Chess Strategy and Tactics: Emanuel Lasker's Amazing Games
What you'll learn
- Ability to appreciate the strength and accuracy of Lasker
- Ability to make use of Lasker's openings and strategies and tactics
- Ability to see how Lasker's openings vary according to importance of tournament, simul or World championship event
- Ability to judge of Lasker was a "Poker Chess player" or just had a better understanding of opening theory than his peers
- Ability to improve classical opening knowledge as Lasker played 1...e5 a lot to 1.e4 and 1...d5 to 1.d4
- Ability to understand how to tradeoff structure for central control and development e.g. allowing Nxc5 giving bishop up
- Ability to see more Lasker's influence on Mikhail Tal and Viktor Korchnoi - especially as a fight - to win
- Ability to apply more Lasker's concept of the Truth in relation to it's contrast - e.g. Morphy provided contrast too
- Ability to improve understanding of the King's Gambit as Lasker played this quite a bit
- Ability to understand more why Mikhail Tal considered Lasker as the greatest of the champions
- Ability to understand more why Vladimir Kramnik considered Lasker a pioneer of modern chess
- Ability to appreciate that Lasker was also a master of the "meta game" making particular opponents feel uncomfortable in particular situations
- Ability to appreciate the Berlin defence old variation as a fantastic solid and potentially advantageous opening foundation for later play with the bishop pair
- Ability to appreciate the Berlin defence as often the bishop without counterpart advantage in exchange for some structural damage which is often not exploitable
- Ability to appreciate statistically anomoly of both Vladimir Kramnik and Emanuel Lasker actually having a positive win % with Black using Berlin defence
- Ability to improve endgames greatly from seeing amazing World championship titanic games getting a variety of endgame tips and strategies
- Ability to train your evaluation of chess positions through the rich experiences of the games and the underlying variations
- Ability to create evocative ideas and concepts and emotions from these games by gaining empathy from the insights and variations to use in one's own games
- Ability to appreciate Lasker on Chessmetrics best players ever 2 year period #2 behind Kasparov and 20 year period ranked #3 just behind Kasparov and Karpov
- Ability to appreciate the Evolution of chess style has an early link to modern chess in the form of Lasker who often had better tournaments than his successors
- Ability to see influence to World champion Capablanca taking defensive skill and endgame mastery as the specialist subset of Lasker's style
- Ability to see influence of Alexander Alekhine in terms of attacking chess and the art of Attack
- Ability to see influence to World champion Max Euwe in terms of tactical resourcefulness and solid opening variations
- Ability to see influence of World Mikhail Botvinnik in terms of professional preparation for events - e.g. kept lots of stamina in events and often won in end
- Ability to see influence to World champion Mikhail Tal in terms of being able to create complexity and win from seemingly bad positions
- Ability to see influence to World champion Tigran Petrosian in terms of logic, precision and strong tactical abilities
- Ability to see influence to World champion Bobby Fischer in terms of Universal style and chess as as fight- two cats that are very alike indeed!
- Ability to see infleunce to World champion Anatoly Karpov in terms of universal style and playing the position appropriately and the value of practical moves
- Ability to see influence to World champion Garry Kasparov in terms of exploiting the opponent's weaknesses in openings, middlegame style and personality general
- Ability to see influence of World champion Vladimir Kramnik in terms of solid aggressive dynamic style and sharing love of Berlin defence :)
- Ability to see influence of current World champion Magnus Carlsen in terms of chess as a fight - not a sport, science or Art - but a Fight primarily
- Ability to appreciate Albert Einstein's comments including Lasker "one of the most interesting people I came to know in my later life"
- Knows how the chess pieces move
Journey through the legendary games of Emanuel Lasker, the German chess genius who reigned supreme as World Chess Champion for an unparalleled 27 years (1894-1921). A mathematician and philosopher, Lasker's innovative strategies and tactics laid the groundwork for modern chess.
This course, meticulously curated by Kingscrusher, focuses on Lasker's most instructive games from 1889 to 1899, a period that witnessed his meteoric rise to the pinnacle of global chess. Kingscrusher's expert analyses of Lasker's games provide unique insights, revealing Lasker's groundbreaking approach to chess as a dynamic, multi-dimensional battle rather than a rigid game of set principles.
Witness the clarity of Lasker's ideas and marvel at his mastery over intricate chess maneuvers, tactics, and strategies. His profound influence extends to grandmasters of later generations, including chess luminaries like Mikhail Tal and Vladimir Kramnik. Kramnik, in fact, has praised Lasker for discovering 'global' chess, where various positional elements interact and balance each other out, a stark contrast to the more one-dimensional strategies of his predecessor, Steinitz.
The course also highlights Lasker's remarkable accuracy even in simultaneous exhibitions, with many of his moves standing the test against modern, high-tech engines like Stockfish. Uncover the rich essence of Lasker's chess philosophy, which emphasizes the game as a 'fight' and incorporates psychological insights about the opponent into the game plan, aligning with timeless strategies outlined in Sun Tzu's 'The Art of War'.
Delve into Lasker's pivotal matches against Steinitz, revealing his smart strategy to draw Steinitz into less familiar, queenless positions, leading to his spectacular victories. This course illuminates how Lasker's pursuit of credibility, coupled with his exceptional skills, made him one of the most respected World Chess Champions.
Join Kingscrusher on this fascinating exploration of Lasker's games and brace yourself for a treasure trove of chess wisdom and inspiration. Whether you're a beginner, an amateur, or an aspiring grandmaster, you'll find invaluable lessons and insights in every move of these timeless masterpieces.
Who this course is for:
- Beginner to Intermediate level players
Dive deep into the intellectual universe of chess with Tryfon Gavriel, famously known to enthusiasts as "Kingscrusher." Beyond my titles as a FIDE Candidate Master and British Regional Chess Master, I am a dedicated chess educator, committed to spreading knowledge and passion for the game.
Decades of Strategic Pursuits My engagement with chess is a 35-year-long odyssey marked by competitive achievements both online and offline, including a peak ICC blitz rating of 2625 and an exceptional ECF grading of 212. My early triumph in the Lloyds Under 18 national UK tournament back in 1989 set the stage for a life steeped in chess, culminating in numerous top finishes in Lichess marathons and more.
Udemy's Chess Luminary While I once enjoyed sharing insights and high-level analysis on my YouTube channel, my current passion lies in crafting comprehensive chess courses for Udemy. My dedication has been recognized with the "highest-rated" award for my detailed course on José Raúl Capablanca's strategies and the "Best Seller" accolade for my "Complete Guide to Chess Tactics," which garnered widespread acclaim shortly after its debut.
Pedagogy that Transforms Teaching chess goes beyond explaining moves on a board. For me, it's about igniting a passion for the sport and developing a deep, enduring understanding of strategic thinking and tactical decision-making. Drawing inspiration from chess titans like Paul Morphy, Alexander Alekhine, Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer, and Garry Kasparov, my courses offer more than knowledge—they provide a window into the minds of chess's greatest masters.
Your Journey Towards Chess Mastery My offerings on Udemy are designed for learners at all stages of their chess journey. Whether you're just starting or seeking advanced strategies, my courses are a gateway to deeper comprehension and appreciation of chess. Through meticulously designed lessons, I aim to equip you with the skills, confidence, and strategic acumen to elevate your game.
Join me in this exploration of chess, delving into the intricacies that make it a timeless classic. With each lesson, we'll unravel the complexities and joys of chess, fostering not just better players, but lifelong enthusiasts.