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Sir Wilhelm Steinitz

🎉 Today we remember and celebrate the life of Wilhelm Steinitz! 🎂

Born on this day in 1836, the first official chess World Champion was a remarkable player who left an indelible mark on the game of chess. From the 1860s, he was regarded as the best player in the world, and in 1886, he won the first official World Championship match. He retained the title until 1894 when he lost it to Lasker.

Steinitz's achievements as a chess player are remarkable. He revolutionized the game by introducing the concept of positional play through his games and writings, and his legacy as the founder of chess strategy continues to shape the game to this day.



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