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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Rudolf Swiderski
13th DSB Kongress (Hanover) (1902), Hanover GER, rd 17, Aug-11
Queen's Gambit Declined: Alapin Variation (D31)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: 23.Rc1 or 23.Qf5+ Rd7 24.Rc1 would have broken black's resistence sooner.
Aug-07-03  JSYantiss: If White plays either of those lines, Honza, couldn't Black reply by moving his Bishop to c6 and still hold the position?
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  Honza Cervenka: 23.Rc1 Bc6 24.Ne2 Qb5 (or Qe7) 25.Nd4

23.Qf5+ Rd7 24.Rc1 Bc6 25.Ne2 is not much different.

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  Calli: In the game, there is also 25.Nb5! and black can resign. Pillsbury evidently wasn't paying attention after winning the pawns.
Aug-07-03  JSYantiss: 25.Nb5 is an interesting move....if Black takes the knight with his queen, then 26. Qe8+ wins the Black queen for White. If 25...Qh5 to stop 26.Qe8+, how should White continue after 25...Qh5?
Aug-07-03  Yuri54: If 25.Qh5 then 26.g4 (if Black moves off the e8-h5 diagonal then it's mate after Qe8+ and Nxa7#. If 26.Qf7 then 27.Nd6+ and that's it
Aug-07-03  JSYantiss: Very true, Yuri....I hadn't seen that before. That's why Black would resign with 25.Nb5! Very nice, Yuri and Calli
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  Honza Cervenka: If 25.Nb5 Bd5, then 26.Nxa7+ Kd8 27.Qf6+ Ke8 (27...Qe7 28.Qh8+ Qe8 29.Bg5+ etc.) 28.Nc8 (threatens Re1+ with mate) 28...Re7 29.Bd6

By the way after 25.Nb5 Qh5 white can play 26.Nd6+ Kd8 (26...Kc7 27.Nf7+ Kc8 28.Qe8+ with mate.) 27.Qg8+ Ke7 28.Re1+ Kf6 29.Re6#.

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  Benzol: Is the score of this game from move 25 onwards correct?

The three sources I have all give the score as the following

25.♕g8+ ♖d8; 26.♕g4+ ♖d7; 27.♗e3 ♗xg2; 28.♖xd4 1-0.

Sources: 100 Chess Gems by P. Wenman.
Pillsbury The Extraordinary by Andrew Soltis & Ken Smith. Pillsbury's Chess Career by P.W. Sergeant & W.H. Watts

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  tamar: I believe the score of the moves is wrong. 15.0-0 looks suspect as something Pillsbury would play. It allows 15...♘xe4 16 ♕e7+ ♔xe7 17 ♘xe4 c5 18 ♘d6 ♗d5 19 ♖he1+ ♗e6 with good chances for black. My score gives 15. 0-0-0 (Pillsbury's Chess Games by Sergeant and Watts) here. Later on this would make 23...d4 more plausible for black. He is pinning the ♘ to the ♔ on c1.
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  Benzol: <tamar> I didn't check back far enough in the score earlier. My other two sources also say 15.0-0-0 was played. Sorry about that.
Nov-04-08  chocobonbon: I'm a few years late but the most interesting thing about 25.♘b5 is that it is an illegal move. Did the game score change after the previous posts?
Mar-14-13  backrank: 23. Rc1 (as Honza suggests in the very 1st post) is illegal as well ...
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  plang: A lot of nice tactics. 3..b6 with a "bad" Queens Indian is a move you will not see often today but 6 e4 is a stange way of trying to punish it.
Nov-23-17  cwcarlson: ChessBase shows 15.O-O; their mistake!
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