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Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Number of games in database: 504
Years covered: 1890 to 1905
Overall record: +214 -93 =104 (64.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      93 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (51) 
    C67 C80 C71 C84 C62
 Orthodox Defense (48) 
    D60 D63 D55 D53 D50
 French Defense (29) 
    C14 C13 C11 C12 C10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (25) 
    D31 D37 D06 D30
 Queen's Pawn Game (20) 
    D00 D05 D02 A40 D04
 Vienna Opening (18) 
    C29 C25 C27 C28 C26
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (53) 
    C67 C65 C60 C79 C88
 Petrov (22) 
    C42 C43
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    D00 D02 D04 A41
 Sicilian (13) 
    B73 B30 B32 B58 B72
 Four Knights (11) 
    C49 C48
 King's Gambit Declined (11) 
    C31 C30 C32
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895 1-0
   Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1896 1-0
   Pillsbury vs Tarrasch, 1895 1-0
   Pillsbury vs Lasker, 1904 1-0
   Pillsbury vs Fernandez, 1900 1-0
   Pillsbury vs Maroczy, 1900 1-0
   Pillsbury vs NN, 1899 1-0
   Pillsbury vs Winawer, 1896 1-0
   Pillsbury vs G Marco, 1900 1-0
   Lasker vs Pillsbury, 1895 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings (1895)
   Pillsbury - Showalter (1897)
   1st City Chess Club Tournament (1893)
   Pillsbury - Showalter (1898)
   Munich (1900)
   Buffalo (1901)
   London (1899)
   13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902)
   Vienna (1898)
   Monte Carlo (1902)
   Paris (1900)
   Budapest (1896)
   Nuremberg (1896)
   Monte Carlo (1903)
   Vienna (1903)

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   Vienna 1898 by suenteus po 147
   Pillsbury, the Extraordinary by StuporMundi
   London 1899 by suenteus po 147
   Pillsbury winning on f5. by nikolaas
   Monte Carlo 1903 by suenteus po 147
   Pillsbury miniatures. by CoryLetain
   Pillsbury - Showalter 1897 match by crawfb5
   Selected 19th century games II by atrifix
   Munich 1900 by Phony Benoni
   Pillsbury's Greatest Games by Kenkaku

   Janowski vs Steinitz, 1895
   Tarrasch vs Chigorin, 1895
   Schlechter vs Lasker, 1895
   Schiffers vs Chigorin, 1895
   Burn vs Lasker, 1895

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(born Dec-05-1872, died Jun-17-1906, 33 years old) United States of America

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Harry Nelson Pillsbury was born in Somerville, Massachusetts, the Boston Chess Club being not far to the south of town. He learned to play chess at the age of sixteen, when he was encouraged by family to study chess as a distraction after his mother died. Within four years Pillsbury had improved to the point of winning a three-game match from Wilhelm Steinitz in 1892 by the score of 2-1 at the odds of pawn and move. He also scored one of two wins against Steinitz in the World Champion's 20-board simultaneous exhibition. In 1893, he won a close match against John Finan Barry (+5 -4 =1) that earned him entry into his first international tournament in New York as Boston's representative. Although the congress fell through, most likely due to problems in the financial world, the so-called “Impromptu” 1893 tournament was organized in its place. Playing in his first tournament with European masters, Pillsbury barely managed a plus score and finished seventh. Pillsbury returned to New York a few months later and finished clear first in the 1893 New York Masters (sometimes called the “Manhattan Cafe”) tournament ahead of a number of American masters. Pillsbury then moved to New York and began working for the Eden Musee as the operator of Ajeeb (Automaton), a chess- and checkers-playing automaton. He held this job with periodic leaves of absence until 1898 when he moved to Philadelphia and married. In 1894, Pillsbury finished second to Jackson Whipps Showalter in a small tournament in Buffalo (Staats-Zeitung Cup) and had a poor result of =5th in a master's tournament in New York. Nevertheless, he still made a sufficiently good impression for the Brooklyn Chess Club to sponsor his trip to the 1895 chess congress in Hastings.

At Hastings, Pillsbury stunned the chess world by taking clear first in perhaps the greatest tournament of the 19th Century, ahead of a field that included Mikhail Chigorin, Emanuel Lasker, Siegbert Tarrasch, Wilhelm Steinitz, Joseph Henry Blackburne, Amos Burn, Richard Teichmann and others. On the basis of this result, Pillsbury was invited to an elite four-player tournament in St. Petersburg, with Lasker, Steinitz, and Chigorin. Pillsbury was leading by a full game halfway through the tournament (+5 -1 =3), but fell ill during the second half, with catastrophic results (+0 -6 =3). Had Pillsbury managed to win or finish a close second he might well have secured the world championship match that eluded him. Nevertheless, this was the start of a successful tournament career that included 1st at Buffalo 1901, =1st at Vienna 1898 and Munich 1900, 2nd at Paris 1900, Monte Carlo 1902, and Hanover 1902, =2nd at London 1899, 3rd at St. Petersburg 1895-6, Budapest 1896, and Monte Carlo 1903, =3rd at Nuremberg 1896, and 4th at the Vienna Gambit tournament 1903. Pillsbury only seriously faltered at the very end, finishing =8th with a minus score at Cambridge Springs 1904, in his last tournament.

