Wilhelm Steinitz (First World Chess Champion) Bio

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Wilhelm Steinitz
First World Chess Champion

 

 

 

Wilhelm Steinitz was the first uncontested World Chess Champion. He lived from May 17, 1836 to August 12, 1900. Steinitz was an Austrian and later American world chess champion. He became the first world chess champion when he beat Adolf Anderssen in 1866 and reigned until 1894 when he was defeated by Emanuel Lasker. During his chess career Steinitz was undefeated for 25 years.

 

He employed two different styles of play in his games. Steinitz was the “world number one” using the all-out attacking style that was common in the 1860’s. In 1873 Wilhelm Steinitz developed a new positional style and demonstrated its superiority. This new style was controversial and some even branded it as “cowardly.” However Steinitz showed that he could use his new style to set up attacks as ferocious as those of the old approach.

 

He was also a productive writer, and defended his new idea vigorously which was known as the “Ink War.”

 

Steinitz versus Anderssen,

1866

 

 

1. e4e5 2. Nf3Nc6 3. Bb5Nf6 4. d3d6 5. Bc6bc6 6. h3g6 7. Nc3Bg7 8. O-OO-O 9. Bg5h6 10. Be3c5 11. Rb1Ne8 12. b4cb4 13. Rb4c5 14. Ra4Bd7 15. Ra3f5 16. Qb1Kh8 17. Qb7a5 18. Rb1a4 19. Qd5Qc8 20. Rb6Ra7 21. Kh2f4 22. Bd2g5 23. Qc4Qd8 24. Rb1Nf6 25. Kg1Nh7 26. Kf1h5 27. Ng1g4 28. hg4hg4 29. f3Qh4 30. Nd1Ng5 31. Be1Qh2 32. d4gf3 33. gf3Nh3 34. Bf2Ng1 35. dc5Qh3 36. Ke1Nf3 37. Rf3Qf3 38. Nc3dc5 39. Bc5Rc7 40. Nd5Rc5 41. Qc5Qe4 42. Kf2Rc8 43. Nc7Qe3