Here are some chess puzzles from games by Harry Pillsbury.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your mouse from one bracket to the other.

a)
White Mates in 2. Pillsbury vs Lyons Rodgers, New York 1893
3q2r1/4n2k/p1p1rBpp/PpPpPp2/1P3P1Q/2P3R1/7P/1R5K w - - 0 1
[ Qh6+ ]

b)
White Mates in 7. Pillsbury vs Eugene Delmar, New York 1893
r5k1/r6p/1pq1pPp1/2b1P3/2p1PP1Q/4BK2/P1p5/6RR w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ ]

c)
Pillsbury vs David Baird, New York 1893
r2k3r/1b4p1/pq1pQ3/1P2Pp2/4p3/BP6/PKB4p/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rd1 ]


d)
Pillsbury vs Frere, Brooklyn, 1894
6k1/1p2q1n1/2p2RQp/1p1pP3/3P2P1/2P4P/1P5K/r7 w - - 0 1
[ e6 ]

e)
Black Mates in 3. Jacques Mieses vs Pillsbury, Hastings, 1895
r1b3k1/ppp2p1p/8/5p2/2QPp1P1/1B1nK3/PP5q/R4R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...f4+ if Kxe4 Qe2+ or if Rxf4 Qxf4+ ]



Pillsbury problems, Part II: White to move and win except where noted.

a)
Black to move and win. Ignacy Popiel vs Pillsbury, Budapest, 1896
8/p7/1k2p3/2n4P/2Q5/K7/P1Bq4/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qc1+ Kb4 Qb2+ if Bb3 a5# ]

a)
Pillsbury vs NN, St. Petersburg, 1896
r2b2k1/p1pq1ppp/2pp4/3N3Q/8/2P5/PP3PP1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qf5 ]

c)
Pillsbury vs Horatio Caro, Vienna, 1898
4r3/3k1p1p/p1R2pp1/qp1P4/6P1/P2Qr2P/1PP5/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Qd4 ]

d)
Pillsbury vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Vienna, 1898
3rrb1k/1p1b1pp1/2pp2p1/pq5N/1P2P3/P4PQ1/1BP3PP/3RR2K w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 ]

e)
White Mates in 6. Pillsbury vs NN, Toronto, 1899
2rqk2r/3n1ppp/1p2n3/p7/3P4/B2B2Q1/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ if fxe6 Qg6+ ]

Pillsbury problems, Part III: White to move and win except where noted.

a)
Black Mates in 8. Francis Lee vs Pillsbury, London, 1899
4r1k1/5bp1/1p6/1Rp4p/2Pp1QPq/3P1P2/2P1r1B1/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ Kxg2 Re2+ if Kf1 Qh3 ]

b)
White Mates in 5. Pillsbury vs Howell, Brooklyn, 1900
r1bq2n1/ppp3Rr/6np/7k/2BBp1p1/2N3P1/PPP3K1/R2Q4 w - - 0 1
[ Bf7 if Rxg7 Qh1+ Kg5 Nxe4+ ]

c)
Pillsbury vs Jacques Mieses, Vienna, 1903
4r1r1/ppp1k3/4p2Q/2P3p1/4p3/4q3/PPP5/1K3RR1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd1 w/Qh7+ ]


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