Pillsbury negotiated the final terms of the first Anglo-American cable match with Sir George Newnes, president of the London Chess Club. Sir George donated the Newnes Cup, held by the winning team each year until the next match. Pillsbury played on the first board for the US team in the first eight cable matches (+1 -2 =5). Pillsbury also helped prepare the US House of Representatives team for their 1897 cable match against the House of Commons.

Pillsbury was considered the strongest player in the US. He played two matches for the US championship against Showalter, winning both of the Pillsbury - Showalter (1897) (+10-8=3) and Pillsbury - Showalter (1898) (+7-3=2) matches. However Pillsbury was not especially eager to be named US champion: “I was not seeking the match, and even if I should win I shall leave Showalter in possession of the title; I am not in search of any title but one.” The “one” title was, of course, World Champion. Pillsbury wrote to New York following his success at Hastings that there had been some talk of arranging a title match with Lasker, but, as with so many proposed world championship matches over the years, nothing came of it. Pillsbury's inability to obtain a title match against Lasker was most likely due to Pillsbury's failure to secure enough financial backing to induce Lakser to agree to a match.

Pillsbury was accomplished at blindfold chess and often playing mutiple games blindfolded in his exhibitions. He set an early world record for number of simultaneous blindfold games, playing 20 games at Philadelphia in 1900. He was also a skilled checkers player, and would sometimes include checkers and whist games in his exhibitions. Pillsbury's exhibitions were quite impressive for the day. Jose Raul Capablanca wrote: “The effect of Pillsbury's displays was immediate. They electrified me, and with the consent of my parents I began to visit the Havana Chess Club.”

Pillsbury played a number of consultation games over the years. Such games were sometimes played on off days of tournaments between players with no adjourned games. Pillsbury played with or against masters such as Henry Edward Bird, Blackburne, Chigorin, David Janowski, Lasker, William Ewart Napier, Georg Marco, Frank James Marshall, Carl Schlechter, Showalter, Tarrasch, Teichmann, and others.

While there is general agreement that Pillsbury died of syphilis, it is unknown when he contracted the disease. Syphilis shows great variability in its time course across patients and can easily mimic symptoms of other diseases, so a definitive answer is unlikely. Pillsbury was ill during the second half of the St. Petersburg tournament, which was attributed to influenza at the time. He was also quite ill during the Nuremberg tournament, and, of course, during Cambridge Springs. He suffered two strokes during the last year and a half of his life.

Pillsbury wrote no chess books. He wrote occasional newspaper reports on tournaments and matches and wrote a column for the Philadelphia Inquirer. Although there are few known correspondence games played by Pillsbury, one of the early correspondence chess organizations in the US was named in his honor (Pillsbury National Correspondence Chess Association).

Wikipedia article: Harry Nelson Pillsbury

 page 1 of 21; games 1-25 of 506  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Pillsbury vs F Young 1-020 1890 Offhand gameA02 Bird's Opening
2. Pillsbury vs Burille 1-035 1891 Odds Match vs. Burille, -92B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. Pillsbury vs Burille  0-145 1891 Odds Match vs. Burille, -92B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
4. Pillsbury vs Burille  1-029 1891 Odds Match vs. Burille, -92C02 French, Advance
5. Pillsbury vs Burille  ½-½70 1891 Odds Match vs. Burille, -92B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
6. Pillsbury vs Burille 1-053 1891 Odds Match vs. Burille, -92B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
7. Steinitz vs Pillsbury 0-130 1892 BostonC30 King's Gambit Declined
8. Pillsbury vs Steinitz  0-136 1892 Odds match (pawn and move)000 Chess variants
9. Pillsbury vs Steinitz  1-031 1892 Odds match (pawn and move)000 Chess variants
10. Pillsbury vs Steinitz 1-066 1892 Odds match (pawn and move)000 Chess variants
11. Steinitz vs Pillsbury 1-037 1892 BostonC51 Evans Gambit
12. Pillsbury vs Gossip 1-047 1893 1, New YorkC25 Vienna
13. E N Olly vs Pillsbury  0-145 1893 6, New YorkA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
14. W Pollock vs Pillsbury  1-052 1893 11, New YorkC20 King's Pawn Game
15. Pillsbury vs J S Ryan 1-054 1893 3, New YorkB06 Robatsch
16. Lasker vs Pillsbury 1-055 1893 8, New YorkC60 Ruy Lopez
17. Pillsbury vs E Delmar 1-039 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentD00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Showalter vs Pillsbury 0-131 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentC60 Ruy Lopez
19. Pillsbury vs Taubenhaus 1-030 1893 10, New YorkD00 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Pillsbury vs J Young 0-149 1893 SimulC14 French, Classical
21. J C Halpern vs Pillsbury 0-167 1893 1st City Chess Club TournamentB30 Sicilian
22. Pillsbury vs F J Lee 0-160 1893 7, New YorkB01 Scandinavian
23. Pillsbury vs K A Walbrodt  ½-½64 1893 Pillsbury -- Walbrodt Informal Match ()A07 King's Indian Attack
24. F Young vs Pillsbury 1-016 1893 BostonC62 Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense
25. Pillsbury vs L Schmidt 1-041 1893 5, New YorkD04 Queen's Pawn Game
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May-19-14  zanzibar: <jnpope> I'm writing here since I don't have any other contact information.

