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Chess Amateur Plays Four Brilliant Moves - Best of the 1900s - Halprin vs. Pillsbury, 1900

Chess Amateur Plays Four Brilliant Moves - Best of the 1900s - Halprin vs. Pillsbury, 1900

SamCopeland
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Harry Nelson Pillsbury was one of the great masters of the early 1900s. Had his health been stable for longer, a world championship match between him and Lasker seemed nigh inevitable.

With two rounds to go in the Munich tournament of 1900, Pillsbury lead the field and looked likely to book another major victory - one of his finest. In the penultimate round, he faced a tail-ender in Alexander Halprin and was a huge favorite, but one of his rivals, Geza Maroczy, had spotted a spectacular idea from a previous game by Pillsbury in the event. Maroczy showed this stunning sequence and his analysis to Halprin. Halprin was a great student and plunged into the line against an unsuspecting Pillsbury, stringing together a sequence of near-knockout blows.

To his credit, Pillsbury defended excellently, but as his hopes of victory slipped away, so did his chances of tournament success. Ultimately he had to settle for shared first with Maroczy and Carl Schlechter.

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