Those crazy Chess player: chapter 2 "Wilhelm Steinitz"

Mar 11, 2011, 2:38 PM |

(from wiki) Wilhelm (later William) Steinitz (Prague, May 17, 1836 – August 12, 1900) was an Austrian and then American chess player and the first undisputed world chess champion from 1886 to 1894. From the 1870s onwards, commentators have debated whether Steinitz was effectively the champion earlier. Steinitz lost his title to Emanuel Lasker in 1894 and also lost a rematch in 1897.

Statistical rating systems give Steinitz a rather low ranking among world champions, mainly because he took several long breaks from competitive play. However, an analysis based on one of these rating systems shows that he was one of the most dominant players in the history of the game.

But did you know...

In 1897, he began to have the illusion that he could talk on the phone without thread or elauricular and his secretary often surprised him waiting for a response through the invisible hearing aid. 

He also used to approach to the window where he spoke and singed, remaining after waiting for an answer. The secretary informed about this to the American consul who suggested that Steinitz should be take to a sanatorium.

In 1900, he thought he could deliver electric charges, with the help of which it would be feasible to move the pieces at willClaimed to be in electrical communication with God and could give him a pawn ahead and White pieces.