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Emanuel Lasker
Lasker 
 
Number of games in database: 1,373
Years covered: 1888 to 1940

Overall record: +381 -81 =177 (73.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 734 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (212) 
    C68 C62 C66 C67 C64
 French Defense (100) 
    C11 C12 C01 C13 C10
 French (70) 
    C11 C12 C13 C10 C00
 King's Gambit Accepted (66) 
    C39 C33 C38 C37 C35
 King's Gambit Declined (51) 
    C30 C31 C32
 Sicilian (51) 
    B45 B32 B30 B40 B20
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (120) 
    C65 C67 C66 C77 C68
 Orthodox Defense (50) 
    D50 D63 D52 D60 D53
 Giuoco Piano (36) 
    C50 C53 C54
 Queen's Pawn Game (31) 
    D00 D05 D02 D04 A46
 Sicilian (29) 
    B32 B73 B45 B30 B33
 Four Knights (19) 
    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
   Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 0-1
   Lasker vs W Napier, 1904 1-0
   Euwe vs Lasker, 1934 0-1
   Lasker vs Pirc, 1935 1-0
   Lasker vs Schlechter, 1910 1-0
   Lasker vs Capablanca, 1935 1-0
   Lasker vs Rubinstein, 1914 1-0

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)
   London (1899)
   St. Petersburg 1895/96 (1895)
   Paris (1900)
   Lasker - Janowski (1909)
   St. Petersburg (1914)
   Maehrisch-Ostrau (1923)
   New York (1924)
   St. Petersburg (1909)
   Moscow (1925)
   Hastings (1895)
   Cambridge Springs (1904)
   Zurich (1934)

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   John Nunn's Chess Course copy by fredthebear

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

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 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".

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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>

*******

* E von Feyerfeil vs Lasker, 1889** http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... *** 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
http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail...

Last updated: 2020-05-16 12:06:21

 page 1 of 55; games 1-25 of 1,373  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. NN vs Lasker  0-1121888Casual gameC27 Vienna Game
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. L Mabillis vs Lasker 0-1241889Hauptturnier Winners' GroupC60 Ruy Lopez
6. Lasker vs Lipke 1-0471889Hauptturnier Winners' GroupA07 King's Indian Attack
7. E von Feyerfeil vs Lasker 1-0421889Hauptturnier Winners' GroupC30 King's Gambit Declined
8. E von Feyerfeil vs Lasker 0-1471889Hauptturnier play-offD00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Lasker vs A van Foreest 1-0501889AmsterdamA04 Reti Opening
10. Lasker vs J Bauer 1-0381889AmsterdamA03 Bird's Opening
11. Loman vs Lasker 0-1221889AmsterdamC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
12. R Leather vs Lasker 0-1561889AmsterdamA07 King's Indian Attack
13. L Van Vliet vs Lasker 1-0241889AmsterdamC41 Philidor Defense
14. Gunsberg vs Lasker 0-1351889AmsterdamC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
15. Lasker vs J Mason ½-½381889AmsterdamC46 Three Knights
16. Lasker vs Von Popiel 0-1211889Casual gameC26 Vienna
17. Lasker vs Burn ½-½151889AmsterdamC01 French, Exchange
18. J Mieses vs Lasker 0-1281889Casual gameA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Von Bardeleben vs Lasker ½-½271889Lasker - Bardeleben mD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Lasker vs Von Bardeleben 1-0471889Lasker - Bardeleben mB06 Robatsch
21. Von Bardeleben vs Lasker 1-0501889Lasker - Bardeleben mA07 King's Indian Attack
22. Lasker vs J Mieses 1-0371889Lasker - Mieses 1889/90A80 Dutch
23. J Mieses vs Lasker ½-½601889Lasker - Mieses 1889/90A07 King's Indian Attack
24. Lasker vs J Mieses ½-½701890Lasker - Mieses 1889/90D21 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. J Mieses vs Lasker 0-1431890Lasker - Mieses 1889/90A07 King's Indian Attack
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Nov-03-19
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  FSR: Korchnoi won Bad Homburg 1998 at age 67 years and 4 months, with a performance rating of 2712. He was a point ahead of the second-place finisher, Peter Svidler, who at 22 years and 1 month was less than a third his age! http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/... Korchnoi was a year and two months older than Lasker had been at Moscow 1935, and his performance rating was 5 points higher. Insane. http://www.chessfocus.com/tournamen... https://www.nytimes.com/1998/09/08/... The game to which Byrne refers is Korchnoi vs Z Kozul, 1998.
Nov-03-19  Olavi: Winning Biel 2001 at age 70 is perhaps even more impressive. http://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/...
Nov-03-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  WorstPlayerEver: Hesitant to react, but it's clearly nonsense to compare Lasker (1,237 games cg) with Korchnoi (4,424 games cg).

