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D T Phillips vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
"The Chicago Gambit" (game of the day Feb-15-2018)
Simul, 27b (1899) (exhibition), Chicago, IL USA, Jan-07
King Pawn Game: Schulze-Muller Gambit (C40)  ·  1-0



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Jun-06-04  Notboardofchess: Is the "Chicago Gambit" a real variation?
Jun-06-04  misguidedaggression: Looks a little like the Halloween Gambit...
Jun-06-04  chocobonbon: I believe that in a periodical of the time it was called "The Razzle Dazzle Gambit". That was in one of the Shachzeitung issues. I think it was a simul, interesting though that HNP had Black.
Jun-06-04  get Reti: Strangely, when I searched this opening, it said there were no games with it. It must not have detected this or something
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  tpstar: Sorry, this line can't be any good, the result here notwithstanding. FYI, the Halloween Gambit is 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 (4N) 4. Nxe5?! Nxe5 5. d4, then Black does best with 5 ... Ng6 6. e5 Ng8 like this game = J Stevenson vs M Ferguson, 2001. If Black was intending 10 ... f5, maybe 9 ... Nc5 chopping wood on e4 was better than 9 ... Ne5 allowing f4 with tempo. Still Black was better until 24 ... Rf5!? gave up the exchange for White's bad Bishop. Instead 24 ... Rf7, 25 ... Bf8 & 26 ... Bg7 and Black's game is cramped but defensible.
Jun-06-04  Hanada: The Halloween Gambit is much more sound than the "Chicago Gambit". I have also seen this opening refered to as the Irish Gambit. Stephon Jacob has a page dedicated to the Halloween and it has some great analysis.
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  kevin86: I see this game as a joke-I don't see Pillsbury jumping his knight so very much. Was this game (opening) invented in the Chicago World's Fair-of 1893? Where so many things were invented. lol
Premium Chessgames Member <Strangely, when I searched this opening, it said there were no games with it. It must not have detected this or something.> You're right, this game is so new to the database it hasn't been indexed into the Opening Explorer yet. We just updated the Opening Explorer to include all of the new games, so now you should find it.
Jun-24-04  InspiredByMorphy: Like tpstar said, all there is to this opening for black to play is 5. ... Ng6! and the game may as well be over. Where is whites threat? There is none. Silliest opening Ive seen yet.
Mar-17-05  who: You mean 4...Ng6 I presume.
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  Eggman: I've heard that the "Chicago Gambit" was invented by an Indian named Chicago. When asked how he invented the gambit, Chicago said "I never noticed that the pawn was defended."
Jan-31-06  Richerby: <Eggman>, I've heard exactly the same line used to explain why it's called the Irish Gambit so I suspect it's apocryphal.
May-19-06  asip87: haha...i cant believe white is gonna win at the first time, is it chicago gambit suppose to sac knight at the first time??, a threat...lolzz...neve seen b4 this opening in my whole life, even if i played with newbie, they also didnt think about that, dats true, after all, white's prove dat hes not
Sep-03-06  ahmadov: Chicago Gambit must be a blunder of the XIX century. However, in this only game of this database the side to blunder wins :0).
Sep-23-06  T Ciddasselepoh: This game must be a joke. The only person that could have possibly thrown Pillsbury a knight and still win was Paul Morphy.
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  Pawn and Two: This game is also included in Jacques Pope's book, "Harry Nelson Pillsbury - American Chess Champion". The game also appeared in print in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 01/12/1899.

Playing White was D.T. Phillips. The game was played in a simultaneous exhibition in Chicago, IL on 01/07/1899.

This simultaneous exhibition was unusual in that Pillsbury played both chess and checkers.

His score at chess was +20 -2 =5 and his score at checkers was +7 -1 =2.

Feb-17-08  TigerG: Is this game even real? I couldn't see Pillsbury lose to this variation. Plus, the Chicago gambit doesn't seem like a real opening.
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  Calli: <Pawn and Two> Thanks! I sort of wondered why H.M. Philips, a New Yorker, was in a Chicago simul.
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  whiteshark: <37.Bc3!!> with the threat of Qd4 is promptly decisive.

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  ketchuplover: best. opening. ever. !.
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  Phony Benoni: Phillips probably assumed that Pillsbury had played the Petroff.
Feb-02-09  WhiteRook48: 3 Nxe5 can't possibly be sound
May-02-09  WhiteRook48: I thought it was 32 Bxf5 that was decisive
May-04-09  WhiteRook48: 4...Ng6 is better
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  Domdaniel: So, *is* the pawn protected, or what?
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