"Chess is a fight."
World Champion 1894-1921
Born: 1868 in Berlinchen (not far from Berlin)
Died: 1941 in New York
For Lasker chess was a psychological battle. It was a game where you
didn't just objectively look at the board, you played what you knew your
opponent feared. Lasker otherwise continued in Steinitz's positional
tradition, while also gaining recognition for his tactical
prowess. Lasker often was able to turn losing or drawish
positions into victory by boring
his opponents to death, or luring them into attacks when attacks weren't
in their nature. Part of Lasker's legacy was his record 27 years as World
Champion, a very strong testament to the strength and duration of his ideas.