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William Henry Krause Pollock vs Antony Alfred Geoffrey Guest
London BCA (1887), London ENG, rd 2
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Main Line (C51)  ·  0-1

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Jul-01-13
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  GrahamClayton: White is helpless to stop the advance of the a-pawn. I looked at various sacrifices on the f6 and g5 squares, but none of them work.
Jul-01-13  thomastonk: Hello <GrahamClayton>, an interesting situation! I begun at 34.. a5, when the a-pawn starts his run. My idea for White is e5, but 35.e5? ♘d5! doesn't work. Instead of Pollock's 35.♕e2, 35.♖g1 can be considered. But after Guest's 35.. ♘g8?, his choice could be rewarded by 36.e5!.

Instead of 37.♘xh5, which is probably a mistake, 37.e5! is this time quite strong (the idea being not only e6, but also ♘e4). So, 37.. a2 38.e6 and I like White's position very much.

38.♔xh3 is bad, too. It's not the time to take this pawn without additional ideas. 38.♕g4! is much better, after which 38.. ♖b2+ 39.♔xh3 leads to the game. So, where is the difference? After 38.♔xh3 Black has 38.. a2 , but after 38.♕g4 a2 loses, because now your idea 39.♗g5+!! works!

The game is lost after 40.♕xg8, and here it was the last time White could try to hold with e5, I think.

Mar-18-16  ljfyffe: Pollock-Charles Stubbs Saint John simul July, 1895
1e4 e5 2Nf3 Nc6 3Bc4 Bc5 4b4 Bb6 5b5 Na5
6Nxe5 Nxc4 7Nxc4 Bxf2+ 8Kxf2 Qf6+ 9Qf3 Qxa1
10Nc3 Nf6 11Re1 0-0 12e5 Ng4+ 13Qxg4 d5
14Qf3 dxc4 15Ba3 Qe1+ 16Kxe1 Re8 17Nd5
Re6 18Nf6+ Kh8 19Bf8 g7 20Qg5 1-0
Mar-19-16  morfishine: The uninvited guest
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