The Wed 1893.08.31 issue of NY Daily Tribune:

Seems to be a bunch of wedding notices.

Is this a mistake, or am I missing the significance? (E.g. some famous historical chess player being married?).

Actually, when you scan the newspapers, I assume you look for travel clips of the players. Do you also look at the "people" section, for things like marriages/births as well?

Also, while looking at your site it seems that you're starting to digitalize the Boston Herald from 1890. This should be a productive mining vein for Pillsbury I would think.

What contemporaneous paper (from 1890) had the strongest chess coverage in the Boston area?

Oh, I found this site with some biographical info about Jack O'Keefe, including a photograph:


May-19-14  zanzibar: <RE: Pillsbury's cigar smoking>

From <La Stratégie> 1902-07-20 (p209-211) (via Winter's <Chess Facts and Fables> (pbk p328)) comes this (translated in English by Zanoogle):

<The face of the master, entirely clean shaven, is one of expressionless delicacy; his eyes charmingly penetrating, enveloping all within his view with a soft caress. And one senses immediately the stamp of genius upon his calm pale face.

His frame is slight, almost so frail in appearance that one is left with the impression that the entire life force of this prodigy is contained within his brain.

There is nothing of the "show-off" in Pillsbury. Not in his speech, or the way he carries himself; there is no indication of the warrior within, from his manner alone.

Dressed quite properly in a simple and modest black attire, Pillbury climbed up onto the stage reserved for him, seating himself upon the chair, and waited for the moves to begin.

Then, without any haste whatsoever, his legs crossed, he lit his first cigar in a procession that only ended when this emotionally moving battle of many against the solitary master comes to a close at the end of the evening. >

The French writer's observations of Pillsbury while he gave a 16-game blindfold simultaneous exhibit at the Cercle Philidor in Paris, France, on June 21, 1902.

Pillsbury's score was +10-1=5.

Cf <Pawn and Two> Pillsbury vs Magana, 1902

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  jnpope: The reason for the NY Daily Tribune clipping for 1893.08.31 is because Albert Hodges was one of the ushers.

I usually do a first pass for chess columns, then I do a secondary pass for chess news if I know there is a noteworthy event (I tend to discover leads by reading the columns from the first pass), then if I have time I'll do hard-target searches for certain chess players, usually just World champions and contenders along with US champions and contenders.

The Boston Herald had a good column, and from what I saw when I was in Boston doing research back in the 90s, the Boston Weekly Post and Boston Globe were good sources (I haven't found a free online resource for either of those papers). The Boston Daily Advertiser, Boston Traveler, Boston Journal and Boston Evening Transcript all had news and occasional games and are worth a peek, however the best sources with columns would be the Herald, Globe and Weekly Post.

That is indeed Jack. He was a dear friend. Jack didn't drive so I would swing by and pick him up and we'd head over to the library and spend hours photocopying microfilm.

May-21-14  zanzibar: <jnpope> Thanks for the reply. A very productive friendship you two had.

It was funny to see a chess historian so prominently featured on the Chess Programming Pages!

I suppose the idea to put all the article online was yours? Who's ever it was, it was a most excellent idea. Again thanks.

Now that <chessgames> has fixed its search to handle apostrophes in player names, I can put a couple future comments on Jack's page!

(A little foreshadowing - have you seen Olimpiu G. Urcan's chesscafe article on Stolzenberg?)

By the way, when you were in Boston were you doing your research at BPL (Boston Public Library)? Or at one of the local universities?

