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Jackson Whipps Showalter vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Pillsbury - Showalter US Championship (1897), Brooklyn, New York USA, rd 2, Feb-11
Queen Pawn Game: Stonewall Attack (D00)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Pawn and Two: <Some technical advantages may have been enjoyed by Black in the opening, but they were more theoretical than practical and it was not till White pushed his king's pawn, which cost him a pawn, that the advantage was tangible. After that Showalter made a fine fight for the draw and obtained it by very accurate play. At the moment I cannot tell without considerable analysis whether I could or could not have won the ending. It is sufficient to say that I did not find a win over the board.>

Comments by H. N. Pillsbury - Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 2/16/1897

Nov-27-14  poorthylacine: Normal that is was very difficult for Pillsbury to find the key of the victory in this very interesting and specially difficult ending!! At the contrary,for a computer it's as easy as a kinder game: it immediately indicates 61... Kf6!! with a theoretical win, instead of 61...Kf5? and Showalter could scape by the ingenious ressource 62.Kg7!! (only move: not 62.Kh5? and Black could win again after 62...Kf4!). After 62.Ng4+ Kf5 63.Nh2 Kf4 the win is longer but easier" to find than after 62.Kh5 Kf5, because in this variant Black must play very accurately for a win by force.
Nov-27-14  RookFile: There's something comical about the way white puts the proud bishop on d3 on his 3rd move and two moves later black chops it off.

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