GM Wilhelm Steinitz

Full name
Wilhelm Steinitz
May 17, 1836 - Aug 12, 1900 (age 64)
Place of birth
Prague, Kingdom of Bohemia

Known as the “Austrian Morphy”, Wilhelm Steinitz was the first official World Chess Champion and led the new modern age of chess. Even though he started off following the crowd by playing in an all-out assault method, Steinitz later changed the landscape of chess forever when he revealed his new positional style of play. Confounding his opponents with this fresh approach, Steinitz became one of the most dominant players in the history of game. In over 25 years of playing chess matches, he never lost once!

Wilhelm Steinitz learned to play chess at the age of 12 but didn’t start to take the game seriously until he was in his 20’s. He rapidly progressed in the late 1850s and began to make a name for himself in the chess world. After a London tournament in 1862, Steinitz decided to turn professional and take chess more seriously. He started to rocket up the rankings by defeating many different players in matches. This is in contrast to another stronger player in this time, Adolf Anderssen, who was an excellent tournament player but not at the same level during match play. Both Steinitz and Anderssen faced off in a match in 1866 and once Steinitz won, he began to be considered the world’s best player. Including the match where Steinitz took this title from Anderssen, Steinitz was in the midst of a streak where he won every serious match between the years of 1862 to 1892. This dominance in match play is something that has not been replicated since. Steinitz passed away on August 12, 1900.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Vienna Game (31) : C29 C28 C25
Dutch Defense (7) : A84 A81 A80
Queen's Gambit Accepted (6) : D20 D21
Ruy Lopez Opening (22) : C60 C65 C77 C67 C80
King's Gambit Declined (9) : C30 C31
Italian Game (9) : C59 C50 C55 C58
Giuoco Piano Game (32) : C54 C53 C52 C51
Semi-Slav Defense (4) : D46 D45
Tarrasch Defense (2) : D32
Caro-Kann Defense (1) : B15
King's Gambit Accepted (19) : C39 C34 C37 C35
Bishop's Opening (8) : C23 C24 C26
Center Game Accepted (3) : C22
King's Gambit (2) : C30
Petrov's Defense (4) : C43
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Benoni Defense (1) : A57
Colle System (2) : D04
Indian Game (2) : A46
Queen's Indian Defense (1) : E14
Queen's Pawn Opening (4) : A40 D02
King's Pawn Opening (3) : C20 B00
Four Knights Game (1) : C47
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Nimzo-Indian Defense (1) : E48
English Opening (4) : A13 A20 A28
Sicilian Defense (7) : B21 B45 B44 B40 B27
Anderssen Opening (1) : A00
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (1) : B06
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Black Pieces
Bird's Opening (3) : A03 A02
Queen's Pawn Opening (7) : D02 A40 D00
Ponziani Opening (4) : C44
Scotch Game (6) : C45 C44
Queen's Gambit Declined (14) : D50 D44 D37 D35
King's Gambit Accepted (13) : C33 C34 C39
Bishop's Opening (3) : C24 C28 C23
Giuoco Piano Game (62) : C50 C55 C52 C51 C53
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Four Knights Game (4) : C49
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22
Queen's Gambit Accepted (1) : D21
Vienna Game (4) : C25 C28
Slav Defense (3) : D10
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
Three Knights Opening (7) : C46
English Opening (3) : A20 A13 A10
Dutch Defense (2) : A83
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
Italian Game (1) : C55
Van't Kruijs Opening (1) : A00
Sicilian Defense (1) : B40