Mathematician:Emanuel Lasker

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German philosopher and mathematician who was also one of the greatest chess-players of all time.

Inventor of the game now known as Lasca.




  • Born: 24 Dec 1868, Berlinchen, Prussia (now Barlinek, Poland)
  • Died: 11 Jan 1941 in New York, USA

Theorems and Definitions


  • 1892-93: The London Chess Fortnightly
  • August 1895: Metrical Relations of Plane Spaces of $n$ Manifoldness
  • October 1895: About a Certain Class of Curved Lines in Space of $n$ Manifoldness
  • 1896: Common Sense in Chess
  • 1900: Lasker's How to Play Chess: An Elementary Text Book for Beginners, Which Teaches Chess By a New, Easy and Comprehensive Method
  • 1901: Über Reihen auf der Convergenzgrenze (On Series at Convergence Boundaries)
  • November 1904 - 1909: Edited Lasker's Chess Magazine
  • 1905: Zur Theorie der Moduln und Ideale
  • 1906: Kampf (Struggle)
  • 1910: The International Chess Congress, St. Petersburg, 1909
  • 1913: Das Begreifen der Welt (Comprehending the World)
  • 1918: Die Philosophie des Unvollendbar (The Philosophy of the Unattainable)
  • 1925: Lasker's Manual of Chess
  • 1925: Vom Menschen die Geschichte (History of Mankind or Days of Mankind) (a play, co-written with his brother Berthold Lasker)
  • 1926: Lehrbuch des Schachspiels (re-written in English in 1927 as Lasker's Manual of Chess)
  • 1929: Encyclopedia of Games
  • 1929: Das verständige Kartenspiel (rewritten in English in 1929 as Sensible Card Play)
  • 1931: Brettspiele der Völker (Board Games of the Nations)
  • 1931: Das Bridgespiel (The Game of Bridge)
  • 1934: Lasker's Chess Primer
  • 1940: The Community of the Future

Notable Quotes

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.
-- The Principle of Justice, in Lasker's Manual of Chess
Education in Chess has to be an education in independent thinking and judgement. Chess must not be memorized, simply because it is not important enough. ... Memory is too valuable to be stocked with trifles.
-- Final Reflections, in Lasker's Manual of Chess