Weltgeschichte des Schachs: Lieferung 11; Emanuel Lasker

Weltgeschichte des Schachs: Lieferung 11; Emanuel Lasker

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Author: Wildhagen, Eduard (editor)

Year: 1958

Publisher: Verlag Dr E Wildhagan

Place: Hamburg


[1-32]+unpaginated with plate and facsimile signature after title page, illustrations. Addendum laid in. Octavo (8 3/4" x 7"). bound in original publisher's red cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover. First edition.

Lasker represented the link between Steinitz and the modern chess world. He ensured that the principles of Steinitz were given maximum reward. Together with Steinitz, positional play in chess was well and truly introduced, elevating the game to a new level.

Lasker's game philosophy from a psychological perspective, is extremely interesting because he uniquely put human frailty into the equation for being an effective chess player. Through the examples of his games which were for a long time not understood, he taught players to respect the psychological elements of chess. Examples of psychological factors affecting Lasker's choice of plan: He would tempt defensive opponents onto the attack, he would create a very tactical unclear climate for his positional opponents. He was clearly aware that a bad move against one player, might be a very effective move against another player of different playing style. Basically he was a psychological nightmare to play against! Perhaps Lasker would have been a great anti-computer chess player if he had been alive today, using for example very closed positions devoid of tactics, to remove the metal monster's counter play completely before doing anything active to win!


Notes on end papers, previous owner's name on front end paper, lightly soiled, gilt dulled. A very good copy issued with out dust jacket.

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