Wilhelm Steinitz

Wilhelm Steinitz, First World Chess Champion

Wilhelm Steinitz

Welcome! This page has been set aside for owners of The Collected Works of Wilhelm Steinitz. From time to time material written by Steinitz will be placed here, such as annotated games and articles - perhaps photo collections as well. If any "new" games played by Steinitz are discovered, they will also be made available here. We hope thereby to develop a comprehensive resource dedicated to the First World Chess Champion, which will build on the CD already published. Readers are invited and encouraged to submit games annotated by Steinitz, any games at all. One readily available source, for example, is the International Chess Magazine. In any case, please e-mail these items to chess@ChessCentral.com. This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it, which will then be posted on this page.


The Collected Works of Wilhelm Steinitz

Collected Works of Wilhelm Steinitz

"Collected Works of Wilhelm Steinitz, a wonderful compendium of the craftsmanship of the great thinker who was called the 'Michelangelo of chess'." - The Washington Post

"His teachings became a turning point in chess history: it was from Steinitz that the era of modern chess began." - Garry Kasparov (from My Great Predecessors)

Here is your chance to discover the first World Chess Champion in his own words! This breakthrough CD-Rom showcases only writings by Steinitz himself, literally thousands of pages by the most successful match player in history. Now you can meet the "Great Theorist" in a way never possible before.

The Collected Works of Wilhelm Steinitz includes the following, all in interactive ChessBase format:

* The Games of Wilhelm Steinitz: This main biographical collection has 1,072 games played by Steinitz, and includes 22 text documents, with 288 games annotated by Steinitz. These are given in full text, woven into the game notation. Steinitz's own account of 4 World Championships, the London-Vienna match, the cable match with Tschigorin and much more, all bound together with Keys, hyperlinks and photos.

* The Modern Chess Instructor e-book - Steinitz's masterpiece in 20 text documents, which include 7 chapters of Steinitz teaching chess - from the moves and rules onward. Then Steinitz discusses the openings in chess, examining 8 major openings with 167 Surveys and 79 Illustrative Games. Also included is the Steinitz-Tschigorin match of 1889, for the World Championship. A complete course in chess!

* The 6th American Chess Congress e-book - Tschigorin and Weiss tie for 1st & 2nd place. 5 text documents, including the Committee Report and tournament crosstable. Then all 430 games are given, each annotated by Steinitz. An important part of American chess history, and one of the best tournament books of all time.

* A "Magazines" collection - which has large excerpts from the Field, and the International Chess Magazine. About 85 games here, plus 13 text documents - including the Wisker-MacDonnell match (1874), the Zukertort-Rosenthal match (1880), the Lipschuetz-Delmar match (1888) and many additional games. Also found are the "analysis" lines from the Steinitz-Tschigorin cable match and the famous article "Morphy and the Play of His Time".

* The Steinitz Gambit e-book - Covering 1.e4 e5 2.Nc3 Nc6 3.f4 exf4 4.d4 Qh4+ 5.Ke2. A modern, useful openings book, and a comprehensive look at Steinitz's radical idea. 2 text documents, 6 Surveys and 300 games (150 with notes, 28 by Steinitz), and an excellent Openings Key included.

* Bonus - A .pdf file of all Steinitz crosstables, 2 Steinitz screensavers, an electronic jigsaw puzzle and lots of great photos! Altogether nearly 900 games annotated by Steinitz, plus his two books, and extended excerpts from his writings - a lifetime of chess enjoyment!

In addition to these features, The Collected Works of Wilhelm Steinitz will continue to expand after publication, through this special website also given on the CD. There you will find additional games annotated by Steinitz, articles written by Steinitz, even photos and artwork dedicated to the First World Chess Champion.

This is an opportunity not to be missed. Everyone has heard about Wilhelm Steinitz, but very few have seen his amazing literary output. Discover for yourself what he said, how he said it - and what makes him the greatest player who ever lived!

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