TOP 20 Emanuel Lasker Quotes

TOP 20 Emanuel Lasker Quotes.
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“When you see a good move, look for a better one.”
— Emanuel Lasker (00:00)

“The hardest game to win is a won game.”
— Emanuel Lasker (00:07)

“Chess is, above all, a fight.”
— Emanuel Lasker (00:14)

“The laws of chess do not permit a free choice: you have to move whether you like it or not.”
— Emanuel Lasker (00:21)

“Without error there can be no brilliancy.”
— Emanuel Lasker (00:28)

“While the Baroque rules of Chess could only have been created by humans, the rules of Go are so elegant, organic, and rigorously logical that if intelligent life forms exist elsewhere in the universe, they almost certainly play Go.”
— Emanuel Lasker (00:35)

“Loss generally occurs when a player overrates his advantage or for other reasons seeks to derive from a minute advantage a great return such as a forced win.”
— Emanuel Lasker (00:42)

“I have added these principles to the law: get the Knights into action before both Bishops are developed.”
— Emanuel Lasker (00:49)

“By some ardent enthusiasts Chess has been elevated into a science or an art. It is neither; but its principal characteristic seems to be – what human nature mostly delights in – a fight.”
— Emanuel Lasker (00:56)

“The range of circumstances in which it is possible to presuppose the presence of a combination is very limited. The presence of such circumstances is the reason for the genesis of the idea in the master’s brain.”
— Emanuel Lasker (01:03)

“I have known many chess players, but among them there has been only one genius – Capablanca!”
— Emanuel Lasker (01:10)

“The combination player thinks forward; he starts from the given position, and tries the forceful moves in his mind.”
— Emanuel Lasker (01:17)

“To refer to the oft mooted question, “Which piece is stronger, the Bishop or the Knight?” it is clear that the value of the Bishop undergoes greater changes than that of the Knight.”
— Emanuel Lasker (01:24)

“Do not permit yourself to fall in love with the end-game play to the exclusion of entire games. It is well to have the whole story of how it happened; the complete play, not the denouement only. Do not embrace the rag-time and vaudeville of chess.”
— Emanuel Lasker (01:31)

“He who has a slight disadvantage plays more attentively, inventively and more boldly than his antagonist who either takes it easy or aspires after too much. Thus a slight disadvantage is very frequently seen to convert into a good, solid advantage.”
— Emanuel Lasker (01:38)

“The fatal hour of this ancient game is approaching. In its modern form this game will soon die a drawing death – the inevitable victory of certainty and mechanization will leave its stamp on the fate of chess.”
— Emanuel Lasker (01:45)

“By what right does White, in an absolutely even position, such as after move one, when both sides have advanced 1. e4, sacrifice a pawn, whose recapture is quite uncertain, and open up his kingside to attack? And then follow up this policy by leaving the check of the black queen open? None whatever!”
— Emanuel Lasker (01:52)

“In mathematics, if I find a new approach to a problem, another mathematician might claim that he has a better, more elegant solution. In chess, if anybody claims he is better than I, I can checkmate him.”
— Emanuel Lasker (01:59)

“On the chessboard, lies and hypocrisy do not survive long. The creative combination lays bare the presumption of a lie; the merciless fact, culminating in the checkmate, contradicts the hypocrite.”
— Emanuel Lasker (02:06)

“Truth derives its strength not so much from itself as from the brilliant contrast it makes with what is only apparently true. This applies especially to Chess, where it is often found that the profoundest moves do not much startle the imagination.”
— Emanuel Lasker (02:13)

Music credit: Easy Day – Kevin MacLeod


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