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|Jul-21-12|| ||RookFile: Lasker was a stronger player. Oddly, Marshall without a doubt made more significant contributions to the opening the Lasker did. That was the problem with Lasker: even when you got him into trouble out of the opening, his great fighting qualities would rise up and he would win or draw the game anyway.|
|Aug-06-12|| ||Phony Benoni: There's a statement in the introduction that I'm not sure about:|
<Frank James Marshall was born in New York City, but spent his youth in Montreal where he rapidly rose to the top of the chess scene. Upon returning to the USA, he won the US Championship (although refused to accept the honor, as Harry Nelson Pillsbury did not participate).>
As far as I can figure, this is referring to his victory in the 7th American Chess Congress at St. Louis 1904. That event was originally intended as a US Championship event, but objections from Pillsbury and others scuttled the idea; therefore, it does not seem correct to say that Marshall won the US Championship there. See <crawfb5>'s introduction to his tournament collection:
Game Collection: St. Louis 1904
|Aug-06-12|| ||Petrosianic: It's also not clear when he refused the honor. Max Judd organized that tournament to try to yank the US title out from under Pillsbury, who was still alive, but ailing. It was hugely controversial at the time. I've heard that Marshall didn't accept the honor, but I've also heard that he did at first, and that the Capablanca-Marshall match was actually organized as a US Title defense.|
Supposedly, after Marshall lost the match, he argued that Capablanca couldn't challenge for the US Title at all, as he wasn't a citizen. They agreed to let Walter Penn Shipley arbitrate it. Shipley ruled that Capablanca wasn't US Champion because he wasn't a US citizen, but Marshall wasn't US Champion either, because when Pillsbury died, the title reverted to Jackson Showalter, the last person to hold it.
At this point, Marshall scooted off to Kentucky, challenged Showalter to a title match, and won it, which caused Capablanca to give up his plans to become a US Citizen. It's not entirely clear, but I'm guessing that Marshall accepted the 1904 Congress as being a US Championship until Shipley's ruling.
|Aug-06-12|| ||jnpope: http://books.google.com/books?id=NF...|
Helms records Pillsbury still being US Champion after Marshall won St. Louis 1904. I think Judd wanted it to be for the US Championship and Pillsbury (and his supporters) protested (a statement can be found in the American Chess Bulletin for 1904 p94 prior to the tournament). If I recall correctly, St. Louis was restated to be the for the "US Tournament Championship" and I think that is what was embossed on the medal Marshall won as part of first prize (I'll need to double check that).
Without an official organizing body managing the title it really depends upon which version of history someone wants to believe... much like the history of the World Championship prior to 1886.
|Aug-07-12|| ||Petrosianic: Yes, if we could see a picture of that medal, it would clear up a lot. It may be that Marshall never considered himself US Champion as a result of that tournament, but just assumed that he was champion by acclamation after Pillsbury died.|
|Aug-07-12|| ||Everett: <RookFile: Lasker was a stronger player. Oddly, Marshall without a doubt made more significant contributions to the opening the Lasker did. That was the problem with Lasker: even when you got him into trouble out of the opening, his great fighting qualities would rise up and he would win or draw the game anyway.>|
I read recently that one current top-GM thinks that Marshall was probably the best opening theoretician of his day, better than the WCs on down when it came to ideas and plans from the beginning position.
|Mar-13-13|| ||ranny: The Marshall quote in the introduction is incorrect. What he actually wrote in My Fifty Years of Chess was, "Speaking of matches, I had several unfortunate results about this time...The grim business of wearing down your opponent has never appealed to me very much."|
|Jul-16-14|| ||jnpope: I still haven't found a photograph, but I did find this recently...|
<F. J. Marshall, first prize, $500 and a gold medal, inscribed "CHAMPION;" Max Judd,
second, $300; Louis Uedemann, Western champion, third, $150; Emil Kemeny, fourth,
$100; fifth, $50, tied for and divided by L.Eisenberg and Ed. Schrader.
