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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Frank Marshall
blindfold exhibition (1897) (blindfold), Brooklyn, Jun-05
French Defense: Classical Variation. Richter Attack (C13)  ·  1-0

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Sep-07-04  F47: 10. Bxh7, is that even sound?
Sep-07-04  Calli: <F47> Suggest a defense
Sep-10-04  F47: I don't know of any defenses, but what can black play to prevent bxh7 without weakening his kingside?
Sep-10-04  F47: After 8. Bd3 white has the classical bishop sacrifice setup, what is black's best move.
Sep-10-04  misguidedaggression: Since Black has his dark square bishop and white doesn't, playing 8...g6 seems safe enough.
Jan-14-05  patzer2: Pillsbury's 10. Bxh7+! is a sound demolition of pawn structure combination, giving White good winning chances. However, in playing it out with Fritz 8, it seems Black may be able to hold the position with near equal chances after the odd sequence 10. Bxh7! Kxh7 11. Ng5+ Kh6! 12. Qd2 Qe8!

Play could continue 13.dxc5 Bd7 14. 0-0-0 Rc8 15. Nxe6+ Kh7 16. Nxf8+ Bxf8 17. Qxd5 Bf5 18. Qf3 Qe6 19. Ne4 Kg8 20. Nd6 Bxc2 21. Kxc2 Nb4+ 22. Kd2 Bxd6 23. cxd6 Qxe5 24. Qb3 Rc2+ 25. Qxc2 Qxd6+ 26. Kc1 Qf4+ 27. Rd2 Nxc2 28. Kxc2 Qe4+ 29. Kc1 Qxg2 30. Rhd1 Qc6+ 31. Kb1 =.

Jan-28-06  morpstau: Pillsbury's 10. Bxh7+! is a sound demolition of pawn structure combination, giving White good winning chances. However, in playing it out with Fritz 8, it seems Black may be able to hold the position with near equal chances after the odd sequence 10. Bxh7! Kxh7 11. Ng5+ Kh6! 12. Qd2 Qe8! A very interesting game it is.
Jan-29-06  morpstau: Pillsbury's 10. Bxh7+! is a sound demolition of pawn structure combination, giving White good winning chances. However, in playing it out with Fritz 8, it seems Black may be able to hold the position with near equal chances after the odd sequence 10. Bxh7! Kxh7 11. Ng5+ Kh6! 12.
Jan-29-06
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  tamar: <patzer2>

if Kh6 12. Qd2 Qe8 13 Nb5!! found by Shredder8 ovenight on Deep Analysis mode.

13...Rb8 14 Nc7 Qd7 15 Qd3 (apparently the key concept) ...f5 (15...g6 16 h5 Bxg5 17 hxg6+ Kg7 18 Rh7+ Kg8 19 g7 leads to mate) 16 exf6+ g6 17 h5 Nxe5 18 hxg6+ Kxg5 19 Qe3+ Kxf6 with mate in 6 to come.

I still have questions about whether 13...Rb8 is the strongest move, despite Shredder. 13...Bd8 for instance, appears to last longer, and needs further checking.

Sep-20-12  jackpawn: It's interesting that at age 20 Marshall could lose (badly) to a blindfold Pillsbury. Or was Marshall blindfolded too?
Sep-21-12  TheFocus: From a blindfold exhibition given by Pillsbury at the Brooklyn Chess Club. Pillsbury scored 6 wins and two draws.
Oct-05-12  jackpawn: It's amazing that Marshall could be this weak (relatively speaking) at age 20 and then go on to become a strong grandmaster.
Apr-02-14  bengalcat47: There is no shame in losing to a blindfolded Pillsbury. He was one of the all-time best when it came to blindfold chess exhibitions.
Mar-09-18  Petrosianic: <F47> <10. Bxh7, is that even sound?>

<Calli>: <Suggest a defense>

11...Kh6 looks a lot better than 11...Kg6.

12. Qd2 is the most obvious, but then what? 12...Qe8 13. Nxe6+ Kh7 14. Nxf8 Bxf8. Black has two pieces for a rook, and looks better. Maybe White has something better, but Black doesn't end up losing his Queen a few moves later.

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