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Lasker 
 
Emanuel Lasker
Number of games in database: 1,107
Years covered: 1889 to 1940
Overall record: +363 -92 =179 (71.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      473 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (176) 
    C68 C62 C66 C67 C64
 French Defense (78) 
    C11 C12 C01 C13 C14
 French (54) 
    C11 C12 C13 C10 C00
 King's Gambit Accepted (49) 
    C39 C33 C38 C37 C35
 Sicilian (48) 
    B45 B34 B40 B44 B32
 King's Gambit Declined (30) 
    C30 C31 C32
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (109) 
    C65 C67 C66 C79 C77
 Orthodox Defense (51) 
    D53 D63 D52 D50 D60
 Giuoco Piano (32) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Queen's Pawn Game (31) 
    D05 D02 D00 D04 A46
 Sicilian (29) 
    B34 B73 B33 B45 B32
 Four Knights (21) 
    C49 C47 C48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Lasker vs J Bauer, 1889 1-0
   Lasker vs Capablanca, 1914 1-0
   Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 0-1
   Lasker vs W Napier, 1904 1-0
   Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 0-1
   Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 1-0
   Euwe vs Lasker, 1934 0-1
   Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910 1-0
   Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896 0-1
   Tarrasch vs Lasker, 1908 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Steinitz World Championship (1894)
   Lasker - Steinitz World Championship Rematch (1896)
   Lasker - Marshall World Championship Match (1907)
   Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908)
   Lasker - Schlechter World Championship Match (1910)
   Lasker - Janowski World Championship Match (1910)
   Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Bird (1890)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   Paris (1900)
   St. Petersburg 1895/96 (1895)
   London (1899)
   Lasker - Janowski (1909)
   St Petersburg (1914)
   Maehrisch - Ostrau (1923)
   New York (1924)
   St Petersburg (1909)
   Moscow (1925)
   Hastings (1895)
   Cambridge Springs (1904)
   Zurich (1934)
   Nottingham (1936)

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   Selected Lasker by LaBourdonnaisdeux
   the informal Lasker by ughaibu
   Chess World Champion Nr. 02: Lasker by Olanovich
   All Hail Emanuel by iron maiden
   Treasure's Ark by Gottschalk
   World Champions A-Z part 2 Lasker by kevin86
   Lasker vs the World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
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   Match Steinitz! by amadeus
   brainiac9129's favorite games by brainiac9129

GAMES ANNOTATED BY LASKER: [what is this?]
   Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909
   Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908
   Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1909
   Tartakower vs Schlechter, 1909
   Lasker vs Teichmann, 1909
   >> 81 GAMES ANNOTATED BY LASKER

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EMANUEL LASKER
(born Dec-24-1868, died Jan-11-1941, 72 years old) Germany

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Emanuel Lasker was the second official World Chess Champion, reigning for a record 27 years after he defeated the first World Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz, in 1894.

Statistician Jeff Sonas of Chessmetrics writes, "if you look across players' entire careers, there is a significant amount of statistical evidence to support the claim that Emanuel Lasker was, in fact, the most dominant player of all time." http://en.chessbase.com/post/the-gr... By Sonas' reckoning, Lasker was the No. 1 player in the world for a total of 24.3 years between 1890 and 1926.

Background

He was born (on the exact same day as Richard Teichmann) in what was then Berlinchen (literally "little Berlin") in Prussia, and which is now Barlinek in Poland. In 1880, he went to school in Berlin, where he lived with his older brother Berthold Lasker, who was studying medicine, and who taught him how to play chess. By Chessmetrics' analysis, Berthold was one of the world's top ten players in the early 1890s.

Tournaments

Soon after Lasker obtained his abitur in Landsberg an der Warthe, now a Polish town named Gorzow Wielkopolski, the teenager's first tournament success came when he won the Café Kaiserhof's annual Winter tournament 1888/89, winning all 20 games. Soon afterwards, he tied with Emil von Feyerfeil with 12/15 (+11 -2 =2) at the second division tournament of the sixth DSB Congress in Breslau, defeating von Feyerfeil in the one game play-off.* Also in 1889, he came second with 6/8 (+5 -1 =2) behind Amos Burn at the Amsterdam "A" (stronger) tournament, ahead of James Mason and Isidor Gunsberg, two of the strongest players of that time. In 1890 he finished third in Graz behind Gyula Makovetz and Johann Hermann Bauer, then shared first prize with his brother Berthold in a tournament in Berlin. In spring 1892, he won two tournaments in London, the second and stronger of these without losing a game. At New York 1893, he won all thirteen games, one of a small number of significant tournaments in history in which a player achieved a perfect score. Wikipedia article: List of world records in chess#Perfect tournament and match scores