We own to a lively curiosity to see what would come of the offer of that much disputed gold medal. If, as now reported, the medal is simply inscribed "CHAMPION," which simply means, we suppose, "a champion chess player," without undertaking to say champion of any particular country. If so. It can not be said that Mr. Pillsbury's rights are in any way invaded, or that Mr. Marshall should have any delicacy about accepting the pretty trinket. The incident and its controversy seem to be harmlessly closed-and rather neatly, too.>
New York Clipper, 1904.11.19, p898.
|Sep-25-14|| ||jnpope: Now that I have successfully completed my move (from an apartment to a condo) I'm starting to get back into the swing of things... here are a few more tidbits I dug up re: Marshall becoming US Champion in 1904.|
<Frank J. Marshall, the Brooklyn chess master, left for St. Louis by the Pennsylvania Railroad at 2 o'clock this afternoon, the object of his trip being to participate in the international masters tournament of the seventh American chess congress opening in the exposition city next Tuesday.
In view of the trouble between Harry N. Pillsbury, the American champion, and the St. Louis committee over his title to the championship, Marshall should have the field pretty well to himself, his most dangerous opponents probably being J. W. Showalter and Max Judd, both of whom are said to have entered.
Before leaving, Marshall said he had written Pillsbury assuring him he would in no case accept the American championship, even in case of success at St. Louis, and that he recognized him, Pillsbury, as the rightful champion.>
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1904.10.07, p12
<The first prize of $500 and a gold medal as tournament champion of America goes to Frank J. Marshall of Brooklyn [...] >
New York Times, 1904.10.27, p1
<Marshall, in addition to the cash prize of $500, received a gold medal with the title "champion" engraved thereon.>
Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 1904.10.30, p31
|Sep-25-14|| ||ljfyffe: 1n 1895, Marshall was awarded Mason's Art of Chess for a best game played.|
|Mar-07-15|| ||kevin86: A real massacre! Marshall wasn't in the same zip code as Lasker.|
|Apr-26-15|| ||Fusilli: I imagine this must have been the most lopsided world championship match ever, right?|
|Apr-26-15|| ||Phony Benoni: <Fusilli> That distinction probably goes to Lasker - Janowski World Championship Match (1910), where Lasker scored +8 -0 =3.|
|Apr-26-15|| ||offramp: In more recent times Kasparov - Anand World Championship Match (1995) was a disaster for the loser.|
|Apr-26-15|| ||FSR: <In 1904, Marshall won the very strong Cambridge Springs tournament by 1.5 points over Emanuel Lasker, the first time that the World Champion had been beaten in a tournament in nearly ten years.>|
Since when? The last I heard, Marshall won by two points. Cambridge Springs (1904) Also, the language "had been beaten" seems ill-chosen, implying that Lasker had lost no games in his other tournaments. I would say, "the first time that the World Champion had failed to win a tournament since Hastings (1895)."
|Apr-26-15|| ||Fusilli: Thanks, <PB>!
<offramp> I would not call losing 10.5 - 7.5 to Kasparov a disaster, but that's a matter of opinion. Kasparov - Short World Championship Match (1993) was more lopsided.
|Apr-26-15|| ||offramp: <Fusilli: Thanks, <PB>!
<offramp> I would not call losing 10.5 - 7.5 to Kasparov a disaster, but that's a matter of opinion. Kasparov - Short World Championship Match (1993) was more lopsided.>|
In the 1995 match Anand won a game, then he lost a game and then he totally gave up - surrendered, white flag, arms up, lying on the floor, nose to dust.
At least Short kept trying throughout the match.
|Apr-28-15|| ||offramp: A German chess magazine made a memorable comment prior to this match, something like:|
<"If Marshall should win this match, who will consider him the champion of the world?">
This was in reference to the Marshall - Tarrasch (1905) match of two years earlier, which Tarrasch won (in Nuremberg) by 8 wins to 1 with 7 draws.
In the match before your eyes Lasker would have been bearing that result in mind; he would have wanted to outdo Tarrasch. But he was playing in the New World.
