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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Jackson Whipps Showalter
Pillsbury - Showalter US Championship (1897), Brooklyn, New York USA, rd 3, Feb-17
Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50)  ·  1-0



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Jun-30-03  akiba82: A fine giuoco pianissimo by Pillsbury. Black's 7... Be3 is questionable as the half open f file assists white. The double e pawn doesn't seem to be as much of a drawback as Steinitz thought. Steinitz favoring Black and Tarrasch prefering White after the exchange. With 19...Bf5 Black exchanges his bad bishop but undoubles White's e pawn and gives White the important e4 square for his knight. With 26 Rg2 White prepares for the g5 break. He is willing to be saddled with weak doubled isolated b pawns in order to gain time to double on the g file. The fine exchange sacrifice 32 Rg5! is decisive. All that is left for Black is a few rook checks, the White king eventually finding sanctuary on e4! A great game.
Jul-01-03  drukenknight: until 14 h3 black could have developed his B to g4 where it would do well. there was no need for 8...Nxb3 this amounts to grabbing material when already ahead. Moreover, his piece development is already a problem. I dunno about the ending what happened there?
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  Pawn and Two: <White adopted a quiet variation of the Giuoco Piano, similar in many respects to the lines of play adopted by Lasker against Steinitz in their two matches. White obtained little or no advantage in the early stages, but obtained later on in the middle game a strong attack upon the black king by advancing the pawns in front of his own monarch; both players having castled on the king's side. At the thirtieth move White's attack broke through on the king's knight's file, forcing a winning position two moves later on by the sacrifice of the exchange. Black defended gamely, but the position was not to be saved and his king being threatened with immediate mate, he resigned on his fortieth move.>

Comments by H. N. Pillsbury - Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 2/18/1897

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  Sally Simpson: ***

One day someone will want to know when algebraic first appeared in U.K. publications.

Look before November 1910. This copy of 'The Boys Own'

This threads game is discussed using a form of algebraic chess notation first used apparently by Stamma.


Discussion starts with Pillsbury giving his M for an O.


May-22-22  par5vin: All Black needed to do on move #24 was to play pawn to g6 kicking White's queen back, he would have been okay.
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  Williebob: <par5vin>, please take another look at the position. 24.. g6?? allows White's attack on the kingside to proceed immediately with 25. fxg6 and Black is either losing the knight or getting mated quickly.

Showalter's 24.. Kg8? is not much better. Stockfish makes the case for 24.. c4 as the best try; counterattacking on the queenside to slow down White's buildup on the kingside.

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