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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Isidor Gunsberg
"Have Guns, Pill Travel" (game of the day Sep-30-11)
Hastings (1895)  ·  Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0
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Mar-08-10  rapidcitychess: Lasker " Gunsberg chose an interesting, but not all together sound, method of development"

Source: Logical Chess move by move
Author: Irving Chernev

Apr-29-10  JonathanJ: why is 3.e3 just called "slav defense: general"? there are 859 games with it in this database. it should really get a name.
May-20-10
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Pillsbury> had to win this game outright in order to finish first at <Hastings 1895>.

It's considered to be his "Immortal Endgame"-

The trick is to find a plan to win from this rightly famous position:

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Dec-24-10  Llawdogg: Wow! Fantastic endgame play by Pillsbury.
Sep-30-11  PaulLovric: why 16. Ke2 instead of O-O?
Sep-30-11  whitecrow: <PaulLovric> I think it's part of his endgame plan. After eliminating all the rooks, white king is much more powerful in the center than g1.
Sep-30-11
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  al wazir: Even though he had white, from the outset of the game Pillsbury made strenuous efforts to trade down. He must have known that he had a won ending. But how?
Sep-30-11  beatgiant: <al wazir>
I don't think it's necessarily a won ending at, say, move 20. For example, 20...Nb8 21. Bd2 Nc6 looks drawish, at best.
Sep-30-11  newzild: <al wazir: Even though he had white, from the outset of the game Pillsbury made strenuous efforts to trade down. He must have known that he had a won ending. But how?>

He traded down because he thought a draw would be good enough for first place. Then he noticed that his main rival, Chigorin, was winning his game and threatening to catch up. So Pillsbury started playing to win in the ending.

Sep-30-11  Nilsson: I think the big misstake by Gunsberg was in the exchange, if instead 25...Nxc5 and black is ok. /JN
Sep-30-11
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  kevin86: A pawn ode:push for the show,promote for the dough. In this game "the doughboy" promotes his pawn to win.
Sep-30-11  Llawdogg: How did Pillsbury get this good?
Sep-30-11  drnooo: "A genius has left us"
Lasker
Sep-30-11  drnooo: However the pun is hardly a work of genius they're getting worse, boys, much worse great as this site is, and it is, maybe it needs new writers for the puns
Sep-30-11  belgradegambit: Aw, I liked the pun. I loved Palladin.
Sep-30-11  karnak64: Neatly done.
Sep-30-11
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  al wazir: <Nilsson: I think the big misstake by Gunsberg was in the exchange, if instead 25...Nxc5 and black is ok>

25. Nxc5? 26. bxc5 Bc7 27. Nb5. Now what? The a-P is lost; if 27...a5, then 28. Nc6+.

Aug-26-12  bengalcat47: With his move 36...h5 Gunsberg concedes defeat without much of a struggle. Had he played 36...Ke7 instead the following wild finish would have occured, taken from Chernev's book The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played: 37.Kc4 b3; 38.axb3 a3; 39.Kc3 f5;(played to create a passed pawn on the King side)40.gxf5 h5; 41.b4 a2; 42.Kb2 a1=Q+; (forcing White's King onto rank 1, so that another Black pawn will queen with check) 43.Kxa1 g4; 44.b5 h4; 45.b6 g3; 46.hxg3 hxg3; 47.d6+ Kxd6; 48.b7 Kc7; 49.e7 g2; 50.b8=Q+ Kxb8; 51.e8=Q+, and White wins by one move. Chernev gives the move 47.d6+ an eclamation point. As is often the case the best moves in a game are the ones that did not actually occur.
Aug-26-12  beatgiant: <al wazir>
I don't see White's follow-up after 25...Nxc5 26. bxc5 Bc7 27. Nb4 a5 28. Nc6+ Kd7. Can you post your continuation?
Aug-26-12  beatgiant: Even as late as move 26, what does White have against <26...a5> instead of the game's 26...Nb8?
Dec-04-12
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  Naniwazu: No wonder the moves Ne5 followed by f4 are named after Pillsbury. He seems to play it in almost every game I review by him. Here are some select examples: Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895; Pillsbury vs G Marco, 1900; Pillsbury vs J Mason, 1903; Pillsbury vs J Barry, 1904; and the list goes on..
Dec-04-12
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  perfidious: <Naniwazu> The attacking motif is named after Pillsbury with far more justification than many opening variations receive their names.
Aug-28-13  Dragi: Great end game by Harry ...Pity he died so young ...
Jan-25-14
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  Richard Taylor: < jessicafischerqueen: <Pillsbury> had to win this game outright in order to finish first at <Hastings 1895>.

It's considered to be his "Immortal Endgame"-

The trick is to find a plan to win from this rightly famous position: >

I was playing this over and I found the moves from a move before as I saw White was heading for Nb4 then a5 was coming so I calculated the rest except the longer lines. I kind of found it in stages as when N took on c6 I "recalculated"...

I was reading Ruebin Fine re Pillsbury and it reminded me how short P's life was and how great he was. This was the winning game of what I think was the first Hastings and for many Pillsbury came from nowhere. His game against Tarrasch is very good too.

Jan-26-14  RookFile: This is no reason why black shouldn't be able to at least get a draw after 20. Bxc1.
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