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Ludwig Otto Hesse vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Double blindfold game (1899) (blindfold), Allentown, PA USA, Nov-17
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Blackburne Attack (C31)  ·  0-1



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Jul-28-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Ok, white is R vs. N down. Is that such an advantage, it is not possible even to draw anymore - or is it because Hesse chickened against Pillsbury?
Aug-20-08  fischerstein: More likely Hesse totally blew the position in his head. It's a blindfold game, he may have lost track of the game and resigned
Nov-13-19  sea7kenp: Black even has a Tempo, because the Bishop on f4 is unprotected. I don't hold much hope for White.
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Was this game not part of a <Pillsbury> blindfold seance, or was it a casual game in which both players were blind, as <fischerstein> suggests?

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<fischerstein: More likely Hesse totally blew the position in his head. It's a blindfold game, he may have lost track of the game and resigned>


<Ludwig Otto Hesse> also lost a blindfold game to his wife. I wonder if both were unsighted, or just Otto?!

L O Hesse vs Sophia Hesse, 1897

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  jnpope: According to Neil Brennen: <On 17 November 1899 Pillsbury visited Allentown, Pennsylvania. This information is from the chess notebook of Ludwig Otto Hesse, one of the local players who participated. Hesse does not record the result of the exhibition but does include a game he played with Pillsbury before the display. Both played blindfold, and the game lasted 15 minutes.>


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