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Emanuel Lasker
Number of games in database: 1,144
Years covered: 1889 to 1940
Overall record: +367 -85 =177 (72.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      515 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (182) 
    C68 C62 C66 C67 C64
 French Defense (81) 
    C11 C12 C13 C01 C14
 French (56) 
    C11 C12 C13 C10 C00
 King's Gambit Accepted (53) 
    C39 C33 C38 C37 C35
 Sicilian (48) 
    B45 B34 B40 B32 B44
 King's Gambit Declined (34) 
    C30 C31 C32
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (109) 
    C65 C67 C66 C77 C79
 Orthodox Defense (51) 
    D53 D63 D52 D50 D60
 Giuoco Piano (32) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Queen's Pawn Game (31) 
    D05 D00 D02 D04 A46
 Sicilian (29) 
    B34 B73 B32 B83 B33
 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
   Euwe vs Lasker, 1934 0-1
   Lasker vs Steinitz, 1894 1-0
   Steinitz vs Lasker, 1896 0-1
   Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910 1-0
   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)
   Lasker - Blackburne (1892)
   St. Petersburg 1895/96 (1895)
   Paris (1900)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   London (1899)
   Lasker - Janowski (1909)
   St Petersburg (1914)
   New York (1924)
   Maehrisch-Ostrau (1923)
   St. Petersburg (1909)
   Moscow (1925)
   Hastings (1895)
   Cambridge Springs (1904)
   Zurich (1934)

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   Selected Lasker by LaBourdonnaisdeux
   the informal Lasker by ughaibu
   All Hail Emanuel by iron maiden
   Treasure's Ark by Gottschalk
   Biography - Lasker (Linder) by Qindarka
   World Champions A-Z part 2 Lasker by kevin86
   Lasker vs the World Champions Decisive Games by visayanbraindoctor
   Lasker by vidra
   Match Steinitz! by amadeus

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 same date 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 two 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 remained in the top rank of players, winning at Maehrisch-Ostrau (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 in top-class 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, Lasker finished in an undefeated third place, 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 was friends with Albert Einstein who wrote the introduction to the posthumous biography Emanuel Lasker, The Life of a Chess Master by Dr. Jacques Hannak (1952), writing: Emanuel Lasker was undoubtedly one of the most interesting people I came to know in my later years. We must be thankful to those who have penned the story of his life for this and succeeding generations. For there are few men who have had a warm interest in all the great human problems and at the same time kept their personality so uniquely independent.

Lasker 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 only one occasion. As a youth, his parents had recognised his potential and sent him to study in Berlin where he first 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
http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Last updated: 2016-09-05 23:05:16

 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,144  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. J Mieses vs Lasker 0-128 1889 Berlin (Germany)C25 Vienna
2. Lasker vs Von Popiel 0-121 1889 Berlin gameC26 Vienna
3. A Reif vs Lasker 0-113 1889 Breslau HauptturnierA02 Bird's Opening
4. V Tietz vs Lasker 0-140 1889 German Chess Congress, Hauptturnier AC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
5. L Mabillis vs Lasker 0-124 1889 Breslau HauptturnierC60 Ruy Lopez
6. Lasker vs Lipke 1-047 1889 Breslau (Poland)C26 Vienna
7. E von Feyerfeil vs Lasker 1-042 1889 Breslau HauptturnierC30 King's Gambit Declined
8. E von Feyerfeil vs Lasker 0-147 1889 Hauptturnier play offD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Lasker vs A van Foreest 1-050 1889 AmsterdamA04 Reti Opening
10. Lasker vs J Bauer 1-038 1889 AmsterdamA03 Bird's Opening
11. Loman vs Lasker 0-122 1889 AmsterdamC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
12. R Leather vs Lasker 0-156 1889 AmsterdamA07 King's Indian Attack
13. L Van Vliet vs Lasker 1-024 1889 AmsterdamC41 Philidor Defense
14. Gunsberg vs Lasker 0-135 1889 AmsterdamC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
15. Lasker vs J Mason ½-½38 1889 AmsterdamC47 Four Knights
16. Lasker vs Burn ½-½15 1889 AmsterdamC01 French, Exchange
17. Von Bardeleben vs Lasker ½-½27 1889 Berlin m 8990D53 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. Lasker vs Von Bardeleben 1-047 1889 Berlin m 8990B06 Robatsch
19. Von Bardeleben vs Lasker 1-050 1889 BerlinC26 Vienna
20. Lasker vs J Mieses 1-037 1889 Lasker - Mieses 1889/90A84 Dutch
21. J Mieses vs Lasker ½-½60 1889 Lasker - Mieses 1889/90C25 Vienna
22. Lasker vs J Mieses ½-½70 1890 Lasker - Mieses 1889/90D21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. J Mieses vs Lasker 0-143 1890 Lasker - Mieses 1889/90C25 Vienna
24. J Mieses vs Lasker ½-½33 1890 Lasker - Mieses 1889/90C25 Vienna
25. Lasker vs J Mieses 1-030 1890 Lasker - Mieses 1889/90D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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Jan-27-16
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  zanzibar: And here too, of course:

