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Frank James Marshall vs David Gladstone
Manhattan CC v Marshall CC (1932), New York
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D64)  ·  1-0


Annotations by Frank James Marshall.      [9 more games annotated by Marshall]

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Kibitzer's Corner
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.

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