Emanuel Lasker

Emanuel Lasker, (born December 24, 1868, Berlinchen, Prussia [now Barlinek, Poland]—died January 11, 1941, New York, New York, U.S.), German chess master, the world champion from 1894 to 1920, who is often regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. Lasker, the son of a Jewish cantor, first left Prussia in 1889 and only five years later won the world chess championship from Wilhelm […]

Garry Kasparov

Garry Kasparov, in full Garri Kimovich Kasparov, original name Garri Weinstein or Harry Weinstein, (born April 13, 1963, Baku, Azerbaijan, U.S.S.R. [now Baku, Azerbaijan]), Soviet-born chess master who became the world chess champion in 1985. Kasparov was the youngest world chess champion (at 22 years of age) and the first world chess champion to be defeated by a supercomputer in a competitive match. Kasparov was born to a Jewish father and an Armenian mother. He […]

Bobby Fischer

Robert James “Bobby” Fischer (Eng. Robert James “Bobby” Fischer, Chicago, 9 March 1943 – Reykjavik, 17 January 2008) was a grandmaster and former world chess champion, who on September 1, 1972 he became the first American chess player who won the world championship organized by the World chess Federation. In 1975, he officially lost the title when the World Chess Federation […]