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Walter Frere vs Frank James Marshall
free (1917)  ·  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. ... Nxd5). 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. Qxf3 (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. Bxc7?). 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 Nxh3+ 19.Kh2 g1Q+ 20.Kxh3 Qg2+ 21.Kh4 Qg4# or 18.h4 Nh3+ 19.Kh2 g1=Q+ 20.Kxh3 Bg4#).

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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