Ever visited the Immortal Game restaurant?

Aug 26, 2016, 12:43 PM |

London's Simpson's-in-the-Strand - the restaurant where Adolf Anderssen defeated Lionel Kieseritzsky in "The Immortal Game" in 1851 - surprisingly does not mention the Immortal Game on its website.

The website describes Simpson's chess origins and famous British guests: "Originally opened in 1828 as a chess club and coffee house - The Grand Cigar Divan - Simpson's soon became known as the 'home of chess', attracting such chess luminaries as Howard Staunton the first English world chess champion through its doors. It was to avoid disturbing the chess games in progress that the idea of placing large joints of meat on silver-domed trolleys and wheeling them to guests' tables first came into being, a practice Simpson's still continues today. One of the earliest Master Cooks insisted that everything in the restaurant be British and the Simpson's of today remains a proud exponent of the best of British food. Famous regulars include Charles Dickens, George Bernard Shaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (and his fictional creation, Sherlock Holmes), Benjamin Disraeli and William Gladstone."

Here's the dramatic conclusion to the Immortal Game.

Anderssen and Kieseritzky were in London to participate in the first international tournament, organized by Howard Staunton and held at the Great Exhibition of British industry and technology.

Anderssen won the tournament and Staunton finished fourth. Here's the ending of one of their games.