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Edward Lasker
Ed. Lasker 

Number of games in database: 290
Years covered: 1903 to 1976
Overall record: +122 -93 =62 (55.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 13 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    E00 D02 A46 A40 A41
 Ruy Lopez (19) 
    C84 C83 C98 C97 C62
 Orthodox Defense (14) 
    D63 D52 D60 D50 D51
 Queen's Gambit Declined (12) 
    D30 D37 D38
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (12) 
    C84 C98 C97 C90 C89
 Four Knights (11) 
    C48 C49
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C77 C84 C68 C99 C80
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    D02 D00 A46 D05 E00
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (14) 
    C84 C99 C91 C86 C97
 Tarrasch Defense (11) 
    D32 D34 D33
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (8) 
    D21 D27 D29 D20 D26
 Vienna Opening (8) 
    C28 C29 C25
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas, 1912 1-0
   Ed. Lasker vs F Englund, 1913 1-0
   Janowski vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 1/2-1/2
   Lasker vs Ed. Lasker, 1924 1/2-1/2
   A Lasker vs Ed. Lasker, 1909 0-1
   S F St Jermain Steadman vs Ed. Lasker, 1913 0-1
   Santasiere vs Ed. Lasker, 1931 0-1
   Ed. Lasker vs B Winkelman, 1926 1-0
   Ed. Lasker vs Tartakower, 1924 1-0
   Ed. Lasker vs J Mieses, 1913 1-0

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)
   Mar del Plata (1949)
   Havana (1952)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Chess Secrets (Ed.Lasker) by Qindarka
   American Chess Bulletin 1915 by Phony Benoni
   US Open 1916, Chicago = 17th Western Champ. by Phony Benoni
   Scheveningen 1913 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)

[what is this?]
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 12; games 1-25 of 291  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ed. Lasker vs F Chalupetzky 0-1251903corrC42 Petrov Defense
2. Ed. Lasker vs Alekhine 0-1321908DuesseldorfC41 Philidor Defense
3. A Rhode vs Ed. Lasker 0-1241909East-GER CF CongressC56 Two Knights
4. A Lasker vs Ed. Lasker 0-1201909Simul, 30bC50 Giuoco Piano
5. E Cohn vs Ed. Lasker ½-½561909Chess SocietyC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Nimzowitsch vs Ed. Lasker 0-1241910Training gameC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
7. E E Colman vs Ed. Lasker  0-1451910Hauptturnier-AB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
8. M Kuerschner vs Ed. Lasker  0-1291910Hauptturnier-AC49 Four Knights
9. Ed. Lasker vs A G Conde 1-0441910Hauptturnier-AD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
10. Ed. Lasker vs Rotlewi ½-½621910Hauptturnier-AC55 Two Knights Defense
11. A Zinkl vs Ed. Lasker  ½-½351911Berlin-ViennaC77 Ruy Lopez
12. B Goulding Brown vs Ed. Lasker 0-1161912Cambridge UCC vs Hampstead CCC30 King's Gambit Declined
13. G A Thomas vs Ed. Lasker 1-0331912LondonA43 Old Benoni
14. R Loman vs Ed. Lasker  1-0531912LondonC28 Vienna Game
15. Ed. Lasker vs G A Thomas 1-0181912Casual gameA40 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Ed. Lasker vs W Ward 1-0751913Chess Club ChD33 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. J Davidson vs Ed. Lasker  0-1301913LondonA43 Old Benoni
18. Ed. Lasker vs J Davidson  1-0281913LondonD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. J Davidson vs Ed. Lasker  0-1391913LondonD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. J Davidson vs Ed. Lasker  0-1601913LondonC50 Giuoco Piano
21. S F St Jermain Steadman vs Ed. Lasker 0-1191913LondonD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
22. Ed. Lasker vs H Jacobs 0-11001913Chess Club ChD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Ed. Lasker vs O C Mueller 1-0261913CC TtA02 Bird's Opening
24. W Schelfhout vs Ed. Lasker 0-1571913ScheveningenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Ed. Lasker vs A van Foreest 1-0431913ScheveningenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 291  PGN Download
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Feb-07-15  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...

Apr-15-15  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.
May-10-15  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.
Jun-01-15  TheFocus: <A single exposure [to chess] is apt to make an addict of anyone with a sense of adventure> - Edward Lasker.
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  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!
Sep-02-17  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.
Sep-03-17  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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  Sally Simpson: Someone has done a video on the top 10 chess players of all time.

The Usual crowd are there. Fischer, Kasparov, Karpov, Capablanca, Botvinnik, Alekhine, Tal, Spassky, Steinitz....

... and Edward Lasker (obviously they have googled and hit Edward before Emanuel.)

All the players get a wee blurb, All Edward Lasker gets is that 5 minute game he won v Sir George Thomas.

There are quite a lot of comments: 'No Morphy', 'No Keres', 'No Carslen', 'No Anand'. etc.. Only a few spotting the Edward/Emanuel Lasker gaff.

