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Emil Kemeny vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
"Pillsbury Doughboy" (game of the day Mar-15-2005)
Exhibition game (1895), Philadelphia, PA USA, Oct-30
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Stone-Ware Variation (C51)  ·  1-0



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Oct-03-03  refutor: a rather brutal attack by white...
Oct-03-03  Shadout Mapes: 5...Bd6?? I refuse to believe Pillsbury played this game, either a different Pillsbury or he was joking around.
Oct-04-03  refutor: why would you not believe it was pillsbury? he played the Stone-Ware defense (5. ... Bd6) in another game at Hastings 1895 and won v. Bird Bird vs Pillsbury, 1895
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The Messrs. Stone and Ware were a pair of Boston amateurs whom Pillsbury knew. Yes, this is *the* Pillsbury, but I don't recall any Kemeny at Hastings. This might have been just a casual game.
Mar-15-05  dbulger: damn! white had such a hot game!
Mar-15-05  notsodeepthought: Not a bad way for M. Kemeny to leave his mark, considering it's his only game in the database - other than another one that he lost in 2001, but since he must have been about 130 years old at that point, he can be excused for not being that sharp anymore.
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  patzer2: White's 26. Bxe8! initiates an instructive deflection combination to exploit Black's overworked Queen by setting up a decisive pin.

While Pillsbury might have defended better, White's 17. h4! and 24. Be2! were useful moves in exploiting Black's weakened castled position.

Mar-15-05  malbase: I researched the said game.
I had two books on the 1895 Tournament.
The older and newer version do not have M Kemeny as one of the players. So what is the history. The game does not appear in Sargeant's Pillsbury's Chess Career. Move 5- Bd6. Pillsbury actually played the move in several games at the Hastings 1895 Tournament. M. Kemeny was also a chess editor at the time.
Now for the Clincher. The name of the White player was NOT Kemeny but E Kennedy. This was not a game in the regular tournament
at Hastings, 1895. Probably an off game.
Mar-15-05  ajile: 5...BD6 is bad because it blocks the D pawn and cramps Black's game horribly. White punishes accordingly.
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  kevin86: I don't want Kemeny as my enemy!! White took advantage of Pillsbury's unusual weak play to really thrash him!

Pillsbury may say it best,but here he plays it worst.

Mar-15-05  DevastatioN: Actually, if u know opening theory at all, Bd6 is very playable against the Evans Gambit, not the best approach, but is a fine approach to take in reality.
Mar-15-05  sharpnova: not in my reality and i consider myself fairly booked up
Mar-15-05  capanegra: <I had two books on the 1895 Tournament. The older and newer version do not have M Kemeny as one of the players> Exactly, and that is because Kemeny didn't participate in Hastings 1895:
Mar-15-05  BipolarChessorder: ugly opening by Pillsbury. White was pretty much allowed to do as he pleased (place a knight on d5, organize a kingside attack etc.) while black was playing without any concrete plan.
Dec-01-06  syracrophy: Who on earth is this guy?? He simply crushed Pillsbury as a bad amateur!

32.♗h6!!<32...Qxh7 33.Rf8#>

Dec-08-08  TheBish: What everyone seems to have missed is that the site noted on the game score is "Philadelphia", not Hastings. So this likely was a simul game, possibly even blindfold simul, which Pillsbury was famous for! (Who knows how many might have been played during this game, if this was a simul.) That would explain both the mystery of the unknown player of the White pieces, and Pillsbury's less than stellar play.
Dec-09-08  Calli: Kemeny could have played 33.Rf8#

Player is Emil Kemeny and yes, it was played in Philadelphia. AFAIK, it was an individual encounter, not a simul.

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  Phony Benoni: <Calli> I see from Pope's collection of Pillsbury's games that this was the last of a series of three games at the Franklin Chess Club. Pillsbury defeated David Stuart Robinson on 10/28 and Hermann Voigt on 10/29, lost to Kemeny on 10/30.

This was during the period between his return from Hastings and his departure for St. Petersburg. Might it have been some sort of fund-raising exhibition?

Dec-11-08  Calli: I think it was an "engagement". In this era, chess professionals were engaged by a club for a negotiated price and agreed to a package of simuls, blindfold events, lectures and, very often, one on one games against the clubs best players.
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  FSR: 5...Bd6, the Stone-Ware Defense, is no joke. It is still played today, e.g. Short vs I Sokolov, 2004, and in's database is the only move (besides 5...f5?, which Blackburne once played against the hapless NN) to give Black a plus score. Opening Explorer In the actual Hastings 1895 tournament, Pillsbury played it twice and won both times - Schiffers vs Pillsbury, 1895 and Bird vs Pillsbury, 1895. These games were critical to his victory in the tournament, since he won by a margin of only half a point.
Nov-21-14  Ke2: fantastic game form Kemeny. the stone ware is a tremendously annoying solid defense, but Kemeny shows here a model game in how to exploit the cramped black army
Nov-21-14  Ke2: yeah missing a mate in 1 though lol

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