First World Chess Champion

London in 1886, the Austrian grandmaster, Wilhelm Steinitz, became the first player to earn the official title of “World Chess Champion” as he defeated Johannes Zukertort.
      Wilhelm Steinitz
      London, England

Additional Information:

  • World Chess Championship 1886 – Wikipedia
    The World Chess Championship 1886 was the first official World Chess Championship match contested by Wilhelm Steinitz and Johannes Zukertort. The match took place in the United States, the first five games being played in New York City, the next four being played in St. Louis and the final eleven in New Orleans.
  • World Chess Championship – Wikipedia
    The first match proclaimed by the players as for the world championship was the match that Wilhelm Steinitz won against Johannes Zukertort in 1886.
  • List of World Chess Champions – Simple English Wikipedia
    World Chess Champions are players who have won a match or tournament for the World Championship at chess. Both men and women can become champion, but no woman has ever been a challenger for the title. There is, however, a separate championship for women. There are also separate championships for specific …
  • The History of the World Chess Championship –
    By the 1880s many believed that he had surpassed Steinitz, which was further confirmed when Zukertort won the London tournament of 1883, defeating nearly every leading player in the world, finishing three points above second-place Steinitz. The stage was finally set for the first official World Chess Championship.
  • The 1st World Chess Championship Game – YouTube
    Jan 31, 2018 – Uploaded by ChessNetwork — When was the 1st World Chess Championship game played, who played in it, and what happened on the …

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