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Frank James Marshall vs Mikhail Chigorin
Cambridge Springs (1904), Cambridge Springs, PA USA, rd 1, Apr-25
Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit (D31)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Sep-22-05  anon001: An interesting draw.
(I don't understand why 12...gxf6 was necessary.)
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  Chessical: Chigorin liked to use the g file for an attack on the opposing K, moreover after 12..Qxf6, then 13. Ne4 takes the dynamics out of the position for Black.
Sep-25-05  CambridgeSprings1904: If you look carefully above, you will see that there is an alternate game score for this game in the database. The moves shown above are the correct ones. The moves in the alternate score are the moves that are most commonly found in electronic databases and other sources. However, the alternate moves are incorrect. My web site will soon have a link to detailed analysis of this game.
Sep-29-05  LIFE Master AJ: CS1904 has a very nice site.

He also gave a lecture/talk on this tournament at the centennial celebration for this tournament. (Unfortunately, I was unable to attend ... but I certainly wish that I could have been there.) It was a gala event, 'Chess Life' (magazine) reported on it as well. (GM Larry Evans was also in attendance!)

Oct-01-05  LIFE Master AJ: I must agree with <Chessical> here. Many weeks ago, I took just the basic gamescore to chess club one Thursday night.

Most of the players there did not understand the doubling of the pawns, this seemed to be the place where most people had their biggest question about this contest.

About two or three years ago, I purchased the book, "Mikhail Chigorin, The First Russian Grandmaster," by GM Alexander Khalifman and also S. Soloviov. (Chess Stars, 1999.)

Having studied dozens of his games, I can tell you he liked to play chess ... in a VERY unusual way!!! He often preferred Knights over Bishops. He would often engage in unclear sacrifices and often wound up in positions so complex, mere mortals would lose their way. He also liked to UN-balance a position as soon as possible, in this regard, one can see that Tal descends from the same chess lineage as Tchigorin.

Oct-01-05  CambridgeSprings1904: The analysis of this game that I mention above is now available:
Oct-01-05  erimiro1: <anon001>12. - Q:f6 13.N-e4 Qe7 14.N:c6 N:c6 15.N:d6 wins a pawn.
Oct-02-05  LIFE Master AJ: <erimiro1> Its probably better for Black to play 13...Qh6! in this line.
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  zydeco: Two kindred spirits in this game. Marshall had the clear advantage after 17.Nxc6. Chigorin found a creative way to generate counterplay with 19....Rb8. The players go through an interesting sequence starting with 22.g3, in which, for five half-moves, they avoid an obvious recapture or retreat.
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