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Frank James Marshall vs Geza Maroczy
Monte Carlo (1903), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 25, Mar-16
Queen's Gambit Declined: Modern Variation. Normal Line (D55)  ·  0-1


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  Honza Cervenka: 19.Bd5 looks dubious but the real disaster has come with 22.Qxc6(??). After 22.Rxc6 Ba6 gives nothing to black, as white can play simply 23.Rxf2. In the game this move is not possible for 23.Rxf2 Rac8 with heavy loss of material.
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  Honza Cervenka: And of course, 22.Rxc6! Bb7(??) would be bad for black due to 23.Ng5 g6 24.Qd4+ Kg8 25.Rc7
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  Sally Simpson: ***

"19.Bd5 looks dubious.."

You are right but it's typical Marshall OTB gamble, he could not rein in his imagination nor resist the call of the wild. (this one failed many more succeeded.)

Here Marshall had just played 19.Bc4-d5

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He is going for a trap. Bd5 stops the Black Queen from going to h5.

Marshall is aiming at Nh4 Ng6+ and Qh4 mate. (without the Bishop on d5 the BQ could now play Qh5 supported by a pawn on g6)

Maróczy spotted what Marshall was up to and went for a counter trap by playing 19...exf2+ 20. Kh1 Qa3!

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Now if Marshall goes for the intended 21.Nh4 Qxc1! 22.Ng6+ hxg6 23.Qh4+ is not mate because the Queen on c1 goes back to h6.

A furious Marshall (Hell hath no fury like a trapper trapped.) then went haywire with 22.Qxc6 and 23.Rc3

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Black played 23...Bxf1 which Marshall missed because if 24.Rxa3 Be2! and the f-pawn promotes.

Maróczy won one of the brilliancy prizes for this game.


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