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Frank James Robbed Banks and Kings
Compiled by fredthebear

By some accounts, in the St. Petersburg 1914 chess tournament, the title "Grandmaster" was formally conferred by Russian Tsar Nicholas II, who had partially funded the tournament. The Tsar reportedly awarded the title to the five finalists: Emanuel Lasker, José Raúl Capablanca, Alexander Alekhine, Siegbert Tarrasch, and Frank Marshall.

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Meet me then, within this grid,
this little wooden battlefield as equals,
as we forget our bodies to inhabit these pieces, control these spaces, trade threats and responses, send our thoughts out into possible positions, our eyes imagining nothing but sweet forks and lancing fianchettoes. We chessplayers, pretend enemies, bound to our miniature war inexplicably & inescapably: when did we find ourselves so obsessed, insidiously seduced to advances and exchanges, lost inside this abyss of infinite moves, willing servants of it's rules?

- Rael

Russian Game: Modern Attk. Symmetrical (C43) 0-1Bad intermezzo+
C Medinus vs Marshall, 1900  
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 5 moves, 0-1

Giuoco Pianissimo. Italian Four Knights C50 0-1 N+ family fork
A Stauffer vs D Pelan, 1982
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 9 moves, 0-1

Game 2 Marshall's Best Games of Chess, Dover Pub. (June 1942)
Pillsbury vs Marshall, 1894 
(D06) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 0-1

Semi-Slav Defense: Accelerated Move Order (D31) 1-0 Warhorse
Marshall vs W Napier, 1896 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 27 moves, 1-0

three promotions...including an "under" C02 1/2-1/2 75
W Napier vs Marshall, 1896 
(C02) French, Advance, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beautiful Skewer, Bxf2+ Decoy, NxN+ removes guard, Q falls!
H McMahon vs Marshall, 1897 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 7 moves, 0-1

QGD: Orthodox Def. Henneberger Var (D63) 1-0 Fredthebear knows
Marshall vs Showalter, 1898 
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

QGD Albin CG (D08) 1-0 Q sac, Underpromotion, Hook Mate!
Marshall vs W Napier, 1898 
(D08) Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit, 52 moves, 1-0

Puzzle 42 in Elements of Combination Play in Chess by Reinfeld
Marshall vs J Esser, 1899 
(C56) Two Knights, 26 moves, 1-0

Bishop's Opening: Berlin Def (C24) 0-1 Entertaining all around
E M Jackson vs Marshall, 1899 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 30 moves, 0-1

Russian Game: Classical Attk. Marshall Var (C42) 0-1 KEG notes
J Mason vs Marshall, 1900 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 38 moves, 0-1

Semi-Slav Def: Marshall Gambit. M.L. (D31) 1-0 KEG annotates
Marshall vs Schlechter, 1902 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 28 moves, 1-0

King's English. Reversed Sicilian (A21) 0-1 K walk
J Mason vs Marshall, 1902 
(A21) English, 25 moves, 0-1

Marshall said this was one of his greatest games.
Marshall vs Pillsbury, 1903 
(C38) King's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 1-0

A classic swindle - 8th Anglo-American Cable Match (1903)
Marshall vs H E Atkins, 1903 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

KGA. MacDonnell Gambit (C37) 1-0 double Knight sacrifice
Marshall vs Maroczy, 1903 
(C37) King's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 1-0

Another fine win over Maroczy in the same tournament
Maroczy vs Marshall, 1903 
(C33) King's Gambit Accepted, 35 moves, 0-1

"Some kind of miracle has occurred."
Marshall vs G Marco, 1904 
(C45) Scotch Game, 76 moves, 1-0

A beautiful final maneuvre
Marshall vs Von Scheve, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 31 moves, 1-0

Queen's Gambit Accepted: AbNormal Var (D21) 1-0 Punishment
Marshall vs M Judd, 1904 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 17 moves, 1-0

Stages I through III of necrotic degradation
Marshall vs Pillsbury, 1904 
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 23 moves, 1-0

You take my bishop, I'll take yours.
P S Leonhardt vs Marshall, 1905 
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 21 moves, 0-1

Dutch Staunton Gambit. Chigorin Var (A83) 1-0 Q sac for pieces
Marshall vs Chigorin, 1905 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 30 moves, 1-0

