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Emanuel Lasker
Number of games in database: 1,442
Years covered: 1887 to 1940

Overall record: +386 -82 =180 (73.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 794 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (221) 
    C68 C62 C66 C67 C64
 French Defense (105) 
    C11 C12 C13 C01 C14
 French (73) 
    C11 C12 C13 C10 C00
 King's Gambit Accepted (68) 
    C39 C33 C38 C37 C35
 Sicilian (56) 
    B45 B32 B30 B40 B44
 King's Gambit Declined (53) 
    C30 C31 C32
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (125) 
    C65 C67 C66 C77 C68
 Orthodox Defense (49) 
    D50 D63 D52 D60 D67
 Giuoco Piano (38) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Sicilian (31) 
    B32 B45 B73 B83 B30
 Queen's Pawn Game (31) 
    D00 D05 D02 A46 D04
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D37 D35 D30 D06 D39
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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
   Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 0-1
   Lasker vs W Napier, 1904 1-0
   Euwe vs Lasker, 1934 0-1
   Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910 1-0
   Lasker vs Capablanca, 1935 1-0
   Lasker vs Pirc, 1935 1-0
   Reti vs Lasker, 1924 0-1

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

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lasker - Bird (1890)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   Lasker - Blackburne (1892)
   St. Petersburg 1895/96 (1895)
   London (1899)
   Paris (1900)
   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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   Rubinstein vs Lasker, 1909
   Rubinstein vs Salwe, 1908
   Spielmann vs Rubinstein, 1909
   Lasker vs Teichmann, 1909
   Tartakower vs Schlechter, 1909

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(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." By Sonas' reckoning, Lasker was the No. 1 player in the world for a total of 24.3 years between 1890 and 1926.


He was born 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.


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 typhoid fever), 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.


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 Steinitz - Lasker World Championship Match (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".


"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>


* E von Feyerfeil vs Lasker, 1889** *** User: Karpova: Emanuel Lasker (kibitz #1449)

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 & Emanual Lasker/ L Lasek.

Wikipedia article: Emanuel Lasker

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 page 1 of 58; games 1-25 of 1,443  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs NN  1-0101887Odds gameB22 Sicilian, Alapin
2. NN vs Lasker  0-1331889SimulC41 Philidor Defense
3. A Reif vs Lasker 0-1131889Breslau Hauptturnier AA02 Bird's Opening
4. V Tietz vs Lasker 0-1401889Breslau Hauptturnier AC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
5. H Seger vs Lasker 0-1361889Hauptturnier Winners' GroupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. L Mabillis vs Lasker 0-1241889Hauptturnier Winners' GroupC60 Ruy Lopez
7. Lasker vs Lipke 1-0471889Hauptturnier Winners' GroupA07 King's Indian Attack
8. E von Feyerfeil vs Lasker 1-0421889Hauptturnier Winners' GroupC30 King's Gambit Declined
9. E von Feyerfeil vs Lasker 0-1471889Hauptturnier play-offD00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Lasker vs J Bauer 1-0381889AmsterdamA03 Bird's Opening
11. Lasker vs A van Foreest 1-0501889AmsterdamA04 Reti Opening
12. R Loman vs Lasker 0-1221889AmsterdamC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
13. L Van Vliet vs Lasker 1-0241889AmsterdamC41 Philidor Defense
14. R Leather vs Lasker 0-1561889AmsterdamA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Gunsberg vs Lasker 0-1351889AmsterdamC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
16. Lasker vs J Mason ½-½381889AmsterdamC46 Three Knights
17. Lasker vs S Polner 0-1211889Casual gameC26 Vienna
18. Lasker vs Burn ½-½151889AmsterdamC01 French, Exchange
19. J Mieses vs Lasker 0-1281889Casual gameA07 King's Indian Attack
20. Von Bardeleben vs Lasker ½-½271889Lasker - Bardeleben mD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Lasker vs Von Bardeleben 1-0471889Lasker - Bardeleben mB06 Robatsch
22. Von Bardeleben vs Lasker 1-0501889Lasker - Bardeleben mC26 Vienna
23. Lasker vs J Mieses 1-0371889Lasker - Mieses 1889/90A80 Dutch
24. J Mieses vs Lasker ½-½601889Lasker - Mieses 1889/90A07 King's Indian Attack
25. Lasker vs J Mieses ½-½701890Lasker - Mieses 1889/90D21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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Jan-09-22  Chessist: 28...Nhf4
Jan-15-22  Z4all: (White to move and win [30th move]...)

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Jan-15-22  Z4all: (White to move and win...)

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Sharp. BCM (1912) fig 96 p419

(A Dr. Lasker composition)

Jan-15-22  Z4all: <And isn't the game of chess art? Let's think of the art of rehearsal, the beautiful game, the composed game. I could prove to you that every feeling that moves human hearts can be expressed through positions on the chessboard; confidence, courage, jubilation of victory and sadness are not unattainable for the expressiveness of the game. After all, it created an art. This is a lot, but certainly not all, that could be said about the game.”>


Jan-15-22  Ron: <Sharp. BCM (1912) fig 96 p419

(A Dr. Lasker composition)>

After about a minute of studying the position, I found the winning line, confirmed by computer analysis:

Jan-15-22  Z4all: Good job <Ron>. Fundamentally it's a classic idea.

