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Johannes Zukertort's Grave Rededicated

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/27/12, 12:26 PM.

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The fate of famous old chess Grandmasters is not always a happy one, so it is heartwarming to learn of the rededication of the grave of Polish-born Grandmaster Johannes Zukertort (1842-1888).

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Dr Marek Stella-Sawicki, Chairman of the Polish Heritage Society and English GM Stuart Conquest, the previously forgotten and overgrown grave of Johannes Zukertort in Brompton Cemetery in London was given a handsome new headstone.

On 26 June the grave was rededicated in a ceremony conducted by Rt. Rev. Walter Jagucki, Bishop Emeritus of the Lutheran Church in Great Britain, and Father Wladyslaw Wyszowacki, Rector of the Polish Catholic parish of Balham in south-west London.

At last there is a fitting memorial for this great player of the 19th Century who passed away at the young age of 45.

Zukertort was a leading chess player in the 1870s and 1880s, his biggest triumph being victory at the London tournament of 1883, ahead of all the best players in the world, including Wilhelm Steinitz.

Zukertort lost an early lead to Wilhelm Steinitz in a match in 1886 which is generally recognized as the first official World Chess Championship match.

Zukertort settled in London in the 1870s and died there on 20 June 1888.

GM Stuart Conquest lays flowers at the new gravestone

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The Rt. Rev. Walter Jagucki and Father Wladyslaw Wyszowacki conduct the rededication

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The new headstone for the great Johannes Zukertort. R.I.P.

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Photos: Ray Morris-Hill. Zukertort Portrait: Wikipedia. Read more at John Saunders' chess blog.

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  • 21 months ago

    restinpeace

    great chess master of his time. thanks zukertort!

  • 22 months ago

    kingspasski

    very nice blog.... my 1st viewing of a zukertort game. he played good too.

  • 22 months ago

    alemain

    Kudos! Alas, let us not forget Robert James Fischer!

  • 22 months ago

    Czechman

    Thanks for the links, Ryan.

    Another pitiful gravesite belongs to Bobby Fischer. Perhaps some day he'll have a fitting monument too.

  • 22 months ago

    Czechman

    bishopjoe, not according to the Jewish Encyclopedia

    http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/15294-zukertort-johannes-hermann

  • 22 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ czechman01 - the old grave was marked with a stone flat on the ground. Over the years it had sunk below ground level and been overgrown with grass.  There is a video of it here (after the grass had been cleared away).

    There is also a video of the speech given by Stuart Conquest at the rededication ceremony here.

  • 22 months ago

    JoeTheV

    Very nice game by Zukertort.  By the way check out this video on YouTube I found that explains this game very thoroughly - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgv5Y3qa8BA.

  • 22 months ago

    nyLsel

    nice game

  • 22 months ago

    keithjoshua777

    Too deep for an attacking player. GM Conquest, thank you for giving  remarkable things in memory of this great chess polish legend, GM Johannes Zukertort.

  • 22 months ago

    Czechman

    Too bad there are no "before" pictures.

  • 22 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    It's nice to see a great GM getting some respect again after all these years of weed-choked obscurity. Hopefully his gravesite won't be forgotten again!

    Thanks for posting this uplifting article and pictures!

  • 22 months ago

    retu66

    What a game for Johannes!!

  • 22 months ago

    thought_control

    GM Johannes Zukertort will forever be a chess legend, with or without a rededication to his grave.  

  • 22 months ago

    drumdaddy

    It is fitting to keep fresh the memory of a great champion, but the charlatans in gaudy robes are unnecessary distractions.

  • 22 months ago

    eugene_p_needlemeyer

    Nice! It almost restores your faith in humanity. C:

  • 22 months ago

    Stanya

    That is so very sweet

  • 22 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    This is a very good thing. Thanks to Stuart Conquest for doing the right thing. 

  • 22 months ago

    utarefson

    Very good article. It's important to remember about players who have built foundaments of chess game.

  • 22 months ago

    thought_control

    That was quite a game, too bad there are no sidelines.  I would play the stonewall quite often and it was recommended to use Zukertort's opening against a KID player.  Also intriguing is a recent book called "Zuke' em" or something of that nature...

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