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Amos Burn vs Frank James Marshall
13th Anglo-American Cable Match (1911), London ENG / New York USA, rd 1, Apr-21
Tarrasch Defense: Classical. Endgame Variation (D34)  ·  1-0


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  keypusher: Wow, Marshall must have been kicking himself after 18. Nxd5.
Jan-01-08  Cibator: He was probably still searching for his cigar-cutter.
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  Pawn and Two: Leopold Hoffer in "The Field" reported that in playing 17...Rfc8, <Marshall was under the impression of getting three pieces for the queen; that is the reason for embarking on this combination; otherwise he could have made the defensive move 17...Qd8.>

After 19.Rxc6, Hoffer noted, <This excellent move Marshall overlooked. He calculated upon 19.Bxd5, which would have given him the imaginary three pieces.>

Great Britian won the 1911 Anglo-American cable match by a score of 6-4. As this was their third win in a row, no further cable matches would be played, and Great Britian retained permanent possession of the Anglo-American trophy

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  Pawn and Two: A stronger line for Black at move 16 was: (-1.01) (24 ply) 16...Be7 17.Nb1 Qxd2 18.Nxd2 Bb4 19.Nf3 Ba3.

However, Marshall's move was also in Black's favor: (-.48) (24 ply) 16...Rc6 17.Qe1.

After White's move 17.Rc2, Marshall should concentrate his heavy pieces on the c-file by first moving his Queen to c7 before moving his King Rook to c8: (-1.08) (21 ply) 17...Qc7 18.Rfc1 Rc8.

As Hoffer has explained, Marshall made a miscalculation when he played 17...Rfc8.

After 18.Nxd5, Marshall went ahead with his planned move 18...Qxd5, under the impression he would gain 3 pieces for his Queen. While it was too late to prevent a disadvantage, Marshall should have rechecked his calculations, as 18...Qxd2 was a much better move than 18...Qxd5.

After 18...Qxd2 19.Nxf6+ gxf6 20.Rxd2 Rc2 21.Rxc2 Rxc2 22.Bxb7 Rxa2, and Black can still put up a fight: (.67) (25 ply) 23.d5 Bg4.

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  GrahamClayton: Marshall played this game "over the board" against Burn while the rest of the matches were played by cable. Marshall was in Europe having played in the San Sebastian tournament in March, and waiting to compete in the Karlsbad tournament later in the year.
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Match 13, Board 1 (April 21, 1911)
from Anglo-American Cable Matches, 1896-1911 by Phony Benoni

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