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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 33, Jul-18
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense. Rio Gambit Accepted (C67)  ·  1-0



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Oct-30-05  Petrocephalon: Sometimes you need a little finesse: zwishenzug 32.Re6!! wins the knight.
Dec-17-05  fred lennox: 32...fxg4 is fatal. 33.Qe4...Nf6 34.Re7+. No better is 33...Qf7.
Dec-14-11  zydeco: Tarrasch analyzes this game in depth in The Game of Chess. He says 7.Bd3 is a mistake (Bf1 is better) but that Pillsbury erred with 10....g6 (he would have an advantage after 10....h6). 10....g6 weakens the f6 square and, with the knight on e8 black can't maneuver his bishop to g7 without losing the exchange to Ba3, so there's no choice except to misplace the knight at g7.
Dec-07-18  HarryP: Sergeant and Watts say 31. ... f6 is a mistake and 31. ... Rc8 would have been better.
Apr-12-20  jerseybob: <HarryP: Sergeant and Watts say 31. ... f6 is a mistake and 31. ... Rc8 would have been better.> Your post answers a big question for me: my version of Sergeant & Watts, printed 1966, gives the suggestion as 31..Re8, which allows the killer 32.Bc6. And another ambiguity comes later, after black's 33..Rh8 with this: "The knight cannot be saved, as in reply to Kh8 white would threaten Qh1." Does that mean 34.Qh1 right away, or some mystery 34th move that's left out of the book? Actually 34.Qe4 looks pretty strong at that point, with numerous threats.
Sep-22-22  Amarande: <jerseybob> 33 ... Kh8 34 g4 anyway, and if Black tries the planned 34 ... Ng7, then 35 Qh1+ and the Knight must go back and be lost (if 35 ... Kg8?? 36 Re8 double check and mate!).

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