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Frank James Marshall vs Amos Burn
Ostend (1905), Ostend BEL, rd 11, Jun-26
Italian Game: Classical Variation. Greco Gambit Traditional Line (C54)  ·  1-0

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Aug-11-05  RookFile: Another humorous game where Marshall slaps Burn silly.
Aug-11-05
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  WannaBe: too busy finding the pipe & tobacco & matches...
Dec-19-06
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  plang: Nice attack, 17 Re7+ is a nice piece sacrifice. Marshalls career record against Burn was 6-3 so they weren't that mis-matched.
Oct-17-07  timhortons: marshall said in the move of 15th ne5 "i saw the move in a flash"as noted in fred rienfields book -great brilliancy prize games of the chess masters
Oct-17-07  timhortons:


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if instead of 15th...fxg6 black attack whites queen with a rook 15th rookh4 would it still be possible for marshall to continue charging the black king? or would it put a stop to it...it seems black here just miss the best shot in fending marshalls attack

Oct-17-07  Silverstrike: <timhortons> After 15...Rh4 Marshall could go for a draw with 16.Qxg4 gxh4 17.Nxf7 Qe8 18.Ne5 Qd8 19.Nf7 etc. Or after 16.Qd3 White's position has, as far as I can see, only been imrpoved now that the queen controls g6 and the Black rook on h4 is a target should the White knight go to g6.
Oct-17-07  timhortons: well its at least for burn to hold a draw and not be mated like these if indeed marshall would use the line you kibitz if 16 qd3..e6 17.nxf7..QE8...18Nxg5...qa4
Feb-08-08  zev22407: What was wrong with 13)..Bxd2?
I think that 13)..Be7 gave white a vital tempo
Mar-15-10  thewanderingpen: After 13...Bxd2, White recaptures with 14.Nxd2 - the threat of Nd2-e4 is maintained while Black lacks another defender for the Knight on f6.

That's my 2 cents

(Scored 27 points, par 22 - Pathetic -_-)

Mar-15-10  Shams: then 14...hxg5
Mar-01-11
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  GrahamClayton: 7...♘e4? was the error - White gains too much space and a lead in development after pushing the Black knights back with 8.d5 and 9.♕d4. Challenging the centre with 7...d5 is much more active.
Feb-05-12  backrank: According to Marshall himself (in 'My fifty years of chess') Black resigned after 21. Qf5, and Marshall gives the (even prettier) variation: 'For, if 21. ... g6; 22. Rxh5! gxh5 23. Qf6#' [of course, he uses descriptive notation].
Feb-05-17  zanzibar: I think 7...Nxe4 is playable if 10...c5 is played before ...Ng6.


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r1bqk2r /pp1pnppp/5n2/2pP2B1/1bBQ4/5N2/PP3PPP/RN3K1R w kq - 0 11

<e.g. 10...c5 11.Qf4 Ng6 12.Qe3+ Qe7 >

The White queen is out early, and Black has to attack it every chance possible to gain tempo. If done right Black forces the Q's off and can breath. White has compensation for the pawn, but Black should be able to ride it out.

Later, there's a lot of fun in exploring 12.d6, which would be a bit of a shock to Black otb (if unprepared). It's playable, though 12.Re1+ might be engine best.

(Without the pawn on c5 the b4-bishop is a target, and White can drop the bishop back to b3 to threaten setting up a battery on the d3-f7 diagonal after d6, etc. etc.)

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The losing move is 13...Be7, whereas the engine thinks 13...a5 is fine, once again trying to keep the bishop on b4.


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r1bq1k1r /1ppp1pp1/5nnp/p2P2B1/1b1Q4/3B1N2/PP1N1PPP/4RK1R w - - 0 14

<after 13...a5 then 14.Bxf6 Qxf6 15.Qe3 Ne7>

BTW- 13...Bxd2 is almost as good, and if 14.Nxd2 (14.Bxd2 is preferred) 14...hxg5 like <shams> said and White is going nowhere.

Feb-05-17  zanzibar: When White played 14.Bxg6 the move 15.Ne5 was already conjured:

<14.Bxg6 fxg6 15.Ne5! and if 15...Ke8 16.Qd3!> a beautiful soft move, targeting g6 and the king.

It's very similar to the actual play. Of course the actual ending is beautiful.

(Funny though, how this one attacking game seems to have sidetracked a valid opening line - which really should be accessed as good for Black if 10...c5 is played)

May-16-18
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  Phony Benoni: So What's the Finish? Historically, not analytically:

After <21.Qf4>:


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"American Chess Bulletin", August 1905, p. 271, states that Black resigned at this point as do "British Chess Magazine" ((August 1905, p. 316) and "Lasker's Chess Magazine" (August 1905, p. 167).

The Guardian, 1905/06/27: Marshall beat Burn in 21 moves.

"The Guardian" (London) noted on 6/27/05 (th day after the game) noted that it lasted 21 moves, and published the 21-move version of the score on June 29.

It's looking like the last two move are just tacked on analysis.

Jul-16-18  TheFocus: Marshall in <My Fifty Years of Chess> ends this game at 21. Qf5 with the following note: "For if 21…g6 22. Rxh5+ gxh5 23. Qf6 mate."
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