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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Georg Marco
Paris (1900), Paris FRA, rd 12, Jun-08
Queen's Gambit Declined: Pillsbury Attack (D55)  ·  1-0


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Oct-14-03  Kenkaku: The Pillsbury Attack brings a nice victory for its inventor here. This one was over on move 16 I believe (not that black's position was looking good in any case).
May-03-04  Lawrence: In "Logical Chess Step by Step" Irving Chernev says that this game more than any other showed the world the tremendous potential of the Queen's Gambit. He shows the game finishing on move 21, and Pillsbury's analysis up to mate on move 28.
Jan-31-05  aw1988: This game I simply cannot comprehend. Where does black go wrong?
Jan-31-05  euripides: <aw> c4 leaves White a free hand on the king's side by releasing the central tension. The delayed Nbd7 means that before Black can exchange the knight White is in a position to retake with the f pawn. Black could firm up the king's side with Re8 and Nf8, instead of consuming more time of the queen's side with b5 and a6. As it is, white has too much scope for the attack and plays it very sharply.
Dec-11-06  Mendrys: According to Chernev, 6...b6 was a common "solution" to black's problem child white squared bishop in the QGD. Pillsbury shows quite forcefully that this is no real "solution"
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  shalgo: Yes, 6...b6 is an inferior move order. But 6...h6 7.Bh4 b6 (the Tartakower variation) is black's best line in the QGD.
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  chancho: 25...Ke8 is a no go because of 26.Qg8# (same with 25...Ke6 because of 26.Qxg5#)
Jul-31-07  syracrophy: Pilsbury - Marco
Paris, 1900

1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♘f6 4.♗g5 ♗e7 5.e3 O-O 6.♘f3 b6 7.♗d3 ♗b7 8.cxd5 exd5 <Another option is 8...Nxd5 to exchange some pieces> 9.♘e5 ♘bd7 10.f4 c5 11.O-O c4? <It was important to keep the central tension. Indicated was 11...cxd4 12.exd4 Ne4!=> 12.♗c2 a6? <A too slow counterattack> 13.♕f3! b5 14.♕h3 g6 <The threat was 15.Nxd7 Qxd7 16.Bxh7+! Kh8 17.Bf5+ winning the queen. There were no better options:

a) 14...h6 15.Bxh6! gxh6 16.Qxh6 Nxe5 17.fxe5 Ne4 18.Nxe4 dxe4 19.Rf3! with decisive attack

b) 14...Nxe5 15.dxe5! Ne4 16.Nxe4 dxe4 17.Rad1! Qe8 18.Bxe7 Qxe7 19.Rd7 wins the black bishop>

15.f5! b4 16.fxg6! hxg6 <In case of 16...bxc3 17.Rxf6! Nxf6 18.Bxf6 fxg6 19.Qe6+> 17.♕h4! bxc3 18.♘xd7! ♕xd7 19.♖xf6! a5 <Marco tries a defense with the rook on the third rank, but its noy too late...> 20.♖af1 <More decisive was the immediate 20.Bxg6! fxg6 21.Rxg6+ Kf7 22.Rf1+ Ke8 23.Rxf8+ Kxf8 24.Qh5! with fast mate, because if 24...Qf7 25.Re6+ is deadly> 20...♖a6 <20...Qe8 is also useless: 21.Rb6! Bxg5 22.Qxg5 Bc6 23.Rf6! Rc8 24.Bxg6! with total destruction of the king's home> 21.♗xg6! fxg6 22.♖xf8+ ♗xf8 23.♖xf8+! <The key of the whole combination!> 23...♔xf8 24.♕h8+ ♔f7 25.♕h7+ ♔f8 <If 25...Ke6 26.Qxg6#; 25...Ke8 26.Qg8#> 26.♕xd7 <And mate in a few moves...> 1-0

Aug-13-07  xeroxmachine: I love to play in the style pillsbury this just a typical "pillsbury ttack-game". Where black go wrong? he simply plays to passive and mess up with small moves on the wrong side of the table. Its just dream to play when black is passive and you get time to build up an attack.
Jul-10-08  madlydeeply: Here's a little knowledge for the "guess the movers" Pillsbury loved to play Ne5 and f4. Oh, is this known as the Pillsbury attack?
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