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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-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
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  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  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  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
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  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.

Nov-27-15  MariusDaniel: Nice chess novelty by Capablanca,great game!
Nov-27-15  Howard: Don't you mean it was Marshall's novelty rather than Capa's?
Feb-22-16  The Kings Domain: A personal fave, one of the all-time greats. A classic example of " grace under pressure", this memorable game highlights Capablanca's defensive skill and his calmness and strength as a Chess master and individual.
Apr-19-16
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  posoo: now dis - DIS - is a FINE example of a game played in da posooian style! Marshall tries to bake a litlel cake for cupoblunc, but BOOM BOOM BOOM it reigns down upon him and BAKFIRES! dis is little moar than a blits game and DAT is why it is great.

CAPABLANCA

Apr-19-16  AlicesKnight: Golombek calls this game "... a masterpiece", and I am with him in this (and with <The Kings domain> and <Rookfile> among others). Curious that Spassky used it (against Tal?) in the 1960s Candidates, very much as a drawing device, it would seem.
May-28-16  N.O.F. NAJDORF: Re: Nice finish:

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

and mate next move,

I am reminded of this finish:

Bronstein vs Korchnoi, 1962

Sep-19-16
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  posoo: dis is da most IMPORTANT GAME in da chusgums databus.

WHY?

Becos Marshall is a NIBBLE NOBBER. One of da gratest of all time, yes, but a NIBBLE NOBBER

he coms u pwith a clever line dat he thinks is good.

CAPABLUNCO dos not have a compoter

he dos not study

HE JUST SMASHES

nobody on dis site is QUALLAFIED to speak his name.

Dec-05-16  Shajmaty: In 23 moves (between 14. ♕f3 and 36. ♗xf7+), Capablanca plays the best move (i.a.w. Stockfish) 21 times! Exceptions: 21. ♗d2 instead of 21. ♔d2 and 32. ♘xc3 instead of 32. ♗xc3. Together with Fischer, the biggest natural talent the game has ever seen.
Dec-05-16  todicav23: <Shajmaty: In 23 moves (between 14. ♕f3 and 36. ♗xf7+), Capablanca plays the best move (i.a.w. Stockfish) 21 times! Exceptions: 21. ♗d2 instead of 21. ♔d2 and 32. ♘xc3 instead of 32. ♗xc3. Together with Fischer, the biggest natural talent the game has ever seen.>

The players in pre-computer era are underrated. Even without computer help they were still able to play high quality chess.

Dec-06-16  andrewjsacks: This is the perfect pun.
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