|Mar-22-04|| ||Tigran Petrosian: Very nice piece of homework by Halprin |
|Mar-23-04|| ||PizzatheHut: Chessmaster 8000 tells a very interesting story about this game: <More proof that draws need not be dull. Running neck and neck with Schlechter and Maroczy for first prize, Pillsbury was slated to face one of the weaker players next. His main rivals showed Halprin some novel and intricate analysis against Pillsbury's favorite defense to the Ruy Lopez. White merely rattled off the moves that had been shown to him the night before, while the American had to thread his way through an unfamiliar minefield.> |
|Nov-25-05|| ||AlexanderMorphy: Halprin starts his homework with dxe5, an interesting move rather than the more familiar Bxc6. 11. Ng5 is played in order not to give black any time to castle as that would move his king into safety...and probably lead to a pillsbury win due to his superior skills. 15. Nd5... The threat of Nxb6 practically forces Black to capture the knight, giving White an open e-file while the other rook is coming into the game via a3. Blacks outlook looks grim. 17. Ra3 is played with the dire threat of 18. Rf3 Kg8 19. Re7! Qc6 20. Rf8! Kxf8 21. Qf3 Kg8 22. Qf7 mate. After 20. Qe7 black is walking a tightrope. He rejects 20...gxh6 21. Rg3 Kf8 22. Qxe5 Rg8 23. Qf6! Qf7 24. Qd8, etc. Or 20...Qe6 21. Qg5 Qd7 22. Bxg7! Qxg7 23. Qd8 and mate next. Now he is hoping for 21. Rg3 Be6!|
|Jun-25-06|| ||McCool: Truly beautiful.|
|Feb-03-09|| ||An Englishman: Good Evening: A defensive brilliancy. 14.b6 must have come as a real jolt, but even bigger jolts are on their way. Great play by Pillsbury.|
|Feb-03-09|| ||AnalyzeThis: Did Pillsbury ever play a game that wasn't interesting?|
|Mar-25-09|| ||WhiteRook48: Halprin stuns Pillsbury, it seems, with the perpetual|
|Feb-05-10|| ||monrealis: This game is played in Roger Zelazny's story "Unicorn Variations", a game between a man (white) and a unicorn (black).|
|Nov-24-10|| ||rapidcitychess: Is this sound???? Doesn't look good at all.
Seems very bogus....
|Nov-24-10|| ||AnalyzeThis: Just another fascinating Pillsbury game...|
|Jan-25-11|| ||wwall: This game was played in the last round of the German Open Championship in Munich. Two rounds earlier, Heinrich Wolf played 14.Ra3 against Pillsbury and lost in 40 moves. Now Halprin improves with his own move, 14.b6! Also possible may be 14.Qf3.|
After 15.Nd5!?, White threatens 16.Nxb6. Playable may be 15.Rfd1.
If 16...Kf7, then 17.Re7+ Qxe7 18.Bxe7 Kxe7 19.Re1+ Kd8 20.Qxd5
After 17.Ra3, White threatens 18.Rf3+.
Instead of 17...Ne5, perhaps 17...Kg8.
After 17...Ne5, 18.Rxe5! looks like a forced draw.
After 20.Bh6! (the only move to draw), if 20...gxh6?, then 21.Rg3+ Kf8 (21...Qg4 22.Rxg4+ Bxg4 23.Qxg4+ Kf8 24.Qf5+ should win; 21...Qg7?? 22.Qe8 mate) 22.Qxe5 should win for White. Black could also try 20...e4, but 21.Rg3 and 22.Rxg7 should draw.
21.Bxg7 forces the draw. If 21.Rg3, then 21...Be6 should be OK for Black.
21. Rg3 and 22.Bxg7 should also draw.
22.Rg3+ is the only move to draw.
After 22.Rg3+ Kf6? loses to 23.Qh6+ and 24.Rg7+
After 24...Kf8, 25.Rf3+ Kg8 26.Rg3+ draws by perpetual check
|Jan-25-11|| ||Phony Benoni: <wwall> One little detail. This game was actually played in round 14 of 15. The tournament book is available through Google Books, and the game is here:|
|Jan-26-11|| ||wwall: Phony Benoni, you are right! I did not know about the Google Books for the Munich 1900 tournament (how did you discover that?). My source on the statement that it was played in the last round came from Graham Burgess in his 'Chess Highlights of the 20th Century,' page 10. Good catch.|
|Jan-26-11|| ||Phony Benoni: <wwall> I happened to do a little research into this game while compiling a tournament collection at this site. However, I kind of wish it had been played in the last round; that would make the story even better!|
Google Books is a treasure trove for chess books and journals, particularly in the 19th century. (There's very little after 1910). To find this, I went to the Advanced Search Page:
and searched for "Pillsbury Halprin". You can use much more sophisticated searching techniques, but that alone found the tournament book among other sources.
|Jan-26-11|| ||wwall: <PhonyBenoni> Yes, I use Goggle Books a lot and have downloaded perhaps hundreds of chess books and magazines, but I did not think to put the two chess players' names in the search. I had always used titles, but the title here did not help me (Kongress), and it was in German. Thanks for the tip.|
|Jan-26-11|| ||TheFocus: <wwall> and <Phony Benoni> I also am a big fan of Google Books. Downloaded over 200 chess books and magazines so far. |
Found a lot of nice books that I could not afford on the regular market.