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Jackson Whipps Showalter vs George Hatfeild Gossip
"Juicy Gossip" (game of the day Apr-21-09)
USA-06.Congress New York (1889)  ·  Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation (C45)  ·  0-1
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  Richard Taylor: <The Beginner> i though Ceundellar meant that he still had the B on f2 in his live - I see my line was also faulty - but both of us would be given marks for having brilliant if faulty ideas !!

A lot of good plans are arrived at by faulty reasioning in chess and in life -lol - I just glanced at Qxg3 hoping it won as it was a sac!

Actually all Black has to do is to take the on h4 after Kh1 - I knew that all the time but it looks a bit dull...

But of course Gossip's line is the best I can see without analysing the position to doomsday [its logical to play h4 an tehn Nf3+ -so obvious that I rejected it as the main line ]

Apr-18-05  soberknight: <TheAlchemist: Is this game for real, or it's just a Gossip?>

This game is the real Hatfeild...I mean, the real McCoy. :)

Apr-24-05  patzer2: Black's deflection 23...h4!! sets up a decisive demolition of pawn structure combination after 24. Bxh4 Nf3+!

White could have put up some resistance with 24. Bxe5!?, but Black wins easily after 24. Bxe5!? fxe5! 25. Ne2 Bb6 26. h3 Bf3! 27. Qxf3 Rdf8! 28. Qg4 Qf7 29. Qxh4 Bxf2+ .

Mar-25-06  Whitehat1963: Here's a beauty of a puzzle after 23. Rab1 (or so I've heard!).
Apr-24-06  MorphyMatt: is it just gossip, or is this a good game?
Oct-28-06  Gbness: Ironic but oddly relevant last name for Black.
Apr-19-08  bananafisher: In his comment on move 9 Steinitz mentions a "fine" combination that might have arisen if 9.h3 is played, but I don't see why in this combination White would play 11. Qe2, 11. Re5 seems the only logical move, with 11. ... Be6 Qf3 and I don't see how black can equalize.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: <bananafisher> In the game quoted by Steinitz, 10...Qf6 rather than ...Qh4 was played - E Delmar vs Lipschutz, 1888 - the appearance of the latter move in Steinitz's annotations probably results from a lapse of concentration.
May-24-08  addiction to chess: All hail Gossip!!
Apr-21-09  Sicilian Dragon: Nice game, but abysmal pun
Apr-21-09  zooter: great combination
Apr-21-09  vonKrolock: <21.Be2> As pointed out by Steinitz - and Showalter probably would not be whipped out in that way

<22.Qb3> And now with 22.Na4!? white could get rid of that very annoying Bishop, gaining a good post for his N in 'c5' if black accepted the exchange in 'a1' 22...Bxa1 23.Qxa1 (xe5) d4 24.Nc5

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Apr-21-09  Samagonka: The final combination leading to mate is simply awesome. Steinitz couldn't have put it better!
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  playground player: Too bad Edward M. Jackson never played Showalter and beat him. Then we could have a Game of the Day entitled "Jackson Whips Showalter."
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  kevin86: I bet that people will really talk about this game after they play it.-but you didn't hear it from me.
Apr-21-09  patzer2: Showalter, the first official U.S. Champion, was an interesting character. He was a rancher and a baseball player, credited by some sources with inventing the curve ball.

Here's some biographical information from

Apr-21-09  patzer2: Though a much less likable character than Showalter, Gossip's biography at is somewhat interesting. Apparently Gossip managed to write both one of the worst and best opening books of his day (improving on his first try to get a decent revision), and was a fairly prolific chess author. However, as a player results such as his success here at the New York tournament of 1889 were rare. In fact, he was sometimes referred to as the "grandpatzer" for his more frequent finishes at the bottom of international tournaments and his habit of pusblishing his infrequent offhand, skittles game wins against stronger players. He also penned a book under another name, which showed him to be a bitter anti-semite.
Apr-21-09  WhiteRook48: Black blabbed about this game
Apr-21-09  patzer2: Gossip was also a strong correspondence player, having won the 1973-1974 tournament of the chess players chronicle. However, he was no match for the American player Ellen Gilbert, against whom he lost four games while playing in a correspondence match for England in 1879.

One of those four game, in which Gilbert announces mate in 21, can be found at

Apr-21-09  patzer2: Correction: It was the 1873-1874 Chess Players Chronicle correspondence tournament that Gossip won.
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  siegbert: a great game. even gossip had his day. instead of accepting the sac can white play kh1 and is it playable?
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  kellmano: Surely not man. After Nxh4 black's threats are still huge and b5 can be met by ....c5 then .....Bf3 coming.
Aug-24-12  Llawdogg: Good Lord! That was astounding! Gossip's Immortal Game. He really was as good as he thought he was, at least once in his life.
Aug-24-12  DanielBryant: Wow, what a combination!
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  brankat: Beautiful!
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