Game 74 in 'The World's Great Chess Games' by Reuben Fine
Marshall vs Burn, 1905 
(C54) Giuoco Piano, 23 moves, 1-0

Spanish Game: Steinitz Defense (C62) 0-1 Notes by Stockfish
Duras vs Marshall, 1906 
(C62) Ruy Lopez, Old Steinitz Defense, 55 moves, 0-1

Game 98 in Wonders and Curiosities of Chess by Irving Chernev
Burn vs Marshall, 1906 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 0-1

125 Partidas Brilhantes by Fernando Vasconcellos
Marshall vs H Wolf, 1906 
(D24) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 30 moves, 1-0

QGD: Baltic Def (D02) 1-0 Philadelphia Exhibition
Marshall vs S T Sharp, 1906 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 47 moves, 1-0

Its all in the notes. An echo of Rubinstein's Immortal
Marshall vs Schlechter, 1907 
(D27) Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical, 29 moves, 1-0

Hammerin' the 6th just like Fredthebear does.
Marshall vs Schlechter, 1907 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1-0

Lasker - Marshall World Championship Match (1907), USA, rd 7
Marshall vs Lasker, 1907 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Indian Game: Wade-Tartakower Def (A46) 1-0 N dance ends 0-0-0!
Marshall vs Burn, 1907 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 20 moves, 1-0

Italian Game: Italian Variation (C50) 0-1 Pawn mate!
Coldwell vs Marshall, 1907 
(C50) Giuoco Piano, 24 moves, 0-1

KGD. Classical Var (C30) 1-0 A knight's delight to serve his Q!
Marshall vs E Cohn, 1907 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 26 moves, 1-0

Game 75 in 'Lasker's Manual of Chess' by Emanuel Lasker
Salwe vs Marshall, 1908 
(C58) Two Knights, 37 moves, 0-1

nocturnal visit by Steinitz' spirit
Schlechter vs Marshall, 1908 
(C49) Four Knights, 51 moves, 0-1

Notes by Carl Schlechter from "Deutsche Schachzeitung" 1908.
Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1908  
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 54 moves, 1-0

Dutch Staunton Gambit. Chigorin Var (A83) 1-0 Center swarm, pin
Marshall vs Spielmann, 1908 
(A83) Dutch, Staunton Gambit, 22 moves, 1-0

Game 55 in My Fifty Years of Chess by Frank Marshall
Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1908 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 24 moves, 1-0

22nd New York State Chess Assoc. Champnship - Brilliancy Prize
H Rosenfeld vs Marshall, 1909 
(C59) Two Knights, 42 moves, 0-1

Game 11 in 'Chess Fundamentals' by Jose Raul Capablanca
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1909 
(D53) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1-0

Stonewall Attack 3...Bg4 4.f3 Bd7 (D00) 1-0 0-0 vs 0-0-0
Marshall vs Showalter, 1909 
(D00) Queen's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Urusov/Scotch Gambit. Max Lange Attk Long Var (C55) 1-0
Marshall vs Capablanca, 1910 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 53 moves, 1-0

Italian, Scotch Gambit. Max Lange Attk Long Var (C55) 1-0redhot
Marshall vs Tarrasch, 1910 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

One of Marshall's best endgames. B vs. B (same color).
Teichmann vs Marshall, 1911 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 76 moves, 0-1

‘Never mind, I shan’t need the Rook!’
J Esser vs Marshall, 1911 
(C15) French, Winawer, 37 moves, 0-1

Colle-Zukertort fantastic counterstrokes
Marshall vs P S Leonhardt, 1912 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1-0

"Daredevils Challenge"
Janowski vs Marshall, 1912 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 22 moves, 0-1

Tarrasch Def transposes to QGA (D32) 0-1 Interesting ending
Tarrasch vs Marshall, 1914 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 72 moves, 0-1

A Smashing Good Time!
Janowski vs Marshall, 1916 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 0-1

Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84) 0-1 Black goes ALL in!!
R T Black vs Marshall, 1918 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 27 moves, 0-1

Tricks up Marshall's sleeve
G G Neidich vs Marshall, 1920 
(C47) Four Knights, 28 moves, 0-1

Greek gift sent to castle. Castle should've asked Fredthebear.
Marshall vs Stodie, 1920 
(B20) Sicilian, 13 moves, 1-0

