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John Nunn vs Hitech (Computer)
"Don't Invest in Hitech" (game of the day Aug-02-2015)
The Hague AEGON (1992), rd 6
Four Knights Game: Spanish. Classical Variation Marshall Gambit (C48)  ·  1-0


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  offramp: From the days when computers cheated by getting human help.
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  Penguincw: Hmm, I guess I should put off that idea of buying a new computer (7 year old computer is nothing, right?).

The last GOTD to feature a computer (or rather, 2) was not that long ago: Jonny vs Komodo, 2015 (Jul/09/2015).

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: How many "Marshall Gambits" are there?
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  offramp: <An Englishman: Good Evening: How many "Marshall Gambits" are there?>

I believe there are at least five:

There is a Marshall Gambit in the Scandinavian Defence: 1.e4 d5 2.exd5 Nf6

There is also one in the Tarrasch Defence: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c5 4.cxd5 exd5 5.e4

A rarely used one in the Semi-Slav Defence: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Bb4+ 6.Bd2

And there's one in the French Defence, 1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 c5.

Then there is the one in this game, which has the name "Four Knights Game: Spanish. Classical Variation Marshall Gambit".

But oddly enough, the famous pawn offer in the Spanish, the one he used against Capablanca, is normally called the Marshall Attack, not gambit.

He was a fantastically inventive player. But some large losses in matches maculated his record.

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  offramp: offramp: <...A rarely used one in the Semi-Slav Defence: 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e4 dxe4 5.Nxe4 Bb4+ 6.Bd2...>

Less rare than I thought; there was one yesterday. R Pert vs J Burnett, 2015.

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  morfishine: <offramp> Thanks for this game: R Pert vs J Burnett, 2015


Aug-02-15  Abdel Irada: <An Englishman: Good Evening: How many "Marshall Gambits" are there?>

It is definitely characteristic of Marshall that almost every opening line that took its name from him is a gambit. Not only inventive, he was also an inveterate attacker, who always seemed to prefer the initiative to a material advantage.

Aug-02-15  G10: I wonder whether 40. Nf5 is possible or am I missing something.
Aug-02-15  Abdel Irada: It's possible, but why should White give up the d-pawn so easily — particularly when it's the pawn that ends up winning the game for him?

Aug-02-15  Chess Is More: I've always found 4...Nd4 to be a dubious move in the Spanish Four Knights. 4...a6 is more reasonable.
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  Jimfromprovidence: The dark-squared black bishop moved 13 times.

Why so jumpy?

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  rodchuck: <G10> if 40. Nf5 Rxd5 probably
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  Once: It's 1992. That means that the popular movies are the Bodyguard "And I ... er I ... er I will always love you.. ooo.... ooo. ooo."

We are into the adjective-noun phase of movie names. Basic Instinct. Lethal Weapon. Kevin Costner can do no wrong.

The computer at work is running MS-DOS, or if you are really lucky that newfangled Windows 3.1 which is released this year.

The entire computing power of NASA is roughly equivalent to a modern day Playstation.

Frankly, skynet was just getting started.

Aug-02-15  BOSTER: 26..Nh4 this is a move , even for computer.
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  kevin86: The bishop will fall first, then the game.
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  hedgeh0g: <Chess Is More: I've always found 4...Nd4 to be a dubious move in the Spanish Four Knights. 4...a6 is more reasonable.>

It's mainline theory; what exactly is "dubious" about it? The Rubinstein Four Knights is one of Black's best-scoring and most respected continuations against 4.Bb5.

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  perfidious: Now, 4.....Nd4 against the Four Knights is of questionable value.

Wish Ah had known thet when Ah was sort of a playah.....

May-25-18  sudoplatov: In the Nimzovich Defence there is: 1.e4 Nc6, 2.d4 d5, 3.exd5 Qxd5, 4.Qxd4 Qe2 also called a (rather than the) Marshall Gambit. According to Chess365 4.Bd3 may be better than Marshall's 4.Qe2.
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  Dionysius1: The other way round on move 4 ?
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