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Frank James Marshall vs Georg Marco
"100 Year Old Scotch" (game of the day May-20-11)
Monte Carlo (1904)  ·  Scotch Game: Haxo Gambit (C45)  ·  1-0
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Jan-13-09  lima85: I'm kind of a beginner... can someone explain what happens after 19... Nxe1?
Apr-04-09  WhiteRook48: then 20. fxe6 I think
54 Rb2+ is kind of funny :D
Aug-05-09  WhiteRook48: funny swindle
Aug-05-09  ROADDOG: Whoa! What a game. I bet Marco drank some (alot)of 100 year old scotch after being Marshallized like that. 54.Rb2+ and 55.Na4+ forking the queen must have been painful to experience. And finally 76.Qa2 = No Mas.
Aug-15-09  d4pawn: It seems Marco simply refused to win this game. He finally let Marshall catch up with his 45...Be5?

Others have pointed out that 45...bxc6 holds the lead and should win and indeed it should. However, 45...Kb8 is even stronger.

45...Kb8 46.Rxc7 Rb4 (the passer now has artillery supporting it's advance) 47.Rd7 bxc6 and white is done for.

On 45...bxc6 46.Rxc7+ Kb8 I'd like to offer an improvement to 47.Rb7+ given earlier if I may. 47.Rxc6 b2 48.Rb6+ Ka7 49.Rxb2 Bxb2 and black has more work to do than with the rook sac.

I like this game for its richness in the variations. The game itself was not very well played by Marshall until the end but the study of this game is most entertaining.

Aug-31-10  Whitehat1963: Still my favorite game.
Jan-18-11  cruiseyleemorph: wow, only just come across this game after someone said it was great game. Not mnay games make me comment or make the hair on back of my neck stand up lol. only Morphy games has so far done that. Brill stuff here.
Feb-08-11  Lil Swine: swindled by marshall, too late to file a lawsuit
May-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  DarthStapler: 107 year old scotch
May-20-11  APatzer: Fine old whiskey.
May-20-11  IRONCASTLEVINAY: Horrible, just horrible.
May-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  sevenseaman: Beautiful like a swollen, flowing river, twisting and turning with purpose - to get ahead and be rid of the turgidity.
May-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  An Englishman: Good Evening: Finest. Swindle. Ever.
May-20-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Very strange - I'm certain this game was previously Game of the Day, under the same title.

<An Englishman: Good Evening: Finest. Swindle. Ever.> You must never have seen Beliavsky vs Christiansen, 1987.

May-20-11  SpoiltVictorianChild: What an incredible game! In the endgame there I thought white was lost for sure.
May-20-11  Llawdogg: Very cool game!

It must have been GOTD under the same pun on November 18th, 2005.

May-20-11
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  kevin86: One of the greatest games ever played! The agility of white's knight could have made (your favorite gymnast here) proud. White's poor play leads to a loss/but his pure trickery and black's faults actually turn the game into a brilliant win.

If O'Henry had written chess,this would have been his game.

May-20-11
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  FSR: <SpoiltVictorianChild: What an incredible game! In the endgame there I thought white was lost for sure.>

You were correct. 45...bxc6! 46.Rxc7+ Kb8 47.Rb7+ Kxb7 48.Nc5+ Ka7! 49.Nxa4 Bd4! (trapping the knight) 50.Kf3 Ka6 51.Ke4 Ka5 52.Kxc4 Kxa4 53.Kc3 Ka3 and the pawn queens.

May-20-11  Penguincw: Wow. Marshall is an agressive player. He swindled himself out of trouble.
May-20-11  James Bowman: Marshall never gave up, keeps throwing punches like an olympic boxer knowing in the end he will win even if not by knock out.

That was instructive and fun too. Nice pick by the chessgames crew.

May-20-11  Rosbach: What a feeling - to win a game this way!
May-20-11  Ferro: AGAPORNY
May-20-11  Ferro: TELA MARINERA
May-20-11  Ferro: THE TEAM
May-20-11  WhiteRook48: Marshall is incredibly resourceful
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