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Lasker vs Tarrasch 1908
Düsseldorf / Munich

Siegbert Tarrasch was born in Breslau, Prussia (now Wrocław, Poland) in 1862. In the late 1880s, he established himself as one of the strongest players in the world with several tournament successes.[1] After Tarrasch's first place in Manchester (1890),[2] the Havana Chess Club proposed a match against world champion Wilhelm Steinitz.[3] A practicing physician, Tarrasch declined as he couldn't devote that much time to chess.[3] Besides his successful chess career, he is also famous for propagating and deepening chess, which earned him the nickname "praeceptor germaniae" (lat. teacher of Germany).[4] In 1906, world champion Emanuel Lasker singled out Tarrasch and Geza Maroczy as worthy contenders for the world championship, and said "Dr. Tarrasch's strength or weakness, if one likes - is his pronounced amour propre [fr. self-love]. Without it he would have been a very mediocre chess player; gifted to an abnormal degree, he has become a giant."[5]

Tarrasch and Lasker Instead of participating in Dresden (1892), won by Tarrasch,[6] Lasker challenged the tournament winner to a match via Leopold Hoffer. [7] Tarrasch declined the offer, since Lasker had avoided a tournament battle with him by not participating in Dresden. Tarrasch was willing to play Lasker, once the latter had won first prize in an international tournament.[8] Two years later, Lasker took the title from Steinitz in the Lasker - Steinitz World Championship (1894) match. After his successful comeback at Monte Carlo (1903), Tarrasch challenged Lasker for a world championship match,[5] to take place in autumn 1904. The conditions were published at the end of 1903.[9] An ice-skating accident in January 1904 disabled Tarrasch. He visited Lasker in Berlin in March 1904, suggesting they postpone the match until the next year. But Lasker declined, declaring the contract null and void if the match couldn't take place at the agreed date. Tarrasch would have to issue a new challenge.[10]

Tarrasch's victory in the Marshall - Tarrasch (1905) match induced Rudolf Gebhardt, chairman of the German Chess Federation, to contact the Manhattan Chess Club on November 24, 1905 to negotiate a match for the title. The Club didn't respond, so after five months Gebhardt contacted Lasker directly on April 20, 1906. Lasker agreed to play Tarrasch in principle, but wanted to play in America only, as he believed that a match could be financed nowhere else. Tarrasch said he could only play in Germany, due to his profession.[11] In 1906, Lasker also negotiated for a world championship match with Maróczy, but ultimately without success.[12] When Lasker defended his title in the Lasker - Marshall World Championship Match (1907) by the score (+8 -0 =7), comparisons were made to Tarrasch's previous victory (+8 -1 =8) against the same opponent in 1905,[13] as if the title match had only been a substitute for a match between the two German chessmasters. Later that year, Tarrasch triumphed in Ostend (Championship) (1907), so a match between them again became a pressing matter.[11] A good opportunity for negotiations arose in February 1908, when Lasker visited Europe again for the first time in four years.[11]

The lengthy negotiations were successfully finalized on August 1, 1908.[14] Lasker had originally demanded an honorarium of 15,000 Marks. The chairmen of the German (Gebhardt) and Bavarian (Schenzel) Chess Federations persuaded the world champion to accept a lower honorarium of 7,500 Marks. Tarrasch even agreed to forego an honorarium in order to help bring about the match. The winner would be the first to win eight games, with draws not counting. The victor would receive 4,000 Marks, and the loser 2,500 Marks.[15] [16] The time control was 1 hour for 15 moves.[17] Otto Rosenfeld was the arbiter. Tarrasch's second was Heinrich Renner. Lasker's second in Düsseldorf was Appun, while in Munich Schropp and Kollmann alternated as seconds.[18]

