Adolf and Annie

This little anecdote involving the great Adolf Anderssen came from a 1940 issue of "Chess Review."   The editor claimed it was taken from "Falkbeer's Memoirs."    I'm not aware of any memoire by Ernst Falkbeer in book form, so I am assuming it came from his article in "Brentano's Chess Monthly" of June, 1881.

                                      AN UNSOUND COMBINATION BY ANDERSSEN
A particular point of attraction for Anderssen proved to be a certain cider cellar, situated in the heart of Berlin, and the particular magnet there was the youthful and very pretty daughter of the keeper, whose duty it was to serve the sparkling draught to her father"s guests.   Annie, as was the name of the charming girl,  was also a chess player, and not averse to have now and then a game with our professor.   The latter was, of course, too chivalrous to win many games, managed generally to let his lovely adversary get the better of him, although she was, of course, no match for him.   But on one occasion she had the temerity to gain two games in succession, which feat elated her to such an extent, that she ran excitedly around the room, telling everybody of her remarkable luck.   This  angered Anderssen.   The lion within him had been roused.    Annie was checkmated five times in rapid succession, which defeat made her so low spirited, that she sulkily retreated from our table, and for a long time after refused to show herself in the bar-room.


  • 4 years ago


    Well at least he didn't checkmate her at Queen odds or with a ringed Knight (did he?)

  • 4 years ago


    Lesson learnt, play dumb to a beauty:). Winning chess is not everything but winning a beauty is!

  • 4 years ago


    ANDERSSEN is honest man -)

  • 4 years ago


    The new things I learn each day never cease to amaze me.


  • 4 years ago



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