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Harry Nelson Pillsbury vs Jackson Whipps Showalter
Pillsbury - Showalter US Championship (1898), New York, NY USA, rd 5, Mar-09
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. General (D60)  ·  1-0

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Nov-06-03  Kenkaku: 42. Qe5+ was a superb tactical shot. Black does not seem to have any suitable response.
Jun-13-06
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  Benzol: Is this the first example of the 'Minority Attack' as we know it?
Jun-14-06
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  Pawn and Two: <Benzol> You may be correct. Someone may find an earlier example of the Minority Attack in the Exchange varation, but the best information I could find was from the book, "Chess From Morphy To Botwinnik", by Imre Konig.

Konig states that Tarrasch's theory that <that a Pawn minority should not advance against a majority> held sway until Capablanca's revival of the system in 1921.

Konig states, <We have to return to the ninteenth century to find examples from tournament play. Here we discover that it was played by Pillsbury against Showalter, and by Steinitz against Lee.>

The two indicated games are this Pillsbury-Showalter match game and Steinitz-Lee, London 1899. Konig considered that Pillsbury's treatment had little in common with modern methods, so he started his study review with the Steinitz-Lee game.

Jun-14-06
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  Benzol: <Pawn and Two> Thanks for pointing out Steinitz vs F J Lee, 1899
Wonder why it had to wait until Capablanca's revival in the 1920's for the system to gain acceptance?
Apr-16-22  James J. Henderson: A near flawless performance by Pillsbury, even by modern standards. There was only one misstep. The move 49.Rc5 allows Black to escape with a draw if he can find 49...Ke5. Then, after, for example, 50.Nf3+ Kd6 51.Ra5, Black has to play 51...Rc7. A possible continuation is 52.Kf2 Rc5, and Black picks off White's pawn and draws.

On move 49, White retains a winning position with any of the following: 49.Rf1+, 49.d6, 49.Nc4, 49.Rd1, 49.Rc4+, 49.Rc3, 49.Rc6, 49.Ra1, 49.Nb1, or 49.Nf1.

These endgames are tricky!

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