The match began on August 17 in the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, where the first 4 games were played. The contract stipulated that the match be relocated to Munich as soon as one competitor had scored three points.[19] Both players were in a separate room, together with their seconds. The numerous spectators followed the match in a large hall. Lasker drew the white pieces by lot, and won Game 1. According to Lasker, Tarrasch could have won Game 2, had he abstained from pawn grabbing and continued his attack.[20] With Lasker leading 2-0, Tarrasch took two rest days to recover from the losses,[21] and then scored his first win in Game 3. Lasker won Game 4 on August 31, after refuting Tarrasch's combination by 27...♖xf4. With the score now 3-1 in Lasker's favor, the match now moved to the Rathaus in Munich on September 1. About 1,200 spectators witnessed Lasker's win in Game 5. Game 6 ended drawn, although Tarrasch missed a win on move 42. After his win in Game 7, Lasker was in the lead by the score of +5 -1 =1. The match became more even now, with draws in Games 8 and 9.[20] Tarrasch won Game 10, called by Garry Kasparov "probably his best game of the match."[22] Lasker struck back by winning Game 11. 1,100 spectators in the afternoon and 1,300 in the evening attended Game 12. Tarrasch won, and Lasker's lead was now cut to +6 -3 =3.[20] Lasker took four rest days,[23] and then won Game 13.[20] In Game 14, Tarrasch tried to convert a better position for three days and 119 moves, but the game was finally drawn. Lasker was held to a draw in Game 15. On September 30, Tarrasch blundered a piece in time trouble and immediately resigned. Lasker won the match +8 -3 =5.[20] Several commentators considered Tarrasch to have played below his ability, and that the result did not truly represent his true strength. Most, however, agreed that Lasker's victory was well deserved, and that he had demonstrated his superiority over Tarrasch.[24] [25]

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FINAL SCORE:  Lasker 8;  Tarrasch 3 (5 draws)
Reference: game collection WCC Index [Lasker-Tarrasch 1908]

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FOOTNOTES

  1. Rod Edwards, Siegbert Tarrasch
  2. Rod Edwards, Manchester 1890
  3. New York Sun, 6 October 1890. In Jacques N. Pope, Chess Archaeology
  4. Wiener Schachzeitung, February 1934, pp. 49-50. In ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
  5. Emanuel Lasker, Lasker's Chess Magazine, January 1906, pp. 126-127. In Edward Lasker, ed., Lasker's Chess Magazine Vol.III Nov 1905 - April 1908, Olomouc 1998. Translation of Amour propre by karpova. Lasker goes on explaining "His amour propre is such that he must excel at something. Chess was, as it were, the easier medium for him to choose, and he is very fond of chess, therefore, but most particularly of his own chess."
  6. Rod Edwards, Dresden 1892
  7. Leopold Hoffer, The Championship Match: Lasker v. Tarrasch, London 1908, p. 1
  8. Siegbert Tarrasch, Der Schachwettkampf Lasker-Tarrasch um die Weltmeisterschaft im August-September 1908, Jens-Erik Rudolph Verlag, Hamburg 2009. Originally Veit & Comp., Leipzig 1908. Chapter 1, p. 1
  9. Wiener Schachzeitung, December 1903, pp. 291-292. In ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
  10. Tarrasch, chapter 1, p.2
  11. Tarrasch, chapter 1, p.3
  12. Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York), 11 September 1906, p. 6. In Brooklyn Newsstand
  13. Wiener Schachzeitung, May-July 1907, pp. 163-164. In ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
  14. Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York), 2 August 1908, p. 45. In Brooklyn Newsstand
  15. Wiener Schachzeitung, May-June 1908, pp. 176-177. In ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
  16. Wiener Schachzeitung, September-October 1908, p. 263. In ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
  17. Wiener Schachzeitung, September-October 1908, p. 265. In ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
  18. Tarrasch, chapter 1, p.15. Among the tasks of the seconds mentioned were checking the clocks prior to the games. The chessplayer's second had to be contacted at least 1 hour before start of the game, if a rest day was taken (chapter 1, p.14). They were not for analysis of adjourned games, as clause 13 prohibited analysis or replaying of adjourned games in presence of a third person.
  19. Wiener Schachzeitung, July-August 1908, p. 193. In ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
  20. Emanuel Lasker, Wiener Schachzeitung, Supplementheft 1908, pp. 381-416 (originally from Pester Lloyd, 1908). In ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
  21. Tarrasch, chapter 3, p. 30
  22. Garry Kasparov, On My Great Predecessors Part I, 2003, Everyman, pp. 167-168.
  23. Tarrasch, chapter 13, p. 78. The break lasted 5 days overall, since a Sunday was in between.
  24. Wiener Schachzeitung, September-October 1908, pp. 323-328. In ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. The Bohemia and Karl Behting, in the Düna-Zeitung, agreed that Tarrasch had played below his strength but acknowledged Lasker's superiority. The Frankfurter Zeitung (2 October 1908) was more sympathetic to Tarrasch, noting that the match result was not indicative of his actual strength. Hans Seyboth in the St. Petersburger Zeitung, Eugene Aleksandrovich Znosko-Borovsky in Novoe Vremia, and the New-Yorker Staatszeitung noted Lasker's superiority.
  25. Wiener Schachzeitung, December 1908, pp. 370-376. In ANNO / Österreichische Nationalbibliothek. Max Hofschläger in the Hamburger Nachrichten notes that Lasker was the better player, but that Tarrasch had played below his strength.