After Lasker won the title, he answered his critics who considered that the title match was by an unproven player against an aging champion by being on the leader board in every tournament before World War I, including wins at St Petersburg in 1895-96, Nurenberg 1896, London 1899, Paris 1900 ahead of Harry Nelson Pillsbury (by 2 points with a score of +14 −1 =1), Trenton Falls 1906, and St Petersburg in 1914. He also came 3rd at Hastings 1895 (this relatively poor result possibly occurring during convalescence after nearly dying from typhus), 2nd at Cambridge Springs in 1904, and =1st at the Chigorin Memorial tournament in St Petersburg in 1909. In 1918, a few months after the war, Lasker won a quadrangular tournament in Berlin against Akiba Rubinstein, Carl Schlechter and Siegbert Tarrasch.

After he lost the title in 1921, Lasker was still in the top rank of players, winning at Moravská Ostrava in 1923 ahead of Richard Reti, Ernst Gruenfeld, Alexey Sergeevich Selezniev, Savielly Tartakower, and Max Euwe. His last tournament win was at New York 1924, where he scored 80% and finished 1.5 points ahead of Jose Raul Capablanca, followed by Alexander Alekhine and Frank James Marshall. In 1925, he came 2nd at Moscow behind Efim Bogoljubov and ahead of Capablanca, Marshall, Tartakower, and Carlos Torre Repetto. There followed a long hiatus from chess caused by his intention to retire from the game, but he re-emerged into front line chess in 1934 placing 5th in Zurich behind Alekhine, Euwe, Salomon Flohr and Bogoljubow and ahead of Ossip Bernstein, Aron Nimzowitsch, and Gideon Stahlberg. In Moscow in 1935, he was 3rd, undefeated, a half point behind Mikhail Botvinnik and Flohr and ahead of Capablanca, Rudolf Spielmann, Ilia Abramovich Kan, Grigory Levenfish, Andre Lilienthal, and Viacheslav Ragozin. Reuben Fine hailed the 66-year-old Lasker's performance as "a biological miracle". In 1936, Lasker placed 6th in Moscow and finished his career later that year at Nottingham when he came =7th with 8.5/14 (+6 -3 =5), his last-round game being the following stylish win: Lasker vs C H Alexander, 1936.

Matches

Non-title matches 1889 saw his long career in match play commence, one which only ceased upon relinquishing his title in 1921. He won nearly of his matches, apart from a few drawn mini-matches, including a drawn one-game play-off match against his brother Berthold in Berlin in 1890, losing only exhibition matches with Mikhail Chigorin, Carl Schlechter and Marshall, and a knight-odds match against Nellie Showalter, Jackson Showalter's wife. In 1889, he defeated Curt von Bardeleben (+1 =2) and in 1889-90 he beat Jacques Mieses (+5 =3). In 1890, he defeated Henry Edward Bird (+7 -2 =3) and Nicholas Theodore Miniati (+3 =2 -0), and in 1891 he beat Francis Joseph Lee (+1 =1) and Berthold Englisch (+2 =3). 1892 and 1893 saw Lasker getting into his stride into the lead up to his title match with Steinitz, beating Bird a second time (5-0) Lasker - Bird (1892) , Joseph Henry Blackburne (+6 =4), Jackson Whipps Showalter (+6 -2 =2) and Celso Golmayo Zupide (+2 =1). In 1892, Lasker toured and played a series of mini-matches against leading players in the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Franklin Chess Clubs. At the Manhattan Chess Club, he played a series of three-game matches, defeating James Moore Hanham, Gustave Simonson, David Graham Baird, Charles B Isaacson, Albert Hodges, Eugene Delmar, John S Ryan and John Washington Baird; of the 24 games he played against these players he won 21, losing one to Hodges and drawing one each with Simonson and Delmar. At the Brooklyn Chess Club, Lasker played two mini-matches of two games each, winning each game against Abel Edward Blackmar and William M De Visser, and drew the first game of an unfinished match against Philip Richardson. Lasker finished 1892 at the Franklin Chess Club by playing 5 mini-matches of two games each against its leading players, winning every game against Dionisio M Martinez, Alfred K Robinson, Gustavus Charles Reichhelm and Hermann G Voigt and drawing a match (+1 -1) with Walter Penn Shipley. Shipley offered cash bonuses if he could stipulate the openings and taking up the challenge, Lasker played the Two Knight's Defense and won in 38 moves, while in the second game, Shipley won as Black in 24 moves against Lasker playing the White end of a Vienna Gambit, Steinitz variation (Opening Explorer). Shipley, who counted both Lasker and Steinitz as his friends, was instrumental in arranging the Philadelphia leg of the Lasker-Steinitz match, that being games 9, 10 and 11. 29 years later, Shipley was also the referee of Lasker’s title match with Capablanca. In 1892-3, Lasker also played and won some other matches against lesser players including Andres Clemente Vazquez (3-0), A Ponce (first name Albert) (2-0) and Alfred K Ettlinger (5-0). Also in 1893, Mrs. Nellie Showalter, wife of Jackson Showalter and one of the leading women players in the USA, defeated Lasker 5-2 in a match receiving Knight odds.

