GM Zukertort Johannes

Full name
Zukertort Johannes
Sep 7, 1842 - Jun 20, 1888 (age 45)
Place of birth
Lublin, Russian Empire
United Kingdom

A “jack of all trades”, Johannes Zukertort was considered one of the top players in the world. Using his friendship with the great Adolf Anderssen, Zukertort rapidly improve his game and gained worldwide notoriety. Once he reached the pinnacle of his career, Zukertort faced off against the World Champion Steinitz, each betting their entire life savings on the result. The most expensive chess match ever, Zukertort lost the match, his wealth and in the process, his sanity.

Johannes Zukertort learned to play chess at the advanced age of 19. He did not have a natural ability for the game but refused to stay a total beginner. He became friends with Adolf Anderssen, one of the best players in the world at that time. Zukertort played hundreds of games against Anderssen and honed his skills very quickly in the process. In 1871 he defeated Anderssen in a match and gained respect from the chess world. This led to many opportunities for Zukertort and he eventually got the opportunity to play Steinitz in a match. The conditions of the match were that each side had to put up 400 pounds. This was a lot of money and whoever lost the match would be become bankrupt. Unfortunately Zukertort lost the match and this contributed to his mental breakdown. He was never the same again and passed away on June 20, 1888.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Vienna Game (8) : C29 C25
King's Gambit Accepted (9) : C33 C39 C37
King's Gambit Declined (1) : C30
Indian Game (2) : E00 A46
Sicilian Defense (5) : B23 B43 B45 B44
Queen's Gambit Declined (7) : D67 D50 D44 D35
Four Knights Game (5) : C47 C49 C48
Giuoco Piano Game (23) : C53 C51 C52
Colle System (5) : D04 D05
Queen's Pawn Opening (7) : D02 A40
English Opening (5) : A20 A13 A35
Slav Defense (3) : D10
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
French Defense (6) : C01 C11 C00 C14
Three Knights Opening (1) : C46
Caro-Kann Defense (1) : B13
Scotch Game (2) : C45
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Black Pieces
Ruy Lopez Opening (44) : C83 C77 C65 C67 C80
Four Knights Game (8) : C47 C49 C48
Colle System (1) : D05
Giuoco Piano Game (25) : C50 C51 C53 C52
Vienna Game (3) : C29 C25
Queen's Gambit Declined (3) : D35 D50
King's Gambit Accepted (11) : C33 C39 C37
English Opening (2) : A13
Scotch Game (3) : C45 C44
Sicilian Defense (2) : B88 B24
King's Pawn Opening (1) : B00
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D32
King's Gambit Declined (2) : C31