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Frank Marshall vs Colonel Moreau
Monte Carlo (1903), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 23, Mar-13
King's Gambit: Accepted. Double Muzio Gambit (C37)  ·  1-0



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Nov-01-05  lopium: What a game!!! Some moves seems very complicated, and it seemed black had a very big material advantage!! What a lost!! So what a win!!! ahaahhzz!!
May-18-06  DanRoss53: Amazing game... believe it or not 8... ♔xf7 doesn't give Black a won game either... see Shirov vs J Lapinski, 1990
Jan-04-07  Whitehat1963: Look at this BEAUTY of a puzzle: White to play after 26...Kf7. Absolutely wonderful!
Jan-04-07  Whitehat1963: Would we call this "showing-offmanship" or an homage to Morphy? Because after 27. Ne5+ it's over. White can win any number of ways.
May-27-07  Whitehat1963: White to play, mate in three after 26...Kf7. Give it a try.
Jul-30-08  sneaky pete: 16... Bc6 is a blunder. After 16... Ne7 (conveniently ignored by Marshall in his notes) white is in big trouble. Because of 9... Qf5 the entire line doesn't seem playable. I wonder if Shirov had prepared anything convincing against it.
Jun-08-11  Garech: <sneaky pete>

Yes, you're right. 16...Nf6 or 16...f3!? were equally strong too. Amazing that Marshall allowed himself to get to this lost position - poor Colonel Moreau could have got some points on the board too!


Nov-25-11  King Death: This game was played in round 23. I wonder if Marshall would have played the Double Muzio against anyone else in this event, or even against the colonel if this had been played in the first round. This looks like a coffeehouse game.
Jul-04-14  ljfyffe: In 1894, Alfred Porter played in a telegraph match vs Frank Marshall between Montreal and Saint John. Porter often played the Muzio in correspondence: Alfred Porter-Louis Desjarlais(Saint John/Quebec 1898)~ <1e4 e5 2f4 exf4 3Nf3 g5 4Bc4 g4 50-0 gxf3 6Qxf3 Qf6 7e5 Qxe5 8d3 Bh6 9Bd2 Ne710Nc3 Nbc6 11Rae1 Qf5 12Re4 0-0 13Bxf4 Bg7 14Qg3 d5 15Nxd5 Nxd5 16Bxd5 Qxd5 17Bh6 1-0>
Jul-11-14  ljfyffe: Porrter-Desjarlais: <50-0> more usual 5Ne5/5d4/5Nc3; <6Qxf3> if 6d4 d5, not 6...fxg2; <6...Qf6> 6...Qe7 7Qxf4 Qc5+ 8d4 Qxd4+ 9Be3 Qxc4 10Qe5+ Ne7 11Qxh8; <7...Qxe5> 7...Qb6+ 8Kh1 Bh6 9Nc3 Qc5 10d3 Qxe5 11Nd5 Ne7 12Bxf4 Bxf4 13Rae1 Qg5 14Rxe7+ Kd8 15Rxf7; <8d3> 8Nc3 Qd4+, if 8Bxf7+ Kxf7 9d4 Qf5;<10...Nbc6> 10...c6 11Rae1 Qc5+ 12Rf2; <11...Qf5> 11...Qc5+ 12Rf2 Nd4 13Rxe7+ Qxe7 14Qh5 Ne6 15Qxh6 Qg5 16Qxg5 Nxg3 17Nd5.
Jul-11-14  ljfyffe: Porter Desjarlais: <12Re4> 12Kd5 Qd8 13Qe2 Qe6 14Qf3 Qf5; <12...0-0> 12...Ne5 13Qe2 d6 14Bxf4 Bxf4 15Rexf4 Qg5 16Ne4; 14<Qg3> 14Qe2 d5 15Bxc7 Qd7; <16...Qxd5> Desjarlais: 16...Qf6 is the only move; Porter: 16...Qg4 is even.
Jul-11-14  ljfyffe: Also re Porter-Desjarlais:see Zukertort-Anderson 1865 <Sarratt Defence>.
Apr-25-16  ljfyffe: Desjarlais from Sherbrooke, Quebec; Porter
from Saint John, New Brunswick.
Jul-05-18  TheFocus: Marshall in <My Fifty Years of Chess> gives the ending as 28. Ng6+ Be3 29. Rxe3+ Qe6 30. Qxe6+ Kd8 31. Ba5 1-0.
Jul-05-18  sudoplatov: Marshall did try the Muzio against stronger players too.

Marshall vs Maroczy, 1903

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  ChessHigherCat: Colonel Murió

28. Ng6+ was particularly classy, not even bothering to take the queen with discovered check.

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  tpstar: Monte Carlo (1903) was the event where Colonel Moreau established the record for chess futility by scoring 0/26 and then he has no other database games ever.

Entertaining game.

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  ChessHigherCat: <tpstar> That was the night he broke the bank at Monte Carlo and retired by taking 26 nosedives in a simultaneous against a cub scout troop consisting of children of the local elite.
Nov-27-18  Sally Simpson: ***

"This game was played in round 23. I wonder if Marshall would have played the Double Muzio against anyone else in this event..."

Marshall says in his book 'My 50 Years.': "Well the tourney was nearing it's close, and I was determined to have some fun."


Nov-27-18  5hrsolver: Bxf7+ Kxf7 9. d4 Qxd4+ 10. Be3 and the attack continues?
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  GrahamClayton: Moreau declines the piece sacrifice with 8...Kd8 but still manages to lose spectacularly.

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