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Emanuel Lasker / H Bate vs H Pillsbury / W J McLellan
Consultation game (1899), Rochester ENG, May-22
King's Gambit: Accepted. Bishop's Gambit (C33)  ·  0-1



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Oct-05-02  drukenknight: A game of interesting tactical shots throughout as Pillsbury teaches Lasker a lesson.

23 Qb4 would prevent the disastrous of loss of material, at least it looks that way.

THe first interesting tactical shot is 5...Bg4 at first 6 Qxg4 hoping to bag the R at a8 looks good but it leads to a mate (0-1) w/ blacks Q on d1 and a B on c4...But 6 Nf3 Bc4 7 d4 c6 looks like equality. Boy you hae to wonder if these old guys carried around a list of traps on index cards or something?

7...Nf6 looks like it would create more tactical oppurtunities via g4 but maybe they knew some traps off this, too. Pillsbury keeps this N on e7 through much of the game as gallant defender of the K.

9 b3 what's with the odd looking fianchetto maneuver? The B already has a diagonal. But if you look closely at the position, isn't there a shot on f7:

9 Bxf7! Qxf7 10 Nxg5 and now if 10...Qc4+ 11 Ne2 covers this and still threatens Qa5+

maybe 10...Qf6 11 Qh5+ Qg6 (blocking w/ the N looks worse) 12 Qxg6 hxg6 13 Nb5 Na6 14 Bc4 c6

and white has 4 more connected pawns for his invested B. The pawntificator would be so proud!

the same oppurtunity on move 10 only this time, only black cannot cover the fork on c7 since the QN has moved!

14...Bxd3?; huh? bang the rook in the corner, dummy.

thought you'd seen enuf?

15...f3 this is wilder yet. 16 Nxd4 fxg2+ 17 Kxg2 Qh3+ 18 Kg1 Qe3+ regains the piece with interest (18 Kf2 leads to more trouble with g3+

okay so white doesn't take the N; what if instead 16 gxf3 Qh3+ 17 Ke1 Qg2 18 Rf1 Bxa1 19 Qxa1 000

well who knows? I think Lasker messed up move 23.

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  Honza Cervenka: <23 Qb4 would prevent the disastrous of loss of material> Sorry <DK> but it is not possible as white is in check.
Feb-25-12  AlphaMale: Does anyone know the circumstances of this game? I don't even know if it's Rochester, Kent, or Rochester, NY.
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  Calli: <Alpha Male> Game took place May 22 during the Kent Chess Congress on the eve of the London 1899 tournament. Lasker also had a partner, Dr. Hele Bate, of London.
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  Phony Benoni: <AlphaMale> From the <British Chess Magazine>, June 1899, p. 246:

<"...The First Kentish Congress at Rochester, on Whit-Monday and Tuesday,> [May 22-23] <however, will remain a record for success and be memorable for the galaxy of talent present when any such records as to numbers have been broken.... In addition to a contest for the championship of Kent and several other tournaments, a number of displays by chess masters were arranged. The presence of Lasker and Pillsbury on the eve of the London International Tournament was a splendid addition to the programme, and during the Congress these players, with allies, met over the board in a lively Bishop's Gambit, in which Pillsbury achieved a very fine Queen sacrfice. These masters met over the board in another way during the Congress, for as soon as they arrived they procured a set of draughtsmen, and the afternoon was spent in Lasker obtaining practical proof of Pillsbury's prowess in this direction....">

However, the BCM did not publish the game and neither player's allies were named. "Mr. Mclellan" was mentioned later in the report. He spoke at the prize-giving ceremony, describing the founding of the first chess club in Rochester way back in 1876.

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  Pawn and Two: <AlphaMale> In Dale Brandreth's book, "Lasker vs. Pillsbury", it states: <This consultation game was played at the First Congress of the Chess Union of the County of Kent at Rochester on May 22,1899>.

Lasker and Dr. Hele Bate were White, and Pillsbury and Maclellan were Black.

Pillsbury and Showalter had left for the 1899 London international tournament on May 10th, aboard the steamship, "Paris". The first round of the London tournament was on May 30th.

Feb-25-12  AlphaMale: Thanks. The King's Gambit was never a Lasker opening - too unsophisticated, too tactical. He only wheeled it out in simul or exhibition games.
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  Calli: "However, the BCM did not publish the game"

Feb-25-12  AlphaMale: <Dr Hele Bate>, Greek?
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  Calli: <Dr Hele Bate>, Greek?

Apparently named after his mother's family. See his father's obituary:

Feb-25-12  AlphaMale: Upon Pillsbury's passing, <Lasker's Chess Magazine> lamented: <A genius has gone.>
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  Phony Benoni: <Calli> Thanks for catching that. You'd think I could look three pages ahead.
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