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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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Dec-11-10  butilikefur: Hey, you know what also kinda works?

<36. Qxf7+ Rxf7 37. b8=Q+ Kh7 38. Rxh6+ Kxh6 39. Qh8+ Kg5 40. Qh5+ Kf4 41. Qxf7+ Kxg4> 41...Kg3 42. Qc7+ Kh4 (42...Kf2 43. Qf4+ mates) 43. Qd8+ Kg3 (43...Kxg4 44. Qd7+ Kf4 45. Qf7+ Kg4 46. Qxg7+ transposes) 44. Qb8+ Kh4 45. Qh8+ Kg3 46. Qh3+ Kf2 (46...Kf4 47. Bd2) 47. Bd4

<42. Qxg7+ Kf4 43. Qf6+ Kg4> 43...Kg3 44. Qg5+ Kf2 45. Bd4

<44. Bf3+ Kg3> 44...Rxf3 45. gxf3+

<45. Be5+ Rxe5 46. Qxe5+ Kf2> 46...Kh4 47. Qf4+

<47. Qc5+ Kf1 48. Qxg1+ Kxg1 49. g4>

Anyone with Rybka wanna check these variations?

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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this classic game which marked the birth of the Marshall Gambit here:

Feb-11-11  AnalyzeThis: Marshall had some very profound ideas in the opening.
Mar-05-11  fischerrules: Is 12.Re1 necessary and if yes,what was the threat?
Mar-06-11  Lil Swine: ten years spent almost in vain. If the legacy of the Marshall attack didn't catch on, I wouldn't know how to tell that to Marshall
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  LIFE Master AJ:

My annotations of this game.

Sep-24-11  Rubberbandman: This is an excellent game for sure. How capablanca recovers to win i do not know. The dust doesn't really settle until around the 25th move,and as someone stated above whites b1 knight doesn't even look like going anywhere till the 32nd move! One of my favourite capablanca games,although im hardly an expert on his games
Sep-25-11  Crazychess1: It's hard not to root for Marshall in this one, not only because of his illustrious opponent, but because of the terrific and surprising attack he unleashes. This one is always a joy to play over, as it provides the very best in attack and counter-attack. Capa's defensive skills are amazing!
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

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?
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  LIFE Master AJ: My web page on this game:

My (new) chess video on this game.

Mar-09-13  Wyatt Gwyon: Get some therapy, AJ.
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  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!

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  talisman: thanks for the video A.J...really enjoyed it.
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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.

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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 ?
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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.

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