 page 1 of 1; 16 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs Tarrasch 1-055 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
2. Tarrasch vs Lasker 0-141 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC66 Ruy Lopez
3. Lasker vs Tarrasch 0-144 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
4. Tarrasch vs Lasker 0-141 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC66 Ruy Lopez
5. Lasker vs Tarrasch 1-038 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC98 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
6. Tarrasch vs Lasker ½-½53 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC10 French
7. Lasker vs Tarrasch 1-076 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC12 French, McCutcheon
8. Tarrasch vs Lasker ½-½48 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
9. Lasker vs Tarrasch ½-½71 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC12 French, McCutcheon
10. Tarrasch vs Lasker 1-032 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
11. Lasker vs Tarrasch 1-028 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC12 French, McCutcheon
12. Tarrasch vs Lasker 1-065 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC49 Four Knights
13. Lasker vs Tarrasch 1-044 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
14. Tarrasch vs Lasker ½-½119 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC67 Ruy Lopez
15. Lasker vs Tarrasch ½-½52 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Tarrasch vs Lasker 0-126 1908 Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship MatchC49 Four Knights
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Jul-23-08
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  keypusher: Not sure where this belongs, but this seems as good a place as any, since it concerns both Lasker and Tarrasch. From the <Moskauer Deutschen Zeitung>, October 12, 1907, a Dr. Falk comments on the Carlsbad 1907 tournament:

<From the beginning it was a most difficult tournament, for all of the players were well known and felt called upon to enter into the arena of suitors for the prizes. The past two to three years have altogether revealed many skilled players: Duras, Nimzovich, Rubinstein, Salwe, Tartakower, Vidmar. In this last tournament the name Dus-Chotmirsky was added to the list who, after early defeats, won game after game. The old gods must come down from Olympus and find a new seat. We see already how entirely mistaken was the idea of the grandmasters' tournament at Ostende. Schlechter, Marshall, Janowsky, Chigorin, who participated there, had a woeful tournament -- with the exception of Schlechter, but even he achieved only a relative success.

We are currently living in a brilliant era in chess. Thanks to numerous tournaments, which follow closely upon one another, it is becoming possible for a chess player, when he is successful, to make a living for himself as a result of his exertions. Thus encouraged, a new school of masters is forming that threatens to put the old, most distinguished notables quite in the shade. Tarrasch has solemnly declared that the Ostende tournament is the last in which he would participate. It is understandable -- the exertions that today's tournaments require is too much for a man in his riper years. Only younger powers can join in, players in their twenties. Lasker long ago renounced his participation in tournaments under the pretext that the outcome of a game, around which so many individual forces are at work, is uncertain, that the strength of the individual player is by no means the decisive factor. We permit ourselves to entertain some doubt about the last statement.>

Jul-23-08
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  visayanbraindoctor: <keypusher>

That's a fascinating article! If you were to change the names of then rising stars Duras, Nimzovich, Rubinstein, Salwe, Tartakower, Vidmar, Dus-Chotmirsky to Carlsen, Karjakin, Radjabov, Mamedyarov, Aronian, and so on; and the names of then veterans Schlechter, Marshall, Janowsky, Chigorin, Tarrasch, Lasker to Anand, Ivanchuk, Kamsky, Kramnik, Morozevich, Leko and so on, and place that in the internet today, it's possible that no one would notice that the article was written in 1907.

And what would the chess world say if a new Capablanca were to pop up in 4 more years (as he did in San Sebastian 1911) and an Alekhine were to appear in 7 more years (as he did in St. Petersburg 1914)?

