Emanuel Lasker - Quotes, Publications, and other work...


Work in other fields

Despite the relatively small amount of time Lasker spent working on mathematics, he produced a theorem which, after a further refinement, became one of the foundations of modern algebra. His attempt to create a general theory of all competitive activities had some influence on von Neumann's work on game theory, and his later writings about card games presented a significant issue in the mathematical analysis of card games.


Emanuel Lasker and his brother Berthold Lasker, 1907
Emanuel Lasker and his brother Berthold Lasker, 1907


Other facets of his life

He was also a philosopher, and a good friend of Albert Einstein. Later in life he became an ardent humanitarian, and wrote passionately about the need for inspiring and structured education for the stabilization and security of mankind. He took up bridge and became a master at it, and a registered teacher of the Culbertson system. He also studied Go.

He invented Lasca, a draughts-like game, where instead of removing captured pieces from the board, they are stacked underneath the capturer.

Poetess Else Lasker-Schüler was his sister-in-law.

Edward Lasker, the American International Master, engineer, and author, claimed that he was related to Emanuel Lasker. They played together in the great 1924 New York tournament.



  • Lasker's Chess Magazine1904-1907.
  • Lasker's Manual of Chess, 1925, was as famous in chess circles for its philosophical tone as for its content.



  • "The acquisition of harmonious education is comparable to the production and the elevation of an organism harmoniously built. The one is fed by blood, the other one by the spirit; but Life, equally mysterious, creative, powerful, flows through either." — from Manual of Chess


  • "Lies and hypocrisy do not survive for long on the chessboard. The creative combination lies bare the presumption of a lie, while the merciless fact, culminating in a checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite." — from Manual of Chess


  • ". . . (it is) something unearthly . . . If there are sentient beings on other planets, then they play Go."