The Pillsbury Attack –2006 style

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6/20/2006 – Harry Nelson Pillsbury was a very intelligent man. Such was the depth of his ideas that they are being used successfully today, as we see in our first game,where none other than Vishy Anand gets downed by a Pillsbury Attack! This and more by our Playchess lecturer Andrew Martin on this week's show.

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"Show frankly as a saint would do, your experience, methods, tools, and means. Welcome all comers to the freest use of the same. And out of this superior frankness and charity, you shall learn higher secrets of your nature, which gods will bend and aid you to communicate." – Ralph Waldo Emerson

I often flick a quote in here or there. The idea is to make me appear more intelligent than I actually am. But there can be no doubt whatsoever that Harry Nelson Pillsbury was a very intelligent man. Multi-talented, his feats as a games player have been well-documented. Such was the depth of his ideas that they are being used successfully today, as we see in our first game,where none other than Vishy Anand gets downed by a Pillsbury Attack!

Bruzon,L (2652) - Anand,V (2803) [D05]
XIX Ciudad Leon ESP (1.5), 09.06.2006
1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 e6 3.e3 d5 4.Bd3 c5 5.b3 Bd6 6.0-0 0-0 7.Bb2 Nc6 8.Nbd2 cxd4 9.exd4 b6 10.a3 Bb7 11.Ne5 Qc7 12.Qe2 Ne7 13.f4

The second game is a glimpse into the diversity of the Centre Counter opening, where 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Qxd5 3.Nc3 Qa5 4.d4 Nf6 5.Nf3 Ne4!?

Our third game is a monument to the power of a Knight established in the heart of the enemy position. Check out Akobian's 16...Nd3+!

Jovanic,O (2473) - Akobian,V (2575) [E11]
2nd Open San Marino SMR (4), 07.06.2006
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nf3 Bb4+ 4.Nbd2 b6 5.a3 Bxd2+ 6.Bxd2 Bb7 7.Bg5 d6 8.e3 Nbd7 9.Bh4 h6 10.Qc2 g5 11.Bg3 Ne4 12.Bd3 f5 13.d5 Ndc5 14.Nd4 Qf6 15.Bxe4 fxe4 16.dxe6 Nd3+!

The competition can only be described as easy this week. Can you solve it?

Black to play – what happened next?

Solution to last week's puzzle

Leonid Kubbel

White to play and win

This is one of the supreme masterpieces of the composer's art. The answer runs as follows: 1.Nc6!! Kxc6 2.Bf6 Kd5 [2...Kc5 3.Be7+] 3.d3! a2 4.c4+ Kc5 5.Kb7 a1Q 6.Be7# Superb! Gerry Sakurachi from Kuala Lumpur was last week's winner. Congratulations!

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