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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Frank James Marshall
NYSCA ch (1910), New York, NY USA, rd 2, Feb-22
Russian Game: Classical Attack (C42)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-23-02  bishop: The bold but rash Black opening will not work against Capablanca.
Aug-21-03  ksadler: Not overly difficult to calculate, but nice nonetheless is 26. d7!
Nov-06-03  Whitehat1963: What about 22... Rxd5?
Nov-06-03  Brian Watson: 22..Rxd5 23.Nf6+
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  Calli: Not an expert on the Petrov but am surprised that Marshall did not go in for 12...Qh4 Something like 12...Qh4 13.Qxd4 Qxh2+ 14.Kf1 0-0 with an attack. Later on, Marshall's play is horrible. Seems to be giving up pawns right and left with no compensation at all.
Dec-25-06  crwynn: "Not an expert on the Petrov but am surprised that Marshall did not go in for 12...Qh4 Something like 12...Qh4 13.Qxd4 Qxh2+ 14.Kf1 0-0 with an attack."

Doesn't 13.g3 leave White with an extra piece for nothing?

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  Calli: "Doesn't 13.g3 leave White with an extra piece for nothing?"

Well, no. Black just plays Qf6 as in the game. Only now white can't play Bg5 because of Nf3+.

Dec-26-06  Assassinater: <Well, no. Black just plays Qf6 as in the game. Only now white can't play Bg5 because of Nf3+.>

What's wrong with 13. g3 Qf6 14. Nc3? Even 14. f3 looks decent as with the knight pinned, Bc5 isn't that bad of a threat...

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  Calli: after 14.Nc3 0-0, if white exchanges at e4 Black still has Nf3+ or Rae8 depending on which piece takes first.
Dec-26-06  Assassinater: That's true. I missed the rooks coming down and the weak f3 square, though it still should give an even game after: 14. Nc3 0-0 15. Nxe4 fxe4 16. Qxe4 (targetting the h7 square) Nf3+ 17. Kh1 Nxe1 18. Qxh7 and an extremely sharp position occurs with both kings in great danger. A cursory look seems to showt that white gets one or two pawns for the exchange and should be in no real danger of losing, though there are a ton of files open for black's rooks.

What about 14. f3 then? Someting like 14... 0-0 15. fxe4 Bc5 16. Kh1 Nb3 17. Qg5!? seems to leave white with a roughly even endgame.

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  Calli: <Assassinater> On f3, 0-0. I agree that its a sharp position, but a big improvement for Marshall over the game - thats all my original suggestion of Qh4 was about.
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