CEG vs Legends (2012)

Dec-29-19  iron john: lasker is the best player ever .
Feb-16-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Lasker Speaks Out (1926)

Richard Forster>

https://www.chesshistory.com/winter...

Apr-16-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Sussex Agricultural Express, Friday 18th September 1891, p.5:

<Herr Lasker, the young and talented Berlin chess master, whose play has for some time been one of the greatest attractions of the German Exhibition in London, has recently been enjoying a brief holiday at Brighton, and on Monday evening, a simultaneous exhibition was arranged, and Herr Lasker met ten players, including some of the best of Brighton, across the chequered board, at La Crémerie, the headquarters of the Sussex Chess Association. Play commenced soon after eight o’clock. Herr Lasker successfully pulled off all the games except two, Mr. T. Duff Barnett lowering the champion’s colours by a really fine combination, and Mr. A. Emery drew his game. The losers were Messrs. H. W. Butler (General Hon. Secretary Sussex Chess Association), W. Andrews, G. T. Humphreys, S. Staff, C. S. Stewart, Busse, J. Lewis, and N. J. Mussabini.>

<Whyld (1998)> doesn't list this simul. Gillam reports that Lasker was back playing at the German Exhibition from September 19th, after something like a three week break.

Apr-28-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Yorkshire Telegraph & Star, May 9th 1908, p.3:

"..."

<A “Cross Country” Chess Record.

Dr. Lasker, the chess master, has brought his English tour to an end with a fine record. In 64 exhibitions he played 1,349 games, of which he won 1,094, drew 196 and lost only 59. In addition he played eight consultation games, seven of which he won, the other being left drawn. Probably no chess master has played so many games in so short a time, and no one has ever achieved a higher percentage of wins in such a large number of games.>

Jun-13-20
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  MissScarlett: (New Orleans) Times-Democrat, January 18th 1903, Part II p.8:

<Apropos of the recent visit of Dr. Lasker to this city, an esteemed corresponent sends us the following entertaining bit of information:

Some years ago, when the world's chess champion, Dr. E. Lasker, was in New Orleans, a guest of the Chess Club, he expressed a desire to see a prize-fighter. As it happened that, in the hall at Bay St. Louis, Bob Fitzsimmons was in training for a fight, it was suggested that Dr. Lasker accompany some of the members of the Chess Club to the neighboring town of Mississippi, to which the champion readily assented. Having arrived at the training quarters just as Fitzsimmons was engaged in punching the bag, the visitors took their stand on the outside at an open window. The pugilist was hitting the ball with great vigor, when suddenly the rope (from which the sphere was suspended) broke and the ball, flying out of the window with great velocity, struck the chess master in the face, knocking him to the ground. Fitzsimmons, who, of course, saw the accident rushed to the window to offer his apologies; but, before he could speak, Dr. Lasker, who had recovered himself, said with a smile: "Mr. Fitzsimmons, I had hardly expected this. I am a chess player, not a prize fighter." Everybody joined in the laugh that followed, no one enjoying it more than Fitzsimmons, himself, who replied: "Mr. Lasker, if I become as great a champion in my line as you are in yours, I shall be very proud and more than satisfied.">

Hmmmm...

