1st Game, 1st World Championship
Excerpted from the BCM Feb. 1886
(From The Evening Telegram, New York, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1886.)
The Brooklyn Chess Chronicle, Jan. 15, 1886, related the following:
—The New Year dawns auspiciously for Chess, and it is gratifying to see the excitement which animates all its circles. The prime cause of this agitation is the encounter, after a controversy which promised to be endless, of the two greatest gladiators of the day, who have been hailed by the public with an éclat unequaled, perhaps, in the annals of Chess.
—The great and much discussed Steinitz.Zukertort match commenced punctually at 2 o'clock, on the afternoon of the nth, in the spacious rooms of Cartier Hall, on Fifth avenue. The contest is being waged over the same board on which Morphy, Paulsen, Marache and other old time notabilities fought their memorable battles. Those halcyon days of Chess were more vividly brought to mind by the presence in the well filled hall of players who figured conspicuously at that time, notably Mr. Fuller, who was instrumental in bringing Morphy before the public, and Mr. Patterson, who is acting as teller, precisely as he did for Morphy.
The players seemed in excellent spirits and sat down confident and courageously. The first move fell to Zukertort, who opened by P to Q 4. The game, in our judgment, is an excellent specimen of the high art of Chess, and was won by Steinitz in a very effective manner. The second game, a Scotch gambit, opened by Mr. Steinitz, was a fine victory for Mr. Zukertort. Thus the score stands even at the present moment, and the excitement grows apace.
The rooms have been well filled at both sessions, and everything has gone very smoothly and orderly. Mr. Green, the president of the Manhattan Chess Club, is entitled to much credit for the admirable arrangements. A noteworthy feature is the large suspended board on which the games are reproduced, move by move, for the gaze of the interested on.lookers. This was a contrivance of Mr. Green's fertile brain.
We will in our next number produce the games of the match—for we presume that by then the New York part of the contest will be concluded, and our readers will like to see all the games together and form a clear judgment of their relative merits.