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Lasker's Defense

Just a quick game I played at the club yesterday.  A few annotations are included, as I normally do.  I know a lot of people find defenses like Laskers QGD to be dry, but the fact is that many d4 players have answers to even the sharpest defenses (Benoni, Benko, KID, etc.) that quash most of black's attacking chances anyways.  I've always felt (or at least, once my experiments with the KID and Grunfeld failed miserably) that to beat a d4 player, you must first equalize and then outplay them the exact same way they had intended to outplay you when they opened 1. d4.  

Anyways, enough babbling.  Enjoy the game :)

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    the_cheradenine

    hm... could you share some games? :) I haven't yet played against it, so it'd be cool if you could annotate and share that win :) (if it ain't too much to ask, of course ;))

    I am also using my blog to do the same and get some feedback... which is important for me since I am completely reworking my opening repertoire and hence playing some openings in which I have literally no previous experience, just some theoretical background (as in, I've read a few articles, went through some master games, you know how it goes)

    It's here:

    http://blog.chess.com/the_cheradenine

  • 3 years ago

    NM ih8sens

    Hehe, actually... I love the black side of the exchange variation.  The minority attack vs the Re6-g6/h6 kingside play is a specialty of mine... so far I'm 1/1 in rated play and doing well in skittles :)

  • 3 years ago

    the_cheradenine

    An excellent game.

    I also enjoy playing the Lasker with Black, though I play it rarely, as I more often opt for Nimzo/Bogo/Benoni (and I'm also considering employing the Chigorin)

    There is one thing, though - are you really comfortable with the move order? Having the knight on f6 instead of the bishop on e7? I mean, the position after 4.cxd5 exd5 5.Bg5 is certainly playable, but not fun. There is a reason why it's called the "GM point machine", you know ;)

  • 3 years ago

    Freezes

    Wow, nice game :). I like the opening !
  • 3 years ago

    NM ih8sens

    Thanks!  It's noteworthy that the isolated/passed C pawn should definitely be treated as an asset, and not a liability.  In fact, I was actually skiddish in terms of advancing that pawn compared to what the engine was asking for.

  • 3 years ago

    hicetnunc

    Very nice piece of square grabbing Smile

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