I could imagine the internet flooding with more agog wows of amazement.

Jul-26-08
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  visayanbraindoctor: From <keypusher>, quoting from the <Moskauer Deutschen Zeitung>, October 12, 1907, an article by a Dr. Falk :

<From the beginning it was a most difficult tournament, for all of the players were well known and felt called upon to enter into the arena of suitors for the prizes. The past two to three years have altogether revealed many skilled players: Duras, Nimzovich, Rubinstein, Salwe, Tartakower, Vidmar. In this last tournament the name Dus-Chotmirsky was added to the list who, after early defeats, won game after game. The old gods must come down from Olympus and find a new seat. We see already how entirely mistaken was the idea of the grandmasters' tournament at Ostende. Schlechter, Marshall, Janowsky, Chigorin, who participated there, had a woeful tournament -- with the exception of Schlechter, but even he achieved only a relative success.

We are currently living in a brilliant era in chess. Thanks to numerous tournaments, which follow closely upon one another, it is becoming possible for a chess player, when he is successful, to make a living for himself as a result of his exertions. Thus encouraged, a new school of masters is forming that threatens to put the old, most distinguished notables quite in the shade. Tarrasch has solemnly declared that the Ostende tournament is the last in which he would participate. It is understandable -- the exertions that today's tournaments require is too much for a man in his riper years. Only younger powers can join in, players in their twenties. Lasker long ago renounced his participation in tournaments under the pretext that the outcome of a game, around which so many individual forces are at work, is uncertain, that the strength of the individual player is by no means the decisive factor. We permit ourselves to entertain some doubt about the last statement.>

Just for fun:

"From the beginning it was a most difficult tournament, for all of the players were well known and felt called upon to enter into the arena of suitors for the prizes. The past two to three years have altogether revealed many skilled players: Karjakin, Radjabov, Mamedyarov, Aronian, Grischuk, Wang Yue, Wang Hao, Bu Xiangzhi, Gashimov. In this last tournament the name Carlsen was added to the list who, after early defeats, won game after game. The old gods must come down from Olympus and find a new seat. We see already how entirely mistaken was the idea of the grandmasters' tournament at Ostende. Anand, Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Kamsky, Topalov, Kramnik, Svidler, Leko, who participated there, had a woeful tournament -- with the exception of Morozevich, but even he achieved only a relative success.

We are currently living in a brilliant era in chess. Thanks to numerous tournaments, which follow closely upon one another, it is becoming possible for a chess player, when he is successful, to make a living for himself as a result of his exertions. Thus encouraged, a new school of masters is forming that threatens to put the old, most distinguished notables quite in the shade. Kamsky has solemnly declared that the Ostende tournament is the last in which he would participate. It is understandable -- the exertions that today's tournaments require is too much for a man in his riper years. Only younger powers can join in, players in their twenties. Kasparov long ago renounced his participation in tournaments under the pretext that the outcome of a game, around which so many individual forces are at work, is uncertain, that the strength of the individual player is by no means the decisive factor. We permit ourselves to entertain some doubt about the last statement."

(Again, before kibitzers start misconstruing, this is just for fun.)

If this were marketed today as a recent quote, people who were not able to examine the details of the quote to see some discrepancies might probably start asking what the heck is the Ostende tournament.

Aug-01-08
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  talisman: well ya gotta admire lasker's moxie. the 2 don't like each other, don't talk; so what does lasker do? makes his move and then picks up his chair and goes and sits by tarrasch?!
Aug-01-08  micartouse: <talisman> lol it is a great picture.
Aug-11-08
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  keypusher: Here, by the way, is a new Winter note on the "Check and Mate" story. See #5707 below.

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Sep-24-08
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  talisman: <keypusher> thanks!
Oct-25-08
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  Gypsy: <...the ONLY serious competitions he didn't win were Hastings 1895 (3rd place), Cambridge Springs 1904 (2nd place), Moscow 1925 (2nd place at age 56, but ahead of Capablanca!), and of course the 1921 match against Capa. ... >

Lasker also drew w. Schlechter; that was a serious match ...

Jun-23-10  Petrosianic: <Okay, so your sources are "a lot of old books" and Irving Chernev.>

Right, as I say, I don't guarantee that the story is true, only that it used to float around a lot. Chernev is defintely one of the people who told it. But it also appears in the wikipedia entries for both Lasker and Tarrasch.

