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Chigorin’s defeat temporarily removed him from the list of competitors for the crown and Steinitz’s next challenger was Isidor Gunsberg.However, Steinitz’s and Chigarin’s competition began to transcend the chess board.The champion used his published his postulated on the new school of positioning, which the recent contender excoriated on the pages of St Petersburg’s “Chess Paper”.The reason for the renewed debate was the analysis of William I, devoted to the defence of two knights and Evans’ gambit.Chigorin beat Schiffers here as well and split first place with Semyon Alapin, whom he then beat in an additional competition.
Chigorin swiftly began to gather strength- soon he dared to challenge Schiffers to a match.
It is though that he even burned the archive of his opponent. He took first place in the largest tournament of the American Congress in 1889, where he thrice beat William Steinitz, who won the world championship in 1886.
The new king of the chess world first defended his title in 1889, and named Chigorin his opponent, characterising the Russian master as the worthiest of the worthy on the pages of the “International Chess Magazine”.
Before the 23rd match, the Russian maestro managed to equal the score and take the match to tie-breaker, but lost concentration and was checkmated by a rudimentary move while possessing an extra figure.
In subsequent years Chigorin remained one of the planet’s strongest chess players; his matches with other candidates - Isidor Gunsberg and Siegbert Tarrasch - finished with draws, and in 1903 Mikhail Chigorin won in the thematic match of the new world champion, Emanuel Lasker.
But that was Emanuel Stepanovich’s last success and in the three subsequent matches Russia’s new leader won convincingly, proving that he was indeed the best.