Wilhelm Steinitz

1836 - 1900

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William Steinitz (born Wilhelm Steinitz; May 14, 1836 – August 12, 1900) was an Austrian and later American chess player, and the first official World Chess Champion, from 1886 to 1894. He was also a highly influential writer and chess theoretician. When discussing chess history from the 1850s onwards, commentators have debated whether Steinitz could be effectively considered the champion from an earlier time, perhaps as early as 1866. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wilhelm Steinitz has received more than 440,703 page views. His biography is available in 60 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 58 in 2019). Wilhelm Steinitz is the 2nd most popular chess player (down from 1st in 2019), the 20th most popular biography from Czechia (down from 14th in 2019) and the most popular Czech Chess Player.

Wilhelm Steinitz is most famous for being the first world chess champion. He defeated Johannes Zukertort in 1886 to become the first world champion, and defended his title against all comers until 1894.

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Among chess players, Wilhelm Steinitz ranks 2 out of 376Before him are Bobby Fischer. After him are Boris Spassky, Mikhail Tal, Alexander Alekhine, José Raúl Capablanca, Mikhail Botvinnik, Emanuel Lasker, Tigran Petrosian, Max Euwe, Anatoly Karpov, and Garry Kasparov.

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Among people born in 1836, Wilhelm Steinitz ranks 2Before him is Ramakrishna. After him are Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, Léo Delibes, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Sophia of Nassau, Marie Henriette of Austria, Francis II of the Two Sicilies, James Tissot, Henri Fantin-Latour, Sakamoto Ryōma, and Ferdinand Cheval. Among people deceased in 1900, Wilhelm Steinitz ranks 5Before him are Friedrich Nietzsche, Oscar Wilde, Gottlieb Daimler, and Max Müller. After him are Umberto I of Italy, Ivan Aivazovsky, John Ruskin, Étienne Lenoir, Vladimir Solovyov, Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, and John Sherman.

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In Czechia

Among people born in Czechia, Wilhelm Steinitz ranks 20 out of 839Before him are Miloš Forman (1932), Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor (1316), John of Nepomuk (1350), Joseph Schumpeter (1883), Ernst Mach (1838), and Karel Čapek (1890). After him are Albrecht von Wallenstein (1583), Arthur Seyss-Inquart (1892), Edvard Beneš (1884), Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1850), Joseph Radetzky von Radetz (1766), and Bertha von Suttner (1843).

Among CHESS PLAYERS In Czechia

Among chess players born in Czechia, Wilhelm Steinitz ranks 1After him are Luděk Pachman (1924), Rudolf Charousek (1873), Ernst Falkbeer (1819), Vlastimil Hort (1944), Miroslav Filip (1928), Lubomir Kavalek (1943), and David Navara (1985).