Friday, June 29, 2012

Rededication of Johannes Zukertort's Grave

On 26 June the grave of Johannes Zukertort (1842-1888) was rededicated in London's Brompton Cemetery. Polish-born Johannes Zukertort was one of the world's leading players in the 1870s and 1880s. His most significant success was his victory at the 1883 London tournament, well ahead of the world's best players of the time, including Wilhelm Steinitz.

He later contested what has become accepted as the first official world chess championship match in 1886 against Steinitz which he finally lost after an early lead.

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