Emanuel Lasker (Second World Chess Champion) Bio
Second World Chess Champion
Emanuel Lasker was the second FIDE World Chess Champion. He lived from December 24, 1868 to January 11, 1941. Lasker was a German world chess champion. He became the second world chess champion when he beat Wilhelm Steinitz in 1894 and reigned for 17 years until he was defeated by José Raúl Capablanca.
His opponents accused him of using a “psychological” style in which Lasker deliberately played inferior moves that were designed to confuse them. Emanuel Lasker’s preferred opening was the Exchange Variation of Ruy Lopez, which he used especially in must-win situations. He was also considered a master of openings.
In 1896-97 he published a chess book titled Common Sense in Chess, based on lectures he had given in London. Lasker also founded Lasker’s Chess Magazine which began in November 1904 and ran until 1909. He was also interested in the strategy game Go for a short period in 1906.
Lasker versus Steinitz, 1894