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Alexander Henry Robbins vs Jackson Whipps Showalter
3rd USCA Congress (1890), St. Louis, MO USA, Feb-??
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Suhle Defense (C59)  ·  0-1



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Jan-24-22  TheaN: Honestly this one took me a while, as it's so unique. As it's Monday I started to look at all piece sacs first, but Black's limited control over the escape squares quickly rules out that option.

I eyed Nf1, which wins trivially as White can't prevent promotion, but felt like that was not the Monday queue I was used to: after all, it's a simple take-out-the-defender without a sac.

Then I realised a knight on e3 can of course also go to d1, and then it clicked instantly: the only viable check to take out the king rather than the squares around it, <21....Nd1+ 22.Rxd1 exd1N#>. Incredible finish, good start of the week.

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  moronovich: Cute little one :)
Jan-24-22  Refused: took me a bit longer than usual for a Monday, but 1...Nd1+ 2.Rxd1 exd1N# is a really cute finish.
Jan-24-22  awfulhangover: haha! 🤣😁😂
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Jan-24-22  igiene: " I saw the Knight"
Jan-24-22  Dionysius1: <agb2002> If you don't mind me asking, is the way you write up the solution actually how you think of the position when you're trying to solve it?

I usually just look at what seem obvious next moves and see where they take me. That's usually enough for Monday. Beyond that I look at captures and checks and see where they lead.

I'm wondering if your write ups are how you solved the puzzle or a kind of lesson for us afterwards, a rationale as if were?

Jan-24-22  GlennOliver: "Twice a Knight"
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  ClassZPlaya: Was wondering exactly where White went astray in the opening and seems to me that 13. f3 is the problem. 13. Bf3 exf2+ 14.Kf1 seems to hold everything together. Black is better and more actively developed but White has much better pawn structure and might be able to win the f2 pawn after completing development. Probably about equal chances?
Jan-24-22  fporretto: Instead of 11. Ng4, Horowitz recommends 11. f4 and gives a continuation that seems to lead to rough equality, though Black retains the initiative.
Jan-24-22  landshark: 21...Nd1+ curtains.
Coffee and a good night's rest helps -
Jan-24-22  goodevans: <ClassZPlaya: Was wondering exactly where White went astray in the opening and seems to me that 13. f3 is the problem. 13. Bf3 exf2+ 14.Kf1 seems to hold everything together...>

13.f3 ain't great and I like your line better but the real culprit was White's next move, <14.Bh3?> (as pointed out by <Honza Cervenka> in 2003). If White had instead played 14.Bf5 then 14...Qh4+ would have achieved nothing as the Q could have been rebuffed with 15.g3.

Jan-24-22  ndg2: 11.Ng4? (11.f4); 13.f3?? (Bf3). White was eager to destruct himself.
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  scormus: night night :
Jan-24-22  igiene: Knightmare
Jan-24-22  KevinDenelsbeck: Really really nice little mate at the end. White's King is caught in a crossfire, and is picked off by a sniper hiding behind White's own walls.
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  offramp: This is a really cracking POTD.

When I saw the position I thought this one of those games that long about 12 moves, where White was a complete beginner....
But Robbins was a competent player. The first dozen moves are theory! In the position he had a ♖ at g1, a ♗ at h3, and NOTHING else doing anything.

Showalter was a professional and quickly annihilated his opponent.

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  gawain: Delightful king hunt culminating in a composition-like jewel of a position.

Showalter was one of the stronger American players of his day, a sometime rival of my favorite the American champion Frank J Marshall.

Jan-24-22  QueenMe: When to promote to a knight, in one easy lesson!
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  paulalbert: Easy to find, but nice and unusual N underpromotion which is also an immediate mate.

I was more curious about how the white K got out into its crazy no man's land position in the first place to set up the puzzle position.

Jan-24-22  johnnydeep: Pretty easy, though I missed that the black bishop was preventing the king from escaping on the diagonal. I seem to have a problem seeing the whole board, despite it being only 8x8 squares!
Jan-24-22  igiene: The return of the man called horse/knight
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  eternaloptimist: Wow this is 1 of the coolest combinations leading to a checkmate that I’ve ever seen! I figured this puzzle out pretty quickly. Showalter did a good job of orchestrating this game
Jan-24-22  agb2002: <Dionysius1: <agb2002> If you don't mind me asking, is the way you write up the solution actually how you think of the position when you're trying to solve it?>

Normally, yes. The material balance and searching for threats are some kind of warming up. Once it seems to me I have a solution I start writing the post.

However, I often have the impression that I should consider alternatives, or reconsider some lines, or even discard the 'solution' completely.

After some final checks (not always) I send the post and forget the puzzle although if I find something interesting I may check my solution with DroidFish, and perhaps post a couple of humbling findings.

Jan-25-22  Dionysius1: I think I'll incorporate the balance and threats thing too. I missed the solution to today's, Tuesdays, by not seeing Black's attack on my rook. Cheers.
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