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William Pollock vs Mikhail Chigorin
"Fried Pollock" (game of the day Dec-02-2017)
6th American Chess Congress, New York (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Mar-28
Four Knights Game: Scotch Variation. Accepted (C47)  ·  0-1



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  tpstar: The Scotch Four Knights is a safe, solid way for White to enter the middlegame with a slight advantage. Black does well with an early ... d5, especially to prevent problems like 8. e5 Nd5 9. Qg4 and Black's Kingside has no defenders while the Pd7 sits at home.

topham1-tpstar (GameKnot 8/13/05) [Fritz 7]: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 ed 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 [last book move] h6 (7 ... d5 8. e5 Ng4) 8. e5 Nd5 9. Qg4 Kf8 (ugh) 10. 0-0 d6 11. Qe4 Bxc3 12. bxc3 Be6 13. Re1 Ne7 [13 ... Kg8 14. Bd2 ] 14. Qf3 Qd7 15. Rb1 Bxa2 16. Rb7 Bd5 17. Qf4 Be6 18. ed Qxd6 19. Qa4 Rc8 [19 ... Kg8!? ] 20. Bf4 Qd7 21. Rxa7 Nd5 22. Be5 f6 23. Bg3 Kf7 24. c4 Nb6 25. Qb4 Rhe8 26. h3 Kg8 27. Qc5 Qe7 [27 ... f5!? ] 28. Qxc6 [ ] Bd7 29. Rxe7 Bxc6 30. Rxe8+ Bxe8 31. Bxc7 1-0.

Jan-02-07  Resignation Trap: White in this game was actually William Henry Kraus Pollock .
Jul-17-09  Knight13: 19. Rce1 should improve things. Then 19...Rae8 20. Rxe2 Rxe2 21. Qf3.
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  FSR: Fried Pollock.
Dec-02-17  dumbgai: Another quick turnaround for an FSR nominated GOTD. Keep ‘em coming!
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  catlover: Chigorin's attack seemed to come from nowhere. Pollock was was definitely fried.
Dec-02-17  Ironmanth: Very slick! Thanks for this one, chessgames! Y'all keep rocking with these.
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  Breunor: Stockfish gives the losing move as 20 Be3, preferring the odd looking Q x a7. Then on 20 ... B x h3 21 Bf4. I guess the idea here is that the black bishop can protect the king with Bg3 and also threaten Q x c7.
Dec-02-17  cormier: [Fritz 12]: 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. d4 ed 5. Nxd4 Bb4 6. Nxc6 bxc6 7. Bd3 d5 8. exd5 cxd5 9. 00 00 10. Bg5 c6 11. Qf3 h6 12. Bxf6 Qxf6 13. Qxf6 gxf6 14. Ne2 Bd6(last book move):

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Analysis by Houdini 4

15.Nd4 c5 16.Nf5 Be5 17.Nxh6+ Kg7 18.Nf5+ Bxf5 19.Bxf5 Bxb2 20.Rad1 Rfd8 21.Rd3 c4 22.Rg3+ Kh6 23.Rh3+ Kg7 24.Rd1 d4 25.g4 Rh8 26.Rxh8 Rxh8 27.Kg2 Bc3 28.Be4 Re8 29.Bd5 Re2 30.Bxc4 Rxc2 31.Kf3 Be1 32.Rxd4 Rxf2+ 33.Ke4 Rxh2 34.Rd7 a5 35.Rxf7+ Kg6 36.a4 Bc3 = (0.18) Depth: 30

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  kevin86: white is threatened with mate, and the queen is under fire.

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