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|Aug-21-12|| ||Chessical: Extract from Pillsbury’s interview on page 6 of the New York Times, 29th September 1895 as given in <Chess Notes no.7760>|
"Lasker has greater analytical knowledge, but his body is too feeble to stand the strain of a long tournament. If advancing years have impaired Steinitz’s powers of crossboard play he is still as keen an analyst as ever. My game with him was the hardest I had to play in the tournament, but Tarrasch gave me a good deal of trouble...."
"I feel Chigorin to be the strongest player alive, so far as match playing is concerned. I should not feel at all troubled if I had to meet either Steinitz, Lasker or Tarrasch in a set match. I fancy my chess is as good as theirs, and if I should not beat either of them I feel pretty certain of not being disgraced. Neither would I fear Chigorin, as I have a good deal of confidence in myself...."
From the Database (Classical games)
Mikhail Chigorin beat Harry Nelson Pillsbury 8 to 7, with 7 draws.
Harry Nelson Pillsbury tied Siegbert Tarrasch 5 to 5, with 2 draws.
Harry Nelson Pillsbury tied Emanuel Lasker 5 to 5, with 4 draws.
|Oct-10-12|| ||jnpope: <He held this job with periodic leaves of absence until 1988 when he moved to Philadelphia and married.>|
I don't think so...
|Oct-10-12|| ||RookFile: Lasker did great in long tournaments, winning events such as NY 1924.|
|Oct-20-12|| ||Phony Benoni: While just looking around, I ran into a game from a Pillsbury blindfold simul that's not yet in our database, published in the <Omaha Daily Bee> for March 18, 1900. Pillsbury starts to lower the boom around move 29.|
[Event "Blindfold Exhibition"]
[Site "Lincoln, NE"]
[White "Pillsbury, Harry Nelson"]
[Black "Joyce, M L"]
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 f5 3.c4 c6 4.Ne5 g6 5.Nc3 e6 6.e3 Bg7 7.f4 Nh6 8.h4 Bxe5 9.fxe5 Ng4 10.h5 Qg5 11.hxg6 h6 12.Be2 h5 13.Rh3 Qxg6 14.Qc2 Na6 15.cxd5 Nb4 16.Qa4 Nxd5 17.Nxd5 exd5 18.Bd2 Bd7 19.Qb4 0-0-0 20.a4 Rhg8 21.a5 Nf2 22.Rf3 Ne4 23.a6 b6 24.Bf1 Ng3 25.Bd3 Rde8 26.Rc1 Kc7 27.Kd1 Re6 28.Qb3 Kb8 29.Ba5 b5 30.Bxb5 cxb5 31.Bc7+ Ka8 32.Rxg3 Qxg3 33.Qxd5+ Bc6 34.Rxc6 Qg4+ 35.Kc1 Qe4 36.Qxe4 fxe4 37.Rxe6 Rc8 38.Re7 1-0
This was board 8 of the exhibition. Probably <jnpope> knows all about it already.
|Dec-05-12|| ||brankat: R.I.P. master Harry Nelson.|
|Dec-05-12|| ||jnpope: The earliest BF win I have for Pillsbury... happy birthday Harry.|
<Mr. H. N. Pillsbury of the Boston Chess Club performed the remarkable feat of playing eight games of chess last night at the Boston Press Club, simultaneously and without sight of the boards or pieces.
This is the first time Mr. Pillsbury had done this and he is the only American, with the single exception of Paul Morphy, who ever accomplished this feat.
Not only did he not make a single error in calling his own moves, but he won seven of the eight games.
Eight tables were set up in the reading room of the Press Club and Mr. Barry, acting as teller for Mr. Pillsbury, communicated the moves to that gentleman and announced the replies. Mr. Pillsbury being in another room in the darkness.>
[Event "Pillsbury BF Exhibition"]
[Site "USA Boston, MA (Boston Press Club)"]
1.f4 e6 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.b3 Nf6 4.Bb2 d5 5.e3 Bd6 6.Bb5 Bd7 7.0-0 Qe7 8.d4 a6 9.Be2 h5 10.c4 b6 11.Nc3 h4 12.b4 Nxb4 13.Ne5 c5 14.Na4 Bc7 15.dxc5 bxc5 16.Nxd7 Kxd7 17.a3 Nc6 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.cxd5 exd5 20.Qxd5+ Qd6 21.Qxf7+ Kc8 22.Bg4+ Kb7 23.Rab1+ Ka7 24.Nxc5 Rab8 25.Ne6 Qe7 26.Qxe7 Nxe7 27.Nxc7 1-0
<Boston Daily Globe, 1892.12.10>
|Dec-05-12|| ||talisman: happy birthday harry...r.i.p.|
|Jan-17-13|| ||Owl: Pillsbury like Chigorin favored the Knight over the Bishop but I dont think Pillsbury favored the double knights like Chigorin. I think he only favored the old school of single knight is better than single bishop.|
Does anyone have quotes about his views on knight being better than the bishop?
|Jul-17-13|| ||offramp: I think Pillsbury's etheric double may have been W B Yeats:
|Jul-20-13|| ||offramp: Happy Nelson Mandela Day!|
|Jul-20-13|| ||offramp: Had he survived until WWI he would've become a doughboy.|
|Aug-26-13|| ||offramp: William Hartston makes an unusual observation.
