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Wilhelm Steinitz

Steinitz was a pioneering modern chess player. After discovering a talent for chess while a student in Vienna, he devoted himself to the game and by 1866 was recognized as the world champion, although the title did not officially exist yet. His loss of the world championship in 1894 so disturbed him that he spent much of the rest of his life in mental institutions and died a pauper in 1900. Who took the title from Steinitz, and what did he say with regard to Steinitz and his unfortunate fate? More...
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It's a long article, but an interesting one. Chess is the most perfect and beautiful game ever invented by man.

Answer to TFD's question: (Emanuel) Lasker, who took the championship from Steinitz, wrote, "I who vanquished him must see to it that his great achievement, his theories should find justice, and I must avenge the wrongs he suffered."
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His loss of the world championship so disturbed him that the following year at an immensely strong tournament (of its time) at Hastings he played one of the most brilliant games ever seen (imho)

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1132699

He was also a respectable 5th ahead of the likes of Schiffers, Schlechter, Janowski, Gunsberg, Bird, mieses etc.

He was somewhat bonkers most of his life, not unusual for top notch players, but his major problem post defeat was money.

He left a huge legacy to chess. Apart from many contributions to opening theory he was one of the pioneers of the minority attack- a positional strategy against standard queens gambit pawn formations- demonstrating positional insight way ahead of his time.

All good ideas arrive by chance- Max Ernst
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pedro wrote:
His loss of the world championship so disturbed him that the following year at an immensely strong tournament (of its time) at Hastings he played one of the most brilliant games ever seen (imho)


Amazing game! My personal favorite was always Fischer vs. Byrne. The fact that Bobby was only 13 years old makes it even more fascinating. I don't know a lot about Steinitz, but this thread is inspiring me to explore his games.

http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1008361, or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M624T3PTggU for commentary.
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i appreciate his skill
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One of those Masters
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What an obsession!
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Chi, I can tell by reading your posts that you know a lot about chess. I'll bet you play with yourself all the time.
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