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|Jan-15-15|| ||zanzibar: There is an interesting quote from the <Literary Digest (May 25, 1900)> with excerpts from a May 10 article written by Pillsbury:|
<The Chess-Player's Mind>
http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/... (#4165 - scroll down)
Or how I found it:
Does anybody know where <The Independent> is?
And more importantly, does anybody have access to the full article?
(The Literary Digest being a condensed excerpt)
|Jan-15-15|| ||zanzibar: Winter omits the lead-in from the <Literary Digest>|
<Champion Harry N. Pillsbury has a very interesting article in The Independent (May to), from which we take the following extracts:>
|Jan-15-15|| ||zanzibar: We may be able to dig another Pillsbury simul game out from his stay in NE:|
<March 27, 1901 The Columbus Journal from Columbus, Nebraska>
<Columbus papers have, so far, neglected to mention the triumph of a Columbus young man at the recent chess contest with the champion, Harry N. Pillsbury. From the Lincoln Journal we quote the part necessary to the understanding of it:
"Twenty-six games of chess and six of checkers were in progress at once. Some of the players resigned before 11 o'clock, but the majority continued to the close, near 2 o'clock. One player was beaten in six moves. Twenty-six boards of chess and six of checkers were arranged in two rows in the hall. Mr. Pillsbury took the inside and walked from table to table, making a move at each. Occasionally a player wonld reply at once often to his sorrow for Pillsbury is an adept at rapid-fire chess.
Of the twenty-six games of chess played Pillsbury won twenty-four. John L. Clark played a draw with the champion, and Representative Mockett and H. E. Newbranch played a draw in consultation." We may add to this that Clark is a graduate of the Columbus High school, Bnd as straight a thinker in chess as he is in the demonstration of a proposition in geometry or physics.
<In last Sunday's Omaha Bee is given the game in full, 34 moves by Clark, 33 by the great champion, who gave it up as drawn.>
The only comment made by the critic is:
"A good example of the correct attack and defense in this form of the Lopez; nothing startling on either side just a plain draw.">
So, find the <Sunday March 24, 1901 Omaha Bee> and you find a Pillsbury--Clark game.
|Jan-15-15|| ||zanzibar: I can't find that edition on the <O'Keefe Timeline>, nor here, |
But it is on microfilm, at least, I think/hope it is:
|Jan-16-15|| ||jnpope: Date: 1901.03.12
Site: USA Lincoln, NE
Event: Pillsbury Exhibition: Simultaneous
Opening: [C67] Spanish
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Ba4 exd4 7.c3 Be7 8.cxd4 b5 9.d5 Na5 10.Bc2 0-0 11.Bf4 Nac4 12.Qd4 Bf6 13.Be5 Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Bxe5 15.Qxe5 Re8 16.Qf4 Bb7 17.Nc3 Qf6 18.Qxf6 gxf6 19.Bb3 a5 20.a3 b4 21.axb4 axb4 22.Rxa8 Bxa8 23.Na2 Re2 24.Nc1 Rxb2 25.f3 Nf5 26.Re1 Kf8 27.Ba4 Bxd5 28.Bxd7 Nd6 29.Rd1 Be6 30.Nd3 Re2 31.Kf1 Re3 32.Bxe6 fxe6 33.Nxb4 Nf5 34.Rc1 ½-½
Omaha Daily Bee, 1901.03.24
Midwest Chess News and Nebraska Chess Bulletin, 1956.09-10, p38 (courtesy Andy Ansel)
|Jan-16-15|| ||zanzibar: I found this source for games from Pillsbury's 1901 trip to Nebraska:|
<6) Rediscovered Pillsbury Games
Here are three Pillsbury games that are not in the definitive work Henry Nelson Pillsbury: American Chess Champion by Jacques Pope. Unfortunately they are more "for the record' than good games. They come from the Midwest Chess News and Nebraska Chess Bulletin edited by Jack Spence, who did so much to preserve American chess history. >
Pillsbury,Harry Nelson - Barron,P.T. [D60]
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Be7 5.e3 0-0 6.Nf3 Nbd7 7.Bd3 b6 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.Bxe7 Qxe7 10.Nxd5 exd5 11.Rc1 c5 12.0-0 c4 13.Bb1 f5 14.Re1 b5 15.Nd2 Nf6 16.Nf3 Nd7 17.Nd2 Bb7 18.Nf1 Rae8 19.Ng3 g6 20.Ne2 Rf6 21.Nf4 Nf8 22.Qf3 Rd6 23.g4 Qg5 24.Kh1 Qxg4 25.Qxg4 fxg4 26.Rg1 Ne6 27.Nxe6 Rdxe6 28.Rxg4 Rf8 29.Kg1 Bc8 30.Rg5 Ref6 31.Rxd5 Rxf2 32.Rd8 Rxb2 33.Rxf8+ Kxf8 34.e4 Bh3 35.d5 Rg2+ 36.Kh1 Ke7 37.e5 Rg5 38.d6+ Ke6 0-1
Source: Midwest Chess News and Nebraska Chess Bulletin, Vol.X, September-October 1956, page 33.