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  jnpope: Originally I had planned on publishing chess columns. I had done a small run of Morphy's chess column and I was working on doing a Steinitz set. Jack was doing the proofreading when he got busy babysitting a new grandchild. So things slowed down considerably on that front and I moved onto other research efforts. So for the last few years of his life we didn't get a chance to interact with each other as much as we had in the past. A few phone calls to share bits and pieces, but he clearly didn't have the time he once had to devote to doing research at the library let alone proofreading something as massive as Steinitz's work. After his passing I decided to shelve the idea of republishing old chess columns in printed form and went with putting the material online.

I have not seen Urcan's article; I appreciate the heads-up.

I went to the BPL. At the time they didn't have a way to make photocopies from microfilm so I had to use pen and paper. Regrettably I only had time to copy down the games and not the full text of all the articles.

Jun-12-14  zanzibar: <jnpope> a belated thanks for those nice stories about Jack. I still intend to add a note or two on his bio page.

* * * * *

<RE: Pillsbury's drinking>

I think this quote, from a Nov 30, 1943 New Yorker article on Ajeeb (Automaton)

<The man who lasted the longest inside Ajeeb was Harry Nelson Pillsbury, of Somerville, Massachusetts, a mental freak of startling capacities who wore wing collars and polka-dot four-in-hands, smoked Havana cigars, and drank a quart of whiskey a day. He worked Ajeeb from 1890 to 1900. He did, however, enjoy generous leaves of absence, to play in international chess competitions. He won twenty, several of them in Europe. His specialty, though one which he did not attempt with Ajeeb, was simultaneously playing ten games of checkers, ten of chess and a hand of wist. A newspaperman who saw him compete in a chess tournament in Vienna in 1898, held as part of Emperor Franz Josef's Jubilee, wrote, "Pillsbury is a beardless young man whose Anglo-American origin in easily read on his face. His profile is cameo-like, nobly cut ; every movement is dignified and gentle eloquence. When Pillsbury sits at a board, he has an absolute stony calmness in his face ; not a single muscle moves, only now and then will he wink a bit faster, when he feels himself slowly and satisfactorily nearing his goal.">

The passage describing Pillsbury's appearance is quite similar to the one I translated above.

Back to the important topic - alcohol. My favorite site on the subject, with a BAC calculator, is <R U Pissed?> (unfortunately - all input must be in metric - no stones/pounds allowed without converting first):

I ran the calculator for a 5'6", 135 lb, 25 year-old male - consuming a quart of 45% whiskey over 24 hours - to determine his equilibrium state:

BAC = 0.352 %

The legal limit for driving in my state is 0.08 % (and I recommend you stay far below that). Which means, according to legend, Pillsbury was constantly "operating" at 4 times the legal limit.

All the while playing grandmaster level chess!

Jun-12-14  zanzibar: Oh, I almost forgot the pithy summary of that BAC's condition provided by <R U Pissed>:

<You should be dead by now!>


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  offramp: <zanzibar: ...Alcohol. My favorite site on the subject, with a BAC calculator, is <R U Pissed?> (unfortunately - all input must be in metric - no stones/pounds allowed without converting first):

I ran the calculator for a 5'6", 135 lb, 25 year-old male - consuming a quart of 45% whiskey over 24 hours - to determine his equilibrium state:

BAC = 0.352 %

The legal limit for driving in my state is 0.08 % (and I recommend you stay far below that). Which means, according to legend, Pillsbury was constantly "operating" at 4 times the legal limit.

All the while playing grandmaster level chess!>

...That's a very good post. Of course, you were trying to find his equilibrium state. Pillsbury would not have drank for 24 hours, more like 16.

2 pints of whiskey in 16 hours is the same as 1 pint in 8 hours - or a quarter of a pint in 2 hours.

That is not something I would ever be able to do, but it doesn't sound exceptional. Especially for a hardened drinker.

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  MissScarlett: What's known about Pillsbury's family history? I'm wondering if there could be any relation with this character:

I've no particular reason to think so beyond two coincidences: i) A.C. was born in Medford, Mass., in 1870, not a million miles from H.N. in Somerville, Mass,, in 1872; ii) both apparently had brothers called Ernest, both of whom were doctors.

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  jnpope: <MissScarlett:< What's known about Pillsbury's family history?>>


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  MissScarlett: Thanks. There's a more accessible version:

Seems the answer is yes, but distantly. Didn't these people ever hear of a family tree?

Oct-18-14  TheFocus: "Pills bury, generally regarded as a great attacking master, was really the first player to plan his attacks with an eye to the endgame - his games often show profound combinations, not for tang purposes but in order to obtain an advantageous ending," - Wolfgang Heidenfeld.
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> (#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:

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  jnpope: Date: 1901.03.12
Site: USA Lincoln, NE
Event: Pillsbury Exhibition: Simultaneous
White: Clark,JL
Black: Pillsbury,HN
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]

Lincoln, 01.03.1900

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]

Lincoln, 1901

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>?
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  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>

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