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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Chaseray
Philidor Club, Blindfold Simul 16b (1902) (blindfold), Paris FRA, Jun-21
French Defense: Classical Variation. Richter Attack (C13)  ·  1-0



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Oct-13-03  Shadout Mapes: The Greek Gift. After 10...Kxh7 black is completely lost. Every French player should know this one, it even takes computers a while to see the whole thing.
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  patzer2: Deomolition of pawn structure combinations are always entertaining, even if they are know opening traps like 10. Bxh7+! in this game.
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  patzer2: Black may have a saving defense after 11...Kh6! 12. Qd2 Qe8! Play might continue 13. dxc5 Bxc5 14. Nxe6+ Kh7 15. Nxf8+ Bxf8 16. Qxd5 Nc6 17. 0-0-0 Bg4 18. Rd2 Bb4 with near equality in an unbalanced position.
Oct-01-06  psmith: <patzer2> After 11...Kh6, White can improve on your line with 12. Qd3! g6 13. h5! and now (this analysis aided by Fritz 5.32): (1) 13...Kxg5 14. Qd2+ Kf5 15. Ne2 leads to mate in 4. (2) 13...Kg7 14. Nxf7! Rxf7 15. Qxg6+ Kh8 16. Qxf7 with advantage to White according to Fritz 5.32 (or 15...Kf8 16. h6 winning, according to Fritz 5.32) (3) 13...Bxg5 14. hxg6+ Bh4 15. Qg3 fxg6 16. Rxh4 Kg7 17. Rg4 with an attack (further analysis is needed and Black may be able to hold).
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  Pawn and Two: One of 16 blindfold games played by Pillsbury at the Cercle Philidor in Paris on 06/21/1902. Pillsbury's score was +10 -1 = 5.

A great performance and a prelude to his most extraordinary blindfold performance the next month at Hanover.

In between rounds at the Hanover 1902 tournament, Pillsbury played simultaneously and blindfolded 21 games, his opponents being 18 competitors from the Haupt tournament and the best three from Section B. The seance lasted from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and then from 6:30 p.m. until past 2:00 a.m. The final result was +3 -7 =11. Pillsbury generously allowed consultation and the moving of pieces.

Here are names of some of the notable players who took part in this remarkable exhibition: O. S. Bernstein; C. Carls; E. Cohn; F. Englund; H. Fahrni; L. Fleischmann; W. John & J. Moller. Against these 8 players, Pillsbury drew 6 and beat H. Fahrni and J. Moller.

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  Pawn and Two: <psmith> Fritz 9 agrees that after 11...Kh6, 12.Qd3! is White's best response. Fritz also agrees the best continuation is then 12...g6 13.h5 Bxg5 14.hxg6+ Bh4 15.Qg3 fxg6 16.Rxh4 Kg7 17.Rg4.

After 17.Rg4, Fritz evaluated the position as winning for White.

At this point, Fritz's 2nd choice for Black was (7.34) (19 ply) 17...Rg8 18.0-0-0 Kf8 19.Rh1. Now if 19...Ke8 20.Rh7 or if 19...Qe7 or Qd7 then 20.Nb5!.

At move 17, Fritz's 1st choice for Black is (3.55) (19 ply) 17...Kf7 18.0-0-0.

At this point, Fritz's evaluation for White has increased to (4.77) (20 ply) 18...Nc6 19.Rxg6 Ke8.

Fritz indicates that White's advantage continues to increase. Fritz's evaluation is now (5.05) (19 ply), with a suggested continuation of: 20.Rh1 a6 21.Rh7 Ne7 22.Rgg7 Ra7.

Fritz's evaluation is now (6.37) (20 ply), and it gave the following as it's 1st choice for a winning line for White: 23.Na4 Qd7 24.Qh4 Ng6 25.Rxd7 Rxd7 26.Qh5 Rxh7 27.Qxh7 Ne7 28.Nxb6.

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