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Savielly Tartakower vs Frank James Marshall
Mannheim (1914), Mannheim GER, rd 8, Jul-29
Bird Opening: From Gambit. Lasker Variation (A02)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Aug-20-06  Tommy Jensen: Would not 15.Nxc7 Rc8 16.Bc5+ Kf7 17.Bd6, followed up by e4, have turned out rather better for white? Looks like a solid pawn, plus good control of the board.
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  Pawn and Two: <Tommy Jensen> Your line looks to be winning for white. 16.Nxc7 also leads to the same.

So where did black go wrong? 13...Kc8 may be an improvement, but I am not surprised Marshall rejected it. Perhaps 10...a6, preventing 11.Nb5 was best.

Jun-05-09  WhiteRook48: I like the Bird Opening's tricky nature, especially avoiding 4...Qh4+ 5 g3 Qxg3+ 6 hxg3 Bxg3# (or 5...Bxg3+ 6 hxg3 Qxg3#) 4. d4 is my favorite way to avoid this. Evidently it didn't work
Nov-03-11  squaresquat: Giving up the attack for a pawn, so early in the game,is a bad trade; if someone flips you the bird, offer the Kings' Gambit.
Nov-03-11  rapidcitychess: Rather I must say that a pawn is a better advantage than an unclear attack.

And really, it's not THAT bad to accept a gambit. Most gambits are at best slightly better for white, or worse. Or in black's case, most are worse for him. And by declining, you don't get a much better position than if you accepted.

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