Max Lange (Go player)

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Max Lange (often called Max Lange 2 in literature ; born April 25, 1883 in Stettin , † September 1, 1923 in Kantō ) was a German go player . Although he also played chess , he was not related to the other chess player Max Lange (1832–1899). Felix Dueball's brother-in-law was for a long time .

Max Lange was a mathematician . He moved to Japan in 1920, where he fell victim to the 1923 Kanto earthquake .


Between 1902 and 1914, Lange mainly participated in small chess tournaments.


Lange solved a complicated Go puzzle with a 22-move long solution in a newspaper that Lange and Edward Lasker had found while searching for a game of similar complexity to chess, which aroused Lasker's interest in Go. Together, Lange and Lasker tried to interest other chess players in Go, but initially did not succeed. It was only when the world chess champion Emanuel Lasker visited that he became interested in Go. Morally supported by Emanuel Lasker, Edward Lasker, after failed plans to visit Tokyo, campaigned for the development of Go in the United States and played an important role in founding the American Go Association . For a long time Go also taught his brother-in-law Felix Dueball, who reached Dan strength.

Individual references and sources

  1. Peter Guetler: A second Dr. Max Lange . Kaissiber 13, January-March 2000.
  2. Jerald E. Pinto: How The Young Edward Lasker Learned About Go, And How He and The World Chess Champion Nearly Went To Japan To Study With the Masters . In: The American Go Journal, volume 16, no. 2, June 1981. Reprinted with permission from: Milton N. Bradley: How Go Came to America . 2002. Retrieved August 18, 2012

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