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Jackson Whipps Showalter vs Harry Nelson Pillsbury
Pillsbury - Showalter US Championship (1897), Brooklyn, New York USA, rd 10, Mar-12
Ponziani Opening: Caro Gambit (C44)  ·  1-0

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Jul-21-08
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  Pawn and Two: <White adopted for the first time in the match a Ponziani, Black defending in an unusual manner by a counter gambit, offering a pawn for the attack.

An extremely complicated position arose in the middle game, White having returned the pawn for the sake of an attack with double rooks on the black king. Black gave up the queen for 2 rooks, and but for an error on his twenty-seventh move, would probably been able to draw the game; as it was, however, he lost the valuable queen's pawn, and eventually the game.>

Comments by H. N. Pillsbury - Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 3/13/1897

Oct-27-10  Whitehat1963: Beautiful and resourceful battle in the Opening of the Day. This one's probably worthy of Game of the Day designation sometime. I'm sure there are errors here. Where do the engines think black could have hung on?
Apr-06-18  estrick: Pillsbury stated that he erred on move 27.

However, Fritz says that 27. ...Bxg5 IS The Best move.

The problem is, he was already losing badly by that point (-4.6).

Move 23 is where Pillsbury went wrong. If 23. ... Re7, and the evaluation is only 0.1 in White's favor.

With 23. ...e3? White's advantage jumps to +4.6

Opening the center and allowing White's LSB to rake Black's king-side position was a really bad idea.

Sep-30-21  rwbean: 10... h6 is too slow. Black is a move behind when he has the initiative from the pawn sac. Needs to be 10... o-o and 14... a5 ... Black seems paranoid about having a White bishop on g5.

23... ♗xd2 gives Black the advantage.

64. ♔d6 mate in 10.

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