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Emanuel Lasker

Emanuel Lasker (December 24, 1868 - January 11, 1941) was a German Chess player, born in Brandenburg. In 1894 he became the second World Chess Champion by beating Steinitz with 10 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses. He maintained his title for 27 years, the longest of all World Champions.

His great tournament wins include London (1899), St Petersburg (1896 and 1914), New York (1924).

He was also a great mathematician and philosopher, and a good friend of Albert Einstein.

In 1921, he lost his title to Capablanca. He had resigned to him already a year before, but Capablanca wanted to beat Lasker in a match.

In 1933, the Jewish Lasker and his wife Martha Kohn had to leave Germany because of the Nazis. They went to England, and, after a subsequent short stay in the USSR, they settled in New York.

He is known for his Double Bishop Sacrifice. His name is used in many variations, like the Lasker Manoeuvre in the Queens Gambit.

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