Lasker vs V Sournin, 1910

Jan-28-16
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  zanzibar: Some articles for then upcoming Washington DC 1910 simul:

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/l... (35-boards anticipated)

http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/l...

Jan-28-16
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  MissScarlett: <Ok, I have the <ACB> 1910 in front of me.>

Thanks. This was evidently Whyld's source for information about the source (including the incorrect date), but does it give game scores in addition to the Sournin one? And does it have anything on the Philadelphia simul two days later?

Jan-28-16
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  zanzibar: [<A] bulletin in front of me>... hmmm

What's that old joke about <a body in front of me>?

Feb-06-16
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  TheFocus: "Dr. Lasker and Jacques Mieses were competitors in the rapid transit tournament arranged by the Rice Chess Club on the evening of Christmas Day, when a field of twenty-eight competed for six prizes under a time limit of fifteen seconds to a move. Four rounds were played. Those who won all their games and divided the first four prizes were Dr. Lasker, A.G. Sachs, E. Labazin and Otto Roething. The fifth and sixth prizes went equally to J. Rosenthal, Goldinger, I. Tannenwurzel and H.W. Hammond. Herr Mieses was beaten in the second round by Hammond and again in the third by Tannenwurzel," - <American Chess Bulletin>, February 1908, pg. 34.
Feb-06-16
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  TheFocus: "A rapid transit tourney at the Manhattan Chess Club, late in December, attracted thirty-two competitors, including Dr. Lasker and Jose R. Capablanca. In the semi-finals Lasker and Capablanca won from their respective opponents, H. Davidson and E. Delmar. In the last game, watched by a large crowd of members and visitors, Capablanca, who is noted for his quick insight into a position, succeeded in worsting the champion in brilliant style. The time limit was twenty seconds to a move," - <American Chess Bulletin>, February 1907, pg. 35.
Feb-07-16
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  TheFocus: So how far did negotiations get to in the proposed Lasker -Rubinstein match?

LASKER -RUBINSTEIN MATCH BOOK

Dr. Lasker has authorized the <American Chess Bulletin> to receive subscriptions for the book of the match at $5 each.

Dr. Lasker explains in his letter of authorization that "the minimal subscription for a book is $5.00." This means that all subscribers in the match fund to the amount of $5.00 and upward will be entitled to a copy of the valuable book. It will be sold only to subscribers, every one of whom will have his name inscribed in his own copy.

The book will contain the history of the match, together with the scores of all the games, annotated by the principals. If the sum of $1,000 is thus subscribed by Americans, an edition of the book in English will be printed; otherwise the subscriber can have the option of a German or Russian copy, with the games in algebraic notation> - <American Chess Bulletin>, October 1913, pg. 219.

May-04-16
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  nimh: Philidor, Steinitz, Tarrsch and Nimzowitsch have taught what your pieces and pawns must do in a game. Lasker added what a player must do.
May-04-16
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  offramp: Sometimes when I think of Lasker I think of Max Miller: "There'll never be another!"
Jun-03-16
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  offramp: Lasker spent a lot of time in Russia. I wonder how fluent he was in Russian?
Jun-26-16
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  brankat: Starting with Petrograd, 1895, until, at least, Moscow, 1936, for a total of 6 tournaments, plus some time before he managed to emigrate to the west, then to the States, I figure Dr. Lasker must had spent some 3 years in Russia.

Sufficient time to learn the language.

