Lasker: The Chess Psychologist

davidbrown914
davidbrown914
Dec 22, 2008, 12:00 AM |
2 | Chess Players

At the end of the first half of this double-round tournament, Capablanca stood a point and a half ahead of his closest rivals, Lasker and Tarrasch. When he met Lasker again in the seventh of the final ten rounds, even a draw would virtually assure the Cuban of first place. But Lasker, the great chess psychologist, adopted an opening in which Black might indeed try for the advantage, but could not readily obtain a draw. The result was a great victory over a great opponent.

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