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Jackson Whipps Showalter vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Cambridge Springs (1904), Cambridge Springs, PA USA, rd 11, May-12
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Berger Variation (C42)  ·  1-0



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Apr-10-03  morphynoman2: Evidently Pillsbury was easily winning, but he lost the game after a terrible blunder.
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  Calli: 30. .. Qxf2?? is a colossal blunder. 30...Rxf2 31.Qd8+ Qf8 32.Qxf8+ Rbxf8 33.Rxe4 is right. Pillsbury's illness was pretty advanced by this time. He missed a spectacular win earlier 22...Nxf2!! 23.Bxf2 (23.Qxf2 Qxh3+ 24.Ke2 Rg2) 23...Rg2 (the pin is the main point) 24.Rad1 Bg3 25.Rd2 Bxf2 26.Rxf2 Qg1+ 27.Ke2 Re8+ 28.Be4 Rxe4+ etc
Nov-30-03  LIFE Master AJ: White snatched a pawn out of the opening ... which gave Black a HUGE attack. White's 18.Ne5?! ('?') was ill-advised ... but I also see no clear and easy remedy for White. Pillsbury missed MANY wins ... and then blundered at the end to actually lose.

More than anything else, this was one game is a sure indication of something was wrong with a man who had once been called a chess-playing machine.

Nov-30-03  Kenkaku: This one came at the end of his all-too-short career. I find it amazing that he was able to get such a brilliant win over Lasker in 1904, when he was so far gone with his illness.
Apr-28-04  LIFE Master AJ: I think he (Pillsbury) summoned all of his energies ... all that he left ... to defeat Lasker. A lot of people think Showalter was not a tough opponent. I think this game should go a long way to dispel that! (Sick or not ... most people could NOT defeat Pillsbury!!!)
Apr-28-04  LIFE Master AJ: For those who are interested, my friend has a beautiful website on Cambridge Springs, 1904. Use any search engine, type in "chess," "Cambridge Springs," "tournament," and the year, "1904," and you should quickly find it.
Sep-03-10  LIFE Master AJ:

THE website for this tournament.

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  virasakof: how about 30 Qd8+
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  GrahamClayton: <virasakof>how about 30 Qd8+

The Queen is pinned against the King by the Black bishp, and cannot move.

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