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Emanuel Lasker
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Chess Champ
    (December 24, 1868-January 11, 1941)
    Born in Berlinchen, Prussia (now Barlinek, Poland)
    World chess champion (1894-1921)
    Wrote 'The Encyclopedia of Games' (1929)
    Invented the checkers variant Laska
    His demands for large fees delayed or prevented several highly anticipated World Championship matches.
    He invested his winnings in German war bonds that became worthless after WWI.
    Coincidentally, he wrote a book claiming civilization would be endangered if Germany lost the war.
    A rival said, 'Lasker occasionally looses a game, but he never looses his head.'
    He earned a PhD in math and co-developed a theorem that became one of the bases of modern algebra.
    He and his wife fled Germany after the Nazis took over, arrived in the USSR just before the Great Purge, and finally settled in the US.
    He was good friends with Albert Einstein, who called him 'undoubtedly one of the most interesting people I came to know in my later years.'

Credit: C. Fishel


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