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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Jackson Whipps Showalter
"Pillsbury on a Roll" (game of the day Apr-30-2009)
Metro League Game (1894), New York, NY USA, Mar-31
Spanish Game: Berlin Defense (C65)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: 47...Kc6; 48.b5+ looks decisive. Not a bad effort from the then unknown "warlike Harry, like himself, assuming the port of Mars." Slight paraphrase of the prologue from Harry 5.
Apr-30-09  sfm: I was surprised over 39.-,g4. How about -,f4 instead?
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  al wazir: But what if black had played 44...c6, followed by 45...Bb8 ?
Apr-30-09  zealouspawn: al wazir, you are exactly right about 44..c6. Actually, I put it into fritz and there are multiple ways for black to draw (no winning chances though). The losing move is 45..Ke4, on the 45th move ..c6 ..Be1 and ..Ke6 all draw.

Notice that by move 46 it is too late to play ..c6, because 47. a6 Bb8 48. b5! breaks through. If black ignores then 49. b6 followed by 50. a7 wins. If black plays 48..cxb5 then 49. c6 wins, because the bishop is overloaded and a combination of a7 and c7 will make a queen.

Apr-30-09  Yodaman: 1894! We've been playing chess too long!
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  kevin86: Breakaway! The a-pawn will go in untouched.

After 47...♔c6 48 b5+!! forces the king out of "the square of white's advanced pawn.

Apr-30-09  Justawoodpusher: Strange, even I saw c6 more or less immediately and I suck at endgame play. Showalter must have been quite tired...
Apr-30-09  vonKrolock: <27.g5>! A Pillsbury game without a rupture would be like - missing something - and the point after <28...Bxg5> is really a toaster strudel

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Still, the endgame deserves a closer look...

Apr-30-09  JG27Pyth: An Englishman <Good Evening: 47...Kc6; 48.b5+ looks decisive. Not a bad effort from the then unknown "warlike Harry, like himself, assuming the port of Mars."> Not quite unknown. He was a shooting star. Two years earlier than this game he beat Steinitz 2-1 (Steinitz giving pawn+move odds according to wikipedia.)Pillsbury was quite extraordinary. His brain was overclocked. One can only imagine how a mind like that must have suffered under the attack from syphillis. Nightmarish.
Apr-30-09  WhiteRook48: I don't get this pun, but I believe it's very bad
Apr-30-09  SirChrislov: hello??? the pillsbury dough boy from the comercials.
Apr-30-09  newzild: I've never heard of a Pillsbury dough boy.
Apr-30-09  SirChrislov: you must not be from america. pillsbury is acompany that makes cinnamon rolls, cookies, etc. their logo is a tiny white figurine called the pillsbury dough boy.
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  Pawn and Two: Quickly decisive for White was: (1.93) (23 ply) 37.Ra6+ Kf7 38.Rc6 e4 39.fxe4 fxe4 40.Rxc7+ Kf6 41.c5 Bf4 42.Rc8 Ke6 43.Kc2 g5, (3.02) (22 ply) 44.b4 Kd5 45.Kc3.

At move 42, Fritz prefers 42.Ra8, with a winning position for White: (2.58) (24 ply) 42.Ra8 Bxc5 43. Kc2 g3 44.Rg8 Bf2 45.a4 Kxf5 46.Kd3 Ke6 47.Ke2 Kd5 48.Kf3 Kc5 49.Rb8.

However, after 42.b4 g3, White could still win with 43.Ra8: 43...Be3 44.Rf8+ Kg7 45.Rd8 g2 46.Rd1 Kf6 47.a4 Bd2 48.Rg1 Bxb4 49.Rxg2 Kxf5 50.Rb2 Be1 51.c6, or 43...Kf7 44.Ra6 g2 45.Rg6 g1Q+ 46.Rxg1 Bxg1 47.a4 Ke8 48.a5 Kd7 49.a6, or 43...Be1 44.Rf8+ Kg7 45.Re8 Bxb4 46.Re6 Kf7 47.Rg6+ Bxc5 48.Rxg3 Kf6 49.Rf3.

After 43.Rxg3? Bxg3 44.Kc2 Kxf5 45.a5, the position was equal. A draw was clear after 45...Ke6 46.a5 Kd7 47.a6 Kc8, or 45...c6 46.b5 Ke6 47.bxc6 Kd5, or 45...Be1 46.Kb3 Ke6 47.a5 Kd7.

An interesting ending. Pillsbury was winning until 43.Rxg3?, then Showalter missed the draw with 45...Ke4?.

May-01-09  vonKrolock: <43.♖xg3> The winning 43.♖a8!! is difficult, only with a considerable amount of calculations the reason for such a manoeuvre could be spotted...

<45...♔e4> is already a clear mistake. ♗ut for me the defense was not that difficult as to demand a certain order of moves... Even before, after <44.♔c2> (a waiting move - waiting for some, so to say, distraction

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black could play simply c7-c6, and <'no pasa nada'>

Thank You <♙ & 2> for the detailed lines

May-06-09  falso contacto: no idea about that roll pillsbury boy

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