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|Jul-25-12|| ||DanielBryant: That's one of the great things about beauty; it's subjective and there can be different approaches to it.|
For example, this combination is one of my favorites of all time because it leads not to immediate mate but to an endgame with a better pawn structure, suggesting the opponent's slip was somewhat smaller.
Tal vs Hecht, 1962
|Jul-25-12|| ||Llawdogg: 23 ... Qg3!! Marshall's Immortal Move!|
|Jul-26-12|| ||eternaloptimist: 23...g3!! is a brilliant move played by the great Frank Marshall & is a move that has stood the test of time as CG proclaimed a centennial celebration for it!! I had the privilege of going to the Marshall chess club in NYC in '95 & played in a tournament there. My brother left New Orleans & moved up there for a year to go to New York University & then moved back to New Orleans. I spent ~10 days in NYC & had a great time up there!|
|Jul-26-12|| ||Once: Alternatives to 29...Qg3? Qb4, Qb2, Qa3, Qe3. The knight fork (on f3) keeps the Rh3 safe.|
|Jul-26-12|| ||Phony Benoni: Perhaps 23...Qg3 can be discounted as unnecessary and not really all that brilliant or decisive. All I know is that if any of us had found it over the board, we would have felt like a shower of gold was falling on us.|
|Jul-26-12|| ||perfidious: As always, <Once>'s commentary on the denouement is balanced and reasonable.|
That said, I'm much amused at a number of other kibitzes which attempt to denigrate the whole conception, and agree with <Phony Benoni>'s summation in the second sentence.
|Jul-26-12|| ||Petrosianic: <Perhaps 23...Qg3 can be discounted as unnecessary and not really all that brilliant or decisive.>|
It's certainly decisive, no doubt about that.
"Unncessary" is an inherently subjective term, but I would not use it unless the move put the win in doubt or made it harder just for the sake of flashiness. This move does just the opposite, puts the win beyond all doubt, and brings a complicated game to an immediate conclusion. Nobody would avoid this move, nor should they, unless they didn't see it or were uncertain about its effectiveness.
"Not really all that brilliant" is a joke.
Again, the only possible knock I can see against this move is that it doesn't smash through and win, instead it's an Ultra Consolidation Move that allows Black to snuff out all counterplay and make a material advantage that he already had immediately decisive. But I'm at a loss to see why that should be considered a strike against it.
|Jul-27-12|| ||Once: Don't get me wrong. It's a great move. A stunning move. A move which deserves a birthday.|
But if we are talking about the greatest move ever played then it needs to be "better" than all other moves across every chess games in history.
And that is where I have a problem. Of course, it depends on what you need from a move to be the best ever. If you are looking for a move that needs a lot of calculation, then Qg3 doesn't quite work. The lines are relatively short. Our typical Sunday POTD is usually a lot deeper.
Or you might want a move that is the culmination of a deep plan, say one of Nimzo's zugzwang games. And again Qg3 slightly disappoints. Marshall grabs a loose Bh3 and finds a clever way to hold on to it. Opportunism rather than the culmination of a grand strategy.
Or you might want a move that overturns a material deficit or wins a bucketful of bits or makes a daring queen sac. Fischer's game against Byrne, perhaps? Qg3 doesn't do any of this. Before the move black is a knight up. After the move he is still precisely a knight up.
If Qg3 was an album it would be Bat out of a Hell. A great album, makes a huge impression, bombastic, one of my favourites of all time ...
... But you can't help feeling that' it's not quite in the same league as Sgt Pepper or Pet Sounds or Dark Side of the Moon.
|Sep-15-12|| ||Tigranny: Well said Once. Qg3 is definitely overrated like that Kotov with Qxh3. Just in my opinion, and I don't want to sound harsh against the move, it's just not so gold coiny to me if the lines are not too hard to caculate. Marshall's wife even said there wasn't a shower of anything, not even pennies.|
|Nov-17-12|| ||Amarande: Yet another move in a similar vein, here from a casual game of mine in the English Opening:|
click for larger view
Black 38 ... ?
|Jan-06-13|| ||Tridel: Wasn't this game called American Beauty before?|
|Jan-15-13|| ||PaulLovric: <Tridel> I'll attempt an answer. I find it very tiresome when i don't get answers to my inane questions. I am pretty sure this game was called or "punned", pardon the pun, the "American Beauty" when it was used as a "game of the day" (the regular thing posted here daily, way back whenever). Its official and historic name is "The gold coin game", for these reasons, do yourself a favour and have a good look at it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Levits...|
|Jan-16-13|| ||Phony Benoni: <PaulLovric> <Tridel> It was used twice with the pun "American Beauty" on Jul-04-05 and Jul-04-08, probably because of Independence Day in the United States. |
Game Collection: Game of the Day Pun Index (A-C)
The new pun on the third time came because the game was used for a different reason, on the 100th anniversary of the day it was played.