Jun-14-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: ***

Q & Q, BCM October 1978.

The New Standard Encyclopedia of 1932 tells us that in 1892 Lasker was the champion of England, in 1893 he was the champion of the U.S.A.

In 1894 he became world champion till 1920 when he lost it to Casablanca (sic) in 1921 he was again beaten by the same Casablanca.

I hasten to add I was not around in 1932 so it was not me who wrote it.

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Jun-18-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: A simul not in <Whyld (1998)>.

Lancashire Daily Post, Tuesday April 2nd, 1901, p.3:

<On Monday evening, Dr. E. Lasker (chess champion of the world) gave an exhibition of simultaneous play, under the auspices of the Lancaster Chess Club, at the Phoenix Rooms, when he played a simultaneous game with 22 of the members. Great interest was taken in the event, some hundred spectators taking advantage of the invitations.>

Jul-08-20  KnightVBishop: interesting that when Gneeral Relativity was developed by Einstein...he denounced it (Lasker that is)
Jul-08-20  KnightVBishop: *general relativity
Jul-21-20  iron john: lasker wasnt invited at london 1922.and also new york 1927.and strong tournaments in zemering 1926 and bad kisingen 1928.i wonder why ? i think because capablanca didnt want him .
Jul-21-20  JimNorCal: Capa would have less influence after 1927?
And why would Capa fear Lasker? The WC match was one sided.
Jul-21-20  JimNorCal: I don't know about London 1922 but the other tournaments were affected by Lasker's retirement.

"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 ..."

Jul-21-20  iron john: in 20s lasker was better than any others ,even alekhine.and was equal with capablanca.he was ahead od capa in every tournament till 1936.
Jul-21-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Lasker didn't play enough for these records to mean much. He was fairly active in the 1890s, but between 1900 and 1925, he only played 7 major tournaments. That's taking the piss.
Aug-27-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  fredthebear: <Dr. Lasker's Chess History by Edward Winter>

https://www.chesshistory.com/winter...

I did not see Winter's link posted on this site in the previous few years, so here it is in case anyone is interested.

Aug-31-20  login:

ELG Laskerjahr 2018 (Sonderausgabe, in German)

https://lasker-gesellschaft.de/wp-c...

(Copyright 2018: Karl-Verlag)

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Der Mathematiker Emauel Lasker

'.. Unter den Schachspielern von Weltruhm war Emanuel Lasker ohne Zweifel der bedeutendste Mathematiker. Er hat etwa ein Dutzend wissenschaftliche Artikel publiziert, und ein wichtiger Satz der höheren Algebra trägt heute seinen Namen. Laskers mathematische Begabung hatte sich schon in seiner Kindheit gezeigt, und im Gymnasiumin Landsberg an der Warthe wählte er Mathematik als ein Schwerpunktfach. Die Aufgaben seiner Abiturprüfung im März 1888 machen deutlich, dass Lasker sich schon als Gymnasiast gute mathe matische Kenntnisse erworben haben musste: ..

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Lasker, Mitglied der American Mathematical Society (ab 1906) und der Kant-Gesellschaft (ab 1913), stand über die Jahre in brieflichem Kontakt mit verschiedenen führenden Mathematikern seiner Zeit. Mit der Familie des jung verstorbenen Holländers Pierre Joseph Henry Baudet (1891–1921) verband ihn eine enge Freundschaft. Und Edmund Landau (1877–1938), Mathematikprofessor in Göttingen, teilte mit Lasker und Baudet nicht nur das Interesse für Schach, sondern auch für Go und Laska; ein Gratulationsschreiben zu Laskers 60. Geburtstag zeugt vom freundschaftlichen Kontakt der beiden. David Hilbert (1862–1943), Adolf Hurwitz (1859–1919) und Otto Toeplitz (1881–1940) waren weitere bekannte Mathematiker, die Lasker offenbar zu seinem Bekanntenkreis zählte. ..'

