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Clarence Seaman Howell vs Frank James Marshall
Buffalo (1901), Buffalo, New York USA, rd 7, Aug-15
Queen's Gambit Declined: Austrian Defense (D06)  ·  1-0



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Mar-19-05  makeitnew987: Pardon me if my suggestion leads to a an ugly ending (as it very well, and most likely, may). But, is it possible for white to emerge victorious in fewer moves by allowing black to take his queen on move 18, and instead move his knight to e5?

The thread I'm considering follows something like one of the two: 17. Bc5 Nd4 18. Nxe5 Nxc3 19. Nd7.... Numerous possible responses

More likely to be overlooked due to black's lust for white's queen. Black's Bishop Takes White's knight:
17. Bc5 Nd4 18. Nxe5 Bxe5 19. Bxd4 Bxd4 20. Push e-file pawn?

I'm new to the site and relatively new to the game as well. This is my first jab at chess analysis. Though I think this game was well-played on white's part, I am curious to know if white could have sacrificed his queen and still won.

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  tpstar: <makeitnew987> Hello! Welcome to the group! The game continuation won a Pawn (18. Nxd4 exd4 19. Rxd4), then the pin on the Bd6 won a piece after 19 ... Nc8 20. Qd2. Note 24. Nd7! Bxd7 25. Rc1 breaks the pin on the Rd6, allowing 26. Rxd7 next, so Black should have resigned after 24 ... Rbd8 25. Rc1 because White will be up a piece. Since Black's King is safe, any combination allowing ... Nxc2 will be unsound, like 18. Nxe5?! Nxc2 19. Ned7 Bxc5 20. Nxb8 Qxb8 etc. Sacrificing the Queen should only be seriously considered when it leads to forced mate, or else you get enough material in return = 2 Rooks or 3 pieces. See you around.

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