A Secret Weapon
During the world championship match between Emanuel Lasker and Wilhelm Steinitz, a fan of Lasker gave him a gift – a box of cigars. After the match, which Lasker won and became the new World Champion, the fan sought him out again. He congratulated Lasker and said: “Hopefully, the box of cigars I gave you helped with winning the match?!”
Of course he meant it as a joke, but nevertheless he was curious if Lasker was pleased with the gift and maybe it did help him a bit after all.
“Of course, they indeed did help me win the match”, replied Lasker.
“So you’ve enjoyed them, then?” asked the giver, wanting to hear more praise on his gift.
“No, no, I smoked another brand”, said Lasker, “these I gave to Steinitz.”
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