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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Siegbert Tarrasch
Vienna (1898), Vienna AUH, rd 4, Jul-30
Queen's Gambit Declined: Alapin Variation (D31)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-28-06  orio24: Why Tarrasch agreed with a draw?
Jul-28-06  Kenkaku: He has to defend his queenside pawn majority to obtain the win, which is not possible. For example, if Re8+ Kg7 then Rc8 Rf6 Rc2 and white will win back a pawn with the better position, as his king blockades the f-file well.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Kenkaku> Black is 2 pawns up and he would be still clearly better there though the win would be still far away. But the main reason for Tarrasch's willingness to take draw here was the fact that the draw secured him winning of the final mini-match with Pillsbury and all the Vienna tournament. It was quite pragmatic resolution from his part.
Jul-28-06  Kenkaku: Honza: Two pawns up? I only count one. But I'm sure your information is correct as to why he drew here.
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  Honza Cervenka: I mean 2 Pawns in final position. Not in your following line.
Sep-21-22  deSitter: Tarrasch took a draw because this was the 4th game of a playoff to determine the tournament winner. The draw secured the win. Pillsbury and Tarrasch played 13 games with only 2 draws! All the games are interesting, and the 1st meeting is one of the great masterpieces of chess.
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  NM JRousselle: Is this score correct? It's difficult to believe Dr Tarrasch would miss 34... Bd1 followed by the capture of the e3 pawn.

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