capanegra: Here are a few miscellaneous games McCutcheon played with Pillsbury to test his variation of the French Defence. I took them from the book "Pillsbury’s Chess Career" by Sergeant and Watts (second edition). The dates are no specified.
In the second game McCutcheon plays like a patzer, and as an explanation Hoffer suggested that he could hardly be expected to play well against his own defence, being more interested in the success of Black.
[White "Pillsbury, Harry Nelson"]
[Black "McCutcheon, John Lindsay"]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Bh4 g5 7.Bg3 Ne4 8.Ne2 c5 9.a3 Bxc3+ 10.Nxc3 Nxc3 11.bxc3 Qa5 12.Qd2 Nc6 13.h4 g4 14.dxc5 Qxc5 15.Be2 h5 16.0-0 Bd7 17.Rfb1 Na5 18.Bf4 Nc4 19.Bxc4 dxc4 20.Rxb7 Bc6 21.Rc7 Rd8 22.Qe3 Qd5 23.Rxc6 Qxc6 24.Bg5 Qb6 25.Qxb6 axb6 26.Bxd8 Kxd8 27.Rb1 Ke7 28.Rxb6 Ra8 29.Rc6 Rxa3 30.Rxc4 Ra5 31.Re4 Ra2 32.Re2 Ra3 33.c4 Rc3 34.Kf1 Rxc4 35.Ke1 Kd7 36.Kd2 Kc6 37.Kd3 Kd5 38.g3 Ra4 39.c3 Ra3 (1/2-1/2)
[White "McCutcheon, John Lindsay"]
[Black "Pillsbury, Harry Nelson"]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 Bxc3 7.Bxc3 Ne4 8.Bb4 c5 9.Ba3 Nc6 10.dxc5 Qa5+ 11.Ke2 Nxe5 12.Qe1 Qa4 13.Rc1 Qc4+ 14.Ke3 Ng4+ 15.Kf3 Ng5+ 16.Kg3 Qd4 17.Bd3 e5 18.Ne2 h5 19.h4 Ne4+ 20.Bxe4 Qxe4 21.Qd2 f5 22.f3 f4+ 23.Kh3 Ne3+ 24.Kh2 Qg6 25.g3 0-0 26.Rhg1 Qf5 27.g4 hxg4 28.fxg4 Nxg4+ (0-1)