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John Stuart Morrison vs Frank James Marshall
New York (1918), New York, NY USA, rd 6, Oct-29
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. General (C89)  ·  0-1


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Nov-05-08  I Offer You A Resign: Greatly played endgame by Marshall!
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  Phony Benoni: Well, well, well. The things you can learn browsing through old newspapers.

This link:

will take you to a scan of Hermann Helms' chess column in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle of November 21, 1918, where a Russian diplomat mentioned a game he had played back in 1901 (!):

Sittenfeld - Soldatenkov
Paris, 1901

<1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.c3 d5 9.exd5 Nxd5 10.d4 exd4 11.cxd4 Bb4 12.Bd2 Bg4 13.Nc3 Nf6 14.Be3 Bxf3 15.gxf3 Qd7 16.d5 Ne7 17.Bg5 Qh3 18.Bxf6>

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Now Marshall recaptured, of course. But Soldatenov claimed to have played:

<18...Bd6 19.f4 Bxf4 20.f3 Qxh2+ 21.Kf1 Nf5 22.Ne4 gxf6 23.Qd3 Kh8 24.Qc3 Rg8 25.Qxf6+ Rg7 26.Reb1 Kg8 27.Nf2 Re8> 0-1

The text is garbled, but I think I've selected the intended line.

This might be really something if authentic. And a Russian diplomat wouldn't make up a game, would he?

Oct-27-10  BobCrisp: Helms's piece could well be the first publication of the alleged game. Was this a syndicated column? See:

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  Phony Benoni: <BobCrisp> Thanks for the link to the Winter article. I don't know Helms' column needed to be syndicated, since he also edited the tournament book and the American Chess Bulletin.
Oct-27-10  BobCrisp: Re. syndication, I was wondering whether or not Helms wrote an exclusive column for the <Brooklyn Daily Eagle>.
Apr-29-14  Whitehat1963: Excellent, interesting, and exciting game full of back and forth. Marshall played this less than a week after surprising Capablanca with his famous novelty.
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