Games from The Netherlands 1908, courtesy of René Olthof

We are happy to publish some 43 games and fragments from Lasker’s exhibitions in The Netherlands in 1908, courtesy of and with annotations by René Olthof.

One of many spectacular findings by Olthof concerns the following ending from Pierre Henri Baudet’s first encounter with Emanuel Lasker.

Only seventeen at the time and Lasker’s junior by 22 years, “Han” Baudet (1891–1921) was not only a most promising chess player and gifted mathematician, but soon also one of Lasker’s most trusted friends. His life and fate are further discussed in an appendix to chapter 2 of the second volume in the Lasker Trilogy.