What does it take to become a World Chess Champion?

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    March 29, 1886, Johannes Zukertort tends his resignation, congratulating Wilhelm Steinitz who becomes the first World Chess Champion. After 20 matches over three months, Zukertort was said to be living on his wits, physically fatigued and approaching mental breakdown. He would die two years later of a heart attack. What does it take to become a World Chess Champion? Boris Gelfand was raised to become a champion since the age of six. His father devoted all his life to cultivating Boris’ talent while obsessively documenting the process, as seen in Album 61.
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