hauptturnier-AC49 Four Knights
10. A Zinkl vs Ed. Lasker  ½-½351911Berlin-ViennaC77 Ruy Lopez
11. Loman vs Ed. Lasker  1-0531912London (m/1)C28 Vienna Game
12. B Goulding Brown vs Ed. Lasker 0-1161912Cambridge UCC vs Hampstead CCC30 King's Gambit Declined
13. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas 1-0181912Casual gameA40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. J Davidson vs Ed. Lasker  0-1301913LondonA43 Old Benoni
15. J Davidson vs Ed. Lasker  0-1391913LondonD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Ed. Lasker vs J Davidson  1-0281913LondonD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. J Davidson vs Ed. Lasker  0-1601913LondonC50 Giuoco Piano
18. Ed. Lasker vs J Raoux  1-0231913ParisC49 Four Knights
19. Ed. Lasker vs W Ward 1-0751913Chess Club ChD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. S F St Jermain Steadman vs Ed. Lasker 0-1191913London, EnglandD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Ed. Lasker vs H Jacobs 0-11001913Chess Club ChD02 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Ed. Lasker vs O C Mueller 1-0261913CC TtA02 Bird's Opening
23. W A T Schelfhout vs Ed. Lasker 0-1571913ScheveningenD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Ed. Lasker vs A van Foreest  1-0431913ScheveningenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Ed. Lasker vs Breyer  ½-½511913ScheveningenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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  FSR: <tranquilsimplicity> Thanks. Glad you liked it. The two other Wikipedia articles that I'm proudest of are on George H.D. Gossip,, and the chess swindle, My Wikipedia user page also has some interesting stuff.
Jul-18-14  Sally Simpson: Hi FSR.

The Swindles one is excellent. You are doing a great deal to restore my faith in Wiki.

Although I'm sure everyone has their favourite you left mine out.

Znosko-Borovsky vs Salwe, 1907

I noticed you have not Kibitz'd it, perhaps you have missed it, (it's not in your 'Stalemates Collection'.

It's been 5 years since anyone has posted on the game so it may be new to some on here.

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White to play and draw - it looks like a composition with the Black pawn on f5 being added to stop Rf8+. But it is from the afor mentioned game and it actually happened.

46. Ra8 Ra8 47. h8Q

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Black has to take the Queen and it's stalemate. The beautiful idea being Black canot play Ra1 mate.

I'm known is many circles as a 'Swindler' and have pulled that many games out of the fire without burning my fingers I rejoice in lost positions because I feel I play better.

G.Chandler - ?. Hunter, Glasgow Allegro 1984

White to play.

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As usual I'm bust. Qxg8+ goes nowhere so....

1.Bxg8 Qb1+ 2.Ke2 Re7+

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I'll give you three guess's what I played?

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  FSR: <Sally Simpson> Thanks. As you surmised, I hadn't see the ZB-Salwe game, which I have now added to the Wikipedia article. That was a wicked swindle you perpetrated; your poor opponent must have kicked himself for a long time.
Jul-19-14  Sally Simpson: Hi FSR,

The lad let out a loud groan, an arbiter came across to tell him to be quiet. He groaned again, "Look what he has just done!"

The controller shhhhh! him again and again he moaned. The players around me stopped their clocks and he was led away downstairs to a cafe.

Needless to say I stayed out of his way for a good 30 minutes.

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  zanzibar: <Sally> Good story.

But I guess you never ran the position through an engine. White has a draw with 1.Qxg8+

The ML (mainline):

1.Qxg8+ Ke7 2.Qg7+ Kd6 3.Qf6+ Kd5 4.Bg8+

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4...Ke4 5.Qf3+ Ke5 (5...Kd4 6.Qe3# <Q+B dovetail>) 6.Qd5 <Q+B escalator> Kf6 7.Qe6+ Kg7 <etc>

Open board play like this is hard to visualize (well, for me), and seeing the importance of double-diagonals and Q+B battery is key.

It's also instructive to see Black's best move after the swindle (blunder actually) 1.Bxg8 ...Qd4

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And Black protects himself from discovered check, and cuts off White's queen, all in one move.

* * * * *

<I rejoice in lost positions because I feel I play better.>

You are one sick puppy! (Just kidding)

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  FSR: So it turns out that <Sally> actually had a forced draw and that 1.Bxg8?!? was a brilliant (and successful) winning try.
Jul-19-14  Sally Simpson: Hi Guys,

I produced the final position from memory. I have the game in a book (must get around to putting all of these into a database).

I had the bones right but it was wrong. Just entered into a DB. This is the first time I've really looked at again since 1985.


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I should just play Rxc6 but screwed it up from here trying to squeeze more out of the position. (common bad habit of mine. I find playing winning moves pretty monotonous. More fun to lose it and win it back again. Plays havoc with your nerves but good fun.)

Later I did have a chance to play Qxg8+ but the check does go nowhere. Bxg8 set up the trap.

