GM Emanuel Lasker

Full name
Emanuel Lasker
Life
Dec 24, 1868 - Jan 11, 1941 (age 72)
Place of birth
Berlinchen, Prussia (now Barlinek, Poland)
Federation
Germany

Emanuel Lasker was one of the most dominant world champions, holding onto the title for 27 years. With a new, more flexible approach to chess that was ahead of his time, he confused many of his opponents. Adept at being an all-out attacker as well as a tenacious, active defender, Lasker used this lack of a one-dimensional playing style to his advantage. Lasker was also known as an opening theoretician who created many well-known openings that are still used in our time.

Emanuel Lasker learned to play chess at the age of 11 when he was sent to Berlin to study math. In 1889 he rose through the chess rankings quickly by winning multiple tournaments and placing highly in others. In 1894 Lasker challenged the World Champion Wilhelm Steinitz for the title and he won the match convincingly with a record of 10 wins, 5 losses and 4 draws. This made Lasker the second formally recognized World Chess Champion. He continued to retain his world champion title for the following 27 years, beating strong players such as Frank Marshall, Siegbert Tarrasch, Carl Schlechter and David Janowski in the process. Lasker finally lost the title to José Capablanca in 1921. Lasker retired from serious chess in 1925 and he passed away on January 11, 1941.

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Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Pirc Defense (1) : B07
Nimzo-Indian Defense (2) : E33 E21
English Opening (3) : A25 A28 A13
Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D91 D94
Slav Defense (5) : D19 D12 D13 D11
Queen's Gambit Accepted (6) : D27 D26 D20 D21
Alekhine Defense (2) : B05 B03
Caro-Kann Defense (6) : B10 B13 B16 B18
Four Knights Game (2) : C49 C46
Queen's Indian Defense (1) : E12
London System (2) : A48
Indian Game (1) : A48
Queen's Pawn Opening (8) : D02 A40
Scandinavian Defense (2) : B01
Petrov's Defense (6) : C42 C43
Tarrasch Defense (6) : D32
King's Gambit Declined (6) : C30 C32 C31
King's Gambit Accepted (6) : C39
Giuoco Piano Game (4) : C53 C50 C51
Center Game Accepted (1) : C21
Bird's Opening (2) : A03
King's Gambit (2) : C30
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Semi-Slav Defense (1) : D46
Colle System (1) : D04
Vienna Game (4) : C25 C26
Modern Defense (1) : B06
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Black Pieces
Bird's Opening (7) : A03 A02
Four Knights Game (17) : C49 C47 C48
Catalan Opening (1) : E01
Colle System (10) : D04 D05
Reti Opening (1) : A04
English Opening (5) : A13 A12 A20 A22
Queen's Gambit Accepted (2) : D23 D26
Tarrasch Defense (6) : D34 D33 D32
Queen's Indian Defense (1) : E16
Semi-Slav Defense (3) : D47 D46
Torre Attack (1) : A46
Queen's Pawn Opening (7) : D02 D00 A40
Old Indian Defense (3) : A54 A53
Indian Game (1) : A50
Alekhine Defense (1) : B02
Vienna Game (11) : C29 C26 C25
Bogo-Indian Defense (1) : E11
Giuoco Piano Game (18) : C50 C52 C54 C53 C51
Scotch Game (3) : C45
Pirc Defense (1) : B07
Italian Game (5) : C56 C58 C55 C50
Dutch Defense (1) : A83
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C33
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C31
Bishop's Opening (1) : C24
Caro-Kann Defense (1) : B10
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Philidor Defense (1) : C41

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