Thursday, June 27, 2013

This Saturday - BCF Legends of Chess: EMANUEL LASKER!

BCF’s Legends of Chess is a long-running series of Swiss tournaments honoring some of the greats of chess history. This Saturday, June 29th, at 10:00 AM, we remember one of the game’s absolute all-timers, the man who was world champion longer than any other – Emanuel Lasker. 

From his ascent to the top ranks of chess in the late 19th century, Lasker stood out with his offbeat openings and a general style which stood in sharp contrast to the strict principles established by then world champion Wilhelm Steinitz and leading theorist Siegbert Tarrasch, who would become one of Lasker’s harshest critics.

Lasker would overcome these adversaries and more in taking the chess world champion and successfully defending it for 27 years, from 1894 to 1921, when he was finally beaten by Jose Capablanca. Spectacular endgame and crafty, combative play were the signatures of his chess, which would carry him to a successful finish of 3rd place, ahead of Capablanca, Rudolf Spielmann, and many more in Moscow in 1935. Lasker was 66 years old. 

This Saturday, the Boylston honors one of the game’s greatest legends. Come join us in our celebration!

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