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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Georg Marco
Nuremberg (1896), Nuremberg GER, rd 7, Jul-27
Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Move Order (D31)  ·  1-0



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Feb-13-07  Eurotrash: easy peasy
Feb-13-07  anodin: <thedoyle: i got this one in about 30 seconds> About the same amount of time for me :)
Feb-13-07  Hoozits: I think I may have played 21.Rf1 to eliminate all counterplay. I have to admit, I missed that black had any play at all with ...,Qe5 and the subsequent ...,Qxb2. Goes to show the importance of seeing any combination ALL THE WAY through to its absolute conclusion.
Feb-13-07  ahmadov: I could find the first two moves within a few seconds and thought that Black resigned after rook capturing the bishop...
Feb-13-07  WickedPawn: I would have played 17. Rad1 instead of Pillsbury's 17. Red1 for sure!
Feb-13-07  zb2cr: Saw it, taking about 45 seconds. A fun tactical finish--as you'd expect from Pillsbury.
Feb-13-07  micartouse: <There's no reason for Mondays and Tuesdays to be anything but simple 2, 3, maybe 4 move mating combinations or Queen hunt combinations>

I don't agree. I think this was just a 2-move combo. It's based on a very familiar mating pattern that must be practiced. The followup could have been a little different and it wouldn't have made a big difference.

I know these things can be frustrating (I tear my hair out missing some puzzles) but I would prefer to err in the direction of too hard. We have to learn to calculate and eventually we get used to all the same old Reinfeld problems.

Feb-13-07  sambo: I saw the correct move more or less right away, but since it was a Tuesday I thought there might have been something more devestating. In the end though, 19. Rd7 was the best move available and it ended up winning a piece.
Feb-13-07  blair45: I got 19 Rd7, but missed the reply, 19. ... Qe5. Can't afford to miss good replies in tournament chess. What's all this business about accurate categorizing of combinations all of a sudden?
Feb-13-07  setebos: I found it instantly,however these opportunities never arise in my games :( I guess that means I will never play like Pillsbury :))
Feb-13-07  MaxxLange: The only way this could seem difficult (it seems to me) is if one is unfamiliar with the mating pattern of the Queen and either a Pawnn or Bishop controlling the dark squares around the King.

Also, of you people trying to find solutions based on what day of the week it is are missing the point.

Feb-13-07  uuft: Hmm.. One of them Tuesday-Late-Night-puzzles, I guess. 7 out of 10 - me, not the puzzle!
Feb-13-07  YouRang: I found it pretty easily. With the bishop at h6, the familiar mating pattern at g7 jumped into view, and the only thing stopping it was the black queen's protection of Bf6.

So, one naturally looks to deflect the queen, and there's the rook at d1 volunteering for the job.

Actually, 19. Rd7 is really more a Q+B fork than a deflection, since the queen isn't necessarily deflected. But it works as a fork because of the deflection threat.

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  playground player: I found Rd7, too. Gotta deflect the Queen, pry her off her sentry post guarding the Bishop. But--correct me if I'm wrong--I think Rd7 works even better when preceded by a Pawn move, h5.
Feb-13-07  YouRang: <playground player><But--correct me if I'm wrong--I think Rd7 works even better when preceded by a Pawn move, h5.> You mean 19. h5 instead of 19. Rd7?

I'm missing the point of it. Doesn't that give black a chance to play a defensive move like 19...Bxb2 or 19...c5 (attacking our queen)?

Feb-13-07  Themofro: If you recognize the pattern then it's not hard at all.
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  fm avari viraf: I got it in less than 5 seconds. Again, the theme of deflection which was beautifully executed more than a century ago!
Feb-13-07  ValmonUni: noticed it in half a second... man i love tuesdays so much better than sundays... good game good move
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  playground player: <YouRang> You're right; I see that now. My 19. h5 only works if Black doesn't see the moves you saw. 19. Rd7 doesn't give Black time to make a defensive move. As usual, the best way to win is to "get thar fust, with the mostest."
Feb-13-07  bakuazer: I noticed the move/idea in less than 10 seconds and spent 3-4 minutes to check details. Good puzzle though.
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  kevin86: After trying Re1 and Qxf6,I found the answer. Either black had to allow a mate or lose the bishop at b7!

Nice to see Pillsbury,considering I quoted him a few days back.

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  BishopofBlunder: This is one of those "easy moves that's difficult to see".
Feb-13-07  AnnoTobak: Re1 - no, Qxf6 - no, Rd7 - YES ;)
But i think you dont have to see Qe5 as the queen is binded to its bishop as a dog to his man, so she has no real freedom to hurt your position.
Feb-13-07  vibes43: I thought this appropriate for Tuesday. I consider myself a beginner and enjoyed this puzzle more than many Tuesday. I found the potential mate sequence but settled for the text moves in hopes my offer to Sac my rook would be accepted.
Feb-13-07  Billosky: <DevastatioN:> Thanks for the nice clear explanation of how to solve this puzzle quickly! I only wish I had solved it that easily, rather than wasting time first trying to get the two Bs and Q alone to provide a mate! I only wish someone would provide such a clear explanation for the more difficult puzzles that appear here from time to time!
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