Emanuel Lasker: Denker, Weltenburger, Schachweltmeister

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Author: Forster, Richard (1975- ), Stefan Hansen, Michael Negele signed

Year: 2009

Publisher: Exzelsior Verlag

Place: Berlin


xvi+1079 pages with over 500 pictures, 1600 diagrams, 700 games and indexes. Thick quarto (11 1/4" x 8 1/4") issued in gray cloth with silver lettering to spine and cover and two ribbon markers. Published for the Lasker Society. Introduction by Paul Werner Wagner. Signed. First edition.

Twenty five top level authors contribute in detail Lasker's multifaceted life inside and outside the chess world. His chess carer has been analyzed by grand-masterly hands from the very beginning over the long time as a world champion to the surprising comeback in retirement. Six key chapters trace Lasker's life and work in Germany, England, the Netherlands, the United States, Cuba and Russia. For the first time Lasker's origin and childhood have been compiled in detail besides the volume offers and in-depth appreciation of the figure of Jacques Hannak who's 1952 biography of Lasker has decisively formed the Lasker image of many generations. Moreover Lasker's own creative activity as a journalist and author has been systematically researched. Reputable experts pursue Lasker's ambitions in the fields of mathematics, philosophy and drama. His achievements in the area of Bridge and Go as well as in the game invented by himself, Laska, are appreciated first hand, and friends of artistic chess don't loose out as well. One chapter each on Lasker's oeuvre in problem chess and in endgame studies round out the diversified work.

This work and been inscribed or signed by one of the editors, Michael Negele and two of the contributors, Robert van de Velde his work on bridge and John Donaldson. Also signed by the following Second Sinquefield cup participants. The players: The winner with seven consecutive wins Fabiano Caruana; World Champion Magnus Carlsen (second); Veselin Topalov former World Champion took third; tied for fourth was Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, former World Junior Champion, and Levon Aronian. In addition to the players the was the arbitrator and the commentators as well as the sponsor, Rex Sinquefield. The Cup was held from August 27 to September 7, again at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis. The event in 2013 was the strongest chess tournament ever held in the U.S. up until that time. The 2014 edition, however, is (numerically) the strongest in the total history of chess, as measured by actual ELO-ratings of the (this time) six opponents, all in the top ten of FIDE's ELO-rating list. The six grandmasters again played the modernized classic time control of 40 moves in 90 minutes with a 30-second increment for every move, followed by an additional 30 minutes plus the per-move-increment for the rest of the game, in a double round-robin tournament. With the six players present (Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave), the tournament consisted of ten rounds with 10 games to play for every participant. According to the FIDE rating, the players were the nos. 1, 2, 3, 5, 8 and 9 in the world. The total prize fund was increased to $315,000. After round 7, Caruana had achieved a score of 7-0, which was described as an "historical achievement" by Levon Aronian. Caruana finally finished the tournament with 8.5/10, with the highest ever performance rating in a single tournament, beating out Magnus Carlsen in the 2009 Nanjing Pearl Spring tournament and Anatoly Karpov in the 1994 Linares chess tournament. It was widely compared to Bobby Fischer's 20 game winning streak in 1970-71


Signatures on title. A fine copy issued without jacket.