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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 3, Jul-29
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Symmetrical Variation (C49)  ·  1-0


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  keypusher: After 38 rounds of the tournament and the first two rounds of the playoff match, these two were still tied. This is the game that put Tarrasch ahead. In the final game he took a draw in a winning position.
Feb-10-11  bronkenstein: Is there any corner on this planet , or any other in fact , without your comment on it ? ;)
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  zydeco: Pillsbury just missed 20.Rxf6. Does white have anything after 19....Rxg6?
Dec-14-11  Shams: <zydeco> On your move Shredder suggests 20.Qf3 +1.1x and indeed, the Queen looks incredibly strong on that diagonal. Shredder quickly plays Qc6 and Rc4, winning the c7 pawn. The position sucks for Black if he can't get his center going, and it looks like he can't with that c-pawn in so much trouble.

With this in mind Shredder approves of 19...Qe7! 20.Qf3 Rah8 and only then collecting the g6 pawn, with only a tiny edge for White.

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  whiteshark: 16...g5 seems to equalize easily.
Aug-05-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Tarrasch vs Pillsbury, 1898.
Your score: 104 (par = 93)


PS. Par now 94.

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  lame duck: 19... Qd7 was a decisive mistake, after which 20. Rxf6 kxf6 21.Qf3+ and 22. Qxh8 wins a pawn and consequently a game. I think Pillsbury played 19... Qd7 to prevent 20. Qg4, and this would be OK if rook were on h8. Zydeco, in case of 19... Rxg6 the 20. Qf3 followed by 21. Rh4 and 22. Qf5 (or Qh5) would be unpleasant.

It looks that Tarrash was sure that he had a big advantage after 15 moves. At least he called the position of black pawns in the king's wing as "ugly". But for me it is doubtful, I would even prefer black's position, taking into account weak white pawns in the queen's side.

Whiteshark - I agree with you, after 16... g5 17. h4 gxh4 18. Qg4+ Kf7 black have nothing to worry about.

Kasparov in MGP (vol. 1 game 48) claims that after 14 moves white have some advantage.

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