At Hastings (1895) Pillsbury was the only player without facial hair.|
|Sep-23-13|| ||visayanbraindoctor: Game Collection: Pillsbury vs World Champions Decisive Games|
Pillsbury's decisive games against world champions.
|Dec-05-13|| ||LoveThatJoker: Master Pillsbury, you are remembered today and always!!|
|Dec-05-13|| ||RookFile: If anybody ever finds a boring Pillsbury game, let me know. Every one I've ever played over has been quite interesting - win, lose, or draw.|
|Dec-05-13|| ||Penguincw: R.I.P. Harry Pilsbury, one of the greatest American players ever.|
|Mar-12-14|| ||capafischer1: Pillsbury had an even score with lasker over 14 games. 5 wins each. fantastic memory and his best games are truly beautiful.|
|Mar-16-14|| ||zanzibar: I consulted the following references this weekend:
Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American Chess Champion - Jacques N. Pope, 1996, Pawn Island Press
Pillsbury Chess Career - P.W. Sergeant and W.H. Watts, 2002, Hardinge Simpole Pub
Pillsbury, the Extraordinary - Andrew Soltis, Ken Smith 1990, Chess Digest
The Sargeant book is a reprint of the original (and the first) classic, the Soltis book is a thin copy of the best games, but it's the Pope book that looks to be the more comprehensive and thorough collection of Pillsbury's games.
Mind you, I only had access to the books for 15 minutes, but that was time enough for me to determine that Pope's book was the only one with any game from the Pillsbury-Stone 1890 match. It was also the only one with the complete record of the 1893 match Pillsbury played against the German master, Carl August Walbrodt.
My understanding was that the match with Stone was the first(*) match of note of the young Pillsbury (only 18 years old in 1890, having only learned the game at sixteen).
Match vs. Henry Nathan Stone, 1890
Site: Boston, MA, USA
Pillsbury/Stone +5 =2 -2 6/9
The Baltimore Sunday News, 1890, White Collection Scrapbook, p172
Schachmeister Pillsbury, Bachmann
Boston Weekly Post, August, 1890
I will submit the following game for inclusion, according to Pope it is the only available game from the match:
[Event "H.N. Pillsbury - H.N. Stone match"]
[Site "Boston, Massachusetts"]
[White "Harry Nelson Pillsbury"]
[Black "Henry Nathan Stone"]
[Source "Harry Nelson Pillsbury, American Chess Champion - Jacques N. Pope, Pawn Island Press, 1996"]
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bc4 Bc5 4.b4 Bxb4 5.c3 Bd6 6.d4 Nf6 7.O-O O-O 8.
Re1 h6 9.Nh4 exd4 10.Nf5 Bc5 11.cxd4 Bb4 12.Re3 d5 13.Nxh6+ gxh6 14.
Rg3+ Kh8 15.exd5 Ne7 16.Bxh6 Rg8 17.Bg5 Rxg5 18.Rxg5 Qd6 19.Qe2 Bd7
20.Qe3 Rg8 21.Rxg8+ Kxg8 22.Nd2 Bxd2 23.Qxd2 Nexd5 24.Qg5+ Kf8 0-1
(*) CG has another 1890 game between Pillsbury-Young that I'll comment on later.
|Mar-24-14|| ||Nosnibor: In Moscow during 1902 Pillsbury gave a blindfold display over 22 boards against several strong Russian players.In this exhibition Alexie Alekhine (Alexander Alekhine`s older brother)played and obtained a draw.Does anyone have the score to this game? His brother also competed in an International Correspondence Tournament organised by the "Schweizerische Schachzeutung" in 1908 which he went on to win.|
|Mar-24-14|| ||ughaibu: Did Alekhine have a younger brother? Alexus, maybe. And a sister, Alexandra.|
|Mar-24-14|| ||Nosnibor: <ughaibu> No he did not but if you care to check it out he had a sister called Varvaria who also played chess but no other sibling.|
|Mar-24-14|| ||TheFocus: Alekhine had an older brother. Alexei.|
|Mar-24-14|| ||zanzibar: <Nosnibor> I hope to have another look at Pope's book, either this weekend or next (it's a non-lending book at a library I have access to). |
If I do, I'll look specifically for the game in question. That is, if nobody posts a reply before. Hopefully somebody has the book and can reply sooner.
|Mar-24-14|| ||jnpope: Alexei Alekhine did not play Pillsbury during his 22 board blindfold simultaneous, nor did he play in the 14 board blindfold simultaneous. Between the two Russian magazines, Chernyi Korol and Schachmatny Obozrenye, all the blindfold games from both exhibitions have been published. Also multiple contemporary sources list all the opponents from those exhibitions, and Alexei Alekhine is never given as an opponent.|
Pillsbury did give three large simultaneous exhibitions in Moscow during his 1902 trip:
1902.12.08: 40 chess [+27=6-7]
1902.12.14: 22 chess [+17=4-1]
1902.12.16: 33 chess [+28=3-2]
It is very possible that Alexei played in, and obtained a draw in, one of the regular simultaneous exhibitions. But no game has surfaced to date.
|Mar-24-14|| ||Nosnibor: <jnpope><zanzibar> Thank you for your posts.My source is from the BCM of March 1957 under "Quotes and Queries"No. 499 page 57.F.Emdin quoted the year 1901,which I assumed must be wrong because according to Sergeant, Pillsbury was married in January that year and played no chess outside of America.He also stated that Alexander was only nine years old at the time but was not allowed to frequent chess clubs in his early days but was allowed to play correspondence chess.|
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