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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Nuremberg (1896), Nuremberg GER, rd 8, Jul-28
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Classical Defense. Steinitz Development Variation (D26)  ·  1-0



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Jun-07-06  schaduw2: Tarrasch said after the game that black can win with 50. a5! Fine agreed and proved in his analysis that white should force a draw after 49.b5 with 50.h5!
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  GrahamClayton: <schaduw2>Here is Fine's analysis:

{50. h5 gh5 51. Kg3 a5 52. Kh4 b4 53. Kh5 a4 54. d6 Kf7 55. d7 Ke7 56. e6 b3 57. ab ab 58. Kg6 b2 59. d8(Q)+ Kd8 60. Kf7 b1(Q) 61. e7+ Kc7 62. e8(Q) Qf5+ 63. Kg7 Qg5+ 64. Qg6 Kd7 65. Kh7=

Nov-19-08  hms123: According to Romanovsky, <20.Nf6+!> wins after <21...gxf6 21.Qg4+ Kf8 (21...Kh8 22.Qe4) 22.Bh7 Bd6 23.Bxf6>
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  tamar: Sergeant after 48 Qe5+ says

<Now begins an historical ending, which attracted much attention at the time. Tarrasch played rightly in inviting the exchange of Queens by his last move, and Pillsbury should have lost it by forcing it...>

Since this was the start of Pillsbury's three game streak, beating Tarrasch, Lasker and Chigorin in succession, I wanted to see if Pillsbury was really lucky not to lose.

Tarrasch' line when checked with Houdini, leads to a draw after

50...a5 51 Kf4 Kf7 52 Ke4 (simpler and safer than 52 h5) 52...b4 53 e6+ Kf6 54 Kd4 a4 55 Kc5 b3 56 axb3 axb3 56 Kd6 b2 57 e7 b1Q 58 e8Q and Black has no better than to keep checking -.02/33

Oct-05-16  Straclonoor: Pawn endgame is drawn
Analysis by Stockfish 180415 64 POPCNT:
1. = (0.00): 49...b5 50.Kg3 b4 51.Kf4 Kf7 52.Ke4 a5 53.e6+ Kf6 54.Kd4 a4 55.Kc5 b3 56.axb3 axb3 57.Kd6 b2 58.e7 b1Q 59.e8Q Qb4+ 60.Kc7 Qa5+ 61.Kd6 Qb4+

2. = (0.00): 49...Kf7 50.Kg3 b5 51.Kf3 a5 52.Ke4 b4 53.e6+ Kf6 54.Kd4 a4 55.Kc5 b3 56.axb3 axb3 57.Kd6 b2 58.e7 b1Q 59.e8Q Qb4+ 60.Kc7 Qa5+ 61.Kd6 Qb4+

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