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The Jerusalem Post - The Jerusalem Post Magazine - - GAMES - By Leonard Bar­den

Al­bert Fox v Emanuel Lasker, Cam­bridge Springs 1904. Lasker held the world ti­tle for a record 27 years, yet re­mains a con­tro­ver­sial and enig­matic per­son­al­ity. Bobby Fis­cher dis­par­aged him as “just a cof­fee­house player”, while Mikhail Tal praised him as “the great­est of all world cham­pi­ons”. In Why Lasker Mat­ters by An­drew Soltis (Bats­ford, £15.99), a US grand­mas­ter probes the se­crets of the le­gend’s long ca­reer and pro­vides in-depth anal­y­sis of 100 key games. It’s an in­struc­tive and fas­ci­nat­ing read. In to­day’s puzzle ma­te­rial is level, and White was look­ing for­ward to half a point. What was Laskers win­ning black move?

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