Johannes Zukertort

Chess Player

Birthday September 7, 1842

Birth Sign Virgo

Birthplace Poland

DEATH DATE Jun 20, 1888 (45)

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Polish-born English chess master who is most notable for having lost in the final of what is regarded to be the first international chess championship in 1886.

Before Fame

He was born in Poland but his family moved to Prussia when he was young, and eventually settled in the United Kingdom.


He was known for telling embellished tales about himself including that he was a master swordsman and that he fought in several famous battles.

Family Life

His family was part of a missionary group that tried to convert the Jewish population in Poland to Christianity.

Associated With

He was an international chess predecessor to Emanuel Lasker.