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Jackson Whipps Showalter vs Adolf Albin
Showalter - Albin (1894), New York, NY USA, rd 20, Dec-17
French Defense: Classical Variation. Richter Attack (C13)  ·  0-1



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  Phony Benoni: After <50...Bf4>:

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It's the eighth hour of play in another had-fought game from a hard-fought match, Showalter comes up with an idea., which if played immediately would have worked: <51.Re4 Rc1+ 52.Ka2 g3 53.Rxf4!, and White will be able to stop Black's kingside pawns after either 53..gxh2 54.Rh4+ and 55.Rxh3, or 53...g2 54.Rh4+ Kg7/g8 55.Rxh3 g1Q 56.Rg3+. While White ends up down the exchange in either line, his strong queenside pawns shoul dhold the position.

Instead, perhaps thinking of the upcoming time control at move 56, Showalter player <51.Re8+?>. Now, after <51...Kg7! 52.Re4 Rc1+ 53. Ka2 g3>, he no longer had the saving check on the h-file and went down to defeat.

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  GrahamClayton: <Phony Benoni>"...perhaps thinking of the upcoming time control at move 56..."

<Phony Benoni>
Do you have any idea why the time control was at move 56?

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  Phony Benoni: <Graham Clayton> The time control was 14 moves per hour. That and other match conditions appeared in the "New York Clipper", October 6, 1894 (top of the fourth column):

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Game 20 (Monday, December 17)
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