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Herbert William Trenchard vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 37, Jul-23
Three Knights Opening: Steinitz Defense (C46)  ·  0-1



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  offramp: From round 37, so Pillsbury would have been trying to beat this tailender.

To this end he sends out his queen and grabs white's a-pawn, but white uses the time to build an attack, and after 21.Kh1...

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it is looking as though that a-pawn wasn't worth it. So Pillsbury gives back the pawn to reach this level but unbalanced double-rook ending, after 32.Rxd2

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Later, after 45.Rxc7+, one thinks that white, currently 4 pawns to 2 up, could hardly lose the game:

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In fact, Pillsbury, in this denuded position, has a strong attack, and it proves too much for poor Trenchard. Perhaps he thought he should be playing for a win?

After 49.Kf2

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...But white was busted in any case. Here is the final position. Pillsbury was too strong. Edo historical ratings say that he was rated 2661 for Vienna 1898, and poor Cornish Trenchard rated 2269. 400 points is too much!

Mar-29-15  morfishine: Quite entertaining and instructive watching White's pawns disappear between moves 45 - 53
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  offramp: Yes, <morfishine>, this game reminds me of that phrase, "A Grandmaster can always out-calculate an IM...."

Source: Birmingham Evening Herald, 29th March, 1963. page 7 column 2 line 11.

Deutsche Allgemeiner Gesellschaft Revista, 29th March 1963, page 102, column 3, line 11.

Dec-08-18  HarryP: An enjoyable game.
Dec-08-18  sudoplatov: Using our parochial version of Stockfish, it seems that 48.Rd7 is the losing move. Robert J. StockFischer opines that 48.Rf2 would have been about equal.
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