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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs David Janowski
13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902), Hanover GER, rd 15, Aug-08
Spanish Game: Closed Variations. Morphy Attack (C78)  ·  0-1


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  Calli: Pillsbury's concepts were somehow "big" and involving the entire board. He freely gives up both bishops and locks the center. I assume he considered this good for his Knights. Amazingly he then puts BOTH horses in the corner - see 32.Nh1.

Unfortunately, Pillsbury blunders 37.Nh3?? and Jano pounces Rxe4! Game over. Poor Harry was decline because of his disease and could not carry out his grand plans as he once did.

Jun-26-05  aw1988: True enough that he was on the decline, but many make the mistake (as have I) that it means he is a pathetic amateur of sorts. No no, still very strong, but still not the calibre he was in 1895.
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  tamar: It is a mistake to dismiss Pillsbury after 1900. He was a better player than in 1895, but had less energy to carry out his plans for a full tournament. Hanover was one of his relative failures.

It was the period 1900-1902 though that led Jeff Sonas to rate his as the 10th highest peak of all chessplayers. That sounds a bit odd to me too, but he played many great games in this period.

Jun-27-05  aw1988: Really? Hrm, interesting.
Jun-27-05  iron maiden: That's pretty surprising to me too, since that period doesn't include Pillsbury's two greatest tournament victories, Hastings 1895 and Vienna 1898.
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  whiteshark: "<P i l l s b u r y und J a n o w s k i treffen zusammen> - der Zufall hat es gefügt, daß man es vorher wußte;..." bemerkt das Turnierbuch zur 15. Runde am 8. August 1902 dazu.
Apr-06-13  thomastonk: From the "Honolulu Evening Bulletin", November 1, 1902 about this game: "The following game, played in the Hanover tournament, is perhaps the greatest of modern chess."
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