Elements of Combination Play in Chess by Reinfeld
Marshall vs Ed. Lasker, 1923 
(D33) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 39 moves, 1-0

Marshall entices Reti to fianchetto without a bishop!
Reti vs Marshall, 1924 
(A15) English, 30 moves, 0-1

First American to defeat Soviet in an international tournament
Marshall vs Bogoljubov, 1924 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 38 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game: Scotch Gambit. Advance (C45) 0-1 N raid!
E Tholfsen vs Marshall, 1924 
(C45) Scotch Game, 23 moves, 0-1

Nimzo "passed pawns must be pushed" Frank does!
Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1925 
(A15) English, 43 moves, 0-1

Stretched in two directions
Marshall vs I Rabinovich, 1925 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

Marshall has a back-up plan
Marshall vs Spielmann, 1925 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

Game 70 in 'The World's Great Chess Games' by Reuben Fine
Marshall vs Rubinstein, 1925 
(D60) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 25 moves, 1-0

Sicilian Def: Wing Gambit. Marshall Variation (B20) 1-0Namesake
Marshall vs A Haida, 1925 
(B20) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Game 73 in 'The World's Great Chess Games' by Reuben Fine
Marshall vs Kupchik, 1926 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

G72 in Chess Highlights of the 20th Century by Graham Burgess
Nimzowitsch vs Marshall, 1928 
(A50) Queen's Pawn Game, 25 moves, 0-1

"...the threat is even greater than the execution!"
Marshall vs Nimzowitsch, 1930 
(A47) Queen's Indian, 25 moves, 1-0

Slav Defense: Exchange Var (D10) 1-0 Another masterful swindle
Marshall vs K Treybal, 1930 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 50 moves, 1-0

QGD: Orthodox Def. Main Line (D63) 1-0 Notes by Frank Marshall
Marshall vs D Gladstone, 1932  
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Central surge leaves lonely IQP
H Silbermann vs Marshall, 1935 
(E26) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 27 moves, 0-1

CoIle vs Indian: Yusupov-Rubinstein System (A46) 0-1Outnumbered
L Matibet vs Marshall, 1935 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 14 moves, 0-1

King's Gambit: General (C30) 0-1 Frank Marshall is a stunt man!
P Reid vs Marshall, 1937 
(C30) King's Gambit Declined, 21 moves, 0-1

Marshall pushes pawns...for 14 straight moves.
Marshall vs H Rogosin, 1940 
(B20) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1-0

Would you like to have my pawn? My bishop? My queen?
Marshall vs A Cass, 1941 
(B20) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1-0

Scotch Game: Göring Gambit. Double P Sacrifice (C44) 1-0 Q sac
Marshall vs N Halper, 1941 
(C44) King's Pawn Game, 28 moves, 1-0

Danish Gambit 4...d5 (C21) 1-0 Marshall's minors flush the K
Marshall vs S Mlotkowski, 1913 
(C21) Center Game, 21 moves, 1-0

"A Sad Tale" from "The Chess Player's Bedside Book"
Marshall vs F Duz-Khotimirsky, 1911 
(D21) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 13 moves, 1-0

Semi-Slav Defense: Marshall Gambit (D31) 1-0 Queen Trap
Marshall vs C Medinus, 1900 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 16 moves, 1-0

MordimerChess made a video of this Greco's Mate!
S P Johnston vs Marshall, 1899 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 18 moves, 1-0

QGD: Barmen Var (D37) 1/2-1/2 Fredthebear likes KEG annotations
Marshall vs L Eisenberg, 1902 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

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Marshall vs Von Scheve, 1902 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 19 moves, 1-0

QGD: Orthodox Def. Rubinstein Var Flohr Line (D62) 1-0 Stockfis
Marshall vs Lasker, 1940 
(D62) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

Spanish, Marshall Attack. Steiner (C89) 0-1 Uncommon # pattern
W Frere vs Marshall, 1917 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 17 moves, 0-1

Crazy Consultation Contest during Cruise to Cambridge Springs
Lasker / Chigorin / Marshall / Tei vs Janowski / Marco / Schlechter / La, 1904 
(C39) King's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 1-0

Marshall vs G Oskam, 1905 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 26 moves, 1-0

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