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Pillsbury vs World Champions Decisive Games
Compiled by visayanbraindoctor
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The Almost World Champions.

Always the second but should have been first. They who in another time and place could have been Chess World Champions.

Harry Nelson Pillsbury

Pillsbury IMO is the third strongest American-born player in chess history, after Fischer (an official world champion) and Morphy (an unofficial world champion). In spite of learning chess in his mid teens, it turned out that he had a crazy talent for it, and in just a few years had become a world beater.

He played an aggressive straightforward and positionally sound chess; and attacked irresistibly when the opportunity arose, IMO quite a similar style to his countrymen Morphy before him and Fischer after. In later times when opening variations were being studied in depth, Pillsbury would have been a terror, given his astounding almost inhuman memory feats in simultaneous blindfold chess.

It was widely believed by the chess world that if Pillsbury was given the chance to play Lasker in World Championship matches in the decade after 1895, he would have had good chances to take the Title.

What more proof that you deserve to be a Challenger than having battled both World Champions (Steinitz and Lasker) to a tie and having good records against most of the Challengers of your time?

Harry Nelson Pillsbury Wilhelm Steinitz 5 to 5, with 3 draws

Harry Nelson Pillsbury tied Emanuel Lasker 5 to 5, with 4 draws

Bonus - Pillsbury vs Challengers Decisive Games:

Chigorin (Challenger to Steinitz) beat Pillsbury 8 to 7, with 7 draws

Pillsbury beat Gunsberg (Challenger to Steinitz) 4 to 0, with 2 draws

Marshall (Challenger to Lasker) beat Pillsbury 6 to 4, with 2 draws

Pillsbury tied Tarrasch (Challenger to Lasker) 5 to 5, with 2 draws

Pillsbury beat Schlechter (Challenger to Lasker) 8 to 2, with 9 draws

Pillsbury beat Janowski (Challenger to Lasker) 6 to 4, with 2 draws

Pillsbury vs World Champions Decisive Games Steinitz
Pillsbury vs Steinitz, 1894 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 37 moves, 0-1

Steinitz vs Pillsbury, 1895 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 60 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Steinitz, 1895 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 53 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Steinitz, 1896 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 0-1

Steinitz vs Pillsbury, 1896 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 60 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Steinitz, 1896 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 100 moves, 0-1

Steinitz vs Pillsbury, 1896 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 64 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Steinitz, 1898 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Steinitz vs Pillsbury, 1899 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 46 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Steinitz, 1899 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 31 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs World Champions Decisive Games Lasker
Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1893 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 55 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1895 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 40 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1895 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 46 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1895 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 33 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(C11) French, 50 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1899 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 75 moves, 1-0

Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 30 moves, 0-1

Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 85 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1904 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Challengers Decisive Games Chigorin
Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1895 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 51 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Chigorin, 1896 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1896 
(C60) Ruy Lopez, 45 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Chigorin, 1896 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 50 moves, 1-0

Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1896 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 32 moves, 0-1

Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1898 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 40 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Chigorin, 1898 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 57 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Chigorin, 1899 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 35 moves, 0-1

Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1899 
(C52) Evans Gambit, 47 moves, 0-1

Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 37 moves, 0-1

Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1902 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 56 moves, 1-0

Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1902 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 35 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Chigorin, 1903 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 0-1

Chigorin vs Pillsbury, 1895 
(C49) Four Knights, 26 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Chigorin, 1895 
(D07) Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Challengers Decisive Games Gunsberg
Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 40 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Challengers Decisive Games Gunsberg
Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1902 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 48 moves, 1-0

Gunsberg vs Pillsbury, 1903 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 24 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1903 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 25 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Challengers Decisive Games Marshall
Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1894 
(C31) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 29 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1900 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 30 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1901 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1902 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 29 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1902 
(C12) French, McCutcheon, 33 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1903 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 43 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1903 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 63 moves, 0-1

Marshall vs Pillsbury, 1903 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs Pillsbury, 1904 
(B08) Pirc, Classical, 23 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1904 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 39 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Challengers Decisive Games Tarrasch
Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Pillsbury, 1896 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 80 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Challengers Decisive Games Tarrasch
Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1896 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 60 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1898 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1898 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 50 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Pillsbury, 1898 
(C65) Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense, 45 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Pillsbury, 1898 
(C49) Four Knights, 46 moves, 1-0

Tarrasch vs Pillsbury, 1898 
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1902 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 29 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1903 
(C63) Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense, 83 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Challengers Decisive Games Schlechter
Pillsbury vs Schlechter, 1895  
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 0-1

Schlechter vs Pillsbury, 1898 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 98 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Schlechter, 1899 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 56 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Schlechter, 1900 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 34 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Schlechter, 1900 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 44 moves, 1-0

Schlechter vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 56 moves, 0-1

Schlechter vs Pillsbury, 1902 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Schlechter, 1903 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

Schlechter vs Pillsbury, 1903 
(B06) Robatsch, 23 moves, 0-1

Schlechter vs Pillsbury, 1903
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 36 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Challengers Decisive Games Janowski
Janowski vs Pillsbury, 1895 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 54 moves, 0-1

Janowski vs Pillsbury, 1898 
(C32) King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit, 50 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Janowski, 1898
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 45 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Janowski, 1899 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 72 moves, 1-0

Janowski vs Pillsbury, 1899 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 47 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Janowski, 1900 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 45 moves, 1-0

Janowski vs Pillsbury, 1900 
(C49) Four Knights, 45 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Janowski, 1902 
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 59 moves, 0-1

Pillsbury vs Janowski, 1902 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 75 moves, 1-0

Pillsbury vs Janowski, 1904 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 78 moves, 0-1

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