King-pawn Opening Series



Here are some chess puzzles from games by Harry Pillsbury.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

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

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

b)
White mates in 7.
Harry Pillsbury vs Eugene Delmar, New York 1893
r5k1/r6p/1pq1pPp1/2b1P3/2p1PP1Q/4BK2/P1p5/6RR w - - 0 1
[ Rxg6+ if hxg6 Qh8+ or if Kf8 Qxh7 Ke8 Qg8+ Bf8 Qxf8+ ]

c)
Harry Pillsbury vs David Baird, New York 1893
r2k3r/1b4p1/pq1pQ3/1P2Pp2/4p3/BP6/PKB4p/7R w - - 0 1
[ Rd1 if Qxb5 Bxd6 Qc6 Bb8+ ]


d)
Harry 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 Harry Pillsbury, Hastings, 1895
r1b3k1/ppp2p1p/8/5p2/2QPp1P1/1B1nK3/PP5q/R4R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...f4+ if Kxe4 Qe2+ or if Rxf4 Qxf4+ ]


mates in 7
Harry Pillsbury vs Eugene Delmar

Harry Pillsbury problems, Part II:
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.

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

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

c)
Harry Pillsbury vs Wilhelm Steinitz, Vienna, 1898
3rrb1k/1p1b1pp1/2pp2p1/pq5N/1P2P3/P4PQ1/1BP3PP/3RR2K w - - 0 1
[ Nf6 if gxf6 Bxf6+ Kg8 Qh4 Qh5 Bxd8 or if Be7 a4 ]

d)
White mates in 6.
Harry Pillsbury vs NN, Toronto, 1899
2rqk2r/3n1ppp/1p2n3/p7/3P4/B2B2Q1/PP3PPP/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxe6+ if fxe6 Qg6+ or if Qe7 Rxe7+ Kd8 Rxd7+ Kxd7 Qd6+ ]

e)
Black mates in 8.
Francis Lee vs Harry Pillsbury, London, 1899
4r1k1/5bp1/1p6/1Rp4p/2Pp1QPq/3P1P2/2P1r1B1/5RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxg2+ Kxg2 Re2+ if Kf1 Qh3 or if Rxf2 Qxf2+ ]

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

g)
Harry Pillsbury vs Jacques Mieses, Vienna, 1903
4r1r1/ppp1k3/4p2Q/2P3p1/4p3/4q3/PPP5/1K3RR1 w - - 0 1
[ Rd1 if Rgf8 Qg7+ Rf7 Rd7+ Kxd7 Qf7+ Re7 Rd1+ ]


mates in 5
Harry Pillsbury vs Howell


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