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Francis Joseph Lee vs Jackson Whipps Showalter
London (1899), London ENG, rd 16, Jun-20
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation (D50)  ·  0-1



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  KEG: The main interest in this game are the variations that were NOT played.

Lee's passive play allows Showalter to obtain the better game and begin a King's side attack. But as well as Showalter played in building his edge, he repeatedly failed to find the blows that could have blown Lee away.

Lee's 23. Rae1 walked into a pin that Showalter pounced on with 23...Ne6. Showalter tried to move out of trouble with his 24. Rd1 retreat, but after 24...Qh5 he was probably lost. And after 25. Nd2 Ng5 26. h4, Showalter had the crushing 26...Rxe3!! But Showalter missed this with 26...Bf6 and Lee was back in the game.

Lee then erred again with 28. Qc2 allowing the pretty 28...Nxg3. But Showlater missed this chance as well and after his 28...g5 Lee was able to achieve equality again.

Showalter slowly built up his attack once again, until Lee blundered with 42. Rf1? allowing a combination very similar to the one that finally won him the game: 42...Bxg3. After Lee's 43. Qe1, Showalter again had a win with 43...Bxg3 and again he missed it.

Showalter finally tried this idea after Lee again erred with 47. Rf1. With his pretty 47...Bxg3, Showalter now had the game in hand. But he didn't follow up his sacrifice properly. After Lee's 48. KxB, Showalter could have blown the game open with 48...Rf3+. His actual 48...Qd6+ was nowhere nearly as effective, but he still had the game in hand after 50. Qe1. But instead of the crushing 50...g3, he wimped out with 50...Qxh4. All of a sudden, chances were even. (Fritz now rates the game as 0.00).

But Lee blundered again with 52. Qg1? and 53. Kf1? (instead of 52. a4 or 52. Rb2 or 53. Rh2). Now Showalter's 52...h4 and 53...g3 were crushing.

Showalter could have speeded his victory with 57...Qh5 instead of his 57...g2+, but the result was no longer in doubt.

Incredibly, none of the unplayed combinations in this game were pointed out by Hoffer in the Tournament Book.

Lots of fascinating combinations available in this game, but until 47...Bxg3 none of them were played or noted.

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