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|Sep-14-15|| ||Stonehenge: There's some kibitzing about her here:
jnpope chessforum (kibitz #64)
|Oct-22-15|| ||zanzibar: This is a great quote:
<C.N. 4679 gave item 26 in Napier’s Amenities and Background of Chess-Play (New York, 1934):
‘I remember seeing Showalter in a match game with Pillsbury brood 45 minutes over a fourth move. It was a Ruy López. Afterwards there came the explanation. “The cigar was good; and I thought that long looking might uncover some better move and sequel than those used.”’>
"The cigar was good." Can't top that.
|Oct-23-15|| ||TheFocus: Was Showalter playing Black or White?|
|Oct-23-15|| ||zanzibar: Here's the original (as re-edited and re-titled by Horowitz):|
No mention of colors, or exactly which game. There's quite a full potential games:
One might think a newspaper account would mention such an exceptional move by Pillsbury.
|Dec-05-15|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Harry!!|
|Dec-26-15|| ||Jonathan Sarfati: From Wiki to save me re-typing from the Edward Lasker I own):|
As a teenager, Edward Lasker played Pillsbury in a blindfold exhibition in Breslau, against the wishes of his mother, and recalled in Chess Secrets I learned from the Masters:
But it soon became evident that I would have lost my game even if I had been in the calmest of moods. Pillsbury gave a marvellous performance, winning 13 of the 16 blindfold games, drawing two, and losing only one. He played strong chess and made no mistakes [presumably in recalling the positions]. The picture of Pillsbury sitting calmly in an armchair, with his back to the players, smoking one cigar after another, and replying to his opponents' moves after brief consideration in a clear, unhesitating manner, came back to my mind 30 years later, when I refereed Alekhine's world record performance at the Chicago World's Fair, where he played 32 blindfold games simultaneously. It was quite an astounding demonstration, but Alekhine made quite a number of mistakes, and his performance did not impress me half as much as Pillsbury's in Breslau.
|Jan-10-16|| ||cunctatorg: Harry Nelson Pillsbury is of course well-respected but -imho- is also underestimated! |
As I see it, Pillsbury is the very first chronologically, among the great players that were familiar with the Steinitz teachings, who was also a superb attacking player!! Neither Steinitz of course (he was essentially a superb defending player) nor Lasker, Tarrasch, Schlechter, Rubinstein or even Capablanca made so often so furious, awesome and impressive attacks in the highest level of competition!! Therefore I do consider H. N. Pillsbury the chronologically first great attacking player among the positional players!
His play was so impressive and convincing that it's not a coincidence that BOTH Capablanca and Alekhine had mentioned that they accepted a greatest inluence when they followed Pillsbury's blindfold exhibitions!!
|Feb-12-16|| ||zanzibar: http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/f...|
|Feb-15-16|| ||bengalcat47: Here is a quote Pillsbury made about the board game known as Camelot. It was originally called Chivalry when it was released by Parker Brothers in the late 19th century and many years later it was released again as Camelot.|
"I consider Chivalry a remarkably interesting and amusing game of skill for young or old." -- Harry Nelson Pillsbury
This quote and others can be found at the World Camelot Federation site.
|Mar-24-16|| ||MissScarlett: 500+ Pillsbury games in the DB. Any idea on the size of the largest collection, in print or online?|
|Mar-24-16|| ||TheFocus: <MissScarlett: 500+ Pillsbury games in the DB. Any idea on the size of the largest collection, in print or online?>|
Either the collections of Nick Pope or Nikolai Brunni.
|Mar-24-16|| ||MissScarlett: How many in Pope's?|
|Mar-24-16|| ||TheFocus: I don't rightly know.|
|Mar-24-16|| ||zanzibar: Two of the best on-site historians, just sucking air?!|
<Until now, fans of the turn-of-the-century American star Harry
Nelson Pillsbury have had to be content with the short biography
and couple of hundred games provided by Sergeant and Watts'
book "Pillsbury's Chess Career" to study their hero. At long last,
however, a work that does justice to the brief life of this excellent
player has appeared, thanks to the efforts of former University of
Michigan student Jacques N. Pope.
According to the author's preface, the book actually started out to
be a search for additional Pillsbury games to supplement those
available in the few existing sources. Gradually, the game research
was expanded to include more detailed biographical information,
another area sorely in need of further attention. The result was
Pope's "Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American Chess Champion." To
begin to understand how much more comprehensive Pope's work is
compared to Sergeant and Watts, one can simply look at the
numbers: S & W provide a ten-page bio and 242 games; <Pope
offers 46 pages and 907 games (although the Introduction and back
cover only claim 877)>.
