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Amos Burn vs Jackson Whipps Showalter
3rd Anglo-American Cable Match (1898), London ENG / New York USA, rd 1, Mar-18
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Botvinnik Variation (D60)  ·  0-1



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  Sally Simpson: This game has a trap line which I know I would go for OTB because the moved played (the best move) appears to have a huge hole in it.

First you are given this. Black to play.

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The outstanding feature is the pawn on b2 and can you see it home.

I'd wade in with 31... Bxe4 32. fxe4 Nxe4+ 33. Ke3 Nd2

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and 34.Kxd2 meets 34...Rd8+ and Rxd1.

The trouble being White does not play 34.Kxd2 but 34.Nc3 and Black is looking grim.

So back here. (Black to play)

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Showalter chose

31... Nxe4+ 32. fxe4 Bxe4 33. Nc3

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And here I would have bailed out and stopped looking any further. The c3 Knight hits the Bishop and covers b1.

But that is how the game went, Showalter had looked deeper and won.

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