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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Budapest (1896), Budapest AUH, rd 13, Oct-22
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. l'Hermet Variation (C67)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: It is hard to understand why Pillsbury avoided the draw by repetition of moves playing 48...Rxe2+. N vs B ending was clearly favourable for white.
Oct-21-11  Calli: <Honza>, I think it was a last round game. Charousek, Chigorin and Pillsbury were tied for first. With Charousek and Chigorin winning, Pillsbury took a desperate chance to keep pace. He would finish third, draw or lose.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Calli> Well, I have thought that he had to be in some "must win" situation to do that but this attempt was utterly hopeless from the start and I would say even suicidal. But if he had nothing to lose nor gain here with loss or draw, it explains his decision to continue in the game. Of course, they had no ratings then....
Oct-21-11  Calli: <Honza> Pillsbury probably had an idea, but miscalculated. Perhaps he thought his ♗ could go to f1 and cause problems for White.
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  Honza Cervenka: Yes, it looks plausible.

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