Chess Tactics: Hermann — Charousek, 1896

Rudolf Charousek. Photo: ChessBase
Rudolf Charousek. Photo: ChessBase

Hungarian master Rudolf Charousek (1873-1900) was an immensely talented player who competed successfully in several of the world’s elite tournaments in the late 1890s.

Like Pillsbury, Charousek was struck down very young, dying of tuberculosis at 26 years old.

 

 

Test yourself in the following position after white’s 17th move.

Black to play. 17…?

My pieces have a failure to communicate!

Chess Tactics: Pillsbury — Gunsberg, 1895

Harry Nelson Pillsbury: A Top Player Gone Too Soon

Harry Nelson Pillsbury (1872-1906). Photo: World Chess Hall of Fame
Harry Nelson Pillsbury. Photo: World Chess Hall of Fame

Harry Nelson Pillsbury (1872-1906) was one of the world’s best players, but died at only 33 years old. U.S. Champion from 1897 until his death, he was the top American player between Paul Morphy and Frank Marshall.

Pillsbury won the celebrated Hastings 1895 tournament ahead of World Champion Emanuel Lasker and former Champion Wilhelm Steinitz. He also left behind several past and future Challengers: Mikhail Chigorin, Siegbert Tarrasch, Carl Schlechter, David Janowsky, and Isidor Gunsberg.

The Crowning Moment of his Crowning Moment

Pillsbury won the month-long round-robin at Hastings by defeating Gunsberg in the 21st and final round with an endgame breakthrough that will live forever in chess history.

White to play.

27.?

 

Passed Pawns: Hard to Contain in the Endgame!

Harry Nelson Pillsbury gave us a powerful display of protected passed pawns and connected passed pawns being a huge help in winning games! Besides purely “chess” factors, decision making becomes a lot easier for the side that possesses them, while the opponent needs to be very careful.