Was Albert Einstein a very good Chess player?


Although there are not many noted games of Dr. Einstein...it is widely know that he frequently played with his close friend Dr. Eamanuel Lasker...and even wrote the forword to his biography...


Looks like Einstein was a big fan of discovered attacks and checks. He had what? 4 of them set up in that? Knowing what they are and knowing how to set them up are, for me personally, two completely different things.


He did spend lots of time with Lasker, and he could not forgive him (lasker) for using his brilliant mind mostly for chess. Then again, how many great minds did not play chess as they choose other field to use their genius! And how many did choose chess over medicine, engineering... 

You can look that from both sides. How many great chess players we did not see, maybe some much stronger than Fischer and Kasparov... And how much did science lose cuz of chess?


True that Strept lol


Einstein was okay, but Oppenheimer sure played bad.


Einstien was rated approximately 1400. :)


But the game above looks to be perhaps 'Expert' level? (2000-2199)


Einstein should have spent less time playing chess, and more time trying to figure out why relativity breaks down inside of black holes.


i read some were that he didnt play chess because it was awast of time


Here is my article on Einstein and chess.



Thanks for sharing this article...


I'd say Einstein is about 1500. Robert Oppenheimer made it pretty easy for him though.


He was spending his free time with Lasker but I don't think he had any time to learn chess teory or to play regulary, or even to put on paper his games like this one. So, is this game really his...?


Einstein looks at least 2000 strength in that game, possibly stronger. I don't know why some of you guys are estimating 1400/1500 (show me the patzer moves he made.) He executed his attack with strong and fluid precision.


Albert Einstein a chess player?? Who knew?


yeah was he really a chess player

tonydal wrote:

Yes, apparently this tormented him quite a bit (the old ad absurdum argument)...a point which perfessers never seem to bring up much.

To the OP, I have to say:  I dunno, is Arnold Schwarzenegger a very good chess player?  Seems like you're falling prey to the old brainiacs=chess players myth.  Just read some of the Bobby Fischer's interviews if you want to see that notion dispelled.

Bobby Fischer reportedly had an IQ of 180 so you can't say he was an idiot. A lunatic, yes... but not stupid.


I escorted Dr. Teller from Moffett Field NAS to Lawrence Livermore several times in the 1980s and tried to play chess with him, but he was always too busy (or too tired) and I never saw him play chess, although I do know he played chess in his early days.

Syrtis wrote:

Black holes weren't invented until after relativity, by which time Einstein was far too busy trying to prove quantum mechanics was wrong.

 The NAME wasn't invented but he knew his theory predicted them.


This game is said to have been from 1933 at Princeton by some. It is also attributed to 1940. Another undocumented claim is that Albert Einstein was not one of the players, but that Hans Albert Einstein, his son, was. The son and Robert Oppenheimer were said to be on the Berkeley faculty after World War II.