(If you want a tougher problem, see the Blathy problem here:

PS- The source of the Lasker <chess art> quote:

<General-Anzeiger für Bonn und Umgegend 1913-12-13 p2c1-2>

Jan-16-22  Z4all: Another Lasker endgame composition - this from 1911(?):

(White to move and win)

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Jan-17-22  TheFocus: <Z4all: Another Lasker endgame composition - this from 1911(?)>

Whyld has 1890 or 1892, but no source.

Jan-17-22  TheFocus: <Z4all: (White to move and win...)

Sharp. BCM (1912) fig 96 p419.>

Whyld has <Manchester Evening News>, May 10, 1901 from Lasker's column.

Jan-17-22  Z4all: Hey it's <TheFocus>!

Nice to see you up and at 'em... hope you're doing well.

Jan-17-22  TheFocus: <Z4all: Hey it's <TheFocus>! Nice to see you up and at 'em... hope you're doing well.>

I still have serious health issues. Thank you for the welcome.

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  moronovich: Welcome back <The Focus > , with all the best wishes to your health !
Jan-17-22  Z4all: <TheFocus> I was afraid of that. Well, let's hope you can meet the challenges (as best you can). It's nice to have you contributing back on <CG> again (e.g. digging out the refs to those Lasker endgame positions, etc).

Wishing you well in all things chess (with the exception of when I"m on the other side of the board of course!).


Jan-18-22  TheFocus: <moronovich> Thank you, sir!
Jan-23-22  Ron: <Z4all: Another Lasker endgame composition - this from 1911(?): (White to move and win)>

I don't know if the line below is what Lasker envisioned, but this chess program,, set at LCZero, gave this:

1. f7 Rc8 2. Nc7+ Ka5 3. Ne8 Rc6+ 4. Kg5 Rc5+ 5. Kg4 Rc4+ 6. Kf3 Rc3+ 7. Ke4+ Rc4+ 8. Ke5 Rc5+ 9. Ke6 Rc6+ 10. Nd6 Rc7 11. f8(Q) Re7+ 12. Kd5 Re5+ 13. Kc4 Rc5+ 14. Kxc5 Ka4 15. Qb8 Ka3 16. Kc4 Ka2 17. Kc3 Ka3 18. Qa7#

Jan-23-22  Olavi: Apparently the source is The London Fortnightly 1892, with 1. f7 Rxe6+ (1... Rc8 2. Nc7+ Kb7 3. Ne8 Rc6+ 4. Kg7) 2. Kg5 Re5+ 3. Kg4 Re4+ 4. Kg3 Re3+ 5. Kf2 1-0; a simple didactic example, even in 1892, the winning method known since at least Fenton-Potter, 1875.
Jan-24-22  TheFocus: <Olavi> <Apparently the source is The London Fortnightly 1892>

This is often cited incorrectly as coming from "London Chess Fortnightly", it is not there.

It is actually from<Süddeutsche Schach-Zeitung>, February 9, 1890, pg. 24.

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  MissScarlett: C.N. 11905: < A recording of Emanuel Lasker’s voice>
Jan-29-22  Z truth 000000001: How the heck did Urcan find that?!
Jan-29-22  Z truth 000000001: "I'll let you in on a little secret. The young man has talent"
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  MissScarlett: Reading Observer, November 17th 1917, p.7:

