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Frank Marshall vs Oldrich Duras
Quadrangular Masters (1913), New York, NY USA, rd 4, Sep-08
Danish Gambit: Declined. Sorensen Defense (C21)  ·  1-0



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Jan-31-19  sudoplatov: Again, Stockfish thinks that 25.Bd2 would have won material.
Jan-31-19  sudoplatov: Marshall also missed a mate-in-9 with 68.Rh6+.
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  Phony Benoni: And, after <22...Rbc8>:

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23.Bd6 would have saved a lot of trouble. Well, I guess it was good practice. (American Chess Bulletin, November 1913,p. 258)

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  fredthebear: This active game between two chess warriors is a joy to watch unfold. It contains plenty of tactical elements. White's occasional less-than-perfect moves were not unreasonable; his game flows smoothly. Who can hint that the White warrior played poorly when he maintains control throughout?

Critics with their silicon brain crutches love to walk all over the graves of the past greats for being imperfect. These same critics never would have found the clever sacrificial interference Bd6 at move 23 or 26 on their own. Hindsight is their shine, which pales in comparison to original creativity. (FTB is willing to bet that whoever back-in-the-day originally suggested 23.Bd6 did so after seeing that 26.Bd6 was played, and then used that enlightening idea to see that it could have been played sooner. Perhaps it was one of warriors who found the improvement in the post-mortem.)

Most of the great cinema movies that people enjoy contain a production film flub somewhere, but we can still enjoy the show! Put that computer away and watch the story unfold first -- the building up of the position against the parry is the true art form of chess -- and see if you can spot the flub for yourself!

Those who understand chess know that the skewer 68.Rh6+ would NOT have resulted in a mate-in-9 like the computer says. The Black warrior would have resigned on the spot.

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  fredthebear: One would be dead wrong to think Frank James Marshall was a poor endgame player. White had the insight to skillfully remove Black's kingside pawns when he could have easily picked off the last Black pawn on the queenside. That difference is huge!

Leaving all the remaining pawns on the kingside would have been drawish. The Black knight would have been in his element one just one side of the board.

White realizes this winning plan on move 39. Thus, about half of the game was committed to it's fruition. Marshall collects two pawns for one on the h-file, leaving himself connected passers protected by the king, and then cleans up the queenside. The realization of this plan and it's execution is outstanding.

The rook ending follow-up was certainly not so clean, but White does have a won game at that point with the two connected passers by design. "It's a matter of technique."

Mar-07-19  JimNorCal: Bravo, FTB.

Still, Marshall missing 68. Rh6+ is glaring enough to make one wonder .... severe time trouble? Momentary chess blindness? An incorrect game score?

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