These matches pushed Lasker to the forefront of chess, and after being refused a match by Tarrasch, he defeated Steinitz for the world title in 1894 after spreadeagling the field at New York 1893. While he was World Champion, Lasker played some non-title matches, the earliest of which was a six-game exhibition match against Chigorin in 1903 which he lost 2.5-3.5 (+1 -2 =3); the match was intended as a rigorous test of the Rice Gambit, which was the stipulated opening in each game. In the midst of his four title defenses that were held between 1907 and 1910, Lasker played and won what appears to have been a short training match against Abraham Speijer (+2 =1) in 1908. Also in 1908, he played another Rice Gambit-testing match, this time against Schlechter, again losing, this time by 1-4 (+0 =2 -3), apparently prompting a rethink of the Rice Gambit as a viable weapon.** In 1909 he drew a short match (2 wins 2 losses) against David Janowski and several months later they played a longer match that Lasker easily won (7 wins, 2 draws, 1 loss). Lasker accepted a return match and they played a title match in 1910 (details below). In 1914, he drew a 2 game exhibition match against Bernstein (+1 -1) and in 1916, he defeated Tarrasch in another, clearly non-title, match by 5.5-0.5. After Lasker lost his title in 1921, he is not known to have played another match until he lost a two-game exhibition match (=1 -1) against Marshall in 1940, a few months before he died. A match between Dr. Lasker and Dr. Vidmar had been planned for 1925, but it did not eventuate.***

World Championship matches The Lasker - Steinitz World Championship (1894) was played in New York, Philadelphia, and Montreal. Lasker won with 10 wins, 5 losses and 4 draws. Lasker also won the Lasker - Steinitz World Championship Rematch (1896), played in Moscow, with 10 wins, 2 losses, and 5 draws. At one stage when Rudolf Rezso Charousek ‘s star was in the ascendant, Lasker was convinced he would eventually play a title match with the Hungarian master; unfortunately, Charousek died from tuberculosis in 1900, aged 26, before this could happen. As it turned out, he did not play another World Championship for 11 years until the Lasker - Marshall World Championship Match (1907), which was played in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Chicago, Memphis. Lasker won this easily, remaining undefeated with 8 wins and 7 draws.

After a prolonged period of somewhat strained relations due to Tarrasch’s refusal of Lasker’s offer for a match, Lasker accepted Tarrasch’s challenge for the title, and the Lasker - Tarrasch World Championship Match (1908) was played in Düsseldorf and Munich, with Lasker winning with 8 wins 3 losses and five draws. In 1910, Lasker came close to losing his title when he was trailing by a full point at the tenth and last game of the Lasker - Schlechter World Championship Match (1910) (the match being played in Vienna and Berlin); Schlechter held the advantage and could have drawn the game with ease on several occasions, however, he pursued a win, ultimately blundering a Queen endgame to relinquish his match lead and allow Lasker to retain the title. Some months later, the Lasker - Janowski World Championship Match (1910) - played in Berlin - was Lasker’s final successful defense of his title, winning with 8 wins and 3 draws.

