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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Eugene Chatard
Blindfold simul, 12b (1900), Paris FRA, Jun-27
Alekhine Defense: Brooklyn Variation (B02)  ·  1-0


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Sep-19-06  CreamyGoodness: Wow, 6... Nb4 is a real howler. I've played the Brooklyn variation of the Alekhine and a bunch of other silly openings like the Fried Fox; they're especially delicious when your opponent gets all huffy 'n' stuffy about theory... then loses. But the thing about these openings is, you can't *keep* playing like an idiot after starting off like one.
Sep-19-06  sixfeetunder: 3... d6 and Blacks position is better than it looks.
May-13-08  Trigonometrist: This is what I would call a "dope"ning....
The under-developed K-side and the uncastled king poses a big problem.
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  whiteshark: <CreamyGoodness: <Wow, 6... Nb4 is a real howler.>> Indeed, better was <6...e6>, e.g. <7.cxd5 exd5 8.Nf3 Nh6!> He can't help doing it. <9.Be2 Qd7 10.0-0 0-0-0>

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o.k. for the club.

Jul-23-08  RookFile: I actually have dabbled with 1. e4 Nh6 was black. You're hoping that white plays 2. Bxh6, because then you have the two bishops and tremendous power on the dark squares. Unfortunately, it doesn't work out so well when white just ignores the wayward knight.
Oct-03-08  Super Chess Man: My deep analysis of the game tells me that 1 Na6 is not that good of a move !
Nov-01-08  D.Observer: 1. e4 Nh6 should be named after Eugene Chatard. This is the only time I ever saw this opening here in the site!
Dec-30-08  thebribri8: The Brooklyn Variation of the Alekhine is normally achieved by 1. e4 Nf6 2. e5 Ng8. I don't see who would take time to name this idiotic opening.
Jan-25-09  Morphischer: Is 2.Nh6 correct? It seems to me 2.Nf6 was actually played if Pillsbury played 3.e5 on the next move.
Jan-27-09  Morphischer: 2.e5 not 3.e5
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  whiteshark: <Morphischer: Is 2.Nh6 correct?> Well, the ♘ is already on h6.
Feb-14-09  WhiteRook48: why is 1...Nh6 the Alekhine Defense?
Mar-19-09  WhiteRook48: advantage in both material and development
Interesting. 1...h5 crashed 1. e4 in the Opening Explorer.
Mar-25-09  AnalyzeThis: Black could have safely resigned on move 8 in this game.
Mar-26-09  MaxxLange: Was playing bad openings against Pillsbury a "thing"? I had the Pillsbury.pgn file from the old U Pitt site, and it had a lot of simul games with NN playing 1...f6 against him.
Mar-26-09  AnalyzeThis: I give Pillsbury credit for avoiding 2. Bxh6. The best reply to 1....Nh6 is to leave the wayward knight there, doing nothing, and keep the dark squared bishop for yourself.
Mar-26-09  MaxxLange: <I give Pillsbury credit for avoiding 2. Bxh6> not too hard to avoid! The d-pawn is still on d2.
Apr-11-09  chessman95: <WhiteRook48: why is 1...Nh6 the Alekhine Defense?>

As <thebribri8> already pointed out, this game transposes to the Brooklyn Alekhine which is usually reached after 1.e4 Nf6 2.e5 Nh6 (?????). My guess is that the first move is a mistake, otherwise 2.e5 would not have been played.

Apr-13-09  WhiteRook48: 6....Nb4???
proof that 1...h5 smashes 1. e4
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Jun-17-09  prinsallan: First two moves by black is stunningly bad- tempoloss ^^
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  keypusher: <Calli> or any of the other usual suspects: do you know the circumstances of this game?
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  vonKrolock: <keypusher: <Calli> or any of the other usual suspects> "blind-simul" (online source)
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  Pawn and Two: <keypusher> This game was one of twelve from the blindfold exhibition at the Cercle Philidor headquarters in Paris on June 27th, 1900, one week after the conclusion of the Paris 1900 tournament.

In the exhibition Pillsbury allowed the opponents to consult with spectators, but they were not allowed to move the pieces on the board.

An audience of over 250 people watched while Arnous de Riviere circulated between the two rows of six boards, calling out the moves in English, while Pillsbury, seated on a platform at the back of the hall, replied with extraordinary speed and precision.

Board one was occupied by Monsier Chatard. An account of the exhibition stated that Chatard was one of the strongest members of the exhibition team. It also mentioned that Chatard tried to exploit the blindness of the master by leaving the beaten track, but he only succeeded in losing time and material.

The exhibition started at 8:30 in the evening and finished at 2 in the morning, without any break. The report stated that at the conclusion of the exhibition, Pillsbury did not appear tired at all!

The final score for Pillsbury was 8 wins, 1 loss, and 3 draws. A total of 376 moves were made by Pillsbury in the 5 1/2 hour exhibition, a rate of more than one move per minute!

All of the games but one appear in this database. I will submit the missing game.

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  keypusher: <Pawn and two> <Von Krolock> Thank you, sirs! Some of Morphy's opponents tried the same strategy in blindfold, with similarly bad results. I can't believe de Riviere was still kicking.
Nov-26-12  Morphischer: I think 1.Nf6 was written down in descriptive notation as 1.N-KB3 but due to bad handwriting, the person transcribing it read it as 1.N-KR3 (where the B looked like an R) It explains Pillsbury's 2.e5 move and Chatard moving the knight again.
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