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The Second World Chess Champion
Emanuel Lasker was the second official World Chess Champion, reigning for a record 27 years after he defeated the first World Champion, Wilhelm Steinitz, in 1894.
He was born in Germany in 1868 and died in 1941 at the age of 72.
Lasker was the no. 1 player in the world for a total of 24.3 years between 1890 and 1926. This made him the most dominant player of all time.
During his reign, he played 7 World Championship matches. He lost the title to Capablanca in 1921. After losing the title he continued to play and remained a top ranked player until 1934.
He was also a mathematician, a games theorist, a philosopher and even a book writer. Many people have a very high opinion of Lasker but Mikhail Tal probably had the highest opinion.
This is what he said: “The greatest of the champions was, of course, Emanuel Lasker”. Wow! You can’t get a better compliment than that.