Emanuel Lasker's Triple Rook Sacrifice Against Harry Pillsbury - Pillsbury vs. Lasker, 1896
How many times can Lasker brilliantly sacrifice a rook in one game?!

Emanuel Lasker's Triple Rook Sacrifice Against Harry Pillsbury - Pillsbury vs. Lasker, 1896

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"In my opinion the match with Steinitz does not have the great importance that they themselves attribute to it. For Steinitz has grown old, and the old Steinitz is no longer the Steinitz of old." - Seigbert Tarrasch

In his eloquent and biting statement, Tarrasch undercut Emanuel Lasker's recent ascension in 1894 to the World Chess Championship by suggesting that beating Steinitz was no longer any great feat. Might not any talented young chess star have beaten the aging Steinitz? Perhaps Lasker was just lucky and soon to be unseated?

27 years later, Lasker was finally dethroned, but it's important not to forget that he was once surrounded by rivals eager to take his crown away after a year or two.

Harry Nelson Pillsbury was exactly such a rival, and the two players exchanged multiple brilliant victories in their 14 games against each other. In this game, Lasker won one of my favorite games of all time as he thrice sacrificed a rook. Pillsbury was forced to accept the last two of the sacrifices, and the final rook sacrifice lead to a brilliant checkmate!

Here are my annotations. They are woeful compared to Kasparov's in "My Great Predecessors" and Nunn's in "John Nunn's Chess Course," but I hope you enjoy them

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