Lasker on Spielmann

Lasker on Spielmann

From Emanuel Lasker’s chess column in Pester Lloyd, Februar 5, 1911: Spielmann is one of the young masters who have a lot of knowledge, but that has not limited his originality. He knows the beaten track, but also enters the unfamiliar ones. His pursuit of originality is not, as can be seen frequently in others, …

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Lasker Knocked Out?

Lasker Knocked Out?

During a visit to Copenhagen in 1927, Lasker told a news reporter an anecdote about meeting the world heavyweight boxing champion: The former chess world champion, Dr. Emanuel Lasker, who is staying in this city for a couple of days, is a cheerful man who appreciates both hearing and telling anecdotes. Here is one of …

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Early Life of Einar Michelsen, Part 2

Early Life of Einar Michelsen, Part 2

3rd Nordic Correspondance Tournament Einar Michelsen’s first major event was the 3rd Nordic Correspondence Tournament, which started in November 1902. The participants were divided into two groups. Michelsen played in group A and achieved an impressive score of 3½ / 5, losing only to the favorite A. C. Rosendahl. As shown in the tournament table …

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Lasker’s Strange Problem

Lasker’s Strange Problem

During a visit to Copenhagen in July 1908, Lasker presented the members of Industriforeningen’s chess club this strange position with the stipulation, white to move draws: Solution: 1. Ng4+ Ke7 2. Nf5+ Kd7 3. Ne5+ Kc8 4. Ne7+ Kb8 5. Nd7+ Ka7 6. Nc8+ Ka6 7. Nb8+ Kb5 8. Na7+ Kb4 9. Na6+ Kc3 10. Nb5+ …

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Early Life of Einar Michelsen, Part 1

Early Life of Einar Michelsen, Part 1

Einar Michelsen was a minor American master who immigrated to the United States from Denmark in 1905 as a 20 year old. We do not know much about his Danish life and this article is an attempt to fill the gaps. My starting point is an article in the American Chess Bulletin 1907, p. 193: …

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Alekhine and Lasker plays bridge

Alekhine and Lasker plays bridge

Sitting from left to right: Landau, unknown (with the back to the camera), Alekhine, Lasker, and Maroczy. Tartakower is kiebitzing in the background. The photo was published (and taken?) after the 7th game in the World championship match between Alekhine and Euwe. At the time Alekhine had a clear lead with 5-2. Landau was Alekhine’s …

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Chess Masters in Jail: Gunsberg

Chess Masters in Jail: Gunsberg

Chess Master Gunsberg arrested. A telegram from Berlin, the 9th of this month: One of the participants in the chess tournament in Petersburg, Gunsberg, was placed under arrest. Gunsberg was on his way back to England, where he lives. The arrest was due to his passport, which, however, had been cleared up by the English …

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