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Jackson Whipps Showalter vs Logan
"Logan's Run" (game of the day May-15-2008)
corr (1890) (correspondence)
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Goering Attack (C51)  ·  1-0



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Jul-24-06  apawnandafool: epaulette mate, psychological was 18.Qg4!

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Page 243 of the June 1892 BCM had the following position:

W.H.K. Pollock commented:

‘And here we can save a separate chapter on “Showalter’s Chess Finessing, or High Cunning”, by giving a diagram of a game-ending which does seem to illustrate the peculiar feature called finesse – like a trap, good play, if the prey snaring himself, the trapper loseth neither bait nor tackle. This was the outcome of an Evans, played by correspondence, between Mr S. and a strong amateur of Louisville.

Now White (as the moves will shew) would like Black to play ...Nc4. Therefore he does not play Qf5 at once, but makes a move to prevent ...Nc4, in other words puts it into his opponent’s head to play ...Nc4. The game proceeded 18 Qg4 h5 19 Qf5 Nc4 20 Rxc4 Qxc4 21 Nd5 Qc5 22 Qe6+ Kf8 23 Bxf6 Re8. White announced mate in seven (24 Ne7, etc.).’

May-15-08  newzild: A typically wild Evans, but with a nice epaulette mate at the end.
May-15-08  Samagonka: Ha, ha, ha! The end position really made me laugh. Just look at how the King gets trapped in the fortress between two castles!
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  kevin86: The epaulette mate was worth the cost of admission.

Don't overlook the rook sac at move 20-it sealed out the queen from an adequate defense of her king.

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  Peligroso Patzer: 27. ... Bf2 serves no other purpose than to delay mate by one move. Was Logan cheating by using an early prototype chess-playing computer in this correspondence game? ;-)
May-15-08  Pianoplayer: That was sorta smothered mate wasn't it?
May-15-08  patzer2: Black tried to over complicate his defensive task with 21...Qc5??, giving White a pretty mating after the game continuation 22. Qe6+! Kf8 23. Bxf6! etc.

Instead, 21...Qg4! would have held everything and won easily for Black.

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  playground player: Wouldn't you just hate to be on the receiving end of this?
May-15-08  Billy Vaughan: <kevin86: The epaulette mate was worth the cost of admission.>

Agreed. For whatever reason, I'm reminded of Draco with Crabbe and Goyle by his sides.

May-15-08  NewLine: Looks like a forced mate from beginning to end...
May-15-08  PaulLovric: when i was 10 or 11 i loved the series logan's run, trying to find sanctuary. does anyone remember it?
May-15-08  xrt999: <NewLine: Looks like a forced mate from beginning to end>

looks like another strong player crushing a weak player showcased as "game of the day".

How can a game where black refuses to take a free pawn on move 7 be worthy of game of the day?

May-15-08  jovack: Wow.. everyone is so pretentious. Just enjoy the game for what it is and stop pretending to be some super expert player that enjoys long boring games that end up as a draw. Honestly, people are so annoying with their "Dear me, my monocle fell in my drink after viewing this awful awful game".

It's game of the day because it's entertaining, good job

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  keypusher: <xrt 999> <How can a game where black refuses to take a free pawn on move 7 be worthy of game of the day?>

A free pawn? 7....dxc3 8. Bxf7+ Kxf7 9. Qd5+ Kf8 10. Qxc5+ d6 11. Qxc3 has been known to be bad for Black since our ancestors descended from the trees.

May-16-08  PaulLovric: i guessno one remembers it
Dec-05-08  WhiteRook48: epaulette mate.
King: Rooks, get out of the way!
Rooks: We can't!
Dec-23-08  WhiteRook48: and all of the white pawns from b-file to f-file have been ripped off and are lying cold on the board...I mean off
Jan-19-09  WhiteRook48: What kind of name is Logan?
Feb-05-09  WhiteRook48: semi-smothered mate
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  MissScarlett: C.N. 4450 <The full game-score was given in C.N. 2694 (see page 199 of A Chess Omnibus), from page 382 of La Strat?gie, 15 December 1890.>

The game appears in the <<Galveston Daily News> of October 19th 1890, p.10. Earlier sightings welcomed.

No good candidate yet for <Professor J. E. Logan> of Louisville, KY.

Jan-24-22  Whitehat1963: Wild finish, with both sides pulling out all the stops!
Jan-24-22  jnpope: This game brings me back to the 90s when I was doing my Showalter research at the JGW Collection.

The earliest verifiable source I have is the St. Louis <Republic>, 1890.10.12, p3, (which cites the Kansas City <Journal>). The score given in the <Republic> ends at 23...Re8 and states that White announced mate in seven, so being a correspondence game it was probably never played out and should be corrected here.

For Professor "J. E. Logan" try searching for Professor J. Lewis Logan, of Lexington. Another game played between Professor Logan and Showalter can be found in the Louisville <Courier-Journal>, 1891.09.13.

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