Pillbury may have played this game blindfolded.
Pillsbury,Harry Nelson - Hardy and Cornell [C67]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Be7 6.Qe2 Nd6 7.Bxc6 bxc6 8.dxe5 Nb7 9.Nc3 0-0 10.Re1 d5 11.exd6 Bxd6 12.Qc4 Nc5 13.Bg5 Qd7 14.Rad1 Qf5 15.Be7 Ba6 16.Qh4 Bxe7 17.Qxe7 Ne6 18.Ne4 Nf4 19.Qxc7 Ne2+ 20.Rxe2 Bxe2 21.Ng3 Qxc2 22.Re1 Bxf3 23.gxf3 Qxb2 24.Qxc6 Qxa2 25.Nf5 Qd2 26.Qe4 h6 27.Qe5 Qg5+ 28.Kh1 Rfe8 29.Ne7+ Kh8 30.Qe4 Qxe7 0-1
Source: Midwest Chess News and Nebraska Chess Bulletin, Vol. X, September-October 1956, page 33.
|Jan-16-15|| ||zanzibar: They also give the Pillsbury--Clark game already recorded by <jnpope>.|
|Jan-16-15|| ||zanzibar: Both Clark and Moffett were Nebraska state champion at various times:|
|Jan-16-15|| ||zanzibar: Thanks <jnpope> for posting the Pillsbury--Clark game. Did you submit it to <CG>?|
|Jan-16-15|| ||jnpope: I no longer bother submitting things. I don't have the patience to wait six, seven, thirteen, etc., months for them to act. I just post things in the comment sections and let other people deal with the glacial pace of this site.|
|Jan-16-15|| ||zanzibar: Also, is the <Pillsbury--Joyce> game from "a recent blindfold exhibition in Lincoln [NE]" as reported in the <15-Mar-1900 Brooklyn Daily Eagle> in Pope?|
I like the quote from the "old-timer" M. L. Joyce where he calls his style of play a "push game."
The game was submitted by NE Chess Secretary De France.
|Jan-16-15|| ||zanzibar: <jnpope> Ha! Understood and agreed. |
I'll do the legwork on it then.
While I'm here, I found a humorous quote from the Nebraskan description of <Pete” Wohlcnberg's Chess Joint>:
<Holbon and Barron, with Fred Cornell, probably constituted the most brilliant players who'd ever played at "Pete's." ...
One of the characters Mr. Parsons omitted to mention was the lawyer “Be Cam” Brown, well known for his big bass voice and habit of saying “be calm” (in the vernacular) whenever the “gallery (as we then called what Mr. Parsons terms the “yawps”) got too obstreperous.
<yawps> ... I like that!
OK, thanks as always, and cheers.
|Jan-16-15|| ||zanzibar: Source: <February 5, 1937
The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 12>
|Apr-05-15|| ||zanzibar: A very nice photo (imo) of Pillsbury giving a simul in Milwaukee, Jan 8, 1899 at the Deutscher Club:|
From <ACM v2 Feb 1899 No 8 p341>. The google scan has a little stippling (? is that the term?) unfortunately.
A lower-res version of the photo can only be found at the Italian site (afaik):
I wonder if any games exist from this simul, I haven't checked yet.
|Apr-21-15|| ||offramp: He will go down in history as the only chess player known to have had sexual intercourse.|
|Apr-21-15|| ||TheFocus: He should have worn a condom then.|
|May-02-15|| ||offramp: <Ron: <Calli> ...Medical quackery still goes on, though to a less extent; I have in mind ...'orgone therapy' of Wilhelm Reich. This basically consists of sitting in a box.> I believe in Orgone! I have not yet bought the box, though. They can be very expensive.|
|May-02-15|| ||Gregor Samsa Mendel: <offramp--He will go down in history as the only chess player known to have had sexual intercourse.>|
What about Leonid Stein?
