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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Isidor Gunsberg
Monte Carlo (1902), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 12, Feb-22
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Gunsberg Defense (D21)  ·  1-0



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  tamar: Gunsberg had to have a sick feeling of deja vu when he saw 19 f5! appear on the board, recalling 27 f5! seven years earlier. Pillsbury vs Gunsberg, 1895
Apr-21-05  Pawn Ambush: Not only that but this is an early example of how to play having an IQP. Note 14.Bd2. Very nice opening play by Pillsbury,Playing f4 and f5 way before Botvinnik.
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  tamar: I've noticed many of Pillsbury's games have intriguing geometrical patterns that are not immediately solveable. These form startling freeze frames that take his games out of the ordinary.

19 f5! is one such move.

Another is 22. Rxf5!, on the same square, which instigates Black into a rush hour type pile-up on the f file and gives Pillsbury time to pursue a simplification into a won rook endgame 11 move later.

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  tamar: After further study, maybe 22 Rxf5 doesn't deserve an exclam. Gunsberg could have resisted with 25...Bf8 instead of 25...Bh8

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  tamar: 22 Rff3 wins more surely. If White just attacks the King, the idle rook on a8 is too much to overcome.

22 Rff3 Bd6 23 Ne5! (the key move) Bxe5

(23...fxe5 24 Rfg3+ Kf8 25 Bh6+ Ke7
26 Bg5+ is curtains)

24 dxe5 f4 25 Bxf4 Nxf4 26 Rxf4 and Black has no reasonable defense.

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