<EMANUEL LASKER. BY AN INTIMATE ACQUAINTANCE. Before the dire and fateful year of 1914, Lasker, the chess champion of the world, on frequent occasions enjoyed the hospitality of the British people, who feted and dined him, patted and wooed him and made him the lion of the hour. Scores of chess clubs and individual patrons of the game paid him these attentions. As a nation we vied with other communities to make our guest happy and comfortable. His position in the domain of the noblest and most scientific of pastimes justified the honours then bestowed on him, and it is, therefore, all the more painful to have to record a general feeling of revulsion and contempt towards a prominent member of the barbarian Prussian race, who has, since the war started, on many occasions vilified us, and bitten the hand that showed him such kindness and hospitalities. Of those who knew him personally and intimately, Mr. H. W. Butler, the well-known Sussex chess player, and the hon. secretary of the Sussex Chess Problem Fraternity, was probably the most prominent, and he has kindly furnished us with an account of his acquaintanceship with Lasker. He had a long and personal close intimacy with him, and no one is in a better position to speak of his nature and habits. Mr. Butler tells us he was indeed surprised when "the Prussian chess player aped the skunk, vilified his late friends, and cast insults right and left, to expose to everyone the contemptible cur that he was." Lasker was introduced to Mr. Butler very shortly after his first arrival in England, and, through the medium of chess - which embodies a sort of freemasonry throughout the world - they quickly became friends. The champion visited Mr. Butler's home nearly every Sunday for some months, and was received into the family in a most hospitable and generous manner, in fact, he was known to his host's children as "Uncle." Easy going, lackadaisical in style, quaint now and then, he was a man one could soon grow familiar with. He did not give much, if any attention, to his personal appearance - a characteristic that often emphasises the man of genius. In a short time Mr. Butler had introduced him to his chess friends, and the game became the order of Sunday's programme. His host played with him a great number of games - without any money at stake, for chess, fortunately is generally free from the stigma of gambling. But on one occasion this rule was broken, when a lightning match was played, the winner of the first five for half-a-crown. Lasker won by five to three and one draw, and the time taken was under three-quarters of an hour. Lasker joined freely in preambles round Brighton and its neighbourhood with his friends, and paid his share of any expenses incurred when his turn came. He went with Mr. Butler to the clubs, and invariably the chess-board was in evidence. Time went on and engagements were arranged for him at the Brighton Chess Club. Later he fell sick with typhoid fever, and went to an institution at Bournemouth, during which time he kept Mr. Butler informed of his progress, and when able to spend his convalescence at Brighton, he was, mainly through the instrumentality of his friend, entertained by the members of the Brighton Chess Club to a public dinner.> (tbc)

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  MissScarlett: <When he went to America to play the redoubtable Steinitz in that epoch-making world match, Lasker corresponded with Mr. Butler, and when the battle was over he sent him a cabinet portrait of himself inscribed "To my friend Butler," signed and dated. This, until the war broke out, was the recipient's most cherished possession, and was shown with pride to his friends, but it was destroyed, along with other German masters' photos when the Huns revealed their true treacherous nature. Early in the present century, Mr. Butler, with the aid of the Brighton Corporation, organised a chess week in the town, and it was but natural that Lasker should be the "star" turn, with Mr. J. H. Blackburne, and the American master, Mr. Marshall, as supplementaries. The latter, however, did not keep his engagement, and Mr. Butler heard from Mr. Blackburne that Lasker had gone to Berlin. But a few days had to elapse and visions of chaos haunted the mind of Mr. Butler. Time got very short indeed, and yet no news of the champion, but on the Saturday previous to the fateful Monday Mr. Butler received a telegram from Berlin stating "Am on way look out Sunday," and sure enough he turned up on Sunday evening, having made the journey from Berlin on purpose to keep his appointment, for, as he stated, "he was not going to disappoint Butler." He fulfilled his engagement, put up at the "Metropole," entertained to dinner a little party of four on two occasions, and was back in Berlin within a few days. His fee certainly did not come to more than a third of his journey from Berlin and back. Another experience Mr. Butler had with him was on the occasion when Tchigorin and Lasker played the Rice Gambit games. He wired Mr. Butler to meet him and Tchigorin by a certain train, which he did, and Mr. Butler made all the arrangements for the match, such as supplying board and men and clocks, etc., and he was present at every game and nightly assisted in wiring off the moves and results. On this occasion the trio of chess players each day did the town together and a ha[ppy] time was spent. The chess-board and men are to this day in the keeping of the head waiter of the "Metropole," with some twenty to twenty-five signatures of famous chess-players made on the squares of the boards. In reply to our enquiry Mr. Butler can remember no occasion that could give rise to the opinion or feeling that Lasker was, in any way, acting the spy. He certainly did not appear inquisitively inclined, neither did he put any questions that could be considered with any stretch of imagination to be useful in time of war. He did not attempt to patronize Mr. Butler in any way, knowing full well that "his friend" was not the sort of man to tolerate it.

Mr. Butler has thus lifted a corner of the curtain of Lasker's life in England in a simple and unpretentious little narrative. No one can find any fault with the champion's conduct whilst with Mr. Butler and such was not intended. The blame — a treacherous and scurrilous blame — attaches to him since the war commenced when plenty of evidence exists as to the cruel and wanton wickedness that has marked his various statements concerning England and the English people. Had he dissociated himself from the vile and murderous policy of his Prussian race, this little story would never have been written.>

May-03-22  Sally Simpson: See:

Emanuel Lasker (kibitz #839)

< Any Lasker fan have the PGN for <Lasker - Kagan 1894>, which ends with the beautiful <INTERFERENCE> shot 1 ♗d6!! ?>

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'Play for Mate' by by Hooper and Cafferty (page 166) state this was B. Lasker and White missed it agreeing here a draw here.

May-03-22  Z free or die: Might as well use < [Source ""] > here too.

Too bad, H&C is nice, but I'm like to go a bit further upstream.

Aug-10-22  VerySeriousExpert: Here is an almost forgotten Dr. Lasker's important contribution to the theory of the Scotch Game: . The good defence was invented this year only ( Yury V. Bukayev, "Bruno's Chess Articles" : )!
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