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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Frank Marshall
Capablanca - Marshall (1909), New York, NY USA, rd 12, May-13
Spanish Game: Schliemann Defense. Dyckhoff Variation (C63)  ·  1-0



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Jun-27-03  coke934: joes can use his pawns better than anyone i have seen!
Dec-07-05  Bobwhoosta: Looking at the match I see that Marshall's style just wasn't satisfactory against the style of Capablanca. That's why Marshall is a legend but never came close to the strength of the true mythicals (alekhine, capa) of his time. His style was "ATTACK!", and when he came to a simple positional game he couldn't find his bearing. A staunch defender though, he took this game to the limits before he gave it up.
Dec-07-05  CapablancaFan: <Bobwhoosta> The pawn cannot be stopped. If 55...Kb8? 56.Nc6 mate! Marshall was no match for Capa's common sense style of play.
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  patzer2: This game is an excellent example of positional play against the over extended pawn center. Capa with his natural positional play was always looking for the endgame advantage. Marshall was playing for the quick knockout in the middle game with little regard for the endgame. With out regard to superior natural ability, Capa had the match won on superior strategy before it even began.
Nov-24-07  grasser: Marshall played on a bit too long, no?
Sore loser???
Nov-24-07  suenteus po 147: <grasser> Marshall was notorious for creating stalemate chances for himself in dead lost positions. While Capablanca hardly qualifies as a susceptible adversary in this regard, Marshall probably got a lot out of the practice :)
Feb-02-10  Rama: The position after 6. ... d5, looks good for black. White has won a pawn but the Nh4 and Pf5 are out of position under pressure in no-man's land, and now black occupies the center with a mobile pawn mass along with prospects of free and easy development.

White immediately counter-attacks in the center while black puts more pressure on the "Lost Battalion" with 7. d3 Be7. But after 8. dxe4 dxe4, 9. Qxd8 Bxd8, 10. Bg5 ..., it is white who enjoys free and easy development and the black center is reduced and immobilised hence becoming weak.

With simple, clear moves Capablanca performs a sort of ju-jitsu and obtains a superior game.

Feb-02-10  AnalyzeThis: I think Marshall used faulty logic. If on move 3 of the game, he could safely initiate a plan involving ...f5, ...e4, and ..d5, then it's time for us all to go home, and stop playing chess.
Jul-02-12  copablanco: According to Fischer, Capablanca wasn't the great end game player he was made up to be. "His trick was to keep his opening simple, and then play with such brilliance in the middle game that the game was decided--even though his opponents didn't always know it--before they arrive at the ending". "Capablanca never really devoted himself to chess, and seldom made preparations for a match. His simplicity is a myth. Every move he made had to be super-sharp so as to make something out of nothing. His play was forced. He matured early, and played his best games in his twenties.He was the only great Latin player ever to emerge on the world scene".
Jun-03-17  Saniyat24: Marshall almost plays like Alekhine here...!

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