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Frank James Marshall vs Emanuel Lasker
Lasker - Marshall World Championship Match (1907), USA, rd 7, Feb-16
Tarrasch Defense: Two Knights Variation (D32)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  Calli: Marshall's 27.Rc1-c7!! is fun. Where did he go wrong after that?
Sep-29-04  clocked: I think the a-pawn is much more valuable than the h-pawn. 33.Nge6 and then Ra7-Rxa6 seems like a better try
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  Calli: <Clocked> Good point. It does seem like an easier game to win. It may be he can just play to save the knight too. 35.h4 Nxe3 36.Ng5+ Nxg5 37.hxg5 Kg6 38.Ne6 looks winnable to me.
Mar-01-08  Knight13: This is a crosshair! Very fun to player.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Calli: Marshall's 27.Rc1-c7!! is fun. Where did he go wrong after that?> maybe 33.Nge6 deserved attention.
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  GrahamClayton: <clocked>I think the a-pawn is much more valuable than the h-pawn. 33.Nge6 and then Ra7-Rxa6 seems like a better try.

I agree 33.♘ge6 ♘e3 34.♖a7 ♔h6 35.♖a6 ♖g6 36.♘c7 ♖a6 37.♘a6 ♔g5 looks good for White due to the passed a & b pawns.

Jan-24-11  Llawdogg: Poor Marshall. 26 Rg7+! and 27 Rcc7! and he had a raging attack going! He probably never thought he would have to scramble for a draw.

I agree. 33 Nxh7? was his mistake. 33 Nge6 is just much better. The passed connected queen side pawns would have won it for him.

Feb-07-15  poorthylacine: What a pity Marshall did not win at least this game: "saving the honor" and additionally, above all, one drawn less in the match!

Maybe Marshall was already mentally dominated by the strong will of Lasker; maybe too impressed by the gentleman attitude of Lasker, always calm and polite, not agressive in behavior and words, unlike Tarrasch: Marshall spoke about Tarrasch as "arrogant and vain", he could not say the same about Lasker of course, even Lasker played with an unbelievable will of power and win, not each game as Fischer did, but to crush his opponent in the match globally;

I do not mind about criticizing Tarrasch by the way: I admire the beauty of his games and his true love for chess as an art.

Simply Lasker and Tarrasch had both a powerful EGO:
only different in the expression, and maybe too we can admit Lasker was more wise...

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