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Jackson Whipps Showalter vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Pillsbury - Showalter US Championship (1897), Brooklyn, New York USA, rd 20, Apr-12
Queen Pawn Game: Stonewall Attack (D00)  ·  0-1


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  crawfb5: <"White adopted the same variation of the Queen's Pawn Opening as in the second game, varying from play in that contest at his tenth and eleventh moves, but the attacks instituted proved premature. He later withdrew his queen to the rear row, threatening to win the exchange, but perhaps not considering that Black could get also two pawns to the good by sacrificing rook for bishop. The game took this turn, and White's twenty-fourth move offering the exchange of queens was fatal to his remaining chances, as the phalanx of black pawns, in conjunction with two powerful bishops, soon proved ruinous to White's game, and, after forty-seven moves, he resigned.">

H. N. Pillsbury <Brooklyn Daily Eagle> 4/13/1897

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  jessicafischerqueen: This is a spectacular example of fighting chess- both men seek the initiative and the attack on every move. <Pillsubury's> offer of the exchange sack for some pawns proves decisive, what a great idea.
Mar-25-11  fab4: Pillsbury's play exudes vitality and spark.

Showalter's 11.Qa4 seems a costly waste of time .. to make any sense of that move 12.Nc6 was necessary..But really he shouldve been directing his queen towards the kingside along with g4/g5/Kh1 ect..

Yep, it's a decisive exchange sac. A minimum of 2 pawns for it plus mobile pawn center and the 2 bishops..

All of which Pillsbury shoves down his opponent's throat with impressive energy.

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