Emanuel Lasker

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Please do not confuse Emanuel Lasker with Edward Lasker !

Emanuel Lasker

Emanuel Lasker


Emanuel Lasker (1868-1941). A chess world champion (1894-1921) who liked to play Go, too.

In 1908 he married and became husband, father, and grandfather all at once. During World War I he invested his savings in war bonds (and lost it all).

Lasker's 1902 Ph.D. dissertation contained fundamental results in commutative algebra still relevant to modern research. The most famous is now referred to as the Lasker Noether Theorem. Emanuel Lasker's older brother Berthold won the New York State chess championship in 1902.
His cousin, Edward Lasker, published an important Go book.

tderz In [ext] How Go came to America -- by [ Milton N. Bradley | he writes: About 2 years later, Emanuel Lasker (Ed. Note: no relation; tderz's note: to Edward Lasker), ...

Hence, either Milton Bradley has it wrong, and Edward was a cousin then to both Emanuel and Berthold OR Emanuel had no brother Berthold or Edward was not a relative of either. Could someone check this out?

BTW, [ext] http://www.logicalchess.com/info/trivia/l.html mentions ''Lasker, Edward (1885-1981) Became an International Master at the age of 75. Edward Lasker won the championship of Paris in 1912, the London championship in 1914, the New York City championship in 1915, and the championship of Chicago in 1916. '', however not a brother Berthold, nor any other Lasker who would have won NY championship in 1902. Did there creep in an error or three? [ext] http://www.chess-poster.com/great_players/lasker.htm writes that In 1924, at the great New York International Tournament, of course Dr. Lasker came in first, Capablanca came in second, Dr. Alekhine came in third. (perhaps this tournament, 10 years later was meant? please quote and use sorces in order to avoid mistakes)

tderz I would like to know for once, what Lasker (I always thought it was Emanuel, and that would make it so much more usable for marketing Go, appeal to authority) really has said. I quoted him as well several times, however never directly. Who has the oldest and/or most reliable source?

[ext] http://www.gungfu.de/zitate/#Go/Baduk/WeiQi cites: Wenn es im Universum noch irgendwo intelligente Lebewesen gibt, dann kennen sie vielleicht Schach, höchstwahrscheinlich jedoch Go. (...) Emanuel Lasker

[ext] http://www.leipzig-go.de/fruehgeschichte.html cites Emanuel Lasker: Ich betrachte das Schach nicht als Allheilmittel auf dem Gebiet des Figurenspiels, z.B. stelle ich dem Go ein günstigeres Prognostikon. The same site cites him with: "Emanuel Lasker publiziert Brettspiele der Völker mit 30 Seiten über Go, darin erkennt er klar: Go hat eine durchgehendere Logik als das Schach, ist ihm an Einfachheit überlegen und steht ihm, glaube ich, an Schwung der Phantasie nicht nach. in dem Buch stellt er auch sein selbst erfundenes Spiel Laska vor In einer anderen Publikation sagt er: Wenn es im Universum noch irgendwo intelligente Lebewesen gibt, dann kennen sie vielleicht Schach, höchstwahrscheinlich jedoch Go.

Lasker is at the left, to the right is Felix Dueball

Lasker is at the left, to the right is Felix Dueball "Das Foto zeigt Lasker bei einer Go-Partie mit Felix Dueball in dessen Wohnung am Friedrich-Karl-Platz 14 (heute Klausenerplatz 5) in Charlottenburg am 07. März 1930. Im Hintergrund steht Fritz Dueball (ältester Sohn von Felix) und vorne sitzt noch Dr. Rosenwald aus München. " (Image by: [ext] http://www.lasker-gesellschaft.de/partien/partien.html)

On that site you'll also find a [ext] commented game of Lasker against Felix Dueball.

Lasker played Go in 'Cafe König' in Berlin, Germany.


Emanuel Lasker last edited by on January 11, 2012 - 21:08
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