Creative tactician with a never-say-die approach to the game; became a grandmaster and president of the Association of Chess Professionals.
He learned to play chess when he was 4 years old.
Representing Israel, he won gold in the 2010 Chess Olympiad.
His mother was a music teacher, and Emil himself became a bass-baritone singer.
FIDE World Champion Viswanathan Anand said Emil's victory over Danny Gormally at Gibraltar 2005 was the greatest game he had ever seen.