William Steinitz, Chess Champion
487 pages, paperback, McFarland, 2007, first edition 1993
Long known as one of the greatest chess masters of the nineteenth century, William Steinitz had a rich and elevated career and life, which can now be known as well. From Steinitz’s own writings and the fruits of extensive first-time-ever research by the author, a fascinating portrayal emerges of the life and genius of a man widely known as the “Bohemian Caesar” quite apart from his chess dominance. Lengthy annotations for the 15 selected games are provided by modern grandmaster Andy Soltis, often augmented by Steinitz’s own observations. Three additional games are also included. Each game is illustrated.
About the Author Kurt Landsberger, born in Prague with the name Steinitz, is the champion’s great-grandnephew. He divides his time between Verona, New Jersey and Boca Raton, Florida. He is also the editor of The Steinitz Papers: Letters and Documents of the First World Chess Champion (2002).
IX List of illustrations
XI An opinion about this book (Ken Whyld)
001 1836-1862 "At the chessboard, I am Epstein."
025 1862-1872 "I was always better than you."
063 1872-1882 "Inky ruffians."
127 1882-1887 "He evidently has an extraordinary good memory,
for he always makes the same mistakes."
Between pages 170 and 171 are 32 plates containing 46 photographs and facsimiles
171 1887-1888 "Contempt without silence."
209 1888-1892 "The old master of a young school and a young master of the old school."
285 1892-1897 "The romantic surprise aroused me as never before."
357 1897-1900 "The drummer's tatoo was so continuous and so macabre."
405 Tournaments and matches (Ken Whyld)
409 William, the conqueror (Andy Soltis)
465 The theory of Steinitz (David Hooper)
“Outstanding...should be in the library of every serious collector”-San Francisco Chronicle
“Highly recommended”-The Sun, Baltimore