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Paul Saladin Leonhardt vs Frank Marshall
Marshall - Leonhardt (1911), Hamburg GER, rd 4, Jun-15
French Defense: Classical. Tarrasch Variation (C14)  ·  1-0

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Mar-01-08  Calli: How does White win?
Mar-01-08  psmith: <Calli> Good question! It seems that White wins by Black resigning -- the losing move.

According to Fritz 5.32 it's a draw after 49... ♔d7. The point is that 50. ♔b5 ♔d6 51. ♔xa5 ♔c5 52. h5 h6is stalemate. Another nice line is 50. h5 ♔e6 51. h6 ♔e5 =. You can't win by resigning, and you can't draw either.

Oct-27-09
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  Phony Benoni:


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(After <44...Kd7>

Mieses, in his book <Instructive Positions from Master Play>, gives a different ending from this point:

<45.Ke5 Kc6> (45...Kc7 46.a5 and wins) <46.h5 a5 47.bxa5 Kc5 48.h6 Kb4 49.Kf6> 1-0

Mieses is not always strong on historical accuracy (for instance, his closing comment is "A pawn ending precisely played by Marshall"), but this is probably worth checking out. By the way, he says nothing about how to win after 45...Ke7, but I think 46.h5 might do the trick.

Jul-15-17  offramp: Marshall was famous as a bitter-ender, and I suspect that a move has been missed out at the end.


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The game score gives
49. b6+, which is a draw. Marshall has only one sensible move: 49...Kd7 and the draw is pretty clear.

However, if white had played
49. h5! then Black would probably have responded 49...h6.


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Now
50. b6+! is a total winner!

I wonder if it is possible that a move was missed out.

Jul-15-17  WorstPlayerEver: Interesting. Marshall said Leonhardt was a player with fine ideas but Leonhardt blundered too often.

Source: Marshall's best games of chess.

Jan-04-19
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  Phony Benoni: "American Chess Bulletin", August 1911, p. 183 has the same finish as Mieses. And I have a reference to Casopis Ceskych Sachistu/1911, p.103 which agree with them as well.
Jan-04-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Telemus: <Phony Benoni: 45.Ke5 Kc6 46.h5 a5 47.bxa5 Kc5 48.h6 Kb4 49.Kf6 1-0>

These are also the moves published in the evening issue of "Hamburgischer Correspondent", 22 June 1911.

BTW, the game was played on 15 June 1911.

Jan-04-19  Retireborn: A very interesting game. I can only find one other example of Marshall playing this kind of French (against Lasker he played the McCutcheon) and it's surprising to see him go for an early exchange of queens; perhaps he had seen this game and wanted to avoid anything similar:-

Leonhardt vs Spielmann, 1910

Possibly 20...Nc6 or 23...a5 24.a4 Ba6 would be enough for equality. By move 31 Black is already in trouble, and the pawn ending (at least in <PB>'s corrected version) is always won for White, although Houdini thinks that 37.a4 or 38.g3 would have won more quickly.

Jan-04-19
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  Phony Benoni: <Telemus> Thanks for the information. According to ACB, the seven-game series between these players began on June 12. Since game 4 was on June 15, that would imply that games 2 and 3 were played on June 13 and June 14.
Jan-04-19
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  Telemus: <Phony Benoni> That's right, I assume. The same chess column presented the round 2 game (Leonhardt vs Marshall, 1911) dated 13 June 1911.

However, the seventh and last game (Marshall vs Leonhardt, 1911) was played on Monday, 19 June 1911. So, they had one free day.

Another information given there: the winner recieved 200 M, the loser 100 M.

Oct-28-20  Straclonoor: Position after 36 moves


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printed a lot of times, i.e. in Averbakh/Maizelis "Pawn endings" It totally won for white

Analysis by Stockfish 051020:

1. +- (19.85): 37.a4 g5 38.g4 Kc8 39.Ka7 a5 40.b5 Kc7 41.Ka8 h6 42.h3 Kb6 43.Kb8 Kc5 44.Kxb7 Kd5 45.b6 Ke4 46.Ka6 Kf3 47.b7 Kg2 48.Kxa5 Kxh3 49.b8Q Kxg4 50.Ka6 Kh5 51.Kb5 Kg6 52.Qd6+ Kg7 53.Qe7+ Kg6 54.Qe6+ Kh5 55.Qh3+ Kg6 56.Ka5 Kf6 57.Qxh6+ Kf5 58.Kb5 g4 59.Qh5+ Kf4 60.a5 g3

2. +- (7.66): 37.g4 h6 38.a4 h5 39.g5 h4 40.h3 Ka8 41.Kc7 Ka7 42.Kd7 Kb6 43.Kd6 Ka7 44.Ke7 Kb6 45.Kf7 a5 46.b5 Kc5 47.Kxg6 Kb4 48.Kf5 Kxa4 49.g6 Kxb5 50.g7 Kb4 51.g8Q b5 52.Qd5 Ka4 53.Qa2+ Kb4 54.Qc2 Ka3 55.Qc3+ Ka4 56.Qa1+ Kb4 57.Qe1+ Ka4 58.Qxh4+ b4 59.Qd4 Kb5 60.Qd7+ Kb6 61.Qa4 b3 62.Qa3

I find in <CB> game Spreeuw,J - Vlaming,J 1/2, Haarlem ACCOM op 1987 where after 31 moves appears position


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It also totally won for white

Analysis by Stockfish 051020:

1. +- (7.69): 32.a4 Kc8 33.Ka7 Kc7 34.b5 axb5 35.axb5 b6 36.h3 h6 37.Ka6 f5 38.g3 g5 39.g4 f4 40.f3 Kd7 41.Kxb6 Kd6 42.Kb7 Kxd5 43.Kc7 Kd4 44.b6 Ke3 45.b7 Kxf3 46.b8Q Ke3 47.Qb3+ Ke2 48.Qb5+ Kf2 49.Kd7 f3 50.Qd5 Ke3 51.Kxe7 f2 52.Qd1 f1Q 53.Qxf1

2. +- (7.25): 32.h3 Kc8 33.Ka7 e5 34.dxe6 fxe6 35.h4 e5 36.Kb6 e4 37.g4 Kb8 38.Kc5 Kc7 39.Kd5 Kd7 40.Kxe4 Ke6 41.a4 Kd6 42.f4 Ke6 43.a5 Kd6 44.f5 Kc6 45.Ke5 gxf5 46.gxf5 Kb5 47.f6 Kxb4 48.f7 Kxa5 49.f8Q Kb5 50.Qe7 Kc6 51.Qxh7 a5 52.Qh6+ Kc5 53.Qd6+ Kb5

Unfortunately, white couldn't find right way to win, and game was drawn.

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