2

My memory tells me that this quote:

Whenever someone says that he is better than me, I checkmate him

is from Capablanca. But I haven't been able to find it. So maybe it isn't from him or that quote never existed.

Do you know this or a very similar quote like this one and who said it?

2
  • 2
    According to a quick google and a facebook site it was Lasker saying "In chess, if anybody claims he is better than I, I can checkmate him" But I can't find a reliable source - and both forms may be a translation of the original German (which I don't speak). If it was said it sounds more like Lasker to me.
    – Ian Bush
    Nov 24, 2022 at 10:29
  • I tried too, no chance with some random backtranslations and googling... Nov 24, 2022 at 14:11

1 Answer 1

5

This is a quote by Emanuel Lasker. I found the source to be The Adventure of Chess, a 1950 book published by Edward Lasker. The quote given is:

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

Edward says Emanuel once told him this.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.