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Emmanuel Lasker

Emmanuel Lasker

The 2nd World Chess Champion


Let me tell you kids about myself. I am Emanuel Lasker and I was a German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher. I was World Chess Champion for 27 years. In my prime, I was one of the most dominant champions, and I am still generally regarded as one of the strongest players who have ever lived. 

 Early Chess Career

I was born on December 24, 1868, Neumark. I was the son of a Jewish cantor. When I was eleven, I was sent to Berlin to study mathematics, where I lived with my brother and he taught me how to play chess.
I shot up through the chess rankings in 1889, when I won the annual Winter tournament and a second division tournament at the sixth German Chess Federation’s congress held in Breslau. Winning the Hauptturnier earned me the title of “master”.

Style and Later  Chess Career

People criticized me because I used psychology against my opponents. They said my game wasn’t pure enough but I answered those criticisms by creating an even more impressive playing record. I demonstrated the correctness of my ideas by beating all of my critics.
My match records were impressive from 1896-97 winning all the normal matches, and among those three of them were convincing defenses of my title. I first faced Marshall in the World Chess Championship 1907, when despite his aggressive style, Marshall could not win a single game, losing eight and drawing seven.

When I challenged Siegbert Tarrasch to a match, he declined it publicly stating that I should first prove my mettle by attempting to win one or two major international events.
I then played against him (after proving myself) in the World Chess Championship 1908. Tarrasch considered me as a coffeehouse player but I gave a brilliant answer on the chessboard and eventually I won against him.
In 1896-97, I published my book Common Sense in Chess, based on lecture I had given in London in 1895. By this time I was nearly 52 years old and I never played any serious game.
I was considered to have a psychological method of playing. Chess is, above all, a fight in which if you have the desire to win, you will win.

I was also the author of a very popular book, “Common Sense in Chess” if you would like a copy you can download it here 

If you would like to know more about me you can go here.

If you would like to know more about the previous World Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz, you can click here.

 Here are a couple of my games for you to look at.

[pgn height=500 initialHalfmove=16 autoplayMode=none] [Event "Lasker - Bird"] [Site "Newcastle-upon-Tyne ENG"] [Date "1892.08.30"] [Round "2"] [White "Henry Edward Bird"] [Black "Emanuel Lasker"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "A02"] [EventDate "1892.08.29"] [PlyCount "84"] 1.f4 e5 2.fxe5 d6 3.exd6 Bxd6 4.Nf3 g5 5.d4 g4 6.Ne5 Bxe5 7.dxe5 Qxd1+ 8. Kxd1 Nc6 9.Bf4 Be6 10.e3 Nge7 11.Bb5 O-O-O+ 12.Kc1 Bd5 13.Rg1 a6 14.Be2 Be6 15.Nc3 h6 16.Bd3 Ng6 17.Bxg6 fxg6 18.Rd1 Rde8 19.e4 g5 20.Bg3 Rhf8 21. b3 h5 22.Rd2 h4 23.Bf2 Nxe5 24.Be3 h3 25.Bxg5 g3 26.hxg3 Rf1+ 27.Kb2 Rxa1 28.Kxa1 h2 29.Rd1 Ng4 30.Rh1 Bf7 31.Kb2 c6 32.Kc1 Bg6 33.Kd2 Rxe4 34.Nd1 Rd4+ 35.Ke2 Rxd1 36.Rxd1 Be4 37.Rd8+ Kc7 38.Rd1 Bxg2 39.Bd8+ Kc8 40.Bb6 Bd5 41.c4 h1=Q 42.Rxh1 Bxh1 0-1 [/pgn] [pgn height=500 initialHalfmove=16 autoplayMode=none] [Event "Graz"] [Site "Graz AUH"] [Date "1890.09.03"] [Round "3"] [White "Emanuel Lasker"] [Black "Johann Hermann Bauer"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "D03"] [PlyCount "79"] 1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.Bg5 e6 4.e3 Be7 5.Bd3 Nbd7 6.Nbd2 Nh5 7.Bxe7 Qxe7 8. O-O O-O 9.Rc1 g6 10.c4 c6 11.Qb3 Rd8 12.Rfd1 Nhf6 13.Bf1 Qd6 14.h3 b6 15. a4 Rb8 16.Nb1 Bb7 17.Na3 Qe7 18.Qc3 Ne4 19.Qe1 Rdc8 20.Ra1 c5 21.b3 Bc6 22.Nb5 Ra8 23.Na3 Nd6 24.Ne5 Nxe5 25.dxe5 Ne8 26.Nb1 Rd8 27.Nc3 dxc4 28. bxc4 Rxd1 29.Rxd1 Rd8 30.f4 Rd7 31.Bd3 Ng7 32.Be4 Bxe4 33.Nxe4 Ne8 34.Rxd7 Qxd7 35.Qh4 Qd3 36.Nd6 Qxe3+ 37.Kh2 Nxd6 38.exd6 Qd4 39.Qe7 Qxf4+ 40.Kg1 1/2-1/2 [/pgn]

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