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Frank Marshall vs William Ewart Napier
ch city m (1898), Brooklyn, rd 2, Mar-01
Queen's Gambit Declined: Albin Countergambit (D08)  ·  1-0



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Jul-07-12  LoveThatJoker: <sevenseaman: If to save his Q, White tamely plays 48. Ke2, then Qh5+ and Black will gladly repeat 3rice to take a draw here.>

Incorrect, sevenseaman.

My solution demonstrates how White wins after 48. Ke2!


Jul-07-12  sevenseaman: <SuperPatzer77> <49...Qh2+, 50. Ke3! Qh3+, 51. Qf3! Qxf3+ only move, 52. Kxf3 c2, 53. f8=N+! Kg8, 54. Ng6+ Kf7, 55. Rf8# 1-0>

That's quite a speedy disposal.

Tell me how do I promote to a N. When I push the P to 8th, the computer automatically promotes to a Q. How do I advise it that I want the promotee to be a N?

Jul-07-12  bachbeet: Didn't get this one. I thought the 1st move was to underpromote to the knight, checking, then doing a discovered check but that only works if the king goes to h1 and then the knight and rook form a double check that captures the Q.
Jul-07-12  bachbeet: Of course my move also totally missed the fact that my king was in check.
Jul-07-12  scormus: I dont think I can claim anytrhing today. OK, so I got 46 Ke1, and I figured on f8=N+ if W ever got the chance to play it. But I was really not sure if W could avoid the perpetual. <Hassan> looks to have found B's best try, but even then WK can find a haven.

Very nice finish, a Frank Marshall speciality. Perhaps at the time he was not so famous for that, and Napier didnt see the setup for #.

Jul-07-12  gprice: < bachbeet: Of course my move also totally missed the fact that my king was in check. > If not in check it also misses 46. Qg6# which indicates something is wrong since it is classed harder. <sevenseaman:Tell me how do I promote to a N.> right click on the board and select
promote to knight
Jul-07-12  scormus: <Sevenseaman> just before you push the pawn, right hand mouse click on it and a popup lets you choose what it promotes to.

Ah, at least I get something right in todays puzzle!

Jul-07-12  SuperPatzer77: Addition to my analysis of <al wazir>'s line - 49...♕h2+

49...♕h2+, 50. ♔e3! ♕g3+ (instead of 50...♕h3+), 51. ♔e4!! ♕h4+, 52. ♔d5! (Black runs out of the queen checks)


Jul-07-12  sevenseaman: <LoveThatJoker> <Incorrect, sevenseaman.

My solution demonstrates how White wins after 48. Ke2!>

You may be right but after

<47. Qxd1 Qh4+ 48. Ke2! Qh5+ 49. Ke3! Qxf7>

50. Qd8 Qxf5 51. Rh8+ Kg6 52. Qe8+ Kg5

I do not quite see a White win.

Jul-07-12  LoveThatJoker: <sevenseaman> The main line to my solution provides the win:

<47. Qxd1 Qh4+ 48. Ke2! Qh5+ 49. Ke3! Qxf7 50. Qd8 Qxf5 51. Qd3!> 1-0


Jul-07-12  sevenseaman: Thanks <gprice> and <scormus>. I put your advice into practice; it works.

What frustrating moments have I had on this account!

Jul-07-12  cyclon: It seems that after 46. Ke1 it's pretty much over, because Black has neither useful intermediate move nor check at his disposal to continue the attack, but has to face White's 47. Qg6X. For example; 46. -Rd6 47. f8N+ K- 48. Ne6+ mates/46. -Qf6 47. f8N+ K- 48. Nd7+ and besides Black Queen being en prise, even mates/46. -Qd6/-Rd6 47. f8N+ (in case of -Qd6 even 47. Qg6+ is enough) -K- 48. Ne6+ mates next move. (46. Ke1) -g5 47. fxg5+ Kg7 48. f8QX. So, unless I haven't notice something else - 46. Ke1, cufflinks.
Jul-07-12  sevenseaman: <LoveThatJoker> I am not too sure of a White win. What is Stockfish's position assessment after 51...Qxd3 52. Kxd3 h5 ?

Does it sufficiently favor White?

Jul-07-12  LoveThatJoker: <sevenseaman> Stockfish confirms the correctness of my solution!

The statement in your solution that 48. Ke2! is a tame and drawing move is thoroughly incorrect.


Jul-07-12  lost in space: Very nice puzzle, beautiful solution.

BTW, got it.