Marshall was brought up as a Montréaloid, although I can't see that home advantage gives anything to a chess player, unless the playing venue often gets water-logged and the home player is used to it.
So Lasker tried really hard to win by a bigger margin that his old rival Tarrasch had done. Unlucky for Marshall, but a direct knock-on effect from his big loss to Tarrasch.
|Apr-03-16|| ||MissScarlett: It's not from their match, but this is a contemporary photo:|
|Apr-23-16|| ||Caissanist: Marshall's <My Fifty Years of Chess> is now online, on Google Docs ( https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxI... ), including <ranny>'s version of the match quote.|
|Jun-06-16|| ||kevin86: Playing Lasker can be adverse to anyone's nature.|
|Jun-17-17|| ||MissScarlett: Philadelphia Inquirer, December 30th 1906, Sec. III p.2:|
<Mr. Marshall in a letter states that he has just been in a bad train wreck, which occurred at Donaldsville, La. His train while traveling at a high rate of speed collided with a freight. Mr. Marshall, though badly bruised and shocked, escaped with a sprained ankle and cut head. Mr. Marshall, in view of his accident and the nervous shock, expects to cancel several of his Southern engagements and return at once to New York. It is not expected, however, that he will be prevented from playing his match with Dr. Lasker, which, in all probability, will begin the middle of January.>
The Wilmington Messenger, December 16th 1906, p.1:
<Donaldsville, La., - December 15. - Four persons were killed and two seriously injured today in a head on collision between a passenger and a freight train at a long curve near here on the Texas and Pacific railroad. All the fatalities were among members of the train crews, no passengers being seriously injured.
The engineers and firemen of both trains saw the approaching collision in time to escape by jumping.
Scarecely had the engines crashed together when the boiler of the freight locomotive exploded.
The loss of life was confined to the passenger train. Many passengers were painfully bruised, injuries around the head being especially frequent, from the force with which they were dashed forward upon the car floods and over seats.>
|Dec-09-18|| ||sudoplatov: Lasker was very strong. Look at Marshall's results from Cambridge Springs to this match. Several good tournament wins, one failure, and a bad match loss to Tarrasch.|
|Jan-13-19|| ||MissScarlett: Morning Post, January 7th 1907, p.2:
<The championship match between Lasker and Marshall did not begin Friday [Jan. 4th] as intended, but it is confidently anticipated that a start will be made this week. Marshall’s absence from New York is mentioned as an explanation of the delay. Less convincing excuses have been deemed sufficient for putting off a match for the chess championship of the world, but there is no doubt that the encounter will take place, for the new number of <Lasker's Magazine> announces that a sufficient sum has been subscribed, and that "it has been settled that the match will begin in New York in a public place. What portion of the match will take place there, and where the remainder will be played has not yet been decided.” The statement is satisfactory so far as it goes, but it shows that to the time of the magazine’s publication no date had been fixed for commencement, and that the negotiations with the clubs that are anxious to entertain the competitors had not been concluded. But probably these matters have since been arranged.
Marshall has been touring in the Western States, and at Indianapolis, Chicago, and Racine won in all 58 games, drew five, and lost none. This is his record score, and <Lasker's Magazine> says, ”It is probably the record at multiple chess, for the chances of oversight in one or two games, when playing twenty or twenty-five boards simultaneously are so great that an error is usually made.” We also learn something of Marshall's idea of training for a championship match. He reduces his cigars to ten a day, he diets himself for a week, and sleeps as much as possible. "Sleep,” he says, ”is the best training for a chess-master,” and "if you want to play a rattling game of chess never eat heartily on the day the match takes place.” Marshall has made up his mind that if he wins the championship he will retire from chess.>
|Jan-13-19|| ||MissScarlett: <Mr. Marshall, though badly bruised and shocked, escaped with a sprained ankle and cut head.>|
The <ACB>, January 1907, p.5, reported on the basis of a letter, presumably a different one, that Marshall suffered a <strained ankle and cut hand.>
Maybe's Marshall's nervous shock affected his handwriting.
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