Best games of Emanuel Lasker

Emanuel Lasker – The Fearless Fighter

Emanuel Lasker, the second World Champion, has accomplished numerous feats that will probably never be surpassed.

First of all, he held the title of the World Champion longer than anyone else in the history. When he lost his crown to Jose Raul Capablanca in 1921, it was the 27th year of his tenure as a World Champion.

And even after his loss, he continued playing successfully, winning numerous tournaments and remaining a member of the world elite for almost a decade afterward.

Secondly, apart from being a great chess player, Lasker was a prominent mathematician. Apart from being a doctor of philosophy, he was also a top notch scientist; some of his theorems are topical even today, such as Lasker – Noether theorem.

It is hard to pinpoint a single factor that contributed to his universality and chess longevity. However, if one would have to pick one trait that distinguished him from other players of his generation, that would definitely be psychology.

Lasker was one of the first players that realized that a chess game is much more than a battle on the chess board. The number of games he managed to win from the inferior positions is unprecedented. By maintaining his composure and his will to fight, he would often induce errors from his opponents and then exploit them mercilessly.

However, Lasker wasn’t only relying on tricks and psychology throughout his career. He was the first prototype of the modern grandmaster. He could play it all, quiet strategical positions, sharp tactical middlegames, equal endgames. Whatever the position was, the main motto was to fight, to continue the struggle, to set problems for the opponents.

In this overview of the highlights of Lasker’s career, I have tried including it all. Hope you will enjoy it 🙂

1. Lasker – Bauer, Amsterdam, 1889.

2. Lasker – Capablanca, 1914.

3. Pillsbury – Lasker, St. Petersburg, 1896.

4. Lasker – Napier, Cambridge Springs, 1904.

5. Lasker – Steinitz, World Championship, 1894.

6. Lasker – Schlechter, World Championship, 1910.

7. Lasker – Pillsbury, New York, 1893.

8. Lasker – Steinitz, World Championship, 1894.

9. Lasker – Pillsbury, Paris, 1900

10. Lasker – Steinitz, Hastings, 1895

Best games of Wilhelm Steinitz

Wilhelm Steinitz – the first World Champion

The year 1886 is a year of colossal importance in the history of chess.

On January 11th, the first official match for the title of the World Champion between Wilhelm Steinitz and Johannes Zukertort took place.

Although many notable matches took place in the preceding years, this match was the first in which the official “World Champion” term was used.

By winning the match with the 10 – 5 score, the 50-year-old Steinitz became the first World Champion in the chess history.

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Best chess players never to become World Champion – part two – Paul Keres

 Friend Paul

If it weren’t for the greatness of Viktor Korchnoi, examined in the first part of this series, the Estonian Paul Keres would have easily taken the number one spot on the “greatest player never to become World Champion” list.

During his career, Paul Keres displayed amazing consistency and longevity. Brilliant tournament victories, multiple SSSR Championship wins, golden Olympic medals, attractive attacking style and four(!) second places in the Candidates tournament over the span of 20 years make him one of the giants of our ancient game.

Especially when one learns about all the political and historical circumstances that weren’t in his favour for the most part of his career.

His greatness was acknowledged recently with a series of brilliant articles by Estonian Historian Joosep Grents for

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Funny chess stories

Funny chess stories?

Since I have started answering chess related questions on Quora, I have tried covering a broad variety of chess topics.

So far, my most upvoted answers have included some chess anecdotes from my own tournament experience.

That’s how I got the idea to write this post. During the last couple of years, I have heard and read a lot of chess stories that put a big laugh on my face.

I’ve decided that putting the most remarkable ones in one place might make a lot of sense.

I know you are probably wondering how can anyone use the words funny and chess in the same sentence.

But people have wondered the same about my own jokes and I am sure you all find them hilarious.

Aren’t you guys?



And that’s when I told them… I have a funny story about chess

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The Legal’s Trap


On the road toward chess mastery, a chess player acquires knowledge about numerous attacking mechanism and mating patterns.

For instance, every strong player is familiar with the typical sacrifice of the bishop on h7, typical exchange sacrifice on h5 and other similar attacking manoeuvres.

However, one attacking pattern, in particular, has become especially famous throughout the centuries. It is rather well known because it was named after the player who originally played it in the 18th century.

Probably any Russian schoolboy could tell you the name of this manoeuvre even if you woke him up in the middle of the night.

Therefore, if you ever dreamt about travelling to Russia and waking up Russian schoolchildren in the middle of the night, it is probably time that you too get acquainted with Legal’s trap.

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