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Pillsbury Pummels Tarrasch! Hastings 1895, QGD D55

Pillsbury Pummels Tarrasch! Hastings 1895, QGD D55

Feb 23, 2013, 2:53 AM 2

Masters at Hastings 1895.
Standing:  Marco, Blackburne, Maróczy, Schiffers, Tinsley. Seated:  Chigorin, Lasker, Pillsbury, Tarrasch

To see all the participants in the uncropped photo click on this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hastings_1895_chess_tournament

One of the strongest and most famous chess tournaments in history was held in Hastings UK in 1895. A then unknown US participant named Harry Nelson Pillsbury won 1st place ahead of the reigning WCH Emanuel Lasker, former WCH William Steinitz and quite a few other world class GMs including Tarrasch, Schlecter, Tchigorin  to name but a few.  Here's what Irving Chernev has to say about Pillsbury's famous win vs Dr Tarrasch:

This game, won against the world's leading tournament player, is a masterful blend of imaginative plannig and brilliant tactical execution. The game has everything - powerful opening strategy, exciting attack and counter-attack, resourceful play on both sides and a thrilling last minute rescue. It is, in my opinion, the second greatest game ever played, excelled only by the magnificent Bogolybuv-Alekhine game played at Hastings in 1922 (From "Pillsbury's Chess Career" p v)

The tournament book is available at Google Books http://books.google.com/books?id=VcQUAAAAYAAJ&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

You can look up many interesting historical rating statistics on Pillsbury, Tarrasch and many other famous GMs by clicking on this link http://chessmetrics.com/cm/

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