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Jackson Whipps Showalter vs Adolf Albin
1st City Chess Club Tournament (1893), New York, NY USA, rd 7, Dec-19
Spanish Game: Open. Italian Variation (C82)  ·  0-1


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  crawfb5: White lost on time.
Aug-24-15  NeverAgain: White should have taken the draw on 34th move with 34.Qh6.

In the final position he's effectively a pawn down despite being nominally two pawns up, as his Bishop is nothing but a big pawn. The King's position is awful, too, wedged between the black Queen, pawn and Bishop. The latter is invulnerable: <50.Qxh3 Qxf4+ 51.Qg4▢ Qxg4#>.

Stockfish 6 evaluates the final position as [ -1.16 41/50 429mN] but it's doubtful that Black can make any real progress. White abandons his b-pawn (the f4 pawn can go as well), transfers his Bishop to the a7-g1 diagonal and, depending on what Black plays, oscillates either

a) the Queen between h2 and g3 with the Bishop on g1 or b) the Bishop on the a7-g1 diagonal with the Queen on g3


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The main idea is to have the white Queen on g3 as soon as the opposing Queen targets g4 and never let the black Queen reach h1. Then it should be a draw.

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