Anderssen (offhand) – Steinitz, W. 1862

Name   Edo    Dev.   Score  /  Games 
Anderssen, Adolf (offhand)    2544 (41) 4/6 
Steinitz, Wilhelm    2550 (42) 2/6 
Status: soft result (plausible score)

Event table notes

Event data
Place: London, England (?)
Start date: 1862
End date: 1862
Spinrad gives a result of 2-1 in offhand games from Divinsky's Life Maps of the Great Chess Masters. The Chess Player's Magazine (Aug. 1863, p.40) says that these were played in London in July 1862, around the time of the tournament, and says there were five or six games in addition to the one printed there, Anderssen winning 'a large majority'. Harding (personal communication) tells me that a fourth game has been found, making the score of known games 2-2, but the other two or three games have not yet been discovered. He also tells me that two of the games can be dated exactly to 9 and 10 Jul. 1862. A reasonable guess at the result from the above information is +4-2 for Anderssen, though I have to consider this a 'soft' result, since it is not a definite score.
   [CPM], vol. 1, Aug. 1863, page 40
   Spinrad, Jeremy P.  [Collected results, 1836-1863]

Match information updated: 13 Jan. 2019