Edward Lasker
German-American chess player
Edward Lasker
Edward Lasker was a leading Jewish German-American chess and Go player. He was awarded the title of International Master of chess by FIDE. Lasker was an engineer by profession, and an author.
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Morris Lasker Dies at 92; Made City Clean Its Jails
NYTimes - about 7 years
Morris E. Lasker, a federal judge in New York and Massachusetts for four decades who struck down squalid, often brutal conditions in New York City jails and upheld prisoners' rights perhaps more than any other jurist of his era, died Friday in Cambridge, Mass. He was 92 and had homes in Cambridge and Chilmark, Mass. The cause was cancer, his son
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Paid Notice: Deaths LEBWORTH, CARAL GIMBEL
NYTimes - over 8 years
LEBWORTH--Caral Gimbel , died peacefully in her home on September 25, 2008. after a short illness. Caral was born on November 29, 1914 to Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel. The two great passions of Caral's long Iife were horses and the arts. At the age of 17, she dropped out of high school and went to Paris to study art for two years. There, she met
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Paid Notice: Deaths LEBWORTH, CARAL GIMBEL
NYTimes - over 8 years
LEBWORTH--Caral Gimbel, died peacefully in her home on September 25, 2008. after a short illness. Caral was born on November 29, 1914 to Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel. The two great passions of Caral's long Iife were horses and the arts. At the age of 17, she dropped out of high school and went to Paris to study art for two years. There, she met
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Paid Notice: Deaths LEBWORTH, CARAL GIMBEL
NYTimes - over 8 years
LEBWORTH--Caral Gimbel, died peacefully in her home on September 25, 2008. after a short illness. Caral was born on November 29, 1914 to Bernard F. and Alva B. Gimbel. The two great passions of Caral's long Iife were horses and the arts. At the age of 17, she dropped out of high school and went to Paris to study art for two years. There, she met
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Elizabeth Samek, Terrance O'Malley
NYTimes - over 11 years
Elizabeth Lasker Samek, a daughter of Marthann Lauver Samek and Edward Lasker Samek of Southwest Harbor, Me., was married yesterday at her parents' summer house in Edison, N.J., to Terrance James O'Malley, a son of Margaret McGinn O'Malley and Lawrence O'Malley of Souderton, Pa. The Rev. Robert E. Martin, a Presbyterian minister, officiated. Mrs.
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Jane Greer, 76, Film Noir Star Who Returned to Do a Remake
NYTimes - over 15 years
Jane Greer, whose dolorous but luminous dark eyes and world-weary beauty made her the ideal femme fatale opposite Robert Mitchum in ''Out of the Past'' and ''The Big Steal,'' film noir classics of the 1940's, died Friday in Los Angeles. She was 76. The cause was complications of cancer, her son Alex Lasker said. When ''Out of the Past'' was remade
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Mona May Karff Dies at 86; A Dominant Figure in Chess
NYTimes - about 19 years
Mona May Karff, who won the United States women's chess championship seven times, died on Jan. 10 at her home on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. She was 86 and had been among the first four Americans to attain the rank of international woman master. The cause was heart failure, friends said. From the time she won her first national title at the
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Paid Notice: Deaths LASKER, EDWARD
NYTimes - over 19 years
LASKER-Edward. Philip Morris Companies Inc. notes with sorrow the death July 11, 1997, of retired Philip Morris Director Edward Lasker. Mr. Lasker served with distinction on the Philip Morris Companies Inc. Board of Directors from 1961 to 1983. During his years on the Board, Philip Morris became the largest tobacco company in the U.S., accelerated
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Paid Notice: Deaths LASKER, EDWARD
NYTimes - over 19 years
LASKER-Edward. Philip Morris Companies Inc. notes with sorrow the death July 11, 1997, of retired Philip Morris Director Edward Lasker. Mr. Lasker served with distinction on the Philip Morris Companies Inc. Board of Directors from 1961 to 1983. During his years on the Board, Philip Morris became the largest tobacco company in the U.S., accelerated
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Mary W. Lasker, Philanthropist For Medical Research, Dies at 93
NYTimes - about 23 years
Mary Woodard Lasker, the philanthropist and champion of medical research and urban beautification, died on Monday at her home in Greenwich, Conn. She was 93 years old and also had an apartment on the East Side of Manhattan. The cause was heart failure, said her nephew, James W. Fordyce. She made her last public appearance at a luncheon at the
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DR. EDWARD LASKER IS DEAD AT 95; 5-TIME U.S. OPEN CHESS WINNER
NYTimes - almost 36 years
Dr. Edward Lasker, a five-time winner of the United States open chess championship, died Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 95 years old. Dr. Lasker won the open championship in 1916, 1917, 1919, 1920 and 1921. He lost the 1923 final to Frank Marshall, 8 1/2 to 9 1/2, and competed in a famous, select tournament in 1924 at the Alamac Hotel in
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Mary Lasker Block Dies; Chicago Cultural Leader
NYTimes - about 36 years
Mary Lasker Block, long active in Chicago's cultural affairs, died yesterday at a hospital in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she had a winter home. She was 76 years old. Mrs. Block, who also lived in Lake Forest, Ill., was a daughter of the late Albert D. Lasker, founder of the Lord & Thomas advertising agency. She was a vice president of the agency
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    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 95
    Lasker lived on the Upper West Side of New York City until his death in 1981.