In 1912 Lasker and Rubinstein, agreed to play a World Championship match in the fall of 1914 but the match was cancelled when World War I broke out. The war delayed all further title match negotiations until Lasker finally relinquished his title upon resigning from the Lasker - Capablanca World Championship Match (1921) in Havana while trailing by four games.

Life, legacy and testimonials

Lasker’s extended absences from chess were due to his pursuit of other activities, including mathematics and philosophy. He spent the last years of the 19th century writing his doctorate. Between 1902 and 1907, he played only at Cambridge Springs, using his time in the US. It was during this period that he introduced the notion of a primary ideal, which corresponds to an irreducible variety and plays a role similar to prime powers in the prime decomposition of an integer. He proved the primary decomposition theorem for an ideal of a polynomial ring in terms of primary ideals in a paper Zur Theorie der Moduln und Ideale published in volume 60 of Mathematische Annalen in 1905. A commutative ring R is now called a 'Lasker ring' if every ideal of R can be represented as an intersection of a finite number of primary ideals. Lasker's results on the decomposition of ideals into primary ideals was the foundation on which Emmy Noether built an abstract theory which developed ring theory into a major mathematical topic and provided the foundations of modern algebraic geometry. Noether's Idealtheorie in Ringbereichen (1921) was of fundamental importance in the development of modern algebra, generalising Lasker's results by giving the decomposition of ideals into intersections of primary ideals in any commutative ring with ascending chain condition.****

After Lasker lost his title, he spent a considerable amount of time playing bridge and intended to retire. However, he returned to chess in the mid-thirties as he needed to raise money after the Nazis had confiscated his properties and life savings. After the tournament in Moscow in 1936, the Laskers were encouraged to stay on and Emanuel accepted an invitation to become a member of the Moscow Academy of Science to pursue his mathematical studies, with both he and his wife, Martha, taking up permanent residence in Moscow. At this time, he also renounced his German citizenship and took on Soviet citizenship. Although Stalin's purges prompted the Laskers to migrate to the USA in 1937, it is unclear whether they ever renounced their Soviet citizenship.

Lasker counted Albert Einstein amongst his friends. He published several chess books but as he was also a mathematician, games theorist, philosopher and even playwright, he published books in all these fields, except for the play which was performed on one occasion. As a youth, his parents had recognised his potential and sent him to study in Berlin where he also learned to play serious chess. After he graduated from high school, he studied mathematics and philosophy at the universities in Berlin, Göttingen and Heidelberg. Lasker died in the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York in 1941, aged 72, and was buried in the Beth Olom Cemetery in Queens. He was survived by his wife and his sister, Lotta. On May 6, 2008, Dr. Lasker was among the first 40 German sportsmen to be elected into the "Hall of Fame des Deutschen Sports".

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"It is not possible to learn much from him. One can only stand and wonder." - <Max Euwe> Euwe lost all three of his games against Lasker, the most lopsided result between any two world champions.

"My chess hero" - <Viktor Korchnoi>

"The greatest of the champions was, of course, Emanuel Lasker" - <Mikhail Tal>

"Lies and hypocrisy do not survive for long on the chessboard. The creative combination lies bare the presumption of a lie, while the merciless fact, culminating in a checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite." – <Emanuel Lasker>

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* E von Feyerfeil vs Lasker, 1889** http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... *** User: Karpova: Emanuel Lasker (kibitz #1449) ****http://www.gap-system.org/~history/...

Sources: Article about Lasker by J J O'Connor and E F Robertson http://www.gap-system.org/~history/...; Obituary from the Times of London: http://www.gap-system.org/~history/...

Notes Lasker played on the following consultation chess teams Em. Lasker / MacDonnell, Lasker / Taubenhaus, Em. Lasker / Maroczy, Em. Lasker / I Rice, Em. Lasker / Barasz / Breyer, Lasker / Pillsbury, Lasker / Chigorin / Marshall / Teichmann, Emanuel Lasker / William Ward-Higgs, Emanuel Lasker / Heinrich Wolf, Emanuel Lasker / Hermann Keidanski & L Lasker Em / Lasek.