Aug-08-16
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  TheFocus: <Skittles are the social glasses of chess - indulged in too freely they lead to inebriation, and weaken the consistent effort necessary to build up a strong game> - Lasker's Chess Magazine, 1904.

Want to try a fun trick?

Mix M&M's and Skittles in a bowl and serve to your friends.

Then wait for the fun to begin.

Oct-06-16
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  brankat: Just re-read Dr.Lasker's Bio. A mind boggling career indeed!
Oct-09-16
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  nimh: A popular misconception is that Einstein was the inventor of the theory of relativity. But this is not correct at all. The concept of relativity originates from Lasker who has shown that what we call correct play is relative to the opponent.
Oct-09-16
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  offramp: With Jewish chess players one thing that throws a spanner in the works, as regards language, is the ubiquity of Yiddish in pre-WWII eastern Europe. Flohr, for example, was a Czech who was uncomfortable speaking Czech. He spoke German, on which Yiddish is based. Lasker might have got by using only Yiddish in Russia. Or he could have spoken German to Yiddish speakers.

I think it's possible that he spoke very little Russian.

Oct-09-16
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  MissScarlett: <Flohr, for example, was a Czech who was uncomfortable speaking Czech.>

Do you mean he couldn't speak ir well, or that he didn't like speaking it? And what's your source?

Oct-09-16
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  offramp: The source is Gennadi Sosonko. I thought I posted it on Flohr s page... I am on a stupid ipad at the moment. I'll be home soon and I'll have a look.
Oct-11-16
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  diagonal: FIDE decision (GA-2016/50) at its General Assembly in Baku on 13-16 September 2016 to announce <the year of 2018 as the year of Emanuel Lasker>. 2018 will be the 150th anniversary of Emanuel Lasker’s birth.

<Lasker Memorial> international invitation tournaments, both played at Berlin East (!):

1962 Vasiukov
1968 (100 years anniv) Uhlmann, Bronstein

The only two major Emanuel Lasker Memorial tournaments ever held, apart from several minor (closed or open) events labelled rather arbitrarily as "Lasker Mem" in Germany and elsewhere.

Not to mix with the Eduard Lasker Memorial from New York in 1981, won by Grünfeld, ahead of Lein, followed by 3./4. Shamkovich and Fedorowicz, 14 players (including Adorjan, and Keene)

Oct-11-16
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  Calli: For a memorial tribute, I'd like to see an English translation of the Forster/Hansen/Negele book from 2009. http://www.lasker-gesellschaft.de/p...

I can read some German, but I am too lazy to tackle a book of this size.

Oct-11-16  Paarhufer: <For a memorial tribute, I'd like to see an English translation of the Forster/Hansen/Negele book from 2009.> The (revised!) English version is already in preparation and will be published in three volumes beginning in 2018 (no coincidence, of course).
Oct-11-16
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  Calli: <Paarhufer> Thanks for the info! Three volumes sounds expensive.
Oct-11-16
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  offramp: <Calli: <Paarhufer> Thanks for the info! Three volumes sounds expensive.>

The German book is a colossal €114, which I calculate to be roughly $114, or about £114.

I suppose a 3-vol version would cut that price by 3 thirds, which is an improvement.

Oct-11-16  Paarhufer: <Three volumes sounds expensive.> It is planned that each volume will appear in 3000 copies, which is a much larger number than the German edition. This may affect the price. Each volume shall have about 500 pages, but Lasker's official games, which take a lot of space in the German edition, are seemingly not part of it.

Information taken from http://www.schachbund.de/news/laske... , where the content of the three volumes is described at the end.

Personally, I don't enjoy the German book too much, because of its oversize and a weight of 4.5 kg. Three volumes are a much better format.

Oct-11-16  Paarhufer: <The German book is a colossal €114> The German edition is sold-out for a few years already, and many people would now like to buy a second-hand copy for this price. EuroChess offers their final copy for €750, but that's probably very much exaggerated. IIRC I saw an auction where it was sold for €280.
Oct-11-16
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  offramp: <Paarhufer>, it sounds, oddly, as if the English version might be better than the German version. A revised edition that is more available, more portable and if in three separate volumes then more easily purchasable (is that a word?)

Foreign language chess books, apart from Armenian, are not really a problem, are they? The vocabulary is restricted and repetitive and unknown words are easily guessed. The games are never a problem, which is 50% of the book!

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