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Frank James Marshall vs Stodie
free (1920), Atlantic City, NJ USA
Sicilian Defense: Wing Gambit (B20)  ·  1-0
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Aug-25-03
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  jaime gallegos: The Bishop´s attack Bxh7! is very common to destroy a castled king but Ba3!!! is beyond my imagination..
May-13-04  Whitehat1963: Nicely done!
May-13-04  poktirity: Yes that a nice move.
Jun-26-04
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  patzer2: If 10...Kg6, then 11. a4! is winning (with the threat of 12. a5+ Kh6 13. Nf7+ ).
Jun-26-04
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  patzer2: 13. Ba3! illustrates that a pin can and should be used for more than winning material. In this case it immobilizes the Knight as part of a mating attack to prevent it from blocking the intended 14. Qh8# (since the pin prevents 14...Ng8).
Mar-04-05  aw1988: I assume a4 means h4?
Mar-04-05  Saruman: <aw1988> The same can of course be said about 12.a5+, <patzer2> must be very busy all the time!
Aug-01-05  Averageguy: The move Ba3 is very original and shows a crucial new maneuvre in th greek gift sac.
Jan-15-06
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  chessgames.com: A rejected Wednesday puzzle.

13.Ba3! is beautiful but not necessary. The standard approach also works: 13.Qh8+ Ng8 14.Nh7+ Ke7 15.Bg5+

Jan-15-06  syracrophy: Sacrificing all the pieces is NOT ENOUGH STILL to avoid the mate:

13...Nb4 14.Bxb4 Bc5 15.Bxc5 Qe6 16.Bxe6 and there's no way to avoid 17.Qh8++

This proves that there was no way to avoid the mate

Jan-16-06  morpstau: Sacrificing all the pieces is NOT ENOUGH STILL to avoid the mate: 13...Nb4 14.Bxb4 Bc5 15.Bxc5 Qe6 16.Bxe6 and there's no way to avoid 17.Qh8++

This proves that there was no way to avoid the mate
Marshall was wild!!!

Apr-10-08  pavi: not to get off topic , but
Isn't the sicilian the oldest opening?
Or is it the Ruy Lopez?
Jun-02-08  Morphyisgod: <chessgames.com> You say Ba3 is beautiful but not neccisary, but it is the quickest path to mate, and therefore the best move, the standard approach as you say, (13.Qh8+ Ng8 14.Nh7+ Ke7 15.Bg5+) is winning, but not the best move, and is'nt the point of a puzzle o find the best move?
Jul-04-09  Gouvaneur: Totally agree with Morphy.

The line with Bg5 is fine, but Ba3 usually doesn't work in those French-Games, because there is a pawn on b2. Therefore Ba3 deserves to be the best move, since it wins quickest.

Oct-11-09  hedgeh0g: A nice little miniature by Marshall, but it has a very "blitz-like" feel to it.
Sep-09-10  Figs: I've submitted this for game of the day with the pun... "bishopS to die for"
May-14-12  Llawdogg: 13 Ba3! is a great move.
Jun-04-12
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  FSR: Let Me Be Frank.
Jun-24-12  e4 resigns: Wing Gambit Accepted brings very crazy pawn structure. Declining it is bad for black.
Feb-01-16  bengalcat47: Truly "the pin is mightier than the sword!"
Nov-07-17  Miguel Medina: 13.Qh8 Ng8 14. Ba3 Ne7 15.Nh7 #
13.Qh8 Ng8 14. Ba3 Re7! 15.Nh7 Ke8 etc
Jan-15-18  Albion 1959: The "Greek" gift claims another hapless victim as Marshall dispatches more fodder. Where did black go wrong? Clearly O-O?? was the losing blunder. The best move has got to be h6. Also possible was Ng6, with O-O to follow, this looks playable, or maybe: 8.Bd3 Ng6
9.O-O Bd7
Black is doing okay:
Jan-16-19
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  Pyrandus: Marshall!
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