Letters and Documents of the First World Chess Champion
360 pages, paperback
About the Book
One of the greatest of chess masters, William Steinitz (he changed his name from Wilhelm when he arrived in America) is recognized as the first world champion. More exactly (and thanks to the efforts of the editor of this book, Kurt Landsberger) he has been officially acknowledged as the first American world chess champion. Many letters and postcards survive: After years of unflagging effort to acquire all known letters to and from Steinitz, the editor has compiled a remarkable record of Steinitz and his contemporaries. Each letter, postcard, scrapbook item, newspaper or chess magazine article or other writing is described along with details of its location, ownership, and circumstances of discovery. It is then printed, nearly always in full, in English (many are translated from the German by Landsberger).
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 Delray Beach, Florida. Grandmaster Andy Soltis, eight times champion of the Marshall Chess Club, New York Post editor and Chess Life columnist, is the author of dozens of chess books. He lives in New York City.
45 photos & facsimiles (42 on glossy plates), 19 diagrams, notes, index
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