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Julius Perlis vs Frank James Marshall
Vienna (1908), Vienna AUH, rd 4, Mar-27
Sicilian Defense: Kramnik Variation (B40)  ·  1-0


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  Honza Cervenka: Very nice game.
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  Phony Benoni: Yes, I think we can drag out that old "The kind of game you expect Marshall to win!" cliché here. In this position, after <35...Bd5>:

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Perlis unwrapped the vicious <36.c4>, with the ideas of forcing Black to temporarily abandon his mating threat on g2 and opening the long diagonal for both offensive and defensive purposes.

Perhaps Black could have tried 39...Be6 40.Rd8 Qxb2!? 41.Qxb2 Rxd8, and tried to set up a blockade; after 39...Qc4 40.Qe5 he was kind of stuck for a good move. Everyone enjoys playing moves like 43.Bxf6, but they have special sweetness against a Marshall.

In retrospect, I suppose old Frank J. could have done without 9...h5. Oh well, it probably seemed like a good idea at the time.

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  Pawn and Two: <Phony Benoni> If 39...Be6, Fritz indicates White would win by 40.Rb7 a5 41.Rb8.

An interesting try for Marshall was 35...Rxd4 36.cxd4 a5, with chances to survive, unless Perlis could find 37.Rd7!.

Fritz shows that 37.Rd7! gives White a winning ending: 37...Be4 38.Rd6 a4 39.c6 Qc2 40.Rd7 Kg7 41.c7 a3 42.c8Q Qxc8 43.Qe7 Qf8 44.Qxf8+. The advance and sacrifice of the c-Pawn, to deflect the Black Queen, is a very nice winning maneuver.

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