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Wilhelm Steinitz vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Steinitz 20 board simultaneous (1892), Boston, MA USA, Apr-07
King's Gambit: Declined. Classical Variation (C30)  ·  0-1


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Jan-09-04  Whitehat1963: What a blunder by the world champion to end the game!
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  Hanada: Harry Nelson Pillsbury beat Wilhelm Steinitz 6 to 5, with 3 draws.

PILLSBURY has many of the top player's number. I think he surely may have become champ if fate had not stepped in.

Mar-15-05  percyblakeney: That's not impossible. It could be worth mentioning that Steinitz was a bit over 60 during Pillsbury's last wins, though. As late as in S:t Petersburg 1895/96 (a few months before his 60th birthday) Steinitz scored +4 -0 =2 against Pillsbury.
Feb-07-06  BobbyBishop: I just find it utterly amazing that at the time of this game, HNP had only been playing the game for 4 years!
Jun-26-06  Cornocopian: but where is match link
Sep-27-07  RookFile: This game was likely played at the Boylston Chess Club, at its original location on 48 Boylston street. Now the club is in Somerville MA, a fitting place, since Pillsbury was born there.
Nov-01-07  RookFile: Pillsbury also beat Steinitz at a match where Steinitz gave him odds of pawn and move.
Nov-01-07  aazqua: What a horrible game all the way through. These guys are really awful.
Nov-02-07  RookFile: Well, Steinitz obviously made some mistakes, but did Pillsbury too, and if so, where?
Jan-02-09  Capthahn86: When looking at this game, it reminds of the Petrosian vs.Spassky World Championship Match 1966 Game #10 Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966
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  crawfb5: Pope's book on Pillsbury says this game was one of a 20-board simultaneous given by Steinitz on April 7th, a few days after the 3-game pawn-and-move odds match Pillsbury won.
Dec-01-10  Owerbart: I'm in complete agree with Hanada. Pillsbury really deserved that World Title.
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  wwall: Looks like the losing move was 25.Kc2. White had to play 25.Qe1, and if 25...Na6, then 26.Nc2 and 27.b4 should hold for White.

Instead of 26...Rd8, Black could have played 26...Qxc3, and if 27.Rc1 or 27.Qc2, then 27...Nxe4 wins.

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