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Frank James Marshall vs Alvin Cushing Cass
ch Marshall CC (1941), New York
Sicilian Defense: Wing Gambit (B20)  ·  1-0


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  MorphyMatt: Neat trap. 22... ♖xc8 23. ♖xc8+ ♔e7 24. ♖e8#
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  Boomie: The 64 year old Marshall as feisty as ever. What a great fighting spirit.
Jun-07-06  BadTemper: someone explain 16 bxg5 for me please
Jun-07-06  borisbadenoff: <BadTemper: someone explain 16 bxg5 for me please> Well it was just a "bluff". And correct for black would have been 17. .. Bxg5 but maybe black feared some nasty trap and by that fell into the real problems. But Marshall just knew he was stronger and played not for accurate safe play because he simply knew his opponent would make errors all along
Sep-16-10  eightbyeight: 23. ... Nf6 is forced to cover e8, but after 24. exf6+ Kxf6 (forced to prevent mate) 25. Rxe6+ fxe6 26. Rf1+ Ke5 27. Qxh8+ Kxd6 28. Qd4+ followed by Qc5+ or Qg7+ winning the bishop White is so far ahead in material it's hard to believe this was a master game.
Jan-21-11  meppi: 16. Bxg5 is a good move. If black replies 16. Bxg5 two things occur: 1. the e file is opened and 2. the black bishop is now undefended.

An example of how Marshall may have taken advantage of this could be

17. b5

and now the black queen has 4 avalible squares to choose from:

1st - 17. Qc5 allows 18. Ne4 with an attack on the black undefended bishop and threataning check on d6 (notice how the white bishop on c4 is immune from capture by the queen because of the threatened check on d6.

2nd - 17. Qb6 again 18. Ne4 is hard to reply to for black.

EG: 18. Be7 and 19. Nd6+ is a good move for white.

3rd - 17. Qc7 and 18. Ne4 again.

4th - 17. Qh6 18. Ne4

I hope this makes sense and imo is why white played 16. Bxg5

Jan-21-11  meppi: Even 16. Bxg5 16.Bxg5

and now 17. Ne4 straight away seems very strong

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