Who Invented Chess, looking back at years 1924 - 1850:
Part of the Chess History Guide
1924 - 1850
The last World Chess Champion mentioned was Jose Raul Capablanca ... He was actually Undisputed Champion for 3 years, prior to FIDE being established.
Capablanca took over the title in 1921, by beating former World Champion, Emanuel Lasker (from Germany).
In turn, Lasker took the crown, in 1894, from the Austro-Hungarian born Wilhelm Steinitz, who is on the list as being first Undisputed World Chess Champion, of the modern game.
Steinitz began his reign in 1886 and, similar to Alekhine, also emigrated and ended up representing his new-home country, the USA.
According to this article, prior to Steinitz's victory, in 1886, all previous World Chess Championships weren't regarded as official sporting events.
But, that doesn't mean there weren't any official Chess Tournaments at all. It is believed that the first Chess Tournament, played by the rules of the modern game, was held in London in 1851 and won by a relatively unknown German, Adolf Anderssen.
Another notable player of this period was the United States player, Paul Morphy (1858 - 1862); while Englishman, Howard Staunton (1843 - 1851), spanned the period as Chess merged into more of a competitive sport.
Moving On: Who Invented Chess: looks back at years 1850-1800 (Page 4).
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