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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Georg Marco
Vienna (1903), Vienna AUH, rd 7, May-11
King's Gambit: Accepted. Kieseritsky Gambit Paulsen Defense (C39)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Calli: After 43.Kxd2, Pillsbury has four pawns and a bishop against a rook! Yet he can't fiqure out a win. Any suggestions?

BTW- An exciting game.

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  beatgiant: <Calli>
<Any suggestions?>

What makes it hard is the pawns are on the same color as the bishop, so they are easy to blockade.

I think the game has to be won on the queenside, so I think 44. Ke3 is wrong and I've been studying 44. Bh5 instead.

For example, 44. Bh5 Ke5 45. Bf7 Kxe4 46. Be6 Kd4 47. g4. Now the kingside pawns are held, and White will try to advance king and pawns on the queenside. But it still doesn't look easy.

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  Calli: <What makes it hard is the pawns are on the same color as the bishop>

You are right, its a "bad bishop" and with the pawns not being too far advanced, I guess it may be impossible to win. An unusual position ...

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  beatgiant: <Calli>
White has a few other tries earlier on, like 42. e5 trying to avoid the blockade. Something like 42. e5 Ke7 43. d6+ Ke6 44. Bg4+ Kf7 45. Kd5 looks good at first glance, but I haven't had time to go over this in great detail.
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  GrahamClayton: 7.♘f7 was an interesting sacrifice, instead of the usual 7.♘g4.
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