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  • 1973
    Age 87
    In a February 8, 1973 letter to Robert B. Long, Lasker explained their exact relationship: The genealogy, incidentally, indicates that the common forbear of Emanuel and myself was the son Samuel Lasker of the Rabbi of the Polish village Łask, whose name was originally Meier Hindels.
    More Details Hide Details However, later the additional name Lasker was given to him to distinguish him from another Meier Hindels also living in Lask. Samuel Lasker moved to another Polish village, Kępno, in 1769, after it had been captured by Frederick the Great and became a German township, and I am the last descendant of his who was born there. He was the greatgrandfather of my greatgrandfather. His first-born son left Kepmen sic-Kempen and moved to Jarotschin, another Polish village, and Emanuel Lasker was that one's greatgrandson. If true, this made Edward and Emanuel third cousins twice removed. Lasker was deeply impressed by Go. He first read about it in a magazine article by Korschelt which suggested Go as a rival to chess, a claim that he found amusing. Later on his interest was piqued again when he noticed the record of a Go game on the back of a Japanese newspaper being read by a customer of a cafe where they played chess. He and his friend Dr. Max Lange (1883–1923) – not to be confused with the more famous 19th century chess master Max Lange – took the paper after he had left, and deciphered the diagram, but the game was not complete. The position led them to assume that the notation under the game would indicate a Black victory, but being unable to read Japanese, they had to ask another Japanese customer at the cafe.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1924
    Age 38
    He was friends with former World Champion Emanuel Lasker. Edward wrote in his memoirs of the New York 1924 tournament as published in the March 1974 edition of Chess Life magazine: "I did not discover that we were actually related until he (Emanuel Lasker) told me shortly before his death that someone had shown him a Lasker family tree on one of whose branches I was dangling."
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    Although Lasker never won against Capablanca, he drew as Black against him at the 1924 New York tournament.
    More Details Hide Details Lasker was not usually so fortunate; for example, Capablanca once arrived one minute before he would have forfeited the game for late arrival, at New York 1915, and Lasker played the Riga variation of the Ruy Lopez with which he had some experience, but Capablanca found an advantageous continuation over-the-board. Chessmetrics.com estimates his peak strength as 2583, a good Grandmaster by modern standards. The site also estimates his ranking as ranging between 18th in the world and 28th in the world for the nine-year period 1917–26.
    For that, Lasker was invited to participate in the legendary New York 1924 chess tournament, a double round robin featuring such world class players as Alekhine, Efim Bogoljubov, Capablanca, Emanuel Lasker, and Réti.
    More Details Hide Details He finished tenth out of eleven players, but many of his games were competitive. For instance, he split with Alekhine, won games against Réti and Savielly Tartakower, both of whom were Top 10 in the world at the time according to the estimated rankings of the website Chessmetrics.com, drew Capablanca and drew a famous game against Emanuel Lasker. This game was truly extraordinary, as the former World Champion lost a pronounced advantage and was only able to hold the draw against Edward by demonstrating that the inferior side can hold the draw in certain types of endings of rook and knight pawn versus a lone knight. The game lasted 103 moves and changed endgame theory, as no one had demonstrated this particular draw before in theory or practice. Lasker was the only chess amateur in the very strong field of professionals.
  • 1923
    Age 37
    His best result was his narrow 8½–9½ loss in a match with Frank Marshall for the U.S. Championship in 1923; this result was achieved even after Lasker had to take a postponement while leading the match due to a severe kidney stone attack.
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  • 1921
    Age 35
    In 1921–23, he invented a mechanical breast pump, which saved many premature infants' lives and made Lasker a lot of money, although it caused his friends to refer to him facetiously as "the chest player".
    More Details Hide Details His chess teacher in Breslau was Arnold Schottländer. In Berlin, he won the City Championship (1909) and wrote his first chess book titled Chess Strategy (Schachstrategie, 1911) which had many English and German editions. Lasker published several books on American checkers, chess, and Go. He won five U.S. Open Chess Championships (1916, 1917, 1919, 1920, 1921); this tournament was known at the time as the Western Open.
  • 1917
    Age 31
    When America entered the war in 1917, he was sent enlistment papers, but with the right of exemption as a German.
    More Details Hide Details He waived his right to exemption, which he said would make his American citizenship be granted more quickly; however, the war was over before he was called up to military service.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1914
    Age 28
    Haldane-Porter remembered that Lasker had won the London chess championship in May 1914 and he had personally witnessed Lasker's famous game against George Alan Thomas that same year.
    More Details Hide Details Edward Lasker was instrumental in developing Go in the U.S., and together with Karl Davis Robinson and Lee Hartman founded the American Go Association. This is Lasker's most famous game, and one of the most famous games of all time.
    Before World War I he moved first to London, England, and then, in 1914 shortly after the outbreak of war, to America, the birthplace of his mother.
    More Details Hide Details He found a job in Chicago, working for Sears, Roebuck as a safety engineer.
  • 1910
    Age 24
    Lasker earned undergraduate degrees at the Technical College of Charlottenburg in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, graduating in 1910.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1885
    Born
    Born on December 3, 1885.
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