Adolf Anderssen - Post Morphy (part 6)

Jun 19, 2008, 12:37 PM |


Post Morphy - London 1862

Three years after being defeated by Morphy, Anderssen won the London 1862 International tournament, the first international round-robin event (in which each participant plays a game against each of the others) with a score of twelve wins out of thirteen games, losing only to the Rev. John Owen and finishing 2 points ahead of Louis Paulsen, who had the best playing record in the early 1860s and was also a "top 5" player in the 1870s and early 1880s. Morphy had retired from chess at this time, so Anderssen was again generally regarded as the world's leading active player.

Anderssen's only known competitive chess beteeen 1862 and 1866 was a drawn match (+3=2-3) in 1864 against Berthold Suhle, who is virtually unknown to-day but was about to break into the top 5 and was a respected chess writer.