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Jose Raul Capablanca vs Frank Marshall
Capablanca - Marshall (1909), New York, NY USA, rd 22, Jun-21
Russian Game: Classical Attack. Marshall Variation (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-25-04  qqq: what happens if black moves his king out of check?
Jun-26-04  Lawrence: <qqq>, Junior 8 shows that if Marshall had played 26...Kf8, Kh8, or Kh7 then Capa would have had an advantage of +1.15, +2.39, and +2.95 respectively, (5 min. search) so it was better for Marshall to draw.
Jun-26-04  qqq: lawrence: thanks , i appreciate your time
Nov-05-18  sakredkow: It's a nice pretty little finish anyway.
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  NM JRousselle: Capablanca missed a good chance here with Qd6 followed by Red1.
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  Phony Benoni: <NM JRousselle> has a point. In the position after <23.Qd5>

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<23...Qd6> allows White to emerge with a material advantage after 24.Qxd6 Rxd6 25.Red1. Black's best is to give up the exchange with 25...Re6 26.Ng5 Rae8 27.Nxe6 Rxe6, when White has rook and three pawns for two minor pieces..

Even better, after 23...Qd6, is 24.Rxe8+ Rxe8 25.Qxd6 Bxd6 26.Rd1. Now giving up the exchange after 26...Re6 27.Ng5 is no longer effective, and after (say) 27...Rg6 28.Ne4 does the trick.

So why didn't Capablanca see this? Because it probably never happened.. The American Chess Bulletin, August 1909,p. 171, gives Black's 23rd and 25th moves as <...Qc6> (as on move 21), avoiding all the foolishness.

In other words, we have a score error -- which seems far more likely than both players missing this twice.

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