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  mifralu: < Phony Benoni: <"Dr. Edward W. Lasker, New York city, upset Weaver adams, Dedham, Mass., in 19 moves." And where did that "W" come from?>

No "W" but --> Edward < David > Lasker

Oct-20-18  thegoodanarchist: <EDWARD LASKER
(born Dec-03-1885, died Mar-25-1981, 95 years old)>

To what did he attribute his longevity, I wonder?

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  gezafan: Chess for Fun and Chess For Blood is a pretty good book. I recommend it.

It has an analysis of a hard fought draw with the other Lasker in it.

Dec-26-19  Caissanist: Although Lasker is an entertaining writer of the game, in hindsight I would have to say he was a pretty lousy teacher, at least for me. I read <Chess Strategy> and <Chess Secrets> avidly when starting out, and they were probably partly why I developed a somewhat dogmatic and superficial style, too focused on finding the "general laws" which would make one understand the essence of any given position. It was many years before I realized that that doesn't really work, that chess is too complex and unpredictable to be approached that way. I'd probably be a better player if I focused more on tactics earlier on, as is no doubt the case with today's youngsters who grow up playing against computers.
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  chancho: Paul Keres practically gave that book <Chess Strategy> his seal of approval as he learned from it.

I think Reuben Fine learned from it as well.

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  MissScarlett: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, October 31st 1914, Picture & Sporting Sect. p.2:

<Eduard Lasker, Berlin chess expert and champion of the City of London Chess Club, arrived here on board the steamship Cedric, after having obtained his release as a prisoner of war through the courtesy of Haldane Porter, His Majesty's Inspector, under the Alien Act. He owed this special dispensation to his chess connections, however. Being an electrical engineer by profession and having made mathematics a special study, Herr Lasker now seeks his fortune in this country, but will keep up his chess as well. In fact, he is ready for any fray that may be arranged the sooner the better. Although a prisoner since the outbreak of the war, he enjoyed practically all the privileges of a free man in England, as long as he accounted for his whereabouts to the authorities and renewed his permits.

He spoke highly of the treatment Germans in England received at the hands of the educated classes, but the rough element, he said, were not at all particular as to whose shop they smashed, as long as a German sign appeared above the doorway. Herr Lasker is the author of "Schachstrategie," which he has translated into English. The new edition will appear by Christmas.

According to Herr Lasker, A. Aljechin, winner of the masters tournament at Mannheim, which was cut short by the war, made his escape from Germany with a false pass, and came to London by way of Switzerland and Paris. He was bound for home by way of Sweden to take up arms in [sic] behalf of Russia.>

Aug-01-21  Nosnibor: Hereunder is one of Edward Lasker`s last games. It was played in the final round at the Marshall Chess Club in the Seniors Tournament, June 1977. Other players included Hanaeur, Pinkus and Tholfsen. Bearing in mind that Lasker was coming up to his 92nd birthday and was handicapped with a pace maker and hearing aid and other infirmities he did remarkably well to play such an exciting game. [Opening] Owen`s Opening White: Ed Lasker Black: S Bernstein 1.e4 b6,2.d4 Bb7,3.Nd2 e6,4.Bd3 c5,5.c3 cxd4,6.cxd4 Nc6,7.Ngf3 Nb4,8.Bb1 d5,9.e5 Ba6,10.Nf1 Qd7,11.a3 Nc6,12.Ne3 Nge7,13.Bd3 Bxd3,14.Qxd3 Ng6,15.g3 Be7,?16.h4 h6,17.Bd2 0-0-0,18.b4 Kg7,19.Nc2 Rc8,20.h5 Nf8,21.Ke2 Kg8,22.a4 Nh7,23.Ra2 Ng5,24.b5 Na5,25.Bxa5 bxa5,26.Nd2 Qb7,27.f3 f6,28.Qe3 fxe5,29.fxe5 Rhf8,30.Nd4 Bc5,31.f4 Ne4,32.Nxe4 dxe4,33.Rd1 Rfd8, 34.Rad2 Bb6,35.Qb3 Qf7!,36.Ke3 Qxh5,37.Kxe4 Bxd4,38.Qxe6 g6!!,39.g4 Qa3,40.Rd4 Qg2+,41.Ke3 Rc3+,42.R1d3 Qg1+,43.Kd2 Qc1+,44.Ke2 Rc2+,45.Kf3 Qf1+,46.Ke4 Re2+,47.Re3 Rxf3+,48.Kxe3 Qg1+,49.Kf3 Qxd4+,50.Qxg6 Qc3+,51.White Resigns.
Jan-19-22  wrap99: <Caissianist> I think Chess Strategy was my first chess book too, I was way too young for it and I think I got hung up on descriptive notation. Anyone today used to algebraic, just try, I dare you, to read a book uses descriptive. Crazy it was not immediately replaced by algebraic as soon as it was invented. But I bet any book written by an IM is better than fumbling in the dark or worse, being taught by someone who thinks they can play but in reality would be like an 800 player who thought trading queens made the game "boring..."
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