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Jackson Whipps Showalter vs Edward Lasker
18th Western Championship (1917), Lexington, KY USA, rd 8, Aug-24
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Anderssen Variation (C77)  ·  0-1



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  keypusher: I was directed to this attractive game from a post by <patzer2>; I also dimly recall it from one of Edward Lasker's books. Black plays a sort of Two Knights Defense, very well. For what might happen after 8....Nxd5, see Duras vs M Gladig, 1909. But I'll bet you can guess.
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  patzer2: White's game starts to go bad hill with
9. d6?, allowing 9...Nxb3 ⩱ to ∓ (-0.64 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 10).

Instead, White should go for simple development with 9. 0-0 Nxd5 10. Nc3 = (0.00 @ 32 ply, Stockfish 10) for a level game.

The follow-up 10. dxc7?, allowing the game move 10...Qxc7 ∓ (-0.70 @ 32 ply) or the stronger 10...Qd5! ∓ (-1.02 @ 32 ply), is a second consecutive mistake.

Instead, 10. axb3 cxd6 11. 0-0 ⩱ (-0.54 @ 31 ply) is surely better for White than 10. dxc7 Qd5! ∓ (-1.02 @ 32ply).

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