Early chess theorist and author of the first chess literature in the German language.
He gave up the study of theology to pursue chess more seriously and while he was in the army, he participated in the Napoleonic wars between Austria and France.
He was a chess teacher to the wealthy and noble circles of Europe.
His father taught at a monastery and wanted his son to study theology.
He can be compared to other 19th century chess minds such as Savielly Tartakower.