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Mikhail Chigorin vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
London (1899), London ENG, rd 1, May-30
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Lasker Defense (C52)  ·  0-1



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Oct-10-05  aw1988: Pillsbury essays the Lasker Defense against Chigorin.
Sep-01-16  SimplicityRichard: Awesome endgame! Seemingly drawish owing to the material equality but Pillsbury converts his Queenside pawn majority advantage. #
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  KEG: A classic endgame, featured in Mieses' Chess Endings from Modern Master Play and Pal Benko's revised version of Basic Chess Endings. Pillsbury defangs Tchigorin's Evans Gambit with Lasker's Defense, and then beautifully exploits Tchigorin's faulty Queenside plan to obtain a startegically won game by Move 20. Pillsbury lets Tchigorin back in the game with his faulty 21...Ne5, 26...Bc7, and 30...Nd4, but then puts on a memorable and instructive display on how to use an outside passed pawn to win a Bishop and pawns ending. Contrary to what Benko says, the game was not won for Pillsbury after 33...a5, but he skillfully pounced on Tchigorin's faulty 35. Ke3 (better was 35. g4), 37. Kd3 (better was 37. Bd2 or 37. Be1) and especially 39. Bb4 (39. Bb2 was his last chance). Pillsbury's endgame play here is breathtaking. I love his 40...Ba1 !!!.
Oct-07-17  andrea volponi: 37 f4 gxf3 -Kxf3 b4 -Bd2 Be5 -Ke3 Bxg3 -Kd3 Ke5 =
Dec-14-17  andrea volponi: 34 b4!? axb4 -Bxb4 Ke6 -Kf3 f5 -exf5 + Kxf5 -g4 + hxg4 + -hxg4+ Ke5 -Bd2 Bd8 -Be3 Kd5 -Ke2 Be7 -f3 Kc4 -Kd2 b4 -Kc2 b3+ -Kb1 Kd3 -Bc1 Bf6 -f4 b2 -Bxb2 Bxb2 - Kxb2 gxf4 -g5 draw

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