This is the position with Black to play. He played 32...Re7+

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So apologies. Here is the full game.
G.Chandler - Hunter, Glasgow Allegro 1985

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 c5 4. c3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Qb6 6. Bd3 h6 7. O-O Bd7 8. dxc5 Bxc5 9. b4 Be7 10. a4 d4 11. a5 Qc7 12. cxd4 Bxb4 13. Ba3 Bxa3 14. Nxa3 Nxa5 15. Rc1 Qd8 16. Nb5 Bxb5 17. Bxb5+ Nc6 18. Qa4 Ne7 19. d5 exd5 20. e6 O-O 21. exf7+ Rxf7 22. Nd4 Nxd4 23. Qxd4 a6 24. Ba4 Rc8 25. Bc2 Rc7 26. Qd3 Qc8 27. Qh7+ Kf8 28. Qh8+ Ng8 29. Bh7 Rxc1 30. Bxg8 Rxf1+ 31. Kxf1 Qc4+ 32. Ke1 Re7+ 33. Be6

Jul-20-14  tranquilsimplicity: <FSR> The article about your contributions to Wikipedia is very good, as are the articles themselves. It was interesting to note that you are in the legal profession and have an interest in liberal politics; we are similar in that respect though I have recently detached myself from law and politics.

Anyhow, thanks again for the great articles that thoroughly deserved to be featured on Wikipedia.#

Nov-16-14  parisattack: There is an interesting memoir by Edward Lasker in Go Review (v12, #7) relating his explorations in the game of Go.

Apparently he and pal Max Lange discovered it seeing a Japanese newspaper in the university library. Emmanual (whom he refers to only as 'namesake') also grew interested in the game. After a couple of years study Em and Ed though that had made good progress until Em hosted a Japanese professional (the 'master') at his home in a consultation game with Ed.

The Japanese player gave them 9 stones handicap (typically the maximum). Em was a bit taken aback and said, "I don't believe there is a man in the world who can give me 9 stones! Ed reports "The master slaughtered us!"

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  Phony Benoni: Lasker was once holder of the American record, at least according to a report on the Western Championship appearing in the "Cincinnati Enquirer" of September 23, 1919:

<"An American record was established yesterday , it is believed, when Edward Lasker, Chicago, champion in 1915 and 1916, defeated S. H. Shapiro, Cleveland, in a game which required only one hour.">

Dang postwar values!

Of course the report was wildly inaccurate. Edward Lasker won the Western Championship in 1916 and 1917. I thought that was common knowledge.

Mar-24-15  parisattack: I just re-read the story mentioned above and thought that Max Lange had been a generation before Ed Lasker...

Indeed, Lange died in 1899 (when Ed was 14) and the latter mentions the story date as 1905. I suppose from 1905 to 1972 (the year of the article) strange things can happen to one's memory; Ed would have been 87 when interviewed...

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  Phony Benoni: <"Dr. Edward W. Lasker, New York city, upset Weaver adams, Dedham, Mass., in 19 moves."> -- 'Kingston Daily Freeman", August 19, 1947, describing W Adams vs Ed. Lasker, 1947

Dr!? And where did that "W" come from?

Apr-16-15  Caissanist: <parisattack> Lasker's Wikipedia entry says that this was a different Max Lange, a friend of his who was born in 1883.
Apr-25-15  parisattack: Thank you <Caissanist>! Solves that problem for me. The article was an interesting read, but that oddity through me off some.
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  TheFocus: <It has been said that man is distinguished from animal in that he buys more books than he can read. I should like to suggest that the inclusion of a few chess books would help to make the distinction unmistakable> - Edward Lasker.
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  TheFocus: <A single exposure [to chess] is apt to make an addict of anyone with a sense of adventure> - Edward Lasker.
Aug-29-15  WTHarvey: I posted 7 checkmate puzzles from the games of Edward Lasker @ What's the winning move ?
Mar-02-17  brimarern: Congratulations to Edward Lasker on his upcoming (and long overdue) induction into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame!
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  wordfunph: from Edward Lasker's book "The Adventure of Chess"..

<A leading doctor in my home town, Breslau, asked me whether I would play chess for an hour or two every day with one of his patients who suffered excruciating pains of the heart and became free from them only when his mind was occupied with serious games of chess. I consented gladly, and the patient was visibly improving. This went on for about a month, when I had to leave Breslau for good. Shortly afterward I learned that the patient had died.">


Sep-02-17  bubuli55: In the long run, we'll all be dead. - John Maynard Keynes.
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  Magpye: This is why I only sprint.
Jan-27-18  wrap99: It may interest people to know that Ed. Lasker's great-great nephew co-wrote the music for Blade Runner 2049.
Jan-28-18  Caissanist: Where'd you hear that? I didn't know that any of his blood relatives survived the holocaust.
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  Stonehenge: Anita also survived and is still alive:

Alfons Lasker

Feb-10-18  wrap99: If you look at photos of Ed. Lasker and of her, there is a family resemblance. I am very glad she is still around. Ed. Lasker would be 133 this year; I am guessing she knew him quite well and maybe even her son met him. If you have not read his popular books, you are missing out -- one of them mentions Fischer as a promising young player.
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