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Georg Marco vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Budapest (1896), Budapest AUH, rd 6, Oct-12
Russian Game: Cozio (Lasker) Attack (C42)  ·  0-1



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  Jimfromprovidence: Here is an interesting continuation beginning with 45 Kd2, produced by the Rybka demo package. After many jockeying moves by both kings, black wins the race to promote his pawn first.

45. Kd2 Kg7 46. Ke3 Kh6 h4 Kg7 48. Kd2 Kf8 49. Kc1 Ke7 50. Kd2 Kf7 51. Kc1 Ke8 52. Kd2 Kd7 53. Kc1 exd4 54. cxd4 Kc6 55. Kd2 Kb5 56 Kc3 Kc6 57 Kd2 Kb6 58 g4 hxg4 59 h5 g3 60 h6 g2 61 h7 g1Q 62 h8Q Qf2+.

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Now he is able to pick off most of the white pawns to promote again and easily win.

Thanks <eaglewing>, for your analysis.

Feb-20-09  AnalyzeThis: Just another fascinating Pillsbury game!
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  johnlspouge: With Toga's help, I conclude my variation only draws.
Feb-20-09  parmetd: this is a day 3 puzzle? This is the easiest puzzle i've ever seen on this site...
Feb-20-09  ZUGZWANG67: Usually when the Kings are facing like that one tries to get the opposition. But here, Black seems to have a breakthrough on the Q-side and 46. ...Kf6 would allow 47. Kd2.

I would give 46. ...d4+ a try. After 47. cxd4 c3 and

a) 48. dxe5 (48. Kd3 cxb2; or 48. bxc3 b2) cxb2 49. e6+ (49. g5 b1Q) Ke7 50. g5 b1Q 51. g6(51. f6 Kxe6) Qc1+ and the Q swings on time to the other side to help contain the hord.

b) 48. d5 cxb2 49. d6 Qd1.

Pawn endgame are always tricky. I hope I can master this one.

Time to check. (GULP !)

Feb-20-09  ZUGZWANG67: Hm. I didn' t see 47. Kd2. Shocking, kinf of.
Feb-20-09  ZUGZWANG67: Hi <think>

46. ...Kf6 allows 47. Kd2 with a draw, as the WK contains the Q-side, and Black can' t do any better than achieving the same thing with the K-side. That is because that the BK couldn' t advance beyond the 5TH rank, being given that he sould stay in the square of the f5-pawn. For example, 47. ...d4 48. cxd4 exd4 49. Kc1 c3 (49. ...hxg4 50. hxg4; or 49. ...d3 50. Kd2) 50. bxc3 dxc3 51. Kb1.

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On the other hand, 46. ...hxg4 47. hxg4 does not change much, I think, as 47. ...d4+ (but not 47. ...Kf6 48. Kd2; see the lines above) brings us back to the solution. It' s just that it plays an (and not absolutely necessary) extra move.

I don' t have a software to check that out, but I think that this could be a good beginning at understanding the main ideas related to the position.

Peace !

Feb-20-09  Riverbeast: The pawns coming down at the end reminded me of the old 'Space Invaders' game
Feb-20-09  beenthere240: 41. Rxe6 was criminally bad, since it straightened out black's split pawns and gave him a lever for an attack. Perhaps the tournament standings were such that white felt that he "had" to win and therefore took a gamble.
Feb-20-09  Patriot: <ZUGZWANG67: 46. ...Kf6 allows 47. Kd2 with a draw, as the WK contains the Q-side, and Black can' t do any better than achieving the same thing with the K-side. That is because that the BK couldn' t advance beyond the 5TH rank, being given that he sould stay in the square of the f5-pawn. For example, 47. ...d4 48. cxd4 exd4 49. Kc1 c3 (49. ...hxg4 50. hxg4; or 49. ...d3 50. Kd2) 50. bxc3 dxc3 51. Kb1.>

I don't think 46...Kf6 47.Kd2 is a draw. For example 47...d4 48.cxd4 e4! (not 48...exd4?) and white can never stop the tactical bomb of ...c3 AND stop the e-pawn. 49.d5 e3+ 50.Kxe3 c3 51.Kd3 cxb2

Feb-20-09  c o r e: <Once> I enjoyed your insight on the position at move 16. Black's lead in development should be obvious to any trained eye, though it isn't always so obvious just what sort of concrete advantage that lead in development can translate into. What is interesting here is the way minor piece development turns into a lead in pawn advancement- and becomes a deciding factor in the game.
Feb-20-09  WhiteRook48: great pawn sacs
Feb-20-09  ZUGZWANG67: Hi <esticle>

I don' t think 46. ...Kf6 wins for Black, as 47. Kd2 d4 48. cxd4 e4 (for 48. ...exd4, see my previous response to <think>) 49. d5 e3+ (49. ...c3+ 50. Kxc3; or 49. ...Ke5 50. gxh5)) 50. Kxe3 c3 (50. ...Ke5 51. gxh5 c3 52. h6 and: a)52. ...cxb2 53. h7; or b) 52. ...c2 53. Kd2(!)) 51. d6 cxb2 52. g5+ ! (diagram)

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In fact, it seems to me that after 46. ...Kf6 47. Kd2, the best Black can achieve is a mere draw.

