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Emanuel Lasker vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Casual game (1900) (rapid), Augsburg GER, Aug-21
King's Gambit: Falkbeer Countergambit. Staunton Line (C31)  ·  0-1

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Oct-15-03  Kenkaku: A bit of a rash opening choice by Lasker, one which Pillsbury takes full advantage of. Perhaps Lasker was trying to gain some revenge for Lasker vs Pillsbury/Maclellan, 1899 but Pillsbury shows here that his win was no fluke. First he shows how to take advantage of a pinned queen protecting a piece, then plays 11...f5! which drives a nail into white's position and gains a tempo after the dubious 11. Qg4, and Lasker is unable to recover.
Oct-22-03
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  Calli: Lasker would have the advantage with 20.Rd7! Pillsbury proves his 20.Rxg3?? is the losing move.
Oct-22-03  pim: Calli, this is my first kibitz, so bear with me, but after 20. Rd7 Qe6: 21.Rg7: Kf8 the position is far from clear to me. E.g. after 22. Ng5 Qa2: I find it diffult to see who has the advantage.
Oct-22-03
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  Calli: <pim> Welcome! 20.Rd7 Qxe6 21.Rxg7+ Kf8 then 22.Rxg3 because 22.Ng5? loses to 22...Bxf4+ 23.Kb1 Bxc2+ etc. I'll look at the position after 22.Rxg3 a little more and post something when I get time.
Oct-22-03  Diggitydawg: <pim> if 20.Rd7 Qxe6 21.Rxg7+ (forking K and B)...Kf8 then 22.RxB(so as to save the g2 pawn)...Qxa2 23.Re1(attacking the undefended B) gives white a definitive plus: Black's K in the middle, white's R's control g and e files, white's B controls a1-h8, and there is a K-side majority (3 vs. 1) of connected pawns.
Oct-22-03  Diggitydawg: <Calli> LOL, it's nice to have some confirmation that I'm not spouting off a meaningless line.
Oct-22-03  Diggitydawg: LOL, maybe I am spouting off something meaningless: White's B controls c3-h8.
Oct-23-03  pim: Thanks Calli and Diggitydawg
I agree 22. Ng5 is wrong. I thought that after 23 Rg3: Qa2: 24. Re1 Rd8 might perhaps offer black some chances. But now I see (I changed my viewer to Sjkbase, so I can make moves otb!) that after 25 Bg7+ Kf7 26. Ng5+ Kg7: 27. Ne6+ Kf6 28 Nd8: Qa1+ 29. Kd2 Qa5+ 30. c3 Qd5+ 31. Kc1 Qd8: 32. Re4: White is definitely better. So thanks!
Oct-23-03
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  Calli: <pim> Good stuff. Its hard to give a single line after 22.Rxg3, but the point is that the Rd7-G7-G3 manuever holds the kingside together as compared to the game. If its not a win, its pretty close.
Nov-17-04  iron maiden: I've never been able to find this game in Lasker's list of tournament results, so it must have been under casual circumstances. That would explain the "rash" opening choice.
Nov-17-04
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  tamar: "This very interesting game was played at the Augsburg Chess Club under a time limit of thirty moves an hour." Sergeant-Pillsbury's Chess Career August 21, 1900 would place it just after the completion of the Munich tournament, which ended August 18, 1900
Jan-03-08
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  perfidious: <iron maiden> Despite the numerous games Lasker is listed here as having played with the King's Gambit, I believe the only serious try was in one of his matches with Janowski.
Apr-06-10
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  perfidious: <iron maiden> This game was indeed a casual encounter.
Sep-25-14  Paarhufer: The time control was 30 moves per hour, and the game ended after 1.5 hours.
Nov-22-14  TheFocus: Off-hand game played in Augsburg on August 21, 1900.
Jun-16-17
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  whiteshark: <tamar: "This very interesting game was played at the Augsburg Chess Club under a time limit of thirty moves an hour." Sergeant-Pillsbury's Chess Career August 21, 1900 would place it just after the completion of the Munich tournament, which ended August 18, 1900>

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