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Frank James Marshall vs Joseph Henry Blackburne
11th Anglo-American Cable Match (1909), London ENG / New York USA, rd 1, Mar-26
Benoni Defense: Benoni Gambit Accepted (A43)  ·  1-0


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  Bears092: after the bishop interposes, Rxa7 forces Rc3. after Ra8+ and the rook interposing taking either piece will force the king to leave the other undefended...
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  offramp: An example of an AAA-Battery misfiring.

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Had the queen on g7 and the rook on g8 been the other way 'round, Black might have won.

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  who: <Bears> I think a simple solution would be 61.Rf8+ Be8 62.f6 followed by 63.Re7 and 64.Rfxe8#
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  who: I just put my Fritz to analyze the game. Ironically, it thinks 26...Qg8 -creating the gun - was the losing move. It recommends 26...h5 instead.
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  Pawn and Two: <who & Bears> Marshall announced mate in five, when playing 61.Rf8+.

Blackburne had left the hall. The British cabled back: <"Saw it; gone home".>

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  Pawn and Two: <who> Fritz 9's analysis shows 26...Rh6 to be Black's best choice at move 26 (.98) (18 ply). Fritz provides the following: 26...Rh6 27.Nb3 Qe8 28.g3 Rh3.

Fritz 9 considers both 26...h5 and 26...Qg8 to be weaker than 26...Rh6.

Regarding 26...h5, Fritz 9 evaluates this move to be in favor of White (1.26) (18 ply) and provides the following: 26...h5 27.Nb3 Ka8 28.Na5 Rc7 29.c4.

Regarding 26...Qg8, Fritz 9 evaluates this move to be in favor of White (1.45) (18 ply) and provides the following: 26...Qg8 27.Rd1d2 Bc8 28.Nb3 Ba6 29.Na5 Qe6 30.Qc5.

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  Karpova: An American donated a prize for the best game of the cable match. Shipley awarded the prize to Marshall for this game.

Source: 'Wiener Schachzeitung', August and Supplement 1909, p. 252

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