Wikipedia cites Harold Schonberg's book as a source for the story. I do have that book down in the garage, and am sure that's one of the places I've seen it. But Schonberg was a music critic for the New Zork Times, who dabbled in chess, and was inspired by Fischer-Spasky to research and write his own book. He's not a source of his own. I'd have to pull his book out to see if he has a citation for the story.

They also cite this story:

http://www.atlantic-times.com/archi...

<In August and September 1908, two Germans fought for the chess crown. Their highly publicized duel was divided between Düsseldorf and Munich. Emanuel Lasker and Siegbert Tarrasch were bound by a rivalry that the latter was able to sum up in one sentence. “Mr. Lasker, I have only three words to say to you: check and mate!”>

But again, that doesn't prove that the story is true, only that it's been knocking around so long that new publications often pick it up in their research.

Jun-23-10  Petrosianic: It's also possible that the story did happen at a nother time, but got retold as though it had happened in 1908.
Jun-23-10  Call me Ishmael: It's a pity these two didn't play 10 years earlier. Tarrasch was probably past his prime by 1908.
Jun-23-10  Petrosianic: Possibly, although he didn't seem to play especially badly. He got his attacking positions, Lasker just held them and counter-attacked. Still, it would have been interesting if they'd played 10 years earlier. Even if Tarrasch hadn't gone down in that time, Lasker probably went up.
Jun-23-10  Call me Ishmael: It's also interesting that this match featured the debut of the Chigorin variation of the Ruy Lopez. It had only been uncorked the year before and was Chigorin's last gift to the chess world.
May-22-11  Adriano Saldanha: Just to add the dates and places of the games:
# White - Black
01 Las-Tar Duss 08-17-1908 C68 1-0
02 Tar-Las Duss 08-19-1908 C66 0-1
03 Las-Tar Duss 08-22-1908 C98 0-1
04 Tar-Las Duss 08-24-1908 C66 0-1
05 Las-Tar Mun 09-01-1908 C98 1-0
06 Tar-Las Mun 09-02-1908 C10 ½-½
07 Las-Tar Mun 09-05-1908 C12 1-0
08 Tar-Las Mun 09-09-1908 C67 ½-½
09 Las-Tar Mun 09-11-1908 C12 ½-½
10 Tar-Las Mun 09-14-1908 C67 1-0
11 Las-Tar Mun 09-15-1908 C12 1-0
12 Tar-Las Mun 09-16-1908 C49 1-0
13 Las-Tar Mun 09-23-1908 D40 1-0
14 Tar-Las Mun 09-24-1908 C67 ½-½
15 Las-Tar Mun 09-28-1908 D02 ½-½
16 Tar-Las Mun 09-30-1908 C49 0-1
source:
http://graeme.50webs.com/chesschamp...
Dec-27-11  AVRO38: The match ended on September 30th not the 20th, chessgames.com please change this.

Also, there is an actual photo of the match available:

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

Can you please use this photo rather than the weird one currently on this page?

Aug-19-12
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  Karpova: Max Hofschläger: <Daß die Schachwelt diesen langersehnten grandiosen Zweikampf erlebt hat, verdankt sie neben der Opferwilligkeit des deutschen Schachbundes in erster Linie Dr. Tarrasch, der das in jeder Beziehung weitgehendste Entgegenkommen bewiesen hat, um den Wettkampf zu ermöglichen. Das sollte ihm nicht vergessen werden!>

From page 376 of the 1908 'Wiener Schachzeitung' (the article originally appeared in the 'Hamburger Nachrichten')

Aug-19-12
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  perfidious: < keypusher: <As far as the Capablanca match, he... played only because he needed the money. > That was true of probably just about every event Lasker ever played in.>

Whatever the truth of Lasker's career prior to his intended retirement after Moscow 1925-and I'm neither agreeing nor disagreeing with <keypusher>'s statement-financial pressures were certainly what drove his return to the game in 1934.

Apr-12-14
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  Karpova: This WC match stimulated the foundation of several (<einige>) Chess Clubs in Munich. No number is given, but it is said at the end that there were now (February 1909) 14 Chess Clubs in Munich.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', February 1909, p. 54

Apr-14-14
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  offramp: Dr Lasker: I'm afraid today is just not your day, my friend.

