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Norman Tweed Whitaker vs Jackson Whipps Showalter
16th Western Championship (1915), Excelsior, MN USA, rd 9, Aug-20
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Steinitz Deferred (C79)  ·  1-0



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May-09-19  Strategsson: A fine game by Norman Whitaker against the many-time US champion. I haven't analyzed it in detail but after 20 moves it's obvious that Norman has a clear advantage. At that point he turns to tactical play and goes for 20. ♗h6 followed by 21. ♘f5. Very imaginative by the american "prison customer".

<Norman Tweed Whitaker (April 9, 1890 May 20, 1975) was an American International Master of chess, a lawyer, a civil servant, and a chess author. He was convicted of several crimes, was disbarred from the practice of law, and served several terms in prison. His most infamous criminal escapade was a confidence trick involving the Lindbergh kidnapping in 1932.>

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  fredthebear: <Strategsson> Thank you for the post. FTB appreciates blogs that include chess history.

Acceptance of the sacrifice offer 21...gxNf5 increases Black's congestive problems as 22.exf5 opens the e-file with a pin. It costs Black both his knights.

If instead 24...RxQd2 25.exf7+ Kh8 26.f8=Q+ QxQf8 27.BxQf8 and all queens have come off the board with White still up a piece.

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