The book contains four parts, two appendices and two indices of
openings and players. One of the four parts is devoted to the
biographical information, while the other three consist of the
presentation of the tournament games, match games and others,
such as those played at the club level or in simultaneous
exhibitions including blindfold play, for which Pillsbury was justly
famous. The appendices contain Pillsbury's article on the 1895
Hastings tournament, his great win, and his brief autobiography
published in 1899.
In the biographical section, Pope clears up some old mysteries and
creates a few new ones by bringing to light certain material that
was not previously well-known. First of all, despite the many
rumors to the contrary over the years, Pillsbury did die of syphilis,
confirmed by Pope through a review of the death certificate (page
46). Of course, where he contracted the illness, whether it was St.
Petersburg, Russia or elsewhere, remains unknown.
|Mar-24-16|| ||jnpope: If I recall correctly, 877 actual games, there were a few place holder numbers that give a sequence of 907.|
I just generated an index from the 2016 MS I'm working on: 1057 chess (including two forfeit wins), 21 odds games, 20 partials. So 1098 total chess. 200 checkers and 6 partials. 206 total checkers. And the single steeple-salta game.
So 1305 if my math is correct.
I have not indexed the chess and checker problems yet...
|Mar-24-16|| ||TheFocus: Mr. Pope's book is the standard to Pillsbury's career!! I am eagerly awaiting the next book he publishes. |
(I was only pulling <MissScarlett>'s chain. My Pillsbury DB is large but Mr. Pope's is light-years ahead of mine.)
My book will be on Fischer. But...
Then there are a couple of more on the burner. (Not Pillsbury.)
|Mar-24-16|| ||MissScarlett: A question regarding this game: Pillsbury vs Harry Frank, 1900|
Is the date of [Date "1900.02.10"] correct? If so, did he play the same opponent the following day in another blindfold exhibition?
Then, there's the question of Pillsbury's exhibition match in December 1899 - was it played in Louisville or Lexington?
Finally, when's the new book out?
|Mar-24-16|| ||jnpope: Pillsbury played Harry Frank twice on January 10. He beat Frank in Queens Pawn game in the afternoon simul and a Spanish in the evening blindfold simul which was unfinished. Then on Feb 10 he played Frank in another blindfold simul, the Vienna game, which Pillsbury won in 36 moves.|
The exhibition games with Showalter were in Louisville, but he had given a blindfold simul the day before in Lexington.
|Mar-24-16|| ||jnpope: I hope to have a new edition out this year.|
|Mar-24-16|| ||MissScarlett: <The exhibition games with Showalter were in Louisville, but he had given a blindfold simul the day before in Lexington.>|
Yes, sorry, forgot to mention Showalter. So, the Lexington simul was December 21st then. Do you know how many boards? I found the score of a 32 move win by Pillsbury vs N N which I presume was from this exhibition; no doubt, you located same, but did you also turn up the opponent's name?
|Mar-24-16|| ||MissScarlett: <My book will be on Fischer. But...it won't be available before 2043.>|
|Mar-24-16|| ||TheFocus: I will finish before 2043 if I hire <MissScarlett> as my editor. She'll weed out those nasty mistakes.|
|Mar-24-16|| ||MissScarlett: Will my duties include sitting on your knee?|
|Mar-24-16|| ||TheFocus: <MissScarlett: Will my duties include sitting on your knee?>|
If you are a woman, the answer is yes; but I don't think we would get much work done, and 2043 would become a reality.
If you are a man, you will have your own desk to work from. Far from mine.
|Mar-24-16|| ||jnpope: <So, the Lexington simul was December 21st then. Do you know how many boards? I found the score of a 32 move win by Pillsbury vs N N which I presume was from this exhibition; no doubt, you located same, but did you also turn up the opponent's name?>|
The Lexington blindfold simul took place December 20th at the Phoenix Hotel and was 12 games. Pillsbury scored +9-0=3 against Mrs. Showalter, Messrs W. W. Creary, Frankfort; J. W. Ballard, of Winchester; Prof. J. L. Logan, H. Loevenhart, W. L. Searles, Colonel J. R. Allen, W. K. Shelby, L. B. Fields, C. B. Mannering [sic] and Dr. C. W. Trapp.
I have four games from this event, the NN game you mention can be found in the NY Daily Tribune, 1900.01.03, p9 and in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1900.01.04, p13. The three additional games are the draws against Nellie Showalter, Searles and C. A. Manning. NN remains unidentified at this time.
Pillsbury was in Louisville from the 21st to the 24th. Pillsbury started his first game with Showalter in the afternoon of the 21st, took a break that evening to give a simultaneous performance and finished his first game with Showalter in the afternoon on the 22nd.
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