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Jackson Whipps Showalter vs George Hatfeild Gossip
"Juicy Gossip" (game of the day Apr-24-2017)
6th American Chess Congress (1889), New York, NY USA, rd 5, Mar-29
Scotch Game: Schmidt Variation (C45)  ·  0-1
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Aug-10-14
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  patzer2: <catlover> Your welcome! My thanks to <FSR> for doing the research and writing the wiki article about Gossip at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georg....
Aug-10-14
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  agb2002: The material is identical.

White threatens 24.b5 c5 25.Na4 with the idea b6 axb6 Nxb6.

The first idea that comes to mind is 23... h4:

A) 24.Bxh4 Nf3+ 25.gxf3 (else 25... Nxh4 wins a piece) 25... Bxf3+ 26.Bg3 (26.Bg2 Qxg2#) 26... Qxg3+ 27.hxg3 Rxg3+ 28.Kh2 (28.Bg2 Rxg2+ 29.Kf1 (29.Kh1 Rh8#) 29... Rxf2+ 30.Kg1 Rg8#) 28... Bxf2 followed by Rh8 and mate soon.

B) 24.Bxe5 Bf3

B.1) 25.Bxd4 Bxg2 (25... Qxg2+ 26.Bxg2 Rxg2+ 27.Kf1 (27.Kh1 Rg3(4..8)#) 27... Rxh2 28.Ne2)

B.1.a) 26.f3 Bxf1+ 27.Kf2 (27.Kxf1 Qg2#) 27... Qg1#.

B.1.b) 26.f4 Bxf1+ 27.Kf2 Qg1+ 28.Kf3 Rg3+ 29.hxg3 Qxg3#.

B.1.c) 26.Bxf6 Qxf6 27.Bxg2 Qf3 28.Kf1 Rxg2 29.Re2 Rg1+ 30.Kxg1 Rg8+ 31.Kf1 Qh1#.

B.2) 25.g3 hxg3 looks winning (26.Bxd4 gxh2+ 27.Kxh2 Qg1+ 28.Kh3 Qh1#; 26.Bxf6 gxf2#).

B.3) 25.Bg3 hxg3 26.Nd1 gxh2+ wins.

B.4) 25.b5 Qxg2+ 26.Bxg2 Rxg2+ 27.Kf1 Rxf2+ 28.Rg1 Rg8#.

C) 24.b5 c5

C.1) 25.Bxh4 Nf3+ as in A.

C.2) 25.Bxe5 Bf3 as in B.

C.3) 25.Na4 c4 26.Qb4 hxg3 26.b6 cxb6 wins a piece and White doesn't seem to have compensation.

Aug-10-14  MarkFinan: <jdc2: White doesn't have to play Bxh4 so it's really a "Black wins material or mates" problem> That's exactly what I thought! No wonder it's classed as Insane, lol ✌
Aug-10-14
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  thegoodanarchist: I really appreciated Steinitz' notes, along with the high-level combination
Aug-10-14
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  FSR: Thanks for the compliments, <Once> and <patzer2>.
Aug-11-14  TheBish: Definitely one of the most brilliant sacrificial games I've ever seen. Morphy would have been proud!

While playing Guess the Move for this game, I guessed 18...Bg4 -- instead of 18...Ng4 as played by Gossip, which Steinitz called a waste of time -- and I was penalized a point! Instead I should have been given a full 3 points (as is often done).

Aug-11-14  TheBish: Correction: I wasn't penalized a point (see my previous note), but was given no points. So you don't always get credit for moves superior to the actual game!
Dec-06-14  RookFile: This game is good example of how an early push like 7. e5 is a bad idea.
Apr-24-17
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  ChessHigherCat: Wow, Hatfield was the real McCoy! Hatfeild must be a typo by the way.
Apr-24-17
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  offramp: <ChessHigherCat: Wow, Hatfield was the real McCoy! Hatfeild must be a typo by the way.>

I live near Hatfeild. It is in Surrey. http://www.hatfeild.merton.sch.uk/

Apr-24-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <ChessHigherCat: Wow, Hatfield was the real McCoy! Hatfeild must be a typo by the way.>

I live near Hatfeild. It is in Surrey. http://www.hatfeild.merton.sch.uk/

Ditchu larn speling at dat prymerry skool two?q Seriously, don't you think that's a weird spelling?

