Play Like Wilhelm Steinitz

Play Like Wilhelm Steinitz

Find the moves from the best games of the first World Champion!

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. Start playing like Steinitz today!

Here is what you will learn:

  • Find one of the most famous combinations of all time against von Bardeleben!
  • Sacrifice your queen to defeat Dubois!
  • Take down World Champion Lasker!
Play Like Wilhelm Steinitz: Steinitz vs von Bardeleben

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

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

Play Like Wilhelm Steinitz: Dubois vs Steinitz

Serafino 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

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

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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Play Like Wilhelm Steinitz

Master Games
5 Lessons
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5 Challenges
Released November 20, 2019
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