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Frank James Marshall vs Paul Saladin Leonhardt
Marshall - Leonhardt (1911), Hamburg GER, rd 5, Jun-??
King's Gambit: Accepted. MacDonnell Gambit (C37)  ·  1-0


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Jun-12-08  sneaky pete: If 16... Bg4 how does white win?
Jun-12-08  sneaky pete: To answer my own question: if 16... Bg4 17.Qh4 .. how can black not lose? (I overlooked earlier that Nf4 in some lines jumps to g6 instead of e6 as in the game).

The actual move order in this game was 5... d5 6.Bxd5 gxf3 7.Qxf3 .. as in the duplicate erroneously dated 1910.

10.b4 .. is a great move. As Marshall explains: "White means to get on the long diagonal without loss of time, and the value of placing the QB there will be apparent soon enough. 10.b3 .. would not be as good, for after 10... c6 11.Bc4 b5 the KB would be driven off its present powerful diagonal." With this in mind, black might have tried 9... c6 which invites 10.Bxf7+ Kxf7 11.e5 .. but after 11... Nbd7 that seems preferable to what happens in the game.

Both Marshall and Leonhardt in their notes recommend 8... Bg7 but 8... Qd6 may do as well. A game Leonhardt vs Rosselli del Turco, Abazzia 1912, continued 8... Qd6 9.Bxf7+ Kxf7 10.e5 Bh6 11.Qc4+ Be6 12.Qe2 Bg4

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13.Qc4+ Be6 14.Qe2 Bg4 1/2-1/2.

13... Qe6 looks better, the extra pawns shouldn't be sufficient compensation for the bishop in this position. White might even have preferred 13.exd6 Bxe2 14.dxc7 .. but maybe he sensed that Rosselli was in a peaceful mood and therefore offered black an easy way out.

Mar-23-13  Jack Bauer: Salad(in): That's what my food eats!
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White plays an imaginative move:
13. Qh6! Putting the queen right into the line of the black QR. But the knight on f6 has no move! 13...Ne8 might look possible, but

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14.Qxf8+ Kxf8 15.Rxf7+ Kg8 16.Rg7+ Kh8 17.Rg8#

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15. Bxf7

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Things look very bad, but 15...Qf8 might have held out.

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  ChessHigherCat: White pins and needles

<offramp: Things look very bad, but 15...Qf8 might have held out.>

15...Qf8 16. Qh5 (threatening Ne5) and if Qg7/Rg7 17. Ng6+!

if 16...Bg4 17. Qh4 Qxf7 18. e5 Ne4 19. e6+ Bf6?? 20. exf7!

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