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Georg Marco vs M Didier
Paris (1900), Paris FRA, rd 11, Jun-07
Spanish Game: Open Variations. Classical Defense Main Line (C83)  ·  1-0


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Feb-04-09  YoungEd: Black miscalculates at move 16 and loses two pieces for a rook. I wonder why White didn't play 17. ♗xd5+. That would have picked up a pawn and the exchange, wouldn't it? I'm not sure Black's threat of ♗f2+ needed immediate attention.
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  KEG: Extremely weak play by Didier (whose tournament record went from 0-10 to 0-11). Marco had a short and easy day at the office.

1. e4 e5
2. Nf3 Nc6
3. Bb5 Nf6
4. 0-0 Nxe4
5. d4 a6

Didier tries the Berlin Defense to the Ruy Lopez. Kramnik here played 5...Nd6 with great success in his match against Kasparov. But there is nothing wrong with Didier's move.

6. Ba4

6. BxN looks best, but MCO-13 gives only the text.

6... b5

6...exd4 is simpler, but the text is also fine.

7. Bb3 d5
8. dxe5 Be6

Rosenthal in the Tournament Book calls this bad and says that 8...Ne7 was "correct," but after Rosenthal's move White gets much the better game with 9. a4. Didier's move seems best.

9. c3 Be7
10. Re1

10. Nbd2 was better, but the text is OK.

10... 0-0
11. Bd4 NxN

Rosenthal says that 11...Nxe5 would lose to 12. f3, but Black seems fine after 12...Bh4. Indeed, 11...Nxe5 seems better than Didier's actual move. Either 11...Nxe5 or 11...Bh4 is best here.

12. cxN

The position was now:

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Didiern has played well to this point and Marco has---at most--a tiny advantage. But from here Didier fell apart and lost the game in very short order.

12... f5?

"A mistake which loses the game." (Rosenthal). This quip by Rosenthal is a bit of an overstatement, but this move in and of itself nearly ruins Didier's position. Rosenthal's suggested 12...h6 would have been much better. Even better, and yielding near equality would have been 12...Bh4

13. exf6 e.p. Rxf6

As Rosenthal correctly noted, 13...Bxf6 would have lost immediately to 14. RxN! dxR 15. Bxe6+.

14. f3 Bb4?

After this lemon Didier is most definitely lost. Best was 14...Nd6. Rosenthal claims that 14...Nd6 would lose to 15. RxB RxR 16. Bxd5, but Black would still have some play with 16...Qc8. The text loses two pieces for a Rook and gives Marco an overwhelming position.

15. fxN

Better was 15. Re2 Nd6 16. RxB! RxR 17. Bxd5 and wins. But Didier fails to take advantage of Marco's lapse. (In fairness, Marco probably still has a won game even after the text).

15... Bg4?

Now the game is over. Didier's best chance lay in 15...BxR 16. QxB dxe4 with some chances.

16. QxB BxR

The position was now:

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17. Be3

YoungEd on this site has asked why Didier didn't play 17. Bxd5+ picking up a pawn plus the exchange. In fact, both the text and Marco'smove win easily.

17... Kh8

17...c6 was better, but by now it hardly matters.

18. e5 Rg6
19. Qh3

Even stronger was 19. Qf3, but the text is also crushing.

19... Qf8?

If Didier wanted to play on in this lost position, he had to try 19...Bh4.

20. Nc3

20. Na3 was even better, but the text is more than adequate to close out the game.

20... BxN
21. bxc3

The position was now:

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Marco's Bishops rule the board. Didier here resigned.


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  KEG: Correction:

In my note to Marco's 17th move, I meant to say that both the text and YoungEd's move win easily.

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