Peace !

Feb-20-09  ZUGZWANG67: Hi <Patriot>

What about 51. d6 ? (see my response to <esticle>). It seems to me that after 51. ...cxb2 52. g5+, the game is draw !

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Feb-20-09  ZUGZWANG67: <Patriot>

I really enjoy those P-endgames. And that tactical trick related to 51. d6(!), namely the coverage of e7 (and e6 by the f5-pawn) is something delightful, especially when one has a deflection move such as 52. g5+(!) to complete the picture. That makes Philidor' s famous quote about the pawns being the very soul ('LES PIONS SONT L' ┬ME DES ╔CHECS')of the game even more to the point

Peace !

Feb-20-09  akapovsky: Too easy!!!
Feb-20-09  RandomVisitor: 46...Kf6 47.Kd2 hxg4 48.hxg4 Kg5 .
Feb-20-09  Patriot: <ZUGZWANG67: What about 51. d6 ? (see my response to <esticle>). It seems to me that after 51. ...cxb2 52. g5+, the game is draw !>

You may be right. I looked at the position in Fritz and it recommends the line you mention but says black is winning. I don't trust that evaluation because there are so many checks that white can give after both pawns promote.

Here's an interesting line that does win (I think!):

46...Kf6 47.Kd2 hxg4 48.hxg4 Kg5 49.Kc1 e4 50.Kd2 d4 51.cxd4 e3+ 52.Kxe3 c3

Feb-20-09  ZUGZWANG67: <Patriot RandomVisitor>

I think that your line does win, indeed ! Thank !

Feb-20-09  eaglewing: <Jimfromprovidence>: Yes, your Rybka-line summarizes my analysis. However, it is really strange, that Rybka plays:

56 Kc3 Kc6? 57 Kd2?, because 57 Kb4 should draw. Nice to know the silicon powered ones do not see everything.

Feb-20-09  crippledpawn: White should not have lost this game. Trading Rooks was bad!!! When black offer to trade he should have played Re3 then if black trades. KxR now the King is on e3 heading for f4. The key here was to keep the pawns doubled on the F file.

(41.Re3 Ra6 42.f4
(42.g4 Ra2 43.Re2 Ra6 44.Kg3 Re6 45.Kf2 Ke7 46.Re3 f5 47.h4 fxg4 48.fxg4 Kf6 49.Rf3+ Kg6 50.Rf5 Rf6 51.Rxf6+ Kxf6 52.Kf3 h5 53.Kf4 hxg4 54.Kxg4 Kg6 55.h5+ Kf6 56.Kf4 Kg7 57.Kf5 Kh6 58.Kf6 Kxh5 59.Kxf7 Kg4 60.Ke6 Kf4 61.Kxd5 Ke3 62.Kxc4 Kd2 63.Kxb3)) 41...fxe6 42.Ke3 h5 43.f4 Kf7 44.f5 e5 45.dxe5 fxe5 46.g4 d4+ 47.Kd2 e4 48.cxd4 e3+ 49.Kxe3 c3 50.bxc3 b2

Feb-20-09  zenpharaohs: ZUGZWANG67: "Hi <think> 46. ...Kf6 allows 47. Kd2 with a draw,"

As I pointed out before, 46 ... Kf6 wins.

46 ... Kf6
47 Kd2

According to Rybka 3:

47 ... h4
48 Kd1 e4
49 Kd2 d4
50 cxd4 e3+

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Nothing White can do will prevent promition.

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  patzer2: Pillsbury's 46...d4+! provides a surprise combination in a King and Pawn ending for today's Friday puzzle solution.
Feb-21-09  TheBish: G Marco vs Pillsbury, 1896

Black to move (46...?) "Difficult" (3 stars)

Candidate moves: 46...hxg4, 46...Kf6, 46...d4+.

The first move I considered (which proves to be correct after rechecking my analysis) is 46...d4+! This is one of those rare instances where the rule of centralizing the king first is not necessary. Now Black wins by force.

After 46...d4+!

A) 47. cxd4 c3! and a black pawn will queen (48. Kd3 cxb2 or 48. bxc3 b2).

B) 47. Kd2 (forced) e4!

This pawn forces a diversion, allowing Black to eventually create a passer on the queenside.

48. cxd4 (More or less forced, or Black will play a timely dxc3) e3+!

Now Black has choices, but they all lose:

B1) 49. Kxe3 c3 forces a pawn through.

B2) 49. Kd1 (49. Kc1 is similar) c3 (49...e2+ also works, as 50. Kxe2 c3 51. Kd1 cxb2 and b1=Q next move) 50. bxc3 b2 51. Kc2 e2 and queens next.

Time to (finally) see the game!

Feb-22-09  TheaN: What the hell... did I just miss a <breakthrough>? That's really bad... and SO obvious in this position. Kf6 draws or loses, right? It gives White the tempo he needs... too bad. Up to Monday.
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