Pillsbury - Amatuer 
 Toronto, 1899.  








Harry Nelson Pillsbury (2750) - Amateur (2000) 
[D05]
Simultaneous Display; Toronto, 1899.

[A.J. Goldsby I]


Chernev writes: "Despite the almost incredible difficulties Pillsbury imposed on himself, his conduct of this game and the concluding combination are far from prosaic. This (believe-it-or-not) was one of 12 chess and 4 checker games played blindfolded and simultaneously, while taking part in a game of whist!" 
( - Irving Chernev in his book, "[The] 1000 Best Short Games of Chess." 
Game # 778, page # 410.) 

For my part, I can say this game is a joy to behold. It is fresh, beautiful and invigorating. And Pillsbury's play even stands up to modern scrutiny. One can hardly believe the great Pillsbury played this game both simultaneously and blindfolded. Most of us would be proud to play this game over-the-board in a normal one-on-one game! 
- LIFE Master A.J. Goldsby I. 


1. d4 d52. Nf3 e63. e3 Nf64. Bd3 Nbd7; 5. 0-0 b6!?;  

[5...Bd6!; 6.Nbd2 c5; 7.c3 0-0; 8.Re1, ("+/=")  {See the position just below.} 

 Analysis position after 8. Re1.

with the normal, albeit very small, White advantage. (Its also a Colle System proper.) ]

6. Nbd2 Bd6!?
;  Pillsbury was very inventive and creative. 
Here he is playing [basically] a Colle System long before Colle ever used it. 

[6...Be7! ]

7. e4 dxe48. Nxe4 Bb7
; The sanest. 

[ 8...Nxe4!?; 9.Bxe4 Rb8; 10.Bg5, "with attack/initiative." ] .

9. Nxd6+ cxd6
10. Bf4! Bxf3?!; (Maybe - '?') Giving up both Bishops unnecessarily. 
In his defense, Black wanted to play ...d5; but did not want to shut in his Bishop.

[ 10...Qc7; 11.c4 0-0; 12.Re1 Rfd8; 13.Qe2, ("+/=") ]

11. Qxf3 d5!?
; Black already has severe problems guarding the pawn at d6. 

[11...Qc7?? 12.Qxa8+; ("+/-") Or 11...Qb8? 12.Bxd6 Qc8
{12...Qxd6?? 13.Qxa8+, ("+/-")}
  13.Ba3, ("+/-");  Or 11...Ke7 12.Qg3, ("+/-").]

12. Bd6! Rc8
13. Rfe1 Rc614. Ba3 a5;  
With his next move, White exploits the pin on the diagonal.

15. c4! Ne4

[15...dxc4??; 16.Qxc6, ("+/-") ]

16. cxd5 Ng5

[Chernev writes: "The alternative 16...exd5; 17.Bxe4 dxe4; 18.Rxe4+!?, ("+/-")  is not attractive, and besides - there is always the chance of a slip-up by the blindfold player. He might snap up the Rook and forget about his Queen." - Irving Chernev. 
(Better is: 18.Qxe4+! Re6; 19.Qc6!, ("+/-"), {A.J.G.}) ]

17. Qg3 Rc8
18.dxe6 Nxe6

White now sacrifices an exchange for seemingly no reason.

19. Rxe6+!! fxe6
; [] Black must capture.

20. Qg6+!!
This reportedly came as a big shock to Pillsbury's poor opponent. 

[To be fair, 20.Bg6+! hxg6; 21.Qxg6#, also works. ]

20...hxg6
21. Bxg6#1 - 0 

One of the most brilliant, beautiful and accurate blindfold games on record.


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