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Frank James Marshall vs Ilya Leontievich Rabinovich
Baden-Baden (1925), Baden-Baden GER, rd 3, Apr-19
Slav Defense: General (D10)  ·  1-0



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  Calli: 13.Ne4!, 17.Be4 and 23.e4 Seems to be the key square. Also a nice ending. Classic Marshall.
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  plang: By delaying Nf3 Marshall avoided all known theory with 6 f4!? which (according to this database) has not been repeated since. Takacs recommended 8..dxc 9 Bxc4..cxd 10 exd..Qc7 11 Nb5..Bb4+ which looks promising for Black. The idea behind 9..a6? was to play ..dxc and ..b5 but after 10 b3 was just a waste of time; again 9..dxc seems better. After the pawn sacrifice 13 Ne4! Marshall had a powerful attack; note that the routine 13 exd could have been answered by 13..Nxd4!. 19..f5 and 20..Rad8 both look like defensive improvements. Taking the queen with 28 Bxf7 would have given Black some counterplay despite White's great material superiority. Note that in the final position moving either rook to f7 would have been answered by 30 Bxg7+ mating.

Rabinovich had a solid tournament finishing clear 7th (out of 21) including wins over Bogoljubov, Spielmann, Tarrasch and Colle.

Jul-31-16  King.Arthur.Brazil: Beautiful combination of Marshall, initiated by g4!
Sep-14-19  sudoplatov: I think (though I haven't researched it too much) that Marshall first developed the Ne4 (or ...Ne5) in similar positions. Sometimes it seems like (in these quasi symmetrical QGD positions) that whoever gets in Ne4 (or N...e5) wins.
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