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Frank James Marshall vs Erich Cohn
15th DSB Kongress (Nuremberg) (1906), Nuremberg GER, rd 2, Jul-24
Tarrasch Defense: Two Knights Variation (D32)  ·  1-0


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  Chessical: This version of the Tarrasch Defence proved too weakening for Black, and had a very poor success rate in early twentieth century master tournaments either with White playing 7.e3 (for example Schlechter vs Janowski, 1898) or 7.e4. Marshall's 7.e4 highlights the insecurity of Black's King..

<7...cxd4?!> causes Cohn considerable problems, <7...dxe4> is somewhat better 8.Nxe4 cxd4 9.Bb5+ Bd7 10.0-0 Be7 but White still has a significant advantage.

<8.Bb5+!> This is stronger that the move Lasker had played in this position <8.Qxd4> Nc6 9.Bb5 dxe4 10.Bxf6 Qxf6 11.Ne5 Rd8 12.Qxe4 against Mieses in Paris 1900

<9...Bb4> is not satisfactory, but Cohn has exhausted his supply of reasonable alternatives. The reticent <9...Be7> 10.Bxf6 Bxf6 11.exd5 Bxd4 12.Qxd4 Bf5 Qxg7 is no more secure. Perhaps 9...a6 is the least destructive option, but it is unattractive through the resulting dislocated state of Black pawns. After Cohn's actual move Marshall's <10.e5!> heralds a forcing sequence which destroys Cohn's King-side

<17...Kxg7> is no better 18.Bxd7 Qxd7 19.Rb1

<24.Bxe6!> Demolishes the pawn shield. Playing <23...e5> does not prevent disaster as White has <Rad1> followed by <c4> and <f4>. Black's central pawns are too exposed to be a reliable shield for his King.

Mar-06-10  thewanderingpen: Scored 47 par 40 points. Played Bxd5 too early. This game taught me a lot about timing. Love this game! A MUST Analyze and Annotate game!
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  bharat123: Marshall outplayed his opponent in the opening and played the middle game like a magician! I played 25.Bxd5 and 27.Rad1 one move too early and got penalised with 1 point for each. Still managed to get 50 against par of 41 and feel bad about missing 'Outstanding' rating. This game is a good illustration about timing in chess.
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