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Jacques Mieses vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Cambridge Springs (1904), Cambridge Springs, PA USA, rd 5, May-02
Russian Game: Three Knights Game (C42)  ·  1-0



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  Retireborn: 3...Bb4 is seen quite often in the games of Pillsbury and especially Marshall. I have sometimes thought that the Petroff/Russian should really be called the American Defence!

Pillsbury's 10...Qa5 looks like a premature attempt to win a pawn while the Q-side pieces are still undeveloped, but the move may well be playable; 11.Nxe5 Qxc3 12.Bf4 Nbd7 does not seem very special for White.

Black should continue with 14...Nc6! 15.Nxc6 (15.Bd2 Qc5) Rxe1+ 16.Qxe1 Qxc6 17.Qb4 (17.Qd2 Bf5 and ...Rc8) Qxc2 18.Rc1 Qxd3 19.Qxa4 (the back rank!) Qa6 20.Qxa6 bxa6 21.Be5 (Houdini)and White's bishop pair seems to be adequate compensation for the pawn.

After the passive 14...Nbd7 Mieses seizes the initiative with 15.d4! and 16.Re3! and increases his advantage efficiently after that.

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