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Frank James Marshall vs Akiba Rubinstein
Lodz (1908), Lodz RUE, rd 7, Oct-??
Tarrasch Defense: Two Knights Variation (D32)  ·  1-0



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Sep-06-03  ughaibu: This is more like it. A miniature with a lot in it.
Jul-08-06  notyetagm: 24 ♖xh6+! exploits the <LATERAL PIN> of the Black g7-pawn along the 7th rank by the White h7-queen. If 24 ... gxh6, then the Black g7-pawn no longer <BLOCKS> the 7th rank and the line of attack of the White h7-queen is extended to the e7-mating focal point allowing 25 ♕e7#.

The defensive power of a pinned piece is merely illusory, aka <BLOCKING> a line is a full-time job. The Black g7-pawn, <PINNED> to the 7th rank by the mate threat against the e7-square, only -pretends- to <DEFEND> the h6-pawn/h6-square.

Jul-08-06  RookFile: Well, I think 16...Bxh4 was asking for trouble. Marshall was happy to oblige.
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  chancho: Marshall was one hell of a tactician.
Jan-10-07  hitman84: Marshall invited Rubinstein to go for the sacrifice..

21...Ne5?? Rubinstein just overlooked the mate combination. I guess black forgot about the long diagonal ♗ on b1.

18...Ne5 is a better continuation

Nov-29-07  Karpova: Frank James Marshall's own comments:

<Time was of essence in this game. It was truly a case of first come, first served.>


<There are various ways of playing to hold the pawn, but that sort of policy is inconsistent with my style.>


<Indicating my aggressive intentions.>


<The echo of my Paris 1900 game with Burn with 14.Bxh7+ would be unsound (14...Kxh7 15.Ng5+ Kg6)> [ Marshall vs Burn, 1900 ]


<The foregoing exchange may turn out to be beneficial or harmful for either player. On the one hand, Black has the open f-file for attacking purposes, on the other, the long diagonal leading to his h7 has been opened for various threats by White.>


<This is not mere pawn-grabbing, it is played with the following sacrifice in view.>


<Leads to a very dangerous attack - if Black's king doesn't perish first!>


<This loses, despite its tempting appearance. Correct was 19...Ne5!, and Black's attack should succeed (20.Qh7+ Kf7 21.Rf1+ Ke7 and White has no good move).>


<Too late. White has a beautiful forced win.>

From "The Life & Games of Akiva Rubinstein - Volume 1: Uncrowned King" by IM Donaldson and IM Minev.

Nov-29-07  RookFile: Learn something new everyday. Fritz 10 like 16..... Bxh4, but prefers to answer 17. g3 with Bf6.
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  Calli: <Correct was 19...Ne5!, and Black's attack should succeed (20.Qh7+ Kf7 21.Rf1+ Ke7 > - Marshall

19...Ne5 20.Qh7+ Kf7 21.Ne2! defends. Note the threat of Rc7+.

Yusupov found that an enduring attack for Black is 19...Rf5! followed by Ne5. This line seems to justify Rubinstein's judgement of 16...Bxh4!

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