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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Mikhail Chigorin
St. Petersburg (1895/96), St. Petersburg RUE, rd 18, Jan-27
Queen's Gambit Declined: Chigorin Defense. Main Line (D07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-05-05  capanegra: Is t me, or Pillsbury missed a winning opportunity? With the intermediate 31.♖g6+ f6 32.♔c1 he would have retained his extra Rook, I presume.
Aug-05-05  psmith: <capanegra> If 31 Rg6+ f6 32. Kc1 Ra1+ 33. Kd2 Qd1# as the R is no longer covering d1 from g1.
Aug-05-05  capanegra: Of course, thank you <psmith>. My analysis was too superficial, plus my state of mind doesn't seem to be optimal. By the way, very interesting battle, don't you think?
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  tamar: After 5 cycles, we can assume both players were punch drunk.

Otherwise how to explain both missing 26 Rxg6+ fxg6 27 Rxg6 Kf8 (27...Kf7 28 Qc2) 28 Qd1! and the black pieces are not able to defend the King without heavy loss of material.

Probably Pillsbury thought both 26 Rxg6+ and 26 Qd3 worked, and he missed the "beautiful resource" 29...Qa4! (Sergeant) that saves the day.

Aug-05-16  Straclonoor: Stockfisch gives serious advantage for white in this variant Analysis by Stockfish 260415 64 POPCNT: (4.48): 26.Rxg6+ fxg6 27.Rxg6+ Kf8 28.Qc2 Rb7 29.Rh6 Qe8 30.Rh8+ Ke7 31.Rxe8+ Kxe8 32.h4 Kd8 33.h5 Re7 34.Qc5 Kd7 35.Qxb4 Ra7 36.Qb8 Rc7 37.Qf8 Rc8 38.Qf6 Rg8 39.a4 Rgg7 40.Qf5+ Kc7 41.Qf4+ Kb7 42.Qd6 Rc7 43.h6 Rg2 44.f4 Rg1+ 45.Kc2 Rh7 46.b4 Rh1 47.b5 R1xh6 48.bxc6+ Kc8 49.Qxd5 Kc7 50.Kd3 Rxc6 51.Qb5 Rb6 52.Qc5+ Kb7

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