It is very rare for a game to be used more than once as GOTD, but in such a case only the latest pun is shown.
|Jan-16-13|| ||PaulLovric: < Phony Benoni> thank you|
|Jan-17-13|| ||Tridel: I had no idea that games could be punned more than once. And I checked the link PaulLovric thank you! And thank you Phony Benoni for providing me more info.|
|Jan-18-13|| ||IndigoViolet: There's only one moniker for this game: <Golden Shower>. Anything else is taking the piss.|
|Feb-16-13|| ||Tigranny: No offense or anything, and I forgot to add this to previous comment, but I'm pretty surprised that there are a few collections that consider Qg3 the best move ever, especially when complicated continuations in other brilliant games are not even considered.|
|Feb-16-13|| ||AylerKupp: To declare a move as being "best" one must first establish a criteria to what is meant by "best", and that's not easy. Regardless, I'm sure that most will agree that 23...Qg3 is a spectacular move, particularly if you don't anticipate it. I suspect that Levitsky didn't, and I wish that someone had taken a picture of his face when Marshall played it. And I wonder how long it took Levitsky to resign after Marshall produced 23...Qg3.|
The only move I recall with a similar effect was Fischer's 21...Qd7 in R Byrne vs Fischer, 1963. In fact, I think that Fischer's move is even more remarkable because it was so unspectacular, yet Byrne's resignation afterwards was shocking to all those who were witnessing the game. I also wish I knew how long Byrne thought after Fischer played 21...Qd7 before he resigned.
But 21...Qd7 could hardly be considered the best move ever since it was part of a calculated sequence of moves. If any move in this game deserves to be called the best it's 18...Nxg2. It's this move which was, as Byrne said, "the shocker", because it was so unexpected.
So perhaps that's one requirement for a move to be considered the best ever. It must be unexpected both to the opponent and to anyone watching the game. Another requirement might be that the move is part of a deep combination that changes the course of the game, turning either a loss or a draw into a win.
If anyone is curious as to what moves others consider the best ever, check this site: http://timkr.home.xs4all.nl/chess/f.... It considers 23...Qg3 to be the 3rd greatest move ever.
|Mar-01-13|| ||wachter123680: Yes, nice comments to many but DanielBryant is so far off on his Kibitzing, my read is there is no option for the Bxf7+ as he put it. Marshall could not have been beaten in this game if this move were possible.|
|Apr-26-13|| ||fetonzio: the most amazing move ever played?|
|Apr-26-13|| ||Everyone: <fetonzio> No.|
|Apr-26-13|| ||Benzol: It's certainly one of the most unexpected moves ever played.|
|Apr-27-13|| ||Nerwal: I would try to rate moves using three criteria.
First would be flashiness. How stunning, beautiful and unexpected a move looks. Well 23... g3 is a perfect ten in that area.
Second one would be depth, number and difficulty of variations involved to justify the move. In this case they are just two very short variations and one a bit longer but everything is obvious and forced. Fischer's 18... xg2 in Byrne-Fischer is much stronger in that area (or say 17. h4 in Polugaevsky vs E Torre, 1981 ).
Third would be efficiency of the move : it should be the best move of the position and by the biggest margin possible. For instance 17. d5 in Anderssen vs Kieseritzky, 1851 would fail (it makes a mess of an easy win). Well in this game 23... g3 is not necessary at all and some other moves are not much worse, although there are no move obviously stronger and by forcing a liquidation it's not without practical value. By contrast, Alekhine vs Verlinsky, 1918 gives an example of an insane queen move which is the only solution to a complicated problem.
So overall 23... g3 only meets criterion 1 and lacks in both 2 and 3. So it wouldn't be my choice for greatest move ever. It may be the most spectacular one, though.
|Jun-07-13|| ||JSYantiss: Really like that analysis, Nerwal. A personal favorite of mine is 17...Be6 from Byrne-Fischer, Game of the Century. How would you rate that?|
|Jun-09-13|| ||PawnSac: < Nerwal: I would try to rate moves using three criteria. > |
The criteria presented are:
1. aesthetic appeal
but i would suggest a FOURTH criteria..
i.e., what consequence does the move have in the game?
For all it's visual appeal (and it IS undeniably spectacular) it only wins a piece. After 23. ..Qg3 24. Qxg3 Ne2+ 25. Kh1 Nxg3+ 26. Kg1 Ne2+ 27. Kh1 Rc3
black has won a knight, and though the position is resignable, it is not forced. White could have chosen to play on a piece down. Whereas in some other games the final blow removes ALL defense with immanent mate that is unavoidable. In such case THAT move would rate higher for it's effect / consequences.
It may be true that capturing the queen by a pawn ends in mate...
hxg3 Ne2++ or
fxg3 Ne2+ Kh1 Rxf1++ and
Qe4 (to prevent Qxh2++) Nf3+ Kh1 Rxh2++
but these weaker moves are not forced.
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