Adolf and Annie

Oct 5, 2012, 2:17 PM |

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.