by Joachim Rosenthal (Professor für angewandte Mathematik an der Universität Zürich und in den 1980er Jahren dreimal Schweizer Mannschaftsmeister mit der SG Allschwil)


About the autor:

Sein Kosmos war die Welt der Spiele

'.. Emanuel Lasker war einziger deutscher Schachweltmeister, promovierter Mathematiker, überzeugter Philosoph, Redaktor, engagierter Schriftsteller, Autor von Dramen, kreativer Erfinder neuer (Brett-)Spiele, Jude während der Nazi-Zeit in Deutschland, weitgereister Weltenbürger, politisch Denkender, verarmter Emigrant – kein Schachweltmeister führte ein abwechslungsreicheres Leben und hatte so viele Begabungen. ..'

https://www.nzz.ch/sein_kosmos_war_...

from Neue Züricher Zeitung, Markus Angst, 2010


see also Chessical/thomastonk (Jun 2015)


Letter correspondence

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Nov-01-20  SymphonicKnight: It should be noted that Kasparov, in "On My Great Predecessors," has significantly more wins for world champions than losses, usually, but noticably not in the case of Emanuel Lasker. For him Kasparov actually focuses more on losses, giving in his Part 1 +13=4-14, which is horrifying for the only player in this book that might be a rival to Kasparov's own claim to be greatest of all time. He makes Lasker look weak by not looking further into his real strengths.
Nov-01-20
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  Chessical: <"LASKER'S STYLE. The following interesting picture of the Champion from the " New York Evening Sun" after a performance the Manhattan Chess Club, an enterprising organisation that recently offered a prize to the player who should declare the greatest number of moves ahead.

"He is always at work. He scarely ever makes move without taking in the position. Whether it is his move or not, he is always bent game. Only on very rare occasions does look off the board, and only for a second or two perhaps, in order to greet a spectator or for purpose asking the official scorekeeper to get him a fresh cigar. His face, while engaged in play, scarcely ever tells a story about the prospects of the fight. It is always serious, and only when thinks the victory is at hand do his features become a little brighter. The game over, he will not show any signs of being elated. In a quiet gentlemanly way, he will go over the game with his adversary, explain certain moves, show scores of interesting variations which intended play if necessity had arisen, and tell his adversary and inquiring spectators did not play moves considered good by them. In fact, he will give an analytical description which shows that he spent all his time on the study of that particular game.">

"Derbyshire Advertiser and Journal", Friday 3rd February 1905, page 14.

Nov-01-20
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  Williebob: <Symphonic>, that is one way of looking at it, but Kasparov's narrative of Lasker shows clear admiration - certainly nothing suggesting that Lasker was overrated, or inferior to any chess champion. Those losses were against the very best players of his day!
Nov-01-20
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  Williebob: <MissScarlett>'s comment above is food for thought. I agree that "longest time as champion" is not very meaningful for the period of Lasker's dominance due to WWI (I do think Carlsen's current staying power is a major contrast and statistically awesome, by comparison.). All the same, even if Lasker's reign were asterisk'ed in terms of years, his performances when he showed up are simply fantastic. I think it is interesting how dismissive Fischer was of Lasker, when Bobby clearly adopted a similar approach to his preparations by taking years off between his periods of activity. All of this is now seems moot because of computers - taking years off to prepare won't help you in 21st century chess!
Nov-02-20  SymphonicKnight: <Williebob> Fischer and Kasparov both. Kasparov, across volumes of OMGP had Steinitz+12=2-2, Tarrasch +12=3-5, Rubinstein +7=1-3, Capablanca +26=4-8, Alekhine +35=5-3, Chigorin +8=1-6 and Lasker +13=4=14, and no wins from the second match with Steinitz, Nuremburg 189, London 1899, Paris 1900, huge successes for Lasker. It is unclear why they were so dismissive. I think it jealousy, and their inability to track as well.
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