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Frank James Marshall vs David Gladstone
Manhattan CC v Marshall CC (1932), New York, NY USA
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  1-0


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Nov-16-03  Shadow 812: Another one of those Marshall wins with a rip-roaring attack against the enemy King: But where did Gladstone go wrong? Well on move 17 it would have been better to recapture on f6 with the Knight instead of the Bishop: But In my
opinion he went wrong on move 18 with
Rd8?? This looks like a natural move to
deal with the threat of mate, but was shown by Marshall to be found wanting. The correct way would have been
18.Bb1 Re8!!(A difficult move to find)
19.Qh7+ Kf8 (Forced)
20.Qh8+ Ke7 (Forced)
21.Qxg7 Bxh4
22.Qxf7+ Kd8 (Safe)
22.Rxf7+ Kd8 (Holds)
Another possibility for White on move 21 instead of Qxg7 was Bxf6: For example
21.Bxf6+ Nxf6
22.Qxg7 Qxe3+
23.Rf2 Qg5
24.Qxg5 hxg (With Queens off the board
Black is safe from all danger)
and finally
21.Bxf6+ gxf
22.Qxh6 Bb7=
Admittedly 18.Re8 was a hard move to find and difference between having the Rook on e8 instead of d8 was subtle, but crucial in the final analysis.
Feb-28-06  Fast Gun: Having played through this game and the comments from Marshall, he is mistaken when he says that 17.Nxf6 is a satisfactory defence, Fritz gave on move 18 Re8 as the best move, as suggested by Shadow, hindsight with a computer more than 60 years later is useful analytical tool:
Feb-28-06  blingice: <Shadow 812> After your first combination:

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Is this a draw?

Your second line, just with the deviation of rook taking rather than queen, was black's line a draw or only a preventative move?

The third line ends so:

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Is this better for black or for white? White still has the tempo and initiative, although he is a piece down. I'd like to see this game finish.

Your fourth line ends so:

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This doesn't yet look like a draw. Any computer analysis on this position?

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  tpstar: <The last five moves give a good idea of the queen's power> Indeed.

21. Qxg7! is very nice.

Dec-27-17  Albion 1959: A colourful little game, with another one of those attacks that Marshall was able to conjour up and pull off against the lesser players. Had the opponent been Lasker or Capablanca, I am sure that they would have stepped carefully through the tactics and they would have won. Especially when you consider Marshall's record against them only four "official" wins in something like fifty odd games? As for this game, Nxf6 on move 17 was better than Bxf6. However, it was on move 18 where Gladstone faltered with Rd8? That allowed the attack to breakthrough. I looked at another possibility here
18.Bb1 g6 (Instead of Rd8)
19.Bxf6 Qxe3+
20.Kh1 Nxf6
21.Rxf6 Qe5
22.Rf2 The rook must retreat since
22.Rxg6+? Fails to
22. fxg
23.Qxg6+ Qg7
Black has two pawns for the knight and the attack is over. Though the material advantage should eventually prevail. The second and more difficult defence for Black is 18.Bb1 Re8
19.Qh7+ Kf8
20.Qh8+ Ke7
21.Qxg7 Leads to the Shadow 812 analysis, which appears to hold up, but is not an easy line. Can Black do better here?
Nov-27-18  Retireborn: Does Marshall's book (My 50 years) give any info about the date this game was played?
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Just says it was the Metropolitan Chess League, 1932.

The Soltis book does not have it.

270 games in the Soltis book and 'My 50' has 140 games.

I make it 82 games are in both books.

Soltis notes with the same charm as Marshall and has more background. I have a few of Soltis books and even though it includes more than a few Marshall losses, this one is a labour of love. You can clearly see he enjoyed writing it. I'm lapping up every game.)


Nov-27-18  Retireborn: Thanks, Geoff. Glad you're enjoying it!

Dunno if it's in either book, but this game is one of my favourites:-

Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1927

Good old Nimzo hoist with his own Indian :)

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