Wilhelm Steinitz

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About Steinitz
Wilhelm Steinitz, the first (and greatest!) World Chess Champion, was born on May 17, 1836 as the last of a hardware retailer's thirteen sons. Excelling at chess, Steinitz captured the championship of Vienna before moving to London where he placed 6th in the 1862 Grand International Tournament.

A Steinitz Timeline
This page offers an outline of Steinitz's activities and career, from birth to death. These bare facts will be increased in number until, in theory, his whereabouts can be established for almost any date. One goal is to develop a reference to crosscheck any new Steinitz game that appear, but the outline is interesting in itself.

The Fighting King
The chess principles that guided Steinitz in his games and writing have been completely absorbed by today's player. The World Champion's ideas about doubled pawns, the isolated d-pawn, and pawn islands ("groups," he called them) are now basic to our understanding of chess. Accumulating small advantages, maintaining balance in the game, and patient maneuvering for position have all been accepted and refined by succeeding generations. But the most fundamental tenet held by Steinitz concerns the role of the King itself in chess play, and here his teaching remains largely unassimilated by modern players.