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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Emmanuel Schiffers
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 32, Jul-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Pillsbury Attack (D55)  ·  1-0



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Sep-13-06  EinZweiDrei: I had Nxe4, which is winning so long as Black doesn't have too much confidence in his mate-in-one continuation.
Sep-13-06  zb2cr: Missed it. Too complicated for my board vision.
Sep-13-06  Marco65: <Christopher Ernest> Read my post, I found 30.Nxe4 too. This should also answer <DexterGordon> and <latebishop>.

<greensfield> <Beyond me! Only looked at 27. Rg4 to eventually manage a draw by perpetual check> I couldn't find a draw after 27.Rg4+ fxg4 how does the perpetual work

Sep-13-06  Minty: R4f2 is more or less forced, so it wasn't that hard to find. I think the only real choice was between R4f2 and R1f2, but R4f2 also uncovers an attack on g3. I could see it leading to the winning of black's queen for two rooks, and with the advanced d and e pawns I simply assumed white was winning and didn't bother calculating any further.
Sep-13-06  Caissanist: I found the second-best move here (my specialty). It turns out that 27.R1f2 isn't as good as 27.R4f2 because it allows 27..Qh8!, which draws.
Sep-13-06  beenthere240: I like the way white keeps bashing into c7 with his queen to set up the win of the bishop after the black queen goes.
Sep-13-06  YouRang: Auggh! How embarrassing. :-p

I was about to announce how easy this was -- my answer being 27. Nxe4.

I completely forgot to check for Black's threats, such as 27...Qh2#. What a dope... :-(

Sep-13-06  YouRang: But on the other hand, even if I had seen 27...Qxh2#, I probably would have not seen Pillsbury's brilliant 27. R4f2!!
Sep-13-06  greensfield: <Marco65><I couldn't find a draw after 27.Rg4+ fxg4 how does the perpetual work>Just looked at it again, your right, perpetual doesn't work. Even that's beyond me. Oh well!
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  kevin86: I deserve a FAILED! today:(. My move was {27 e7??-met of course by ♕h2#

The text stops the mate and allows for an attack along the g-file,well worth the rook.

Sep-13-06  Castle In The Sky: Absolutely missed. I was playing with the idea of 27.♖g4+ with a queen pin and possible draw, but I couldn't make a win out of it.
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  marcwordsmith: what an amazing move! It looks so passive. I don't think I would have found it in a year.
Sep-13-06  Jack Kerouac: <psmith> Right you are! I was playing a Scotch game with a tumbler rather than a board.
Sep-13-06  ChessGeezer: Does 28. .. Qh3 do anything for black? If 29. Rg2+ Qxg2+ 30. Kxh2+ and it looks like black stays alive. If 29. e7 Rfh8 threatens mate on h1, although I still think white can get at least a draw.
Sep-13-06  NakoSonorense: No. Nein. Nothing. Nada. Booboo. Zip. Zero. Duh. Goo goo.

Not a chance. And it's only Wednesday!

Sep-13-06  thesonicvision: pretty tough for a wednesday
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  Pawn and Two: <ChessGeezer - Does 28...Qh3 do anything for Black?>

After 28...Qh3 29.e7 Rh8 30.Rg2+ Qxg2+ 30.Kxg2 Black is lost. If then, 30...Rdg8 31.Qxc7 or 30...Rde8 31.Ne2

Sep-13-06  Brent Baccala: I just want to note what a disaster I think 14. ... Nxe5 turned out to be for Black. Without the passed pawn, I suspect this endgame is playable.
Sep-13-06  patzer2: For today's puzzle solution, Pillsbury demonstrates that the surprising defensive move 27. R4f2!! packs plenty of offensive punch against Black's exposed and helpless King.
Sep-13-06  Mendrys: Didn't come close. I find it amazing that after 26....Qh7 black is threatening mate but after the "quiet" looking rook sac 27. R4f2 gxf2+ 28. Rxf2.... white is now the one threatening mate.

However, while trying to solve the puzzle I totally overlooked black's mate threat and it looked like white had a plethora of "winning" moves to choose from.

I bet after 25. Qe5 Schiffers was thinking something like "Aha, I got him, let's see him defend 25....Qh7 without losing a rook."

Games like this lead me to believe that if we could somehow time-travel the old greats to the present they would still be quite strong capable of demolishing all but the strongest kibbitzers on this site.

Sep-13-06  Trouble: this was a nice problem
Sep-13-06  scorpius: To tough for a Wednesday in my opinion :o
Sep-13-06  Tariqov: <castle> I don't see any draw with Rg4? i think it only leads to a lost.


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  marcwordsmith: What if Black declines the rook on move 27? What if, instead of gxf2+, Black plays Qh4, protecting the g pawn and threatening Rh8?
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  tamar: <marcwordsmith> if 27...Qh4 28 Rg2 gets a rook attacking g3 before Black can counterattack
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