2. Jul, 2020

Hastings tournament 1895

In 1895 the chess club in Hastings organised a tournament that was the strongest ever held up to that time. Taking place over the month of August all the leading players of the day participated. The favourites were Lasker, Steinitz, Tarrasch and Chigorin. The winner turned out to be the then relatively unknown American Pillsbury, who was playing in his first major tournament. The tournament was memorable for a number of masterpieces created and a very exciting finish with the lead changing hands in the last three rounds.

In this game versus Tarrasch, Pillsbury has exposed Black's king. How will he exploit this ?

👍 Video - Amos Burn v Emanuel Lasker (4:39)

👍 Video - Battle of Hastings (2:21)