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Lasker's Manual of Chess

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One of the great chess mastersshares his secrets in this guide for intermediate and advanced players. Lasker analyzes basic methods of gaining advantages, exchange value of pieces, openings, combinations, position play, aesthetics, and other important maneuvers. Examples from games by other modern masters illuminate the discussions. More than 300 diagrams. ...more
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 1st 1960 by Dover Publications (first published 1925)
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I guess he was amazing. But, let's face it, he was a complete wanker too. The sort of person who, if starting up a magazine, would first think of purchasing a paper mill in order to have a better price available on paper. Dead set. We aren't talking Time magazine here. We are talking ponderous chess mag in which he attempts to aggrandize the game. Another money making venture was breeding pidgeons. Better, it is generally agreed, however, if one has both genders in play.

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The moves and positions on the board are explained in an older notation other than today's standard algebraic so i found it hard to follow.

Emmanuel Lasker wrote an earlier work called struggle in 1907 he had a theory that all life war politics chess is the result of struggle if you read that and the book by his biographer Dr.J Hannack you'll have a good picture of how his mind works when you open up his manual on Chess and study that.

There are three editions of this book the first one came out in 1925 but it got revised in the 1930's mistakes were corrected with Emmanuel Laskers full approval that edition remained unchanged up to 2
Gabriel Schoenfeld
Lasker writes in his Manual of Chess that the game "would be laughable, were it not so serious." After decades of studying philosophy, he came to believe that truth could be found only in mathematics and chess. Of the contest of wills between two players manipulating 32 wooden pieces on 64 squares, he wrote: "Lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of a lie; the merciless fact, culminating in a checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite." Lasker, a cl ...more
Morris Nelms
I like his discussion of the openings very much. So far, so good. If you don't play chess, don't bother.
Later note: do you ever really 'read' a chess book? You study them. This book is justly famous. Lasker may be the best ever. He certainly held the title longer than any have. My teacher pointed out that some of the information is dated (opening theory is constantly evolving). Plenty of info for a newer player like me though. The update to algebraic notation and the transfer to Kindle is quite
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