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🏆 Hastings (1895) Chess Event Description
The chess club in the English town of Hastings was founded in 1882. In 1895 the club organized a tournament ... [more]

Player: Harry Nelson Pillsbury

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Chigorin vs Pillsbury 1-0511895HastingsC30 King's Gambit Declined
2. Pillsbury vs Tarrasch 1-0521895HastingsD63 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. Pillsbury vs G Marco ½-½321895HastingsD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Pillsbury vs W Pollock 1-0561895HastingsC83 Ruy Lopez, Open
5. Pillsbury vs Albin 1-0451895HastingsC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
6. J Mieses vs Pillsbury 0-1221895HastingsC26 Vienna
7. Pillsbury vs Steinitz 1-0531895HastingsD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Schiffers vs Pillsbury 0-1421895HastingsC51 Evans Gambit
9. Janowski vs Pillsbury 0-1541895HastingsD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Pillsbury vs J Mason 1-0361895HastingsD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Teichmann vs Pillsbury 0-1301895HastingsC60 Ruy Lopez
12. Lasker vs Pillsbury 1-0401895HastingsC60 Ruy Lopez
13. Blackburne vs Pillsbury ½-½761895HastingsC33 King's Gambit Accepted
14. Bird vs Pillsbury 0-1391895HastingsC51 Evans Gambit
15. K A Walbrodt vs Pillsbury ½-½261895HastingsC60 Ruy Lopez
16. Pillsbury vs Burn 1-0281895HastingsD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Pillsbury vs Von Bardeleben 1-011895HastingsA40 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Pillsbury vs Schlechter 0-1441895HastingsD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Pillsbury vs Tinsley 1-0711895HastingsD51 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. B Vergani vs Pillsbury 0-1461895HastingsC53 Giuoco Piano
21. Pillsbury vs Gunsberg 1-0401895HastingsD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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May-08-16  RookFile: Win, lose or draw, it's always interesting to play over a Pillsbury game.
Feb-06-17  solskytz: One should mention that Lasker was ill with Typhus at the time of the tournament, and almost died.

He still dragged himself to play - and it was incredible that he could finish in the top three, a healthy distance from the pack, in his condition - he could still play world-class chess.

In his state and despite winning the WCH on the preceding year, he couldn't be perceived as "a favorite" by any stretch. Immense will power and ability to fight!

May-27-17  zanzibar:
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  MissScarlett: I've read that Blackburne played a vital role in Pillsbury's invitation to the event. Anyone know more?

The <Pall Mall Gazette> of July 13th 1895, p.9, reveals that 38 masters applied for places, from which the final 22 had been selected. Perhaps this is stage where Blackburne's apparent influence was felt.

The tournament intro claims that Pillsbury was 'relatively unknown', which is relatively inarguable, but I do note the <(London) Standard> of July 16th, p.7, states the line-up are all <well known, with the exception of Vergani>.

May-28-17  Paarhufer: <solskytz: One should mention that Lasker was ill with Typhus at the time of the tournament, and almost died.>

Lasker's illness begun at the end of October 1894 (newspapers reported on a cancelled appointment). The following text is from the <The Belfast News-Letter>, 1 November 1894:

"It is with regret that we learn that Herr Lasker, the eminent chess master, and Chess Champion of the world, is now lying in St. Thomas' Hospital, suffering from an attack of gastric fever with additional danger through the breaking of a bloodvessel. So critical was Lasker's condition at the end of last week that his brother Dr. Lasker was summoned from Berlin. Since that time the illness has taken a favourable course towards recovery, and it is hoped that the greatest part of the danger is now past. The patient is in good hands and nothing will be left undone that can either alleviate his sufferings or hasten his recovery. In any case many weeks must necessarily elapse before he can resume to play."

In Cheshire's tournament book (p.4) the following is said:

"... whilst Lasker, though scarcly yet robust, would probably be sufficiently recovered from his exhausting illness .."

May-30-17  zanzibar: I think Cheshire's tb (p347) has more to say on the matter:


On May 26, 1894, he won the championship of the world by scoring his tenth win against Steinitz's five (four drawn). On October 19, in the same year, he was taken suddenly ill with typhoid fever, when he was carefully attended by Dr. B. Lasker, his brother, who came over from Berlin for the purpose. This illness, after some delays, prevented him playing his promised return match with Steinitz. Doubtless he will, however, now soon give Steinitz an opportunity for revenge.


whereupon we learn the exact affliction, and the exact date it struck.

