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Aron Nimzowitsch vs Frank James Marshall
Hamburg (1910), Hamburg GER, rd 13, Aug-02
Queen Pawn Game: Krause Variation (D02)  ·  1-0


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  Hanada: Does anyone else think this resignation was a little premature, especially for a fighter like Marshall?
Dec-07-04  Shams: white keeps the extra piece, so...nope.
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  beatgiant: <Hanada>:
<Does anyone else think this resignation was a little premature>

After 31...♖xb4 32. ♖xd5 , Black is down a piece and a pawn with no compensation in a simple endgame, so it is reasonable to resign against a grandmaster like Nimzowitsch.

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  Calli: Marshall's 29...Kc8?? is a blunder. Kc6 keeps the game going.
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  Hanada: Ah yes, of course. For some reason I had a blockage on this one. Missed the simple little pin. OK, thanks.
Nov-16-05  aw1988: Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.
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  beatgiant: <Calli>
<Kc6 keeps the game going.> Agreed, but looks to me like not for long. White's bishops and rook sweep the board and Black probably loses another pawn in the near future.

For example, 29...Kc6 30. Rc1+. If Black tries 30...Kd7 to protect the weak kingside, then 31. Rc7+ Ke8 32. Ba7 Ra1 33. Rc8+ Kd7 34. Rf8! looks like White's soon winning another pawn: 34...Rxa7? 35. Rxf7+ and 36. Rxa7, or 34...Rh1 35. Rxf7+ Ke8 36. Rxh7 Rxh2+ 37. Ke3, and the pin is no problem, e.g. 37...Bg2 38. Rh8+ Kf7 39. Bxe6+ etc.

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  Calli: <beatgiant> "then 31. Rc7+ Ke8 32. Ba7 .."

32...Na6 keeps the B out of c5 and allows Ke7 - Kf6. White is on top but one never knows.

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  beatgiant: <Calli>
Agreed, this <keeps the game going>, although at first glance it seems White can probably win the h-pawn after a line like 29...Kc6 30. Rc1+ Kd7 31. Rc7+ Ke8 32. Ba7 Na6 33. Rc8+ Ke7 34. Rh8 Be4 35. Bg2 Bf5 36. h3, with the plan of shutting out the bishop. Black's king then falls into a net if he tries 36...Kf6 37. Bd4+ Kg6? 38. Rg8+, etc.
Sep-22-08  ruzon: Marshall is at a disadvantage throughout the game, but both he and Fred Reinfeld later missed a chance to lessen Nimzowitsch's advantage considerably with 16...Nd3+! 17. exd3 Kxd6 .

Reinfeld suggested 16...Ng6, but that is actually a worse move than 16...Nc6 according to my friend Fritz. Nd3+ seems like a move people see more often now thanks to computers.

Feb-26-15  abadravi: Black is allowing sacrifices, thus lost so quick.
Feb-26-15  morfishine: No swindle here
Mar-03-18  deSitter: Interesting how the first two games between Nimzovich and Marshall both end with them blundering away a piece!
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