Sunday, October 6, 2013

Pillsbury Victory in Hastings 1895 - The Saint Paul Daily Globe

The Saint Paul Daily Globe - Minnesotta USA
8 September 1895

Chess Champion - Pillsbury's Play A Great Surprise to the Foreigners
Americans Are Pleas?
Over The Boston Man's Work in the Hastings Tournament
First Yankee That Has Won - Since the Days of Paul Morphy -
Brief Resume of  His Career

The chess reports in St. Paul's Daily Globe was widely known to chess historian. Here some of its best report on young Nelson Pillsburry conquering Hastings 1895. This is the first 'super-tournament' with all the best player on the globe participating. Pillsbury half point ahead of Chigorin, followed by world champion Lasker. The participants among are Blackburne, Janowski, Gunsberg, Steinitz, Albin and many other immortals. The Wikipedia for this tournament is here.

The article also gives a brief resume of Pillsbury's career. Reporting that Steinitz visit in Boston 1892 gave the young Pillsbury an odd of pawn and move, in which Steinitz lost two games out of three.


Photo / Portrait:
Pillsbury and Chigorin / Tchigorin

The Saint Paul Daily Globe - 8 September 1895 about Pillsbury Champion in Hastings 1895 

Alekhine vs Sanchez 1939 - The Winnepeg Tribune (Canada)

The Winnepeg Tribune - Manitoba Canada
26 August 1939

This newspaper from Manitoba province of Canada did provide a chess column! It's hard to find a chess column in Canadian newspaper. The newspaper also seems to only available from early 1900s so this column come as advance as 1939. The chess editor initial was J.H.B.

Games - Status RARE:
Alexander Alekhine vs Sanchez 1939 1-0
French Defense Tarrash Open variation.

This game is from a simultaneous tour in Bogota 1939. The partial report of this game was found in Edward Winter notes, but this is the only game move found! So another rarity from the dust of Canadian library!

A mate in two composed by C.G. Rains

The Winnipeg Tribune 26 August 1939 - rare game of Alekhine vs Sanchez found.

Siebenhaar vs Purnall 1891 - The Daily News Perth

The Daily News (Perth)
12 November1891

Games - Status RARE:
Willem Siebenhaar vs Purnell 1-0, King's Gambit - Muzio Gambit

The Australian also has its Romantic era chess master. We found the name Siebenhaar, which strongly referred to Willem Siebenhaar who was chess activist reside in Western Australia in the 19th century. He played a club member identified as Purnell. The game was in Muzio gambit, although black was up the materials he done a grave mistake and lost. The moves given in the chess column was blurry (8..B-KB3 is hard to decipher), some moves are not understand by me but nevertheless I have constructed the game and looks ok.

The Daily News from Perth frequently reported chess in its sport section.

Great Britain vs United State Chess Cable Match 1900 - Deseret Evening News

Deseret Evening News (from Salt Lake City - Utah)
17 March 1900


Very detailed story about cable match between Great Britain vs US. The US lead by Pillsbury, while Great Britain by Blackburne. It was reported that Pillsbury lost a match to Blackbune.

There is also a report on young Frank Marshall.

Nice portrait of United State Chess Team - J.W. Showalter , H.G. Voight, E. Hymes, F.J. Marshall, A.B. Hodges, Eugene Delmar, H.N. Pillsbury, C.H. Newman

Deseret Evening News 17 March 1900 - USA vs Great Britain chess cable match report

Blackburne in Consultation Game 1895 - The Montgomery County Times

The Montgomery County Times - Wales UK
2 November 1895

Games - Status RARE:
A consultation game played by Rev. Chapman and Dr. Colbourne against J.H. Blackburne. Unfortunately I found the given moves cannot be continue on move 13 B-R2 .. and lead to move 17 Kt x P is a total halt. Perhaps a printing error. Reader are encouraged to help.

My reading on the descriptive notation as below:
Rev. Chapman / Dr. Colbourne vs J.H. Blackburne 895 0-1
C31 King Gambit Declined Falkbeer Counter Gambit
1.e4 e5 2.f4 d5 3.exd5 e4 4.Bb5+ c6 5.dxc6 Nxc6 6.d4 Qa5+ 7.Nc3 Bb4 8.
Bxc6+ bxc6 9.Ne2 Ba6 10.Kf2 Nf6 11.h3 O-O-O 12.a3 c5 13.Ra2 {ambiguity here} 13...e3+ 14.Bxe3 Bxc3 15.Nxc3 Rhe8 16.b4 Qc7 *

Blackburne has a lot of documented simuls and consultation games. This is one of them documented by Welsh region newspaper. The Montgomery County Times did not give the name of their chess editor, or at least I haven't found it yet.

Anonymous chess problem mate in two.

An interesting report about St. Petersburg organizing a tournament between Steinitz, Chigorin, Lasker, Pillsbury and Tarrasch. The report detailed the "playing fee" and remuneration condition for players. Unfortunately this 'super-GM' tournament only move on with four players, as Tarrasch uninterested to join.

The Montgomery Times 2 November 1895 - chess column