Wikipedia article: Emanuel Lasker
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 page 1 of 45; games 1-25 of 1,116  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Mieses vs Lasker ½-½60 1889 Lasker - Mieses 1889/90C25 Vienna
2. Von Bardeleben vs Lasker  ½-½27 1889 Berlin m 8990D53 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Gunsberg vs Lasker 0-135 1889 AmsterdamC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. Lasker vs Lipke 1-047 1889 Breslau (Poland)C26 Vienna
5. Lasker vs J Mason ½-½38 1889 AmsterdamC47 Four Knights
6. V Tietz vs Lasker 0-140 1889 German Chess Congress, Hauptturnier AC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
7. Lasker vs Mieses 1-037 1889 Lasker - Mieses 1889/90A84 Dutch
8. Lasker vs A van Foreest 1-050 1889 AmsterdamA04 Reti Opening
9. E von Feyerfeil vs Lasker 1-042 1889 Breslau HauptturnierC30 King's Gambit Declined
10. R Leather vs Lasker 0-156 1889 AmsterdamA07 King's Indian Attack
11. Lasker vs J Bauer 1-038 1889 AmsterdamA03 Bird's Opening
12. Mieses vs Lasker 0-128 1889 Berlin (Germany)C25 Vienna
13. Von Bardeleben vs Lasker 1-050 1889 BerlinC26 Vienna
14. Lasker vs Von Popiel 0-121 1889 Berlin gameC26 Vienna
15. A Reif vs Lasker 0-113 1889 Breslau HauptturnierA02 Bird's Opening
16. L Van Vliet vs Lasker 1-024 1889 AmsterdamC41 Philidor Defense
17. Lasker vs Von Bardeleben 1-047 1889 Berlin m 8990B06 Robatsch
18. L Mabillis vs Lasker 0-124 1889 Breslau HauptturnierC60 Ruy Lopez
19. Loman vs Lasker 0-122 1889 AmsterdamC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
20. E von Feyerfeil vs Lasker 0-147 1889 Hauptturnier play offD00 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Lasker vs Burn ½-½15 1889 AmsterdamC01 French, Exchange
22. Lasker vs Bird 1-057 1890 Lasker - BirdB34 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
23. Lasker vs Von Gottschall  ½-½31 1890 BerlinD04 Queen's Pawn Game
24. B Lasker vs Lasker ½-½43 1890 BerlinD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
25. Bird vs Lasker 0-149 1890 Lasker - BirdA03 Bird's Opening
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May-04-15  Paarhufer: <TheFocus: No source is needed when I am making all these quotes up.> That's true.

Ha! Sources can be fun! Look at your last one: <<The laws of chess do not permit a free choice: you have to move whether you like it or not> - Emanuel Lasker.> That's boring, isn't it. A pure waste of time. Everybody knows this.

But it could have been like this: <The fish in the net of the fisherman might refuse to move, not so the King in the net of the Rook. The <right> of moving in Chess is at the same time an <obligation>. In by far most instances the right to move is of great value, but there are cases, as shown above, where to move is disadvantageous. <Yet, rightly or wrongly, the laws of Chess do not permit a free choice in this respect: you have to move, whether you like it or find it irksome.>>

And I think for the first time I give a source and promise that it will be an exception: "Lasker's Manual of Chess", Dover 1960, page 17.

May-04-15  john barleycorn: <you have to move, whether you like it or find it irksome.>

What about resignation?

May-06-15  TheFocus: <Paarhufe> <TheFocus: No source is needed when I am making all these quotes up.>

<That's true.>

My source is <A Bunch of Quotes About Chess: Some true, Some Not-So-True> - <TheFocus>.

It was a bestseller.

The follow-up will be <1,001 Chess Quotes>. I am using some of Irving Chernev's notes.

May-06-15  TheFocus: I find it ridiculous that some people on this site are so small-minded that they would object to chess quotes.

But I guess it is acceptable to post dozens of YouTube music videos or Bible quotes and passages.

I don't know if these people are stupid or crazy, but I would classify most of them as stupid.

May-06-15  Sally Simpson: More Quotes:

"I don't know if these people are stupid or crazy, but I would classify most of them as stupid."

Quote from: TheFocus.

Source:

Emanuel Lasker (the post directly above this one.)

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Hi John,

You can resign on your opponents move as well.

Or if your opponent has not pressed his clock then you can sit there and not move and win on time.

"Irksome" is this the new buzz word for Zugzwang.

As Black I'd find this Irksome.

(White to move)


click for larger view

White touches his King, Rook and both pawns.

He then says, "You have me on the Touch Move rule. You can decide which piece or pawn to move and to what square."

