Emanuel Lasker – 2nd Classical World Champ

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Today we will look at the life of Emanuel Lasker who had a Phd in Mathehatics. He was viewed as very temperamental and passionate about his chess. He was literally regarded as a giant on the chessboard despite his small stature. It is said that he even spat on one of his opponents during one of his outbursts…during this crisis time of Covid 19 pandemic he would probably have been jailed for said action.


His games are really interesting to study in particular what is regarded by me as an evergreen game…

Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Emanuel Lasker 1895/6

  1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5.Bg5 cxd4 6. Qxd4 Nc6 7. Qh4 Be7 8. O-O-O Qa5 9.e3 Bd7 10. Kb1 h6 11. cxd5 exd5 12. Nd4 O-O 13.Bxf6 Bxf6 14. Qh5 Nxd4 15. exd4 Be6 16. f4 Rac8 17. f5 Rxc3 18. fxe6 Ra3 19. exf7+ Rxf7 20. bxa3 Qb6+ 21. Bb5 Qxb5+ 22. Ka1 Rc7 23. Rd2 Rc4 24. Rhd1 Rc3 25.Qf5 Qc4 26. Kb2 Rxa3 27. Qe6+ Kh7 28. Kxa3 Qc3+ 29.Ka4 b5+ 30. Kxb5 Qc4+ 0-1 (the game would conclude with 31. Ka5 Bd8+ 32. Qb6 axb6#

Till next time, burn the chess candle on both ends.

Basil Ellman

Basil is an active chess coach for more than 30 years... He is also a qualified trainer of coaches and a qualified chess arbiter. Basil has a passion for chess and has established various chess clubs in schools and communities in the Western Cape - South Africa which are still in existence and growing strong. He has served on various bodies promoting chess not only as a sport but also as a tool to excel academically. He has a Masters degree in Specialised education and is also an advocate for players with special needs.


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