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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Franklin Knowles Young
Offhand game (1890), Boston, Mass.
Bird Opening: General (A02)  ·  1-0
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Jan-29-15  bengalcat47: The first signs of brilliance from the young Pillsbury!
Aug-25-17
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  wwall: Not sure if this game was a sign of brilliance. Pillsbury played 9.Nc3? and should have lost after 9...d4 (threatening 10...d3) 10.exd4 cxd4 11.Nb5 d3, winning a piece.

After 9.Nc6, Pillsbury as White misses the threat again (and Black misses the winning move again) with 10.a3? since Black can play 10.d4 (threatening 11 d3) 11.exd4 cxd4 12.Nb5 (or anywhere else) 12...d3, winning a piece.

Perhaps the losing move was 13...Nxe5 (13...Qe8 looks better) 14.fxe5 Ne8? (14...Ne4 looks a little better), now 15.Rxf7 wins after 15...Kxf7?? and 16.Qxh7. Black could have resisted a little better, but probably still losing, with 15...d4 instead of 15...Kxf7.

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