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Walter Frere vs Frank James Marshall
free (1917), New York, NY USA
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Steiner Variation (C89)  ·  0-1
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Jun-28-04  misguidedaggression: 18.h3 Nxh3 19.Kh2 g1=Q+ 20.Kxh3 Qg2+ 21.Kh4 g5#
Mar-31-05  Mate Hunter: 21...Qg4# is mate too. 17...Bf3 lead to mate in 5 (18.Bxf7+ Kh8 19.h3 Nxh3 20.Kh2 g1=Q+ 21.Kxh3 Qg2+ 22.Kh4 g5# [or 22...Qg4#]).
Mar-12-07  ianD: The very first "Marshall Gambit"?
Mar-12-07  RookFile: I guess this was an offhand game, and Marshall wasn't concerned about his secret surpise weapon becoming widely known. He tried it for real against Capablanca, of course.
Mar-12-07  drkodos: Actually, much like FDR and Pearl Harbor, Capa was prepped and knew the attack was coming.

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Aug-08-07
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  Peligroso Patzer: <RookFile: I guess this was an offhand game, and Marshall wasn't concerned about his secret surpise weapon becoming widely known. He tried it for real against Capablanca, of course.>

Capablanca vs Marshall, 1918

It is also interesting that here Marshall played 9. ... e4 (instead of 9. ... ♘xd5). This line (with 9. ... e4) traces its pedigree (insofar as tournament praxis is concerned) from a 1929 game of Herman Steiner's not currently in the CG.com database (and for which I do not have a complete record of the moves). Modern theory (after 9. ... e4 10. dxc6 exf3) favors 11. ♕xf3 (although Frere's 11. d4 seems OK). Where Frere went wrong in this game was with his unsound combination to win a pawn (beginning with 14. ♗xc7?). While he was grabbing a pawn, Marshall, in trademark fashion, was building up an irresistable attack. In the final position, neither 18. h3 nor 18. h4 can prevent a quick checkmate (18.h3 ♘xh3+ 19.♔h2 g1♕+ 20.♔xh3 ♕g2+ 21.♔h4 ♕g4# or 18.h4 ♘h3+ 19.♔h2 g1=♕+ 20.♔xh3 ♗g4#).

Aug-08-07
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  Peligroso Patzer: Frere's other two games in the database are from simuls with Emanuel Lasker (separated by 32 years!). In the second of those two games, Frere got a win: Lasker vs W Frere, 1926
Feb-03-08  DukeNukem: <ianD: The very first "Marshall Gambit"?> No, it was not. Carl Walbrodt already faced the "Marshall" as White in a game against consultants in 1893
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