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Lasker - Showalter Match

Emanuel Lasker7/10(+6 -2 =2)[games]
Jackson Whipps Showalter3/10(+2 -6 =2)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Lasker - Showalter (1893)

This match was played December 14-16, 1892 in Logansport, Indiana (games 1-3), and April 14-26, 1893 in Kokomo, Indiana (games 4-10).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Lasker 1 0 - 1 0 = 1 1 1 1 7 Showalter 0 1 - 0 1 = 0 0 0 0 3

The first two games ended with a victory for each player and the third game was an unplayed, agreed upon, draw. In 1893, the two players again agreed to play a match with the proviso that the first encounters would be a part of it.

<KOKOMO, April 9 – The long-expected chess match between Jackson W. Showalter and Emanuel Lasker, which has been three times postponed, will commence here tomorrow. The rules and conditions of the match have been agreed upon. The victor will be the winner of the first ten games, draws not counting. He will receive the purse of $2,000 and be considered champion of America. The match, however, is virtually only nine games up, as the games played between the contestants at Logansport last January will be included in the score. Each scored and lost one game.

Charles O. Jackson of this city, President of the Indiana State Chess Association, will act as referee. H. Brown of Anderson, Ind. is the stakeholder. Games will be played every day, Saturday and Sunday excepted.

The time limit is fixed at fifteen moves an hour. If after four and a half hours of play the game should not be finished a recess will be taken, and two more hours in the evening devoted to play. The rules of the fifth American Chess Congress will govern. Each player has the right to excuse himself three times from playing on notifying the referee and his opponent.>The New York Sun, April 10, 1893.

<KOKOMO, April 26 – The game yesterday between Lasker and Showalter was a remarkable contest. For the first time since play began in this city Lasker gave his opponent a chance to play an open game, and Showalter promptly came on with a Ruy Lopez opening wherein he had beaten the German at Logansport. Showalter made a runaway game of it. He sacrificed a couple of Pawns and then the Exchange for the sake of a harassing attack, and after twenty-six moves not only had recovered the Exchange, but came out with two Pawns ahead. Then Lasker’s turn came. He marched on with his e- and f-pawns, driving the adverse Bishop and Rook before him. His thirty-first move, wherein he forced Showalter to accept the sacrifice of the f-pawn, was a stunner. The Kentuckian lost the Exchange, and soon surrendered with mate staring him in the face.

This leaves Lasker with but one more game to score in order to win the match. The match was first arranged to be one of ten games up for a purse of $2,000, but later on it was decided to make it one of six games up, draws not counting, for a purse of $1,000. The official score, which includes the games at Logansport, is: Lasker, 5; Showalter, 2; drawn 2. The first of the drawn games was not played, but was declared a draw by President Jackson of the Indiana State Chess association on condition of a future match between the players.>The New York Sun, April 27, 1893.

The victor had been changed to the first to win six games and this was Lasker after the tenth game (if we include the "draw" from Game 3):

<KOKOMO, April 27 – As reported in yesterday’s Sun, Lasker scored his sixth victory over Showalter and thus won the match. The American player, although outclassed by his opponent, made a good fight and achieved a better score against Lasker than the English matadors, Blackburne and Bird.

In the last game the German master again clung to his favorite Queen’s Pawn, and pursued the same course as in his previous game at the same opening. Showalter, however, ventured a new departure on the seventh and eighth moves, which not only blocked his c-pawn, but gave Lasker an opportunity, by a splendid combination, to finally isolate the adverse d-pawn.

The German then kept up the pressure against the weak spot in Showalter’s game, and the latter, anxious to prevent White from breaking through on the Kingside, posted his Pawns so unfortunately that he was soon confronted with the loss of either a Pawn or the Exchange. He chose the latter evil, but derived little help by doing so. Lasker cleared the road for his passed d-pawn, and while Showalter’s Rook had to guard against White Queening the Pawn, Lasker drove the King into a mating net. On the forty-fourth move Showalter gave a last desperate check and then resigned the game and the match after four hours of play.>The New York Sun, April 28, 1893.

Based on an original collection by User: TheFocus.

 page 1 of 1; 9 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lasker vs Showalter 1-0681892Lasker - ShowalterC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. Showalter vs Lasker 1-0321892Lasker - ShowalterC66 Ruy Lopez
3. Lasker vs Showalter 1-0401893Lasker - ShowalterD05 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Showalter vs Lasker 1-0361893Lasker - ShowalterC13 French
5. Lasker vs Showalter ½-½531893Lasker - ShowalterD00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Showalter vs Lasker 0-1541893Lasker - ShowalterC11 French
7. Lasker vs Showalter 1-0401893Lasker - ShowalterD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. Showalter vs Lasker 0-1391893Lasker - ShowalterC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Lasker vs Showalter 1-0451893Lasker - ShowalterD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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  mifralu: Indianapolis News, 13 April 1893


Showalter Having Difficulty In Raising Stake Money.

[Special to The Indianapolis News.]

Kokomo, April 13.—President Jackson, of the local chess club, voushsafed an explanation to-day of the repeated delays in the beginning of play in the Lasker Showalter chess contest. As has been before hinted in these dispatches, Showalter is experiencing some trouble in raising his stake money of $1,000. Lasker has his money posted, it being contributed by bis admirers, but Showalter attempted to get through without aid. He has failed and his friends will now come to his rescue. Lasker insists upon holding him to the letter of the agreement, and an effort to reduce the stake proved futile. State players have offered to provide Showalter with the necessary money, and President Jackson is collecting this to-day. The play will begin to-morrow, or Saturday at the latest. The match is nominally in progress, Showalter taking advantage of one of his three “rest days” provided for in the agreement, and Lasker granting him one of his to aid him. The six days could be exhausted in this way, but it will not be necessary.>

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  mifralu: Indianapolis News, 27 April 1893


The European Won But Two Games
By Superior Play.

[Special to The Indianapolis News.]

Kokomo, April 27.—The comparatively easy defeat of Jackson W. Showalter by Herr Emanuel Lasker in the so-called international chess match is a sore disappointment to Showalter’s friends throughout the State, many of whom have been interested onlookers throughout the match. They do not regret the money they staked in the fortunes of the big Kentuckian, for had he won, they would have insisted on his accepting the entire stake, which they made good for him. They really believed him to be the better chessplayer of the two, and, in spite of his defeat, they believed so still. They claim that an analysis of the games will bear them out in this opinion. and that Lasker, while nominally holding the palm of victory, will occupy second place in the estimation of the chess-players of the Nation who submit the games in the Kokomo match to a scientific analysis. It is now a notorious fact that Showalter entered the match unfit. His physical condition was against him from the beginning, and he was suffering from an incipient attack of the grip. This was not helped by keeping late hours during the progress of the play, rising at noon and taking his place at the board in a dull and sluggish mental condition. It is capable of demonstration and is shown by tbe annotations of the scores, that the European master won but two games of the six by superior playing. Four of the games were lost to the American by the oversights that would be culpable in an amateur and can be accounted for, when the brilliancy of his play in general is considered, only on the grounds of carelessness, arising from his physical indisposition. In this match, Herr Lasker has defeated the champion of the Western American Chess Association, but not the American chess champion, as popularly believed. This title is held by Steinitz. who is not a member of the association, and whom neither Showalter nor Lasker has ever met. Showalter left to-day for his home in Georgetown, Ky. Lasker has, as yet, made no definite arrangements for the future.>

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