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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Frank James Marshall
"Novelty Gift" (game of the day Nov-19-07)
New York (1918)  ·  Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Original Marshall Attack (C89)  ·  1-0
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May-27-12  Sularus: <What if 20..Qxc1?>

One possibility is 21. Nd2 QxR, 22. QxB Here black's queen is taken away from the center of the fighting, and will take time to get back into the action. Black's f7 is weak with the black king pinned. So it's B+K+R+Q vs R+R+Q

Jul-08-12  DanielBryant: I wonder how far the game proceeded before Marshall was out of his home preparation.
Dec-20-12  12.12.12: who invented 11. ... c6?

the first such game in this db is this:

Dake vs T Kapfer, 1938

Jan-29-13  chesssalamander: Such a fabulous game, leading to many fine wins for Black, even into the 21st Century. There IS an older 8. ... d5 in the database, some 25 years older. Could Marshall, or Capa ,have known about it?
Mar-09-13  LIFE Master AJ: My web page on this game:
http://www.ajschess.com/lifemastera...

My (new) chess video on this game.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCBB...

Mar-09-13  Wyatt Gwyon: Get some therapy, AJ.
Mar-09-13  LIFE Master AJ: I feel fine ...

I also feel sorry for the twisted curmudgeons and sick little trolls that feel the need to insult, no matter what ...

Have a nice day!

Mar-09-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  talisman: thanks for the video A.J...really enjoyed it.
Mar-10-13  LIFE Master AJ: <talisman> Thank you sir. (VERY much!!!!)

To be honest, it was light years from being my very best. However, I wanted to keep it under 25 minutes, as some recent YT research seems to indicate that vids longer than this ... basically will lose the viewer's interest. So - with that in mind - I think it was basically a success ...

Thanks again for the kind words.

Mar-10-13  LIFE Master AJ: And if the reader feels the strong desire for really deep analysis, well ... I think that I can safely say that the web page has that base firmly covered.
May-25-13  DrLio: On the 17 move Marshall should have played Qh2+...This would have been followed by 18 Kf1 Qh1 mate.I wonder why did nobody notice this before ?? Or did I miss something ?
May-25-13
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  Phony Benoni: <DrLio> After <17...Qh2+>:


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Black's knight is now unprotected, so White can play 18.Kxf2.

Sep-14-14  Bronder: Capablanca builds a chopping block while Marshall makes a spectacular attack.
Sep-14-14  talwnbe4: Analysed with Stockfish: Marshall's whole attack with 13..Ng4 gets a 1.0 eval from Stockfish, after which Stockfish's suggestions are exactly the same as Capa's moves up to the finish at least at 10 secs a move.
Sep-14-14
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  perfidious: With this information to hand, I am sure <donkrad> will now conclude that Capablanca had silicon assistance in creating this defensive/counterattacking masterpiece--never mind that the game antedated any contributions from the likes of Alan Turing by many a year!
Sep-15-14  Bronder: It is nice to watch Capablanca's seemingly effortless control of the game.
Sep-20-14  McNastyMac: Does anybody know the time controls for this game and/or how much did Capablanca spend on his 10th move? Thanks!
Oct-30-14  PJs Studio: Capa was such an amazing natural talent. So many of his games are littered with critical errors by his opponents - caused by their horizon being less than his own. This game has that same feel. Marshal missed something critical in his analysis leading up to 16...Bg4 after which his attack looks ok, and was even followed up on nicely. But alas, he was forced to go down this losing path because of the hanging Ra8 and Ng4.

Down a piece to Capa with no clear win is stupid. So Marshal's error was definitely before move 16. ((Was it Fischer who said "It's not a good idea to unnecessarily sacrifice material over the board.")) ...something like that.

Oct-31-14  RookFile: Well, 11....c6 was an improvement discovered later. Marshall lost the game, but surely his play here had terrific ideas and the opening is justly referred to as the Marshall Gambit. Spassky said they should make a statue of Marshall for his contributions to chess.
Oct-31-14
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  perfidious: Indeed, for there is not only the gambit introduced here, but a line of the same name in the Semi-Slav and his introduction of the Modern Benoni into top-level play, amongst other ideas.
Nov-15-14  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Nice finish:

36 Bxf7+ Rxf7
37 b8=Q+ Kh7
38 Rxh6+ Kxh6
39 Qh8+

and mate next move.

Nov-22-14  gmelfranco: q valiente es usted capa
Nov-29-14
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  Ke2: i love the idea behind this game, as a secret weapon prepared for years, and i like the marshall enough to play it, but the actual game is not so tremendous. it seems that black is already grasping for straws after Rxf2. the whole idea with Nf6-Ng4 is pretty much refuted by capa, although the idea contains perilous traps.
Nov-29-14
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  morfishine: Marshall was immensely proud of his invention. Maybe someday, at the GM level, someone will dig deep and unearth some discovery and actually win a game with it...
Nov-29-14  john barleycorn: <morfishine: Marshall was immensely proud of his invention.>

His invention was 8...d5.

However, CG thinks differently:

< Opening: Ruy Lopez, Marshall (C89) Player profiles: Marshall, Capablanca

Novelty of stem-game: 17. ...Bh2>

Peter Leko played it pretty often which at least indicates that losing with the Marshall is hard to do.

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