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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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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.
Feb-17-08  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?
Jan-06-10  The Famous Chess Cat: <PhonyBenoni> Aha! That was my first reaction! I have a unicorn avatar! Sentence ending in an exclamation mark! That was a sentence fragment! Aha!

Your eyes just got pwned!

But excellent that we thought the same thing...

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  Penguincw: Also know as the Irish Gambit.
Mar-25-12  Granny O Doul: Is this how the "d'oh!" boy was born?
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  FSR: If only 3.Nxe5!! had been known four years earlier, Hastings (1895) might have turned out much differently. Pillsbury played 2...Nc6?! <six> times in that tournament, scoring 4.5 points. Hastings (1895)/Harry Nelson Pillsbury But no one took the pawn!
Feb-15-18  schnarre: ...Wonder if this wildness came out of a trip to the World's Fair?
Feb-15-18  newzild: Reminds me of the (quite dangerous) Cochrane's Gambit in the Petroff, except White gets only one pawn rather than two.
Feb-15-18  morfishine: Hey, no fair, Pillsbury is giving a simul, but he's got Black?
Feb-15-18  RookFile: That used to happen all the time. I remember playing over some Lasker games where Lasker had black.
Feb-15-18  TheTamale: Lots of disparaging going on against the Chicago Gambit, but here a complete unknown uses it to defeat one of the strongest masters in the world. I'm speculating now, of course, but I believe I could use it to defeat Nakamura.
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  Breunor: Checking with the silicon evaluator:

After 18 Be3, Stockfish recommends g5 (19 Be4 gxf4 20 Bx f4 Bg5 21 Qc2 Bxf4 22 Bxh7 ch Kg7 23Rx f4 Qh4) for an evaluation of -2.42

The game move b6 evaluates to -0.8

After 20 Bc2 Stockfish recommends Nh6 (-1) instead of a5(-0.44)

After 21 Rf3, g6 is -1.2, while Nh8 is 0.

Black gets a reprieve, 22 g5 stays at 0, but Rh3 brings the score to -1.24

After 27 a3, the score would be -1.73 if black plays R5f7; R8f7 sets white to +0.15

After 28 b4, white is at 0 if black plays Na4; but after Nb7, the score is 0.8

The losing move should have been the 29th; after Bd4 white would be 0.8, but Bd2 gives black another chance. 29 c5 is evaluated at 0.08; the 'initial' losing move is Qe8 (3.45).

Whiteshark's 37 Bc3 is crushing, (7.38)although the actual g6 is still 2.79

Once again, white lets black back into the game with 39 Qf5 (1.32); Rh3 evaluates at 3.18.

The absolute final losing move then is 40 ... Bf6. axb4 is 0.87, but Bf6 is 7.84.

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