Apr-24-17
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  offramp: <Seriously, don't you think that's a weird spelling?>

It is odd. I feel sorry for the English teachers at that school when they teach the I before E rule.

I am lucky, I was always a good speller. The only word I have constant trouble with is <separate>. I often write <seperate>.

Apr-24-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: <Seriously, don't you think that's a weird spelling?>

<It is odd. I feel sorry for the English teachers at that school when they teach the I before E rule.>

Yet another misspelling: the principle of capitalism is spelled "I before He".

<I am lucky, I was always a good speller. The only word I have constant trouble with is <separate>. I often write <seperate>>

Really now, that's too much. The camera you're thinking of is spelled "Super 8". Or were you thinking of the spotty word "suppurate"?

Finally, I should inform you that I am all too aware of your place of residence for I am your neighbor and I beseech you, one last time. to remove that unsightly gyrocopter wreckage from my property before I am forced to contact the local constabulary!

Apr-24-17
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: <Seriously, don't you think that's a weird spelling?> It is odd. I feel sorry for the English teachers at that school when they teach the I before E rule.

I am lucky, I was always a good speller. The only word I have constant trouble with is <separate>. I often write <seperate>>

All on must do is to spell separate is to remember there is a rat in the middle of it.

sep <a rat> e

Apr-24-17
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  offramp: <TheGoodAnarchist> That is good advice. NOW I think I'll be able to remember it!
Apr-24-17
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  offramp: The Gossip is that Jackson Whipps Showalter.
Apr-24-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp: The only word I have constant trouble with is <separate>. I often write <seperate>

More pedantically, you can remember that separate comes from "se (away from) parare (pare/cut/prepare)" = pare away. Incidentally, when I was working on some publishing project I asked my new girlfriend on the team why she hadn't preferred this really handsome teenage guy over me and she said (I kid you not) that he was the kind of guy who wrote "seperate". That was apparently an even greater faux pas in her eyes than confusing the crab cracker with the fondue fork. Not sure what the moral of that story is, but let it be a lesson to you!

Apr-24-17
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  tamar: So, ChessHigherCat, what is the root of desperate, is it despair, and how come it got the e in the middle?
Apr-24-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <tamar> That's what etymologists refer to as an STBD [Same Thang But Diffurnt!] esperare/espoir = to hope des+esperare = to abandon all hope, you who enter here.
Apr-24-17
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  tamar: ChessHigherCat STBD I like that. I guess the correct comparison is with disparate, which has the same root.
Apr-24-17  morfishine: Seper is too close to leper, so presto: separ

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Apr-24-17
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  catlover: Maybe someone misspelled "Whipps". Seems like there shouldn't be a double "p".

Just kidding...

Great GOTD. New kibitzers ought to check out the wikipedia link above on page 3 (I think) of the previous postings above to see a biography of Gossip. Fellow kibitzer <FSR> wrote it and other wikipedia articles about chess.

Apr-24-17
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  ChessHigherCat: <catlover>: Thanks for turning me on to <FSR's> article, which teaches us that Gossip, whose talents were in no way limited to chess, was also an accomplished antisemite and megalomaniac.
Apr-24-17
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  catlover: <ChessHigherCat><Thanks for turning me on to <FSR's> article, which teaches us that Gossip, whose talents were in no way limited to chess, was also an accomplished antisemite and megalomaniac.>

Yeah...the article made for really interesting reading, but Gossip was not exactly "Man of the Year" material. To be fair, he probably wasn't the first or last strong chess player to have an ego problem.

Apr-24-17  morfishine: If this really is "Gossip's Immortal", then please delete the lame "Juicy Gossip" and replace it with the more worthy title

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