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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Geza Maroczy
Paris (1900), Paris FRA, rd 6, May-28
French Defense: Tarrasch. Pawn Center Variation (C05)  ·  1-0


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Jan-13-06  Takchessbooks: Earlier on this game hart says: hart: kaptajn4: The winning move might have been obvious to you, but it probably wasn't to Maroczy, or he would have resigned after 44. Qh6. Instead, he moves as if he never saw it coming.

Minev in Mastering tactical ideas states that M resigned at queen to h6 bu the anthology of chess combinations misrepresented the game as played through to mate.

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  alexandrovm: white's king was wide open to attack and the game showed how inconfortable was him at times. But white was more active than black and played very nicely. This is a very nice fighting game...
Mar-21-09  WhiteRook48: how often is a king move mate?
Jul-23-09  dumbgai: Haha, I just won a blitz game a few minutes ago with a king-move mate. I didn't even know it was possible until I saw it on the board.
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  tamar: Pillsbury let Maroczy off the hook with 17 0-0 when he could have embarrassed the queen with

17 Ba5 b5 18 Qa7

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The point is Black has to play 18...d4 just to create an escape square in view of Nd4.

Aug-19-10  fetonzio: yeah a king checkmate
Sep-22-10  sevenseaman: 12. b4, the diamond is quite a dam to contain all action on the K side. Q sac is with a flourish!
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  LoveThatJoker: Nice finish by Pillsbury. 45. Qxh7+! Kxh7 46. Kg2#!


Feb-14-11  Nullifidian: Another queen sac Monday:

45. ♕xh7+ ♔xh7▢ 46. ♔g2#

Feb-14-11  VincentL: "Very Easy".

A somewhat odd position, requiring discovered check with the king.

45. Qxh7+ Kxh7 46. Kg2 mate.

Feb-14-11  estrick: How do they find so many games with queen sacs?
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  Phony Benoni: <estrick>: Sacrifice Explorer
Feb-14-11  rsnelgrove: Qxh7! WOOT
Feb-14-11  VincentL: I think black had to play 42....Rxg3+ here, then after Qxb4 the black queen can get back to defend against mate threats on the g7/g8.

Theoretically, I think black should then win.

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  White Star: where else in the world do they say "thank God it's Monday!"?
Feb-14-11  Formula7: 45.Qxh7+ Kxh7 46.Kg2#
Feb-14-11  TheBish: Pillsbury vs Maroczy, 1900

White to play (45.?) "Very Easy"

Pretty cool -- the death blow is delivered by the king! (At least on the scoresheet.)

45. Qxh7+! Kxh7 46. Kg2#.

Feb-14-11  zb2cr: This is simple and satisfying: 45.Qxh7+, Kxh7; 46. Kg2#.

A very pretty little mate.

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  lost in space: 45. Qxh7+ Kxh7 (only move) 46. Kg2#

I love Mondays!

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  M.Hassan: "Very Easy" White to play 45.?
45.Qxh7+ Kxh7
46.Kg2 Discovered check and mate.
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  patzer2: Black's decisive mistake is 43...Rc8?, allowing 44. Qh6! .

Instead 43...Bc5! holds the position and wins for black, since 43...Bc5! 44. Qh6 Bf1+! is fine for Black.

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  autolycus: This game can probably be titled <Greed Kills>.
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  crabgrass: astute observation Pawn and Two; overlooked by most due to the glamor ending.
Feb-14-11  kkshethin: Thanks to CG for Monday. It brings smile to your face, makes you happy to start and face a new week
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  dzechiel: White to move (45?). White has a rook for a bishop and five pawns. "Very Easy."

Very easy indeed. White winds it up with

45 Qxh7+ Kxh7 46 Kg2#

A pretty ending for Pillsbury. Too bad he wasn't born after the discovery of antibiotics.

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