(Other sources agree with the above i.e. typhoid; others might have "fun" digging those refs out - I'll leave that to the "pros".)

Would some kind biographer editor change the bio above?

Typhus is certainly wrong, and gastic fever, although overlapping, is not specific enough.

<<Gastric fever>

Related to Gastric fever: Nervous fever, Gastric flu

(Med.) a fever attended with prominent gastric symptoms; - a name applied to certain forms of typhoid fever; also, to catarrhal inflammation of the stomach attended with fever.



May-30-17  zanzibar: <While "typhoid" means "typhus-like", typhus and typhoid fever are distinct diseases caused by different types of bacteria.>

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  MissScarlett: < On October 19, in the same year, he was taken suddenly ill with typhoid fever, when he was carefully attended by Dr. B. Lasker, his brother, who came over from Berlin for the purpose.>

Berthold even helped his brother OTB:

B Lasker vs F Brendel, 1894

May-31-17  zanzibar: <MissS> can you possibly spell out exactly how Berthold helped out his brother in that game?
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  MissScarlett: I believe Emanuel was scheduled to give that simul, but Berthold stepped into the breach. I'll look up the source tomorrow.
May-31-17  zanzibar: Ah, interesting...
May-31-17  zanzibar: You probably submitted the game too, given that it has a source tag(!):

<[Source "The (London) Standard, 1894.11.12, p.7"]>


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  MissScarlett: Something I hadn't noticed before was the lack of a systematic white-black alternation of rounds. Lasker, for instance, had the White pieces for rounds 11-14, followed by five consecutive games with Black. Anyone know more about the pairing methods used at the time?
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  Retireborn: <MissS> Crouch's tournament book implies that drawings for rounds took place every day and the players did not know until 30 minutes before the start who their opponent of the day would be. Except the last round, I suppose.

ISTR something similar at New York 1924.

Jun-09-18  Olavi: Schallopp's tournament book states the same.
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  MissScarlett: Pillsbury, Steinitz, Schlechter, Blackburne, Walbrodt, Burn, Mason, Gunsberg, Albin, Marco and Tinsley were the players who enjoyed an extra White.
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  Retireborn: One of Pillsbury's Whites was his walk-over against von Bardeleben; possibly he'd have preferred to use up a Black in that way.
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  Sally Simpson: As well as the pre-round drawing of lots in another effort to spice things up there was a special prize donated by Joseph Cooke of Knockgraffon (it's in Ireland) of a 'handsome' ring and four volumes of 'The Theory and Practise of Chess' by Salvioli to the player who won the most Evans Gambits Accepted with either colour.

There were 9 Evans Gambits but one was declined W Pollock vs Lasker, 1895 which prompted this wonderful caustic note from Tarrasch:

"It is noteworthy that Lasker usually declines the Evansí Gambit, although he has declared that he knows a winning defence."

Of the remaining 8 games,

Steinitz won 2, Pillsbury won 2 and Chigorin won 2. A tie breaker was in place, it was resolved by the player who was involved in the most Evans Gambits (with either colour) This was Chigorin with 4 games.

The tournament book by Horace Cheshire duly reports that Chigorin did indeed receive the Evans Gambit Joseph Cooke Prize.

We now need a benefactor in the shape of another Joseph Cooke to award a 'handsome' ring to players who do NOT play the Berlin Defence.

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  MissScarlett: <Steinitz won 2>

But neither with own winning defence: C.N. 4171

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  WorstPlayerEver: <MissScarlett>

Oh well, how many times did Ruy Lopez play the Ruy Lopez?

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  Sally Simpson: From the wall at the current 1918/19 Hastings event.

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  Retireborn: <Geoff> Nice. Can't read the names but can identify seven of them straight off.

It's 2019 by the way.

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  keypusher: <Sally Simpson> IIRC Chigorin vs Gunsberg, 1895 was the only White victory with the Evans in the entire tournament. So even before Lasker's Defense became popular the gambit was not faring well. But perhaps artificial intelligence will come to the rescue.

AlphaZero vs Stockfish, 2018

<Sally Simpson: From the wall at the current 1918/19 Hastings event.>

Sally, I know you're old school, but this is going too far.

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  Sally Simpson: ***


Just like my opening theory, I'm 100 years behind everyone else.

(same day also put in a holiday request at work for June this year dated 1919.)


Oct-14-19  Caissanist: The official tournament book, published in 1896 is online here: . In addition to many annotated games, it includes high-quality photos of all the participants.
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