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Frank James Marshall vs Robert Short
ch Montreal CC (1894)
Italian Game: Evans Gambit (C51)  ·  1-0
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Annotations by Frank James Marshall.      [9 more games annotated by Marshall]

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Dec-18-04  BlazingArrow56: A nice mating pattern if nothing else.
Mar-24-05  Autoreparaturwerkbau: <Rocketchess2000> Personally i prefer Marshall's Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909
Apr-05-05  TigerPawns: what a crap game
Jun-30-05
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  Knight13: 8. Bxf7+? Is unsound, I agree. Black should've accept it. 8... Kxf7 9. Ng5+ Qxg5 10. Bxg5 Bxd1 11. Rxd1 (not playable).
Aug-05-05  who: It seems like a good way to take the fun out of chess is to decline sacrifices even if you don't know why/if they are unsound.
Sep-04-06  Tariqov: No, i doubt he was scared of the simple Ng5+, but i think he was scared of Qb3+, but even after then it is not enough.
Dec-19-06  InspiredByMorphy: If 8.Bxf7+ Kxf7 9.Ng5+ Qxg5 10.Qb3+ then black can respond with 10. ...Be6 11.Qxe6+ Kxe6 12.Bxg5 and white is still down a piece.
Jun-13-07  ycsidney: Why did black decline the sac??? Short must have a reason! Hope to read his say.
Jun-13-07
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  Tomlinsky: <ycsidney: Why did black decline the sac??? Short must have a reason! Hope to read his say.>

You'll have a long wait. He died 80 years ago.

Feb-16-08  holy tramp: Isn't 17.Bf5 better, setting up a fork to win the black queen? I don't have a Fritz-type program to see it through... Had just played 17. Bf5 on GuessTheMove and LOST 2 points, so I must be missing something obvious.
Jul-01-08  JonathanJ: this is some honest annotation!
Dec-23-08  WhiteRook48: This is a ha ha ha ha ha ha ha game. So no joke with Frank Marshall?
Jan-30-09  ciastekx: <holy tramp: Isn't 17.Bf5 better, setting up a fork to win the black queen?>

It is better to give mate in two than to win the queen. After 17.Nh5+ Black has no choice, but to walk into mate by 17...Ke8.

Feb-18-09  swarmoflocusts: The sacrifice is unsound: 8...Kxf7 and white has nothing better than 9.b5 (Fritz eval. -2.57). After 9.Ng5 Qxg5 10.Qb3+ Be6 11.Bxg5 (best) Bxb3 12.axb3, Fritz eval. -4.67. However, even after 8...Kf8, black has a perfectly playable game (Fritz eval. 0.15). His first major mistake (besides declining the sacrifice) was Nge7, giving Marshall a 1.66 advantage. Qd7 -- 6.75 - better was Qc8. Kf8 was imperfect (7.37 -- Kd8 was only 6.84) but he was lost anyway. Finally, Bxe4 allowed mate in two, where Ng8 - 8.08. Marshall didn't make any mistakes from the sac on.
Mar-07-09  WhiteRook48: he was too Short to look down at the board
Mar-18-09  WhiteRook48: 8 Bxf7+? Kxf7 9 Ng5+? Qxg5! 10 Bxg5 Bxd1 11 Rxd1 and Black is up a piece
Oct-26-10  tentsewang: Nice game! Though there were blunders but you can't complain when a 17 year old "Marshall" goes and beats a reigning Canadian champion.
Aug-02-12  Cemoblanca: For me, today is "Frank James Marshall Day"! ;0) Just checking out some of his amazing games! It's always a pleasure to watch an artisan at work! :0) RIP!
Aug-10-13
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  juan31: Lo hace ver tan facil, por algo fue campeon de los EUA tantos aņos 35, seguro esta en el cielo del ajedrez en este su cumple.
Sep-04-13
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  offramp: For most of the game black was ahead in development, but it was ineffective development.
May-15-14  ljfyffe: In my research, I found no Montreal Chess Club Championship in 1894. There was, however, a Handicap tourney where Short and Marshall would play even.
Jun-27-14  ljfyffe: And the year before, Marshall beat Joseph Ney Babson in a play-off to win the Montreal Chess Club handicap championship for that year.
Jun-30-14  ljfyffe: Short won the Canadian championship in 1890. The Amyot listed by Stephen Wright's Early Canadian Championships would be Col. J.B. Amyot of Quebec (only last name given).
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