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David Janowski vs Jackson Whipps Showalter
Nuremberg (1896), Nuremberg GER, rd 7, Jul-27
Russian Game: French Attack (C42)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: From Tarrasch's book, after Black's 41st move:

<One of the spectators fell asleep at this game. When I heard of it, I was at first very annoyed at this impropriety at a tournament, but now, after careful analysis of the game, I must acknowledge that the criticism of the gentleman was indeed strict but appropriate.>

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: So this is the famous game. The version I had heard was that Tarrasch turned away from the board and said, "Ah, an acute critic!"

With all due respect, Tarrasch was wrong.

The simplicity and inexorable force of Black's attack over the last twenty moves of the game anticipates some of Capablanca's greatest efforts; indeed, had the Cuban played this game, we would see this ending in every textbook on the subject.

1. Look at how Jaqckson finds effective squares for his Bishops despite the presence of 14 pawns in symmetrical formation. 2. Look at how he restricts White's minors. 3. Look at how he forces a hole at e3 for his Knight. 4. Look at how he eschews the gain of a pawn at move 52 to keep Whiye's Queen bottled up. You can find all of these elements in Capa's games, but almost never together in the same game.

Tarrasch was an expert on the endgame; I'm surprised he failed to see the quality in this one.

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  keypusher: <An Englishman>

To be fair, after 42....Bc6, Tarrasch writes, <Now finally some life begins to come into the game.> He writes after 52. c3 that <White has no moves. ...Ne3+ is threatened followed by ...Bxe1+> and after 54. b4 <None of the White pieces can move without immediate loss.>

At the end, he writes, <Mr. Showalter has played the second part of the game very well.>

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  keypusher: Showalter finished 16-17th out of 19 in the tournament but played some good games. He drew with Tarrasch and had Lasker in deep trouble, but as so often Lasker turned the tables on him:

Lasker vs Showalter, 1896

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