Emanuel Lasker

1868 - 1941

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Emanuel Lasker (German pronunciation: [eˈmaːnuɛl ˈlaskɐ] (listen); December 24, 1868 – January 11, 1941) was a German chess player, mathematician, and philosopher who was World Chess Champion for 27 years, from 1894 to 1921, the longest reign of any officially recognised World Chess Champion in history. In his prime, Lasker was one of the most dominant champions, and he is still generally regarded as one of the strongest players in history. His contemporaries used to say that Lasker used a "psychological" approach to the game, and even that he sometimes deliberately played inferior moves to confuse opponents. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Emanuel Lasker has received more than 722,117 page views. His biography is available in 64 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 62 in 2019). Emanuel Lasker is the 8th most popular chess player (down from 6th in 2019), the 70th most popular biography from Poland (down from 55th in 2019) and the most popular Polish Chess Player.

Emanuel Lasker was a German chess player and mathematician who was the world champion for 27 years.

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Among chess players, Emanuel Lasker ranks 8 out of 376Before him are Wilhelm Steinitz, Boris Spassky, Mikhail Tal, Alexander Alekhine, José Raúl Capablanca, and Mikhail Botvinnik. After him are Tigran Petrosian, Max Euwe, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, François-André Danican Philidor, and Viktor Korchnoi.

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Among people born in 1868, Emanuel Lasker ranks 14Before him are Robert Andrews Millikan, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, Gichin Funakoshi, Gertrude Bell, Arnold Sommerfeld, and Archduchess Marie Valerie of Austria. After him are Peter Behrens, Robert Falcon Scott, Florence Foster Jenkins, Paul Claudel, Fuad I of Egypt, and Scott Joplin. Among people deceased in 1941, Emanuel Lasker ranks 12Before him are Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, Alfonso XIII of Spain, Maximilian Kolbe, James George Frazer, Walther Nernst, and Arthur Evans. After him are Robert Delaunay, Maurice Leblanc, El Lissitzky, Paul Sabatier, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Ioannis Metaxas.

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Among people born in Poland, Emanuel Lasker ranks 70 out of 1,231Before him are Walther Nernst (1864), Paul Ehrlich (1854), Sigismund I the Old (1467), Albert A. Michelson (1852), Erich von Falkenhayn (1861), and Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906). After him are Wolfram Freiherr von Richthofen (1895), Bolesław I the Brave (967), Maria Feodorovna (1759), Benoit Mandelbrot (1924), Casimir IV Jagiellon (1427), and Erwin von Witzleben (1881).


Among chess players born in Poland, Emanuel Lasker ranks 1After him are Adolf Anderssen (1818), Samuel Reshevsky (1911), Siegbert Tarrasch (1862), Miguel Najdorf (1910), Johannes Zukertort (1842), Akiba Rubinstein (1880), Szymon Winawer (1838), Edward Lasker (1885), Grigory Levenfish (1889), Daniel Harrwitz (1823), and Valery Salov (1964).