First Chess World Championship

The Centenary Match Kasparov Karpov III by Raymond Keene & David Goodman:

  • “The first official World Championship Match was played between Steinitz, an Austrian, and Zukertort, a Prussian, in 1886. Despite their continental origins, both men lived in England and London was the acknowledged chess capital of the world. The games in the 1886 match were played in three different cities – New York, St. Louis and New Orleans.”
  • “Steinitz scored a decisive victory with ten wins to Zukertort’s five. The new champion held the title until 1894, when he lost a match to Lasker.”