Harry Nelson Pillsbury’s brilliancy vs Emanuel Lasker | 1896

In 1896 Harry Nelson Pillsbury played one of the great games of chess against the current World Chess Champion Emanuel Lasker at the Nuremberg Tournament. This game would, by tournament’s end, earn Pillsbury the brilliancy prize. Against Lasker’s French Defense, Pillsbury opts for a line that at first grabs a space advantage on the kingside, and soon thereafter a space advantage on the queenside. The latter however would not be without its drawbacks as Lasker is keen to highlight. Despite Lasker’s steps to ensure there would be no successful breakthrough on the kingside, Pillsbury shows otherwise by unleashing one of the most memorable middlegame combinations, one that would draw our attention to the whole chessboard.

1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e5 Nfd7 5. f4 c5 6. dxc5 Nc6
7. a3 Nxc5 8. b4 Nd7 9. Bd3 a5 10. b5 Ncb8 11. Nf3 Nc5 12. Be3
Nbd7 13. O-O g6 14. Ne2 Be7 15. Qe1 Nb6 16. Nfd4 Bd7 17. Qf2
Nba4 18. Rab1 h5 19. b6 Nxd3 20. cxd3 Bxa3 21. f5 gxf5 22. Nf4
h4 23. Ra1 Be7 24. Rxa4 Bxa4 25. Ndxe6 fxe6 26. Nxe6 Bd7
27. Nxd8 Rxd8 28. Bc5 Rc8 29. Bxe7 Kxe7 30. Qe3 Rc6 31. Qg5+
Kf7 32. Rc1 Rxc1+ 33. Qxc1 Rc8 34. Qe1 h3 35. gxh3 Rg8+
36. Kf2 a4 37. Qb4 Rg6 38. Kf3 a3 39. Qxa3 Rxb6 40. Qc5 Re6
41. Qc7 Ke7 42. Kf4 b6 43. h4 Rc6 44. Qb8 Be8 45. Kxf5 Rh6
46. Qc7+ Kf8 47. Qd8 b5 48. e6 Rh7 49. Ke5 b4 50. Qd6+

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