|May-02-15|| ||john barleycorn: Leonid Stein will be remembered as a sexmaniac who also played chess.|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <… Pillsbury aspired for the candle of his life to burn constantly at both ends. 'Wine, women, and not harmless songs, but strong cigars' - this was Pillsbury's principle in life> - Alexander Alekhine.|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <His play was highly diverse, he was always guided by the demands of the position, he employed a variety of opening variations, and, most important, he was the first prominent player to begin thinking not only in variations, but also schematically> - (on Pillsbury) - Anatoly Karpov.|
|May-22-15|| ||Chessical: Pillsbury's comparative failure at St. Petersburg (1895/96) was felt very heavily by himself and his American fans.|
A variety of explanations were given at the time:
"Pillsbury has been suffering from a severe attack of influenza ever since the second half of the tournament, which has seemed not only to impair his usual dashing play, but has caused his power to form correct combinations to fail him. He has been severely criticized at St. Petersburg for attempting to play under the circumstances..."
<Source: "The Brooklyn Eagle", Wednesday 15th January, 1896, p.10>
Overworked himself due to "doing journalistic duty"
<Source: "The Brooklyn Eagle", Thursday 20th February, 1896, p.10>
Pillsbury returned from St. Petersburg after a short stay in London on Saturday 29th February and provided reluctantly a brief and general statement to the press which did not touch on his own health or state of mind during the tournament.
"...Pillsbury seemed to be in <excellent health>...With regard to the result of the St. Petersburg tournament he was exceedingly reticent, evidently fearing to be put in the light of making excuses for failing to win the first prize, and he begged to be allowed to make only the following statement:
<"It is certainly most pleasant for me to return to America after my visit to Russia, which was not so successful as I wish it might have been; and, if the future offers me other opportunities to strive to establish an American supremacy in chess, I hope I shall be more fortunate. In such a contest as took place in St. Petersburg any apology on my part might seem like an effort to discredit my opponents whose standing in the chess world should secure them against such attempts. Any impetus given to chess in America has my hearty approval and support. I may at a future time have something to say as to St. Petersburg matters. In the meantime I wish my friends to know that the issue of the late tournament has not discouraged me.....">
<Source: "The Brooklyn Eagle", Monday 2nd March, 1896, p.10>
I have found another explanation as to his poor form.
It seems that Pillsbury encouraged by Steinitz, contracted with the St.Petersburg chess club to buy the copyright of the tournament's games for $600 dollars (about $17,000 in 2015 value). The deal soon went wrong as the games were anyway published by third parties making their value to Pillsbury effectively nugatory. This was a considerable financial loss top Pillsbury.
The story seems to be supported by those close to Pillsbury who had no reason to lie. For further detail see
St. Petersburg (1895/96) (kibitz #8)
|Jun-20-15|| ||Chessical: Pillsbury's earnings as a chess professional.
"Lasker is professor of mathematics at Owens College, Manchester, England and draws $2,400 per annum. ... H.N.Pillsbury is the only champion that thrives off chess alone . He stated to the writer that his earnings two years ago amounted to $ 4,500".
<Source:> "New York Clipper", 20th December 1902, p.946.
The average industrial worker in 1902 earned about $474 a year.
<Source:> "Historical statistics of the United States, colonial times to 1970, Part 1", Series D 845-876.
$4,500 of 1902 dollars would be worth approximately $110,000 in 2015
|Jun-20-15|| ||thomastonk: <Chessical: Lasker is professor ..> Lasker's employment at the Owens College (now part of the University of Manchester) is well researched and less impressing than one might think reading the Clipper. Some of my compatriots still hope to prove that Lasker was also successful as a professional mathematican, but so far all attempts were in vain.|
Well-known is a one month engagement at the Tulane University, New Orleans in the spring of 1893. Lasker's employment in Manchester was only as a substitute for some guy, whom he replaced around Christmas 1901, and the engagement ended before or in August 1902. No regular professorship, that's sure.
|Jul-03-15|| ||MissScarlett: <C.N. 3288> (not online, but reprinted in <Chess Facts and Fables>, p.285) pointed out a mysterious coincidence between a rook odds game played by Steinitz (Steinitz vs NN, 1873), and the identical (cum rook) finish from a position of a game supposedly won by Pillsbury against E F Wendell in a 40-board simul in Chicago in 1901, as given in the 1952 book <Les echecs dans le monde> by Victor Kahn and George Renaud.|
click for larger view
The finish was 12.Nxg5 hxg5 13.Qh5 Rxh5 14.Ng8+ Ke8 15.Bxf7#
Winter asked, apparently in vain: Did Pillsbury win such a game?
Pillsbury is known to have been in Chicago in 1901, but his main business there was getting married.
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