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Play Like Wilhelm Steinitz

Play Like Wilhelm Steinitz

Wilhelm Steinitz was the first official chess World Champion. He held the title from 1886–1894. Steinitz was the strongest player of his day and developed the theory that you should accumulate small advantages to prepare a winning attack. See if you can find the moves from five of Steinitz's greatest games.

  • Play Like Wilhelm Steinitz: Steinitz vs von Bardeleben

    Curt von Bardeleben was one of the best players in the world in the late 1800s. However, he's best known for losing this brilliancy to Steinitz. At the end of the game he was so frustrated that he left the tournament hall without even resigning.

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  • Play Like Wilhelm Steinitz: Steinitz vs Chigorin

    Mikhail Chigorin competed in two World Championship matches against Steinitz, losing both times in long fights. This game from their 1892 match was a dominant and important victory for the reigning champion.

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  • Play Like Wilhelm Steinitz: Dubois vs Steinitz

    Serafina Dubois was one of the strongest players in the world in the middle of the 1800s. However, in this game he lost in just fifteen moves against Steinitz's sacrificial attack!

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  • Play Like Wilhelm Steinitz: Steinitz vs Lasker

    Emanuel Lasker dethroned Steinitz as World Champion in a match in 1894. The In 1896 Lasker won a rematch between the two champions, but Steinitz won a couple of games, including this brilliant attack.

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  • Play Like Wilhelm Steinitz: Steinitz vs Mongredien

    Augustus Mongredien was a British amateur chess master. He was a good player for his day, but not of Steinitz's caliber. See if you can find the moves Steinitz played in his crushing attack.

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