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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Jackson Whipps Showalter
Pillsbury - Showalter US Championship (1897), Brooklyn, New York USA, rd 11, Mar-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Henneberger Variation (D63)  ·  1-0



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Jun-20-04  Shadout Mapes: Very instructive rook ending from Pillsbury here, at the end it still looks like black can save it, but Pillsbury perserveres. I forget who had the collection "Crazy Rooks" but 63.Rc4+ might make this a candidate for it.

Notes: 18...Bxe5? 19.dxe5 Rxe5 20.Qd5! Qb8? 21.Bf4!

29...Rxe3?? 30.g4+ Kf4 31.g3#

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  Sneaky: <Crazy Rooks> Hey, glad you liked my collection! But this isn't quite what I had in mind. I'm looking for full-out rampaging rooks not just one movers.

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  whiteshark: Position after <43.Re3>:

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This should end as draw, shouldn't it?

Mar-21-11  crawfb5: <"White opened on the well-known lines of the Queen's Gambit Declined, Black defending in a similar manner to that adopted by him in a games against Reichhelm of Philadelphia. White varied matters at the eighth move and exchanged pawns, opening his queen's bishop file for the rook. Black developed his queen's bishop eventually on KB4 [f5], but a resulting series of exchanges proved unfavorable, as White posted a rook on the then opened QKt [b] file, where it exerted considerable pressure. White's seventeenth and eighteenth moves also initiated an attack against the black king and finally at the twenty-fourth move White won a pawn. A long struggle ensued, White winning after a very instructive ending of rook and pawns against rook and pawns in sixty-six moves.">

H. N. Pillsbury <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> 3/16/1897

Mar-21-11  izimbra: Showalter is an unusual name. One can imagine it being featured in a wide variety of different puns.
Mar-23-11  crawfb5: And with a middle name of "Whipps" (his mother's maiden name), the possibilities multiply...
Jun-20-13  estrick: Whiteshark,

After 43. Re3, Fritz (version 10 [outdated]) gives this position an evaluation of +0.46 in favor of White, at 20 ply.

If the moves are played out, the evaluations in favor of White gradually get smaller, until they are down to 0.07, at which point I quit.

43. ... Rg4
44. Rg3 Ra4
45. a3 Ke7
46. Rf3 Rg4
47. Re3+ Kf7
48. Rc3 Ra4
49. Rxc6 Rxa3
50. Rf6+ Ke7
51. Rf4 Ke6
52. g4 Ra7
53. Rf6+ Ke5
54. Rf5+ Ke6
55. Kg3 d4

Jun-20-13  estrick: Showalter's actual move, 43. ...c5, was Fritz's 4th choice, and was given an evaluation of 0.69 in favor of White, perhaps not hugely worse than the "best move.

But Showalter's 44th move, Ra4? was Fritz's fifth choice, and the evaluation there falls to 1.4 in favor of White, and against J.W.S.

Jun-20-13  estrick: Just spent a few hours having Fritz play out the ending from 43. ...Re3 and 43. ...c5. Althought the initial evaluations of +0.46 & 0.69 are not hugely different, as the game plays out from that divergence, the continuation from 43. ...Re3 trends toward a draw, while the continuation from 43. ...c5 leads to progressively worse evaluations for Black, even while always selecting the 'best' move suggested.

43. ... c5 -Fritz: +0.69
44. g6 Ra4
45. a3 Ra7
46. Rg3 Rg7 -Fritz: +0.88
47. Rg5 Kc6 -Fritz: +1.02
48. a4 d4
49. Ke2 c4 -Fritz: +1.21
50. Kd2 Kd6 -Fritz: +1.21
51. a5 Kc7 -Fritz: +1.28
52. Rg4 Kc6 -Fritz: +1.36
53. Rxd4 Rxg6
54. g4 Kb5 -Fritz: +1.38
55. Kc3 Rg5 -Fritz: +1.42
56. Rf4 Ka6 -Fritz: +1.61
57. Kxc4 Rxa5 -Fritz: +1.75
58. Kd4 Kb6 -Fritz: +2.07

Jun-21-13  RookFile: Sharp stuff. Black's c and d pawn combo was powerful too and gave him serious counterplay.
Dec-15-16  offramp: <izimbra: Showalter is an unusual name. One can imagine it being featured in a wide variety of different puns.>

<crawfb5: And with a middle name of "Whipps" (his mother's maiden name), the possibilities multiply...>

There is a place in London called Whipp's Cross, and I am sure that Mr Whipps Showalter was most unseasonably cross at losing this rook ending.

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