Wilhelm Steinitz, 1836 -1900

August 11, 1900: The Father of Modern Chess, Wilhelm Steinitz, passed away. Born in the Jewish Ghetto in Prague, in 1836, Steinitz began his professional career as a journalist. He won his first major chess tournament in Vienna in 1861. This marked the beginning of his domination of the game that would continue almost up to the time of his death.

Shown below is a stamp issued by Cuba in 1976 honoring Steinitz:

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