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Frank Marshall vs William Ewart Napier
Ch City (1897), Brooklyn
Queen Pawn Game: Veresov Atack. Richter Variation (D01)  ·  1-0



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  wwall: Instead of 46.c4, White has the stronger 46.a6! to prevent 46...Bb7. then White can play 47.c4 and 48.Bd5 to win.

Perhaps another Marshall swindle. After 46...Bb7, White should win with 47.c5 or 47.Bd7. But Marshall played 47.Bd5. Now, instead of 47...Bc8? which loses to 48.c5, perhaps Black has a draw with 47...Ba6. If 48.c5, then 48...Kf6 and 49...Ke5.

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  dernier loup de T: Just in order to have an opportunity for a quicker win, wwall? Would it not be uselessly risky?
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  sachistu: Hilbert's book of Napier's games (p.66-67) does not include the moves 35.Ra1 Rc3 36.Rc1 Ra3. Instead it continues directly with 35.Bc4 with the rest of the moves as given here. The game and notes were from the American Chess Magazine, Dec, 1897 page 436. The 'extra' moves are apparently from some other source. <wwall> in Marshall's notes to the game, 44.Bc8 (46.Bc8 in the version given here) suggested by Showalter is an easy win.

Later, however, Marshall gives the rather strange note..."Black might have won if White here had moved his Bishop e.g. ...Kh3 leading to victory". He is referring to move 51 in the version given here. Marshall does not say where White would have moved his Bishop, but in any event, this hardly seems correct. White could have played Bb5, and if, as Marshall indicates, Black played ...Kh3, White could play a6 followed by Bd7 with a similar outcome as the game as the g-pawn is pinned.

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