Tarrasch: <[quickly stands up]> Oh, but it is! It is, my "friend" after three, long terrible years it is AT LAST my day! I will not permit, repeat not permit anything...repeat <anything> to spoil it. Now, I will walk you to the gate, to the car which should rightfully be mine, and then I will kiss you goodbye... <[Kisses Lasker's cheeks]> And then I will have my meeting with the sanity commission where I will be set free! And then... <[Gets hit in the head with a rubber arrow and turns to Lasker]> Tarrasch:...I will kill you!

Jul-23-14  Mr. V: <offramp> Um, is that a reference to the Pink Panther?
May-29-15
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  Chessical: "<DR. LASKER V DR. TARRASCH.>

A consultation having taken place at Coburg between the president and the secretary of the German Chess Association and Dr. Lasker about the conditions of the proposed championship match. Dr. Lasker demanded in addition to the stakes an honorarium of 15,000 marks for a match of eight games up, draws not counting. But the association, not seeing their way to procure such a sum, proposed the best out of 20 games.

Dr. Lasker demanded for such a match in addition to the stakes, 10,000 marks. It was, however, remarked that such a match might depend to a greet extent upon a player winning the first or the first two games, as he could play the others for a draw. Dr. Lasker joined issue on this point, and made the proposal to play a match, six games up for the honorarium of 10,000 marks, besides the stakes.

Dr. Tarrasch, although of opinion that six games up are not enough for so important a match, finally agreed also to the latter conditions, if Dr. Lasker should insist on six games, so that the match should be brought about. A new set of conditions were, therefore drawn up, and sent to both Dr. Lasker and Dr. Tarrasch.

According to 'Deutches Wochenschach' the following are the new conditions) —

1. Dr. Lasker and Dr. Tarrasch are willing to play a match for the championship of the world.

2. The winner of the first eight games, draws not counting, to be victor.

3. The winner to receive from the German Press Association 4,000 marks.

4. Dr. Lasker to receive besides 15,000.

Dr. Tarrasch waives all claim to compensation, but the association promise to hold him free of all expenses. Dr. Tarrasch, however, promises to return the amount in case of victory.

5. Should the required sum of 23,00O marks not be forthcoming, then Dr. Lasker and Dr Tarrasch agree to play the match, six games up, Dr. Lasker to receive 10,000 marks.

8. If the required fund should not be forthcoming, this contract is null and void, but the association are willing to renew negotiations upon a basis in conformity with the means at their disposal if both masters should notify their intention by July 16.

7. The association undertake to inform the two masters on or before July 6, whether they have succeeded to procure the required funds.

8. Should the funds be subscribed then the match is to begin on August 17, at a place to be chosen by the association.

9. Where the match is to be played remains with the association.

10. Play days six per week, only six hours' play in afternoons and evenings.

11. Fifteen moves per hour. No second game to be commenced on any day.

12. Each player has the right of three free days during the match.

13. Before the beginning of the match both players elect an umpire.

14. In each place where the match shall be played each player shall select his second.

16. The games to be the property of both players.

16. Each player shall deposit 2,000 marks forfeit money within one week, after signing the conditions, the forfeit money to be returned after the first game shall have been played."

<Source:> "The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser" (NSW, Australia), Wednesday 12th August 1908, p.444.

May-29-15  JimNorCal: "Emanuel Lasker and Siegbert Tarrasch were bound by a rivalry that the latter was able to sum up in one sentence. Mr. Lasker, I have only three words to say to you: check and mate!"

In Chess Secrets by Ed. Lasker, the author says Tarrasch said the words at a small gathering of friends before traveling to the match. In other words, the claim is that Tarrasch said something like "I will certainly not speak to Lasker, I will only say to him-- 'check and mate'".

May-29-15  RookFile: What a character Tarrasch was.
Jul-22-15  thegoodanarchist: cg.com please give a caption for the photo on this page!

I think that is Doctor Tarrasch addressing the board. Is that Doctor Lasker beside him, kibitzing? If not, who is it?

Jul-22-15  Retireborn: <thegoodanarchist>

It's indeed Lasker, and the photo was taken during the match, according to Edward Winter here:-

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

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