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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 14, Jun-20
Spanish Game: Open Variations (C80)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: 'The result of Pillsbury's combination is that he is left with Rook and Pawn against two minor pieces, but he operates the rooks with such precision against Black's weak Pawn position that he gradually obtains a winning position."


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  tamar: Not mentioned by Sergeant is the stronger

23...f4 24 Be6+

(or 24 Bc6 fxg3 25 hxg3 Rad8 26 Bxd5+ Kh8)

24...Nxe6 25 Rxe6 Rf6 26 Rxf6 gxf6 27 Bh4 Rc8! and even though the bishop on h4 gets its freedom, Black will win on the Qside.

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The line (by Rybka 3 at 25 ply) 28 Bxf6 Rxc2 29 Rd1 Bc5 shows that White has too many problems to hold.

May-20-12  screwdriver: Very strange. Usually the bishop and knight beat the rook and pawn.
May-20-12  madlydeeply: huh i thought tal's endgame specialty was winning with the rook v N&B.
May-20-12  madlydeeply: Chapter 4 in Marin's book "learn from the legends" : Tal's Super Rooks vs. Two Minor Pieces! Worth a look that book's a mind blower!
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  Honza Cervenka: Instead of 20....Nc5 black could have played also more or less forced 20....f4 21. Nxd7 fxg3 22. Rxe6 Qxd7 23. Qxd5 Qf7 24. Qc4 gxf2+ 25. Kf1 Kh8 26. Re4 Qf6 27. Qd4 Qf5 28. Bxc6 Rad8 (diagram) with huge advantage of black.

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Now Bc7 or other black DS Bishop moves with discovered attack on the Queen are in the air and after probably the best 29.Rd1 Qxa5 black is a sound Pawn ahead.

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  lame duck: <screwdriver: Usually the bishop and knight beat the rook and pawn> Correct, they beat, if they are more active, and all weak pawns are protected. First black needed to restrict white rooks, and for this they should have vertical lines kept as closed as possible. 27... Bf8 looks like mistake, 27... Nb7 would be better.
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  maxi: A rule of thumb is that N and B are stronger than R and Pawn in the opening. As pieces are exchanged and lines are opened they become at least equal.
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