Harry Nelson Pillsbury

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Birthday
5, 1872
Birthplace
Somerville, MA
Death Date
Jun 17, 1906 (33)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
5, 1872
Birthplace
Somerville, MA
Death Date
Jun 17, 1906 (33)

About

American chess legend whose early death from syphilis prevented him from challenging for the World Championship.

Before Fame

He became a force to be reckoned with just two years after learning the game of chess.

Trivia

In spite of his ill health, he beat American champion Jackson Showalter in 1897 to win the U.S. Chess Championship, a title he held until his death in 1906.

Family Life

His family moved around the eastern seaboard when he was a child.

Associated With

He was a forerunner to future American chess greats such as Arnold Denker.