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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs James Moore Hanham
1st City Chess Club Tournament (1893), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Dec-22
Queen Pawn Game: General (D00)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: Pillsbury shows his extra class over his American contemperies. Five years earlier, Hanham was 2nd-3rd in the 1st United States Chess Association tournament, but here he is torn apart after one very loose move <11...cxd4?>; <11...h6> had to be played.

If <18...Rae8> then 19.Nfe5+! Bxe5 20.fxe5 f5 (as 20...fxe5? 21.Rf3 mate) 21.Bh6 Qd7 22.Nf4 Ke7 23.Bg5+ Kf8 24.Bf6

A bravura performance by Pillsbury.

Aug-20-19  qtl673: This is the first game in the Sergeant & Watts book on Pillsbury. It is a really bad game. If one had to judge Black's strength on the basis of this game alone 1600 or 1700 would be a reasonable guess. White's threat after 11. Rh3 could not be more obvious, but Hanham manages to overlook it. Black can play 11...g6 with a perfectly good position. White could subsequently play more aggressively (for example 19.Nfe5+), but adopts the sensible approach of allowing Black scope to make further errors and Hanham quickly obliges by sending his Q off to a2.

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