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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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Sep-25-11  Rubberbandman: <Crazychess1> << Capa's defensive skills are amazing! >> They certainly are..To defend against any kind of attack,whilst formulating your own is hard enough as it is,but against this kind of attack ?? This is one of my favourite chess games because of the very reasons you gave above about counter attacking while under intense fire.

A true classic

Sep-30-11  SeanBurdine: Capablanca himself knew it would be difficult. In his own words, before playing 10 NxP, he says: "I thought for a while before playing this, knowing that I would be subjected to a terrific attack, all the lines of which would of necessity be familiar to my adversary. The lust of battle, however, had been aroused within me. I felt that my judgment and skill were being challenged by a player who had every reason to fear both (as shown by the records of our previous encounters), but who wanted to take advantage of the element of surprise and of the fact of my being unfamiliar with a thing to which he had devoted many a night of toil and hard work. I considered the position then and decided that I was in honor bound, so to speak, to take the Pawn and accept the challenge, as my knowledge and judgment told me that my position should then be defendable."

And after a Titanic struggle, it [barely] was. What a game.

Jan-05-12  RMKvdS: The complexity, man what a game! I usually browse through a game quickly trying to pinpoint key moves, some take a while, others are straightforward. But man, this game does not allow that. You have to really take a good look at what the hell is going on. Just realizing I probably see less then 10% of what they see boggles my mind. I'll return to linear algebra, a given finite amount of dimensions seems to be mentally more comprehensible then this...
Apr-19-12  panzerkampf: What if 20..Qxc1?
May-03-12  Rook e2: <
Another very important point is the economy of forces in the defence. You will find people very often frightened when a Pawn or a piece is attacked, or especially the King; they try to bring all their pieces to defend him. This is wrong. You must always try and defend your King with as few pieces as you can, and it is only when attacking your opponent's King that you must bring forward all the pieces you can.

--- Capablanca
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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
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  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
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  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.
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