Jul-07-12  cyclon: The game continuation is about MARSHALL's cufflinks, because I didn't see it.
Jul-07-12  Ghuzultyy: Very nice!!
Jul-07-12  cyclon: I just instinctively felt that 46. -Rd1+ just loses the Rook with some checks in reward without bothering to look forward to see the point behind 46. Ke1 - a Queen offer for mate in case of 46. -Rd1+ 47. Qxd1 Qh4+ 48. Ke2 Qh5+ 49. Ke3, or else Whites King escapes from checks with winning advantage.
Jul-07-12  GlennOliver: Fine finish.
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  FSR: Maybe I'm missing something. 46.Ke1 looks like 1-0: White threatens 46.Qg6#, 46.Rxd8, 46.f8(Q), and 46.f8(N)+ (followed by 47.Ng6+ and 48.Rh8# or 48.Rf8+, forcing 48...Qxf8). Black has no checks that don't hang his rook or queen.
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  chrisowen: Poor game allowing resplendid climax Napier had tonnes of truly

punishing moves as a side parting 39...qd5 steps up also ar f6 tops

and tails too pawns the green grauss comes over h6p then deadly it

nf7 providing mate threats along back rank in simpleton it her in c3

ha sand a very e8 unstoppable juggernaut since elli d1 can get

swallowed by queen in jam it learn in level it the fleet in foot

junta ke1 would strengthen garden blooming i 49.Kf2 oh my god queen

now interposes f3 lower thy tenderness king escape in flight another

it acked in up win effectively again bag in crash idle royce in f7

promote river card angle as in us clear f8+ kingg8 rind gob 51.ng6+

kf7 all on rf8 romped a grateful h6 eight mate having after or ke2 in!

Jul-07-12  gofer: Well it's "under-promotion" so I am looking at <46 f8=N+> and I work through the possible variations and then come back to looking at threats, finally after a minute or two I notice I am in check! "Way to go Dumb-Ass!" Okay, but the under-promotion is still my main threat, so I haven't completely wasted my time...

47 f8=N+ ...

47 ...Kh8 48 Ne6+ Qxe8+ 49 Qxg7#

47 ...Kg8 48 Ne6+ Kf7 49 Rxd8

But very importantly, there is one more varation, if the black queen has gone walk-about (i.e. 46 ... Qg5), where we don't even need our queen! 47 f8=N+ Kg8 48 Ng6+ Kf7 49 Rf8#

So, what is my king move?

<46 Ke1 ...>

This stops all the nasty checks, except one and threatens 47 Qg6+ Kg8/Kh8 48 f8=Q#!

<46 ... Rd1+>
<47 Qxd1 Qh5+>

Black gives up all chances of a win and tries for the draw by perpetual check!

<48 Ke2 ...>

But white doesn't need its own queen due to <1 f8=N+ Kg8 2 Ng6+ Kf7 3 Rf8#>!

48 ... Qh5+ 49 Ke3! Qxf7 50 Qd8 Qxf5 51 Qd3

<48 ... Qg4+>
<49 Ke3! ...>

49 ... Qxd1 50 f8=N+ Kg8 51 Ng6+ Kf7 52 Rf8#

49 ... Qxf5 50 Qd3

<49 ... Qg5+>
<50 Ke4 ...>

Black is running out of checks!

50 ... Qh4+ 51 Kd5

<50 ... Qg2+>
<51 Qf3 Qc2+>
<52 Ke5 >

Time to check...


Black didn't see the threat of the under-promotion, so walked into it...

Jul-07-12  CHESSTTCAMPS: Black is up two pawns, but white has the trumps - two strong f-pawns, one that supports a checkmate on g6 and the other ready to queen. White only needs to deal with the rook check. It took me a while to see any possible difficulty after the obvious


This leaves black without any useful checks and white has three serious threats: 47.Qg6#, Rxd8, and f8=whatever. Black can't defend, but does have a trick (variation G, below):

A) 46... g5 47.fxg6+ Kg7 48.f8=Q#

B) 46... Qd6/f6 47.Qg6+ Qxg6 48.fxg6+ Kxg6 49.f8=Q is an uninteresting way to win.

C) 46... Qg5 47.f8=N+! Kg8 48.Ng6+ Kf7 (Kh7 49.Rh8#) 49.Rf8# is more interesting.

D) 46... Re2+ 47.Qxe2 has no entertainment value whatsoever.

E) 46... Qxe8+ 47.f7xe8=Q ditto.

F) 46... Qe7+ 47.Rxe7 ditto.

G) 46... Rd1+! (the trick) 46.Qxd1 Qh4+ 47.Ke2 Qg4+ (uh oh - maybe black has a perpetual?) 48.Ke3! (nah) Qg5+ (Qxd1 49.f8=N+! *the point* Kg8/h8 49.Ng6+ forces mate.) 49.Ke4 Qg2+ (Qh4+ 50.Kd5) 50.Qf3 Qc2+ 51.Ke5 Qh2+ 52.Ke6 Qa2+ 53.Qe5 Qe2+ 54.Ke7 and black's out of useful checks.

H) 46... other 47.Qg6#

Time for review...

Jul-07-12  CHESSTTCAMPS: G. 54.Ke7 should read 54.Kd7.
Jul-07-12  Patriot: I think white needs to try 46.Ke1. 46...Rd1+ 47.Qxd1 Qh4+ 48.Ke2 Qh5+ 49.Ke3. Black cannot capture the queen: 49...Qxd1?? 50.f8=N+ Kg8 51.Ng6+ Kf7 (51...Kh7 52.Rh8#) 52.Rf8#. So if white can get out of check he will win. 49...Qxf7 may be black's best bet which is losing anyway.
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