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Frank James Marshall vs Alexander Alekhine
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 20, Apr-13
Semi-Slav Defense: General (D43)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-13-05  lentil: 23... b6!! 24. ..bc!! 25.!! 26.!! 27... ef+!! while sacrificing 2 pieces, has to be the most brilliant drawing conception of ALL TIME!
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  Steppenwolf: Truly awesome! Where did Marshall go wrong? He must have been too greedy. Maybe he should have played 27 Re1 or Rf1.
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  CapAnson: I don't know about that.. after 23.Nc3 it's easy to see Nxe3 for black, but since that would lose the queen 23... b6 is called for and the rest flows from there.
Dec-10-05  chessworm: Marshall, in his book "My Fifty Years of Chess" gave this game in it. I wondered why he had not put any game winning Alekhine. Its bad that he was unable to win a single game from him.
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  kevin86: The gobbling action by the pawn reminds me of a famous problem where black is forced to "go down the stairs" and mate white by successive captures by his pawn.
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  plang: It is interesting that Marshalls and Alekhines annotations are almost identical; I wonder who actually did the analysis. 5 cd seems poorly timed giving black the maximum amount of flexibiity. 20 g3 is a multi-purpose move; giving luft for the king as well as a rout to the queenside for whites queen via h3 and f1. If 20..Rf6 21 Qe4..Qe4 22 Ne4..Re4 23 Rd5. Not 24 Rc4?..Ne3.
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  acirce: <Marshall and Alekhine were among the five original grandmasters as declared by Russian Tsar Nicholas II.> I was thinking about this too, but was searching through games between any two of these five from just after they had been awarded the title (which was in 1914).

I was obviously looking at the very earliest quick draws in the database, but to no avail. Then I looked at draws between people in the "very young GM's" crowd, like Karjakin and Carlsen.

Other than that I was hoping it was this: Karpov vs Leko, 1995 (they played a 1-move draw to protest the <early> start of the round, according to <refutor>'s first post)

I was also looking through the short draws by Bird, but that was a bit of a longshot...

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  square dance: i went the same route as <acirce> even looking up the karpov-leko game immediately. as for the "paper tiger" clue, after realizing that it wasnt the naka-persson game of the day by the same name i started looking for games between anand and kramnik, or anand at mexico city. i figured since anand is known as the "tiger of madras" and was called the "champion on paper" by kramnik. i wonder if anybody else had the same idea.
Mar-01-09  WhiteRook48: funny Alekhine sacrifices
Oct-09-09  WhiteRook48: 29...Qxc1+ doesn't...?
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  AnalyzeThis: This is a magnificent game. Marshall says 29... Qxc1+ 30. Qf1 wins.
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  thezimboman: Yeah... Qxc1 does nothing.
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  Phony Benoni: I don't know why everybody thinks Alekhine was being so creative in this game. The four-step diagonal march of a pawn had been done before:

J F Cross - Einar Michelsen
Western Championship Excelsior, MN, 1907

<1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Nc3 e6 4.d4 cxd4 5.Nxd4 Nf6 6.Be2 Bb4 7.Nxc6 bxc6 8.Bf3 Ba6 9.Bd2 Qb6 10.Na4 Bxd2+ 11.Qxd2 Qb5 12.b3 0-0 13.0-0-0 d5 14.Rhe1 c5 15.exd5>

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Now watch Black's e-pawn!

<15...exd5 16.c4 dxc4 17.Bxa8 cxb3 18.Nc3 bxa2>

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Boy, some guys will do anything to get a DIRP.

<19.Qxa2 Qb4 20.Nd5 Nxd5 21.Bxd5 Qc3+> 1/2-1/2

As Black has a perpetual check. Not quite as spectacular as Alekhine's conception, but I think there's no doubt: Michelsen was drunk.

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  technical draw: Alekhine OWNED Marshall. Seven wins, zero losses.
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  NM JRousselle: I would have loved to have been in the gallery for this game. The crowd must have been going wild.
Sep-03-13  Ken Tao: Several years later both Tsar Nickolas and Alekhine were being sentenced to death by the Red Army.AA got a reprive from none other than Leon Trotsky.
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