This is the 'You Choose Zugzwang' (We need a technical term here.)

No matter which of the 8 legal White moves you choose they all win.

Of course you can try "I choose no move." but to no avail. Even with Black to play in this position (22 legal moves) Black is still lost.

(no need to check - I've just table based it.)

May-06-15  TheFocus: Here there be quotes!
May-07-15  TheFocus: <The game gives us a satisfaction that Life denies us. And for the Chess player, the success which crowns his work, the great dispeller of sorrows, is named 'combination'> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-07-15  TheFocus: <The combination player thinks forward; he starts from the given position, and tries the forceful moves in his mind> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-09-15  TheFocus: <The fatal hour of this ancient game is approaching. In its modern form this game will soon die a drawing death - the inevitable victory of certainty and mechanization will leave its stamp on the fate of chess> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-09-15  TheFocus: <Do not permit yourself to fall in love with the endgame play to the exclusion of entire games. It is well to have the whole story of how it happened; the complete play, not the denouement only. Do not embrace the ragtime and vaudeville of chess> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <In mathematics, if I find a new approach to a problem, another mathematician might claim that he has a better, more elegant solution. In chess, if anybody claims he is better than I, I can checkmate him> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <I have added these principles to the law: get the Knights into action before both bishops are developed> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <The most intelligent inspection of any number of fine paintings will not make the observer a painter, nor will listening to a number of operas make the hearer a musician, but good judges of music and painting may so be formed. Chess differs from these. The intelligent perusal of fine games cannot fail to make the reader a better player and a better judge of the play of others> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <Vanity should never tempt a player to engage in a combat at the risk of loss of health. It is bad enough to lose without the additional annoyance of paying doctors' bills> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <Loss generally occurs when a player overrates his advantage or for other reasons seeks to derive from a minute advantage a great return such as a forced win> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-10-15  TheFocus: <By what right does White, in an absolutely even position, such as after move one, when both sides have advanced 1. e4, sacrifice a pawn, whose recapture is quite uncertain, and open up his kingside to attack? And then follow up this policy by leaving the check of the black queen open? None whatever !> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-13-15  TheFocus: <He who has a slight disadvantage plays more attentively, inventively and more boldly than his antagonist who either takes it easy or aspires after too much. Thus a slight disadvantage is very frequently seen to convert into a good, solid advantage> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-15-15  TheFocus: <When you see a good move, look for a better one> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-15-15  TheFocus: <To find the right plan is just as hard as looking for its sound justification> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-15-15  TheFocus: <The process of making pieces in Chess do something useful (whatever it may be) has received a special name: it is called the attack. The attack is that process by means of which you remove obstructions> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-17-15  TheFocus: <On the chessboard lies and hypocrisy do not last long> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-17-15  TheFocus: <Truth derives it's strength not so much from itself as from the brilliant contrast it makes with what is only apparently true. This applies especially to chess, where it is often found that the profoundest moves do not much startle the imagination> - Emanuel Lasker.
May-17-15
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  Chessical: Lasker attempted to arrange a public subscription for the relief of Steinitz and his family in 1897. He sent the following letter to a major London newspaper:

<MR. STEINITZ.>

TO THE EDITOR OF THE STANDARD.

Sir, — I write to ask you to help, through the columns of The Standard, towards the raising of a testimonial for the unfortunate old man who has fallen ill of melancholia at Moscow.

The great merits of Mr. Steinitz for the cause of chess are universally known, and the chess world should certainly care for him and his family in his present condition, were it only as an acknowledgment of its obligations for his past work.

Mr. Steinitz, I believe, had many adversaries, but I trust that his misfortune will find his former opponents generous, and his admirers not wanting in liberality. Personally, I shall contribute ten guineas towards the fund to be raised.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant.
EMANUEL LASKER.
71, Chiswell-street, London, E.C., February 25.

<Source: "The London Standard", Friday 26th February 1897, p.4.>

May-18-15  reti: ...and Lasker himself died very poor in New York forty-one yeras later, and funds had to be raised for the funeral expenses led by Capa and Marshall!
May-21-15  TheFocus: <The combination is born in the brain of a Chessplayer. Many thoughts see the light there—true and false, strong and weak, sound and unsound. They are born, jostle one another, and another one of them, transformed into a move on the board, bears away the victory over its rivals> - Emanuel Lasker.
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