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Thanks for the lesson, Dejan!
I thank you from my heart for this comment!
Dejean, you are a great coach, all your lectures are concise and straight to the point, no nonsense and great pedagogy. Much appreciated.
Simply magnificent lecture, precise and detailed when required.
Thanks again Grandmaster Dejan Bojkov.
I love your videos and find them to be very instructive. And by the way, I've noticed you seem more relaxed and fluent in your delivery. You're doing a great job and this series is absolutely awesome! Keep up the work.
Great Video, well, explained!!! Thanks Dejan
Awesome very instructive.Looking forward for more.
... Why couldn't Lasker play Nd7 fork instead of Qd7?
Everyone has his own favourite players. As far as I remember that Fischer also did not include Lasker in his best 10 players. However, as one of the readers wrote, Kramnik is a great fan of him.
I personally greatly appreciate the enourmous impact that all these great champions and their contenders had for the development of chess, adn like them all.
CHESSGUEVARA: It so happens that Lasker is my favorite player. The first chess book I ever read was his Common Sense in Chess.
Now as for the length of time he was champion, even if you take away the WWI years, plus one for everything to get back on track, we still have 22 left, which is still more time than any other world champion ever by about 6 or seven years
Tarrasch must of felt like an idiot for talking smack.
When Lasker is mentioned is usually to emphasize his long reign as World Champion, which was mainly due to WWI's interference I think. I don't feel like I hear much about him when people talk about their favorite players. It always seems like Morphy, Steinitz, Capablanca, and Alekhine. Even Tarrasch is frequently cited as a legend because of some book he wrote. It seems like Lasker doesn't have the same prestige in his legacy. Does this seem true to you guys as well? I mean obviously he is mentioned here in Greatest Minds, but he never seems to be on anyone's shortlist for great players. Seems odd to me.
Playing as world champion, Lasker uses the "Lasker Defense," against Marshall.Moving to the 28th move we see Marshall sets up a wonderfully sneaky pawn sacrifice trap. Lasker keeping his presence of mind did not take the bait, eventually winning the match convincingly.
Second game Lasker vs. Tarrasch, using the "Tarrasch Defense." Tarrasch develops well but at a critical juncture he makes a timid move that changes the nature of the game.
Note: Lasker introduces the psychological notion of playing against the opening not just the position.
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by GM Dejan Bojkov
Today GM Bojkov reviews two of the most critical wins of Lasker's career, both coming in World Championship Matches with the title on the line. The first game showed his prophylactic skills against the American Frank Marshall (not falling for that lethal Qxc8+ trap)! The second game proved Lasker's "psychological advantages" over his opponents at the time when he proves more flexible than the rigid Dr. Tarrasch.
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GM Dejan Bojkov
Dejan Bojkov is a Grandmaster, originally from Bulgaria. As a youngster, Dejan was the winner of numerous Youth Championships -- including Boys Under 14 and Boys Under 18 Bulgarian Champion. This translated to success on the international stage, with his most recent victory coming at the Sydney International Open in Australia (2010). As a trainer his work has known little failure, and some of his students include Antoaneta Stefanova-former World Womens Champion.
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