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Frank Marshall vs Jose Raul Capablanca
New York (1918), New York, NY USA, rd 8, Nov-01
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. Main Line (D63)  ·  0-1



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Jan-18-04  Lawrence: "Chess Stars" says that Capa's 38th move was not .....Rh2 but the much more powerful 38.....h2 giving mate in 6 (Junior 8). Can anyone confirm from another source?
Jan-18-04  Calli: <Lawrence> Confirmed. 38...h2 is the right move. Capablanca himself gives it this way.
Feb-21-04  Jimzovich: Will this Site ever fix this? It seems as though there are many errors. How am I to study a game when it is incorrect?
Feb-21-04  drukenknight: why dont you send the Administrator an e mail? Or you can re enter the moves in the proper format (it takes only a minute w/ a cut paste) and send it back into them. if this is so important to you.
Premium Chessgames Member We fixed it. The problem with erroneous moves in PGN files is legion, and is certainly not unique to Even Chessbase, who I consider to be the most respected chess archivists, have many mistakes in thier game scores. One of the functions of this site is to sort through different sources of games and try to ascertain what is correct. We hope, one day, to have the most accurate collection of famous games available.
Sep-18-07  patzerboy: On move 19, White wins a pawn. On the downside, on the next move Black stations a Rook on White's second rank. We have a situation where White is a solid (or not so solid, see below) pawn ahead, but his pieces are almost immobilized. The knight is being used to block the Black Bishop's diagonal (lest it become too powerful), one Rook is tied to supporting the knight, and the other Rook is defending a pawn from a passive position. Meanwhile, Black is free to apply pressure where he sees fit. Black can actually win the pawn back at any time by exchanging Bishop for Knight, but he prefers to maintain tension to keep White tied up. Eventually White gives the pawn away in hopes of counterplay. He doesn't get it. Try to imagine what Marshall must have been thinking, "I've won a pawn! I've won a pawn! [pause] Holy crap! What do I do with it?" Trapped like the monkey who reaches into the bottle to grab the peanut but can't get his hand out while he holds the peanut.
Feb-25-09  blacksburg: each one of capa's moves in this endgame is a lesson on its own.
Feb-25-09  Petrosianic: <blacksburg> <each one of capa's moves in this endgame is a lesson on its own.>

Even 39. ...Kxf4? That seems like a pretty obvious and almost forced capture.

Apr-12-09  adrk: Great end game
Apr-12-09  Octal: <Petrosianic: Even 39. ...Kxf4? That seems like a pretty obvious and almost forced capture.>

It is a lesson because is tells you to not be afraid of imaginary tactics (Marshall is sacrificing... he must have found some way to checkmate me!).

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  beenthere240: It's amazing how long it took white to move the knight from c6 after it had won th pawn in the opening. By the time it move, the final mating attack was already underway.
Jul-10-10  thickhead: Marshall just hoped for miracle praying for 39.... Kxg4
Jul-15-10  karik: Not even the miracle 39... Kxg4 would have saved white from mate, though.

39... Kf6 was the only miracle.

Jul-16-10  thickhead: <karik: Not even the miracle 39... Kxg4 would have saved white from mate, though. 39... Kf6 was the only miracle.>You are right.I overlooked 39... Kxg4 40.Ne3+ Kh5 41 Nxg2 h1(Q)mate. Really 39... kf6 is ablunder.
Dec-12-12  Chris1971: This game is incredibly instructive. The way Capa ties up Marshall is inspiring. A few innocuous pawn moves by Capa and white must give up material and shortly afterward the game.
Nov-28-13  Balmo: Brilliant game from Capablanca. His endgame magic never fails to inspire me.
Nov-28-13  Balmo: After 28...Ra2 amazingly Marshall is in Zugzwang.
Jul-03-14  thom0909: I believe this is the last game in Chess Fundamentals. Capa is critical of 21. Rb1 (passive), suggesting Ne7+ and Rc7.
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  kingscrusher: <patzerboy:> Love your comments here :) Yes, White's material winning transaction gave a very dangerous bishop without a counterpart as well as very active rook - and so simplification was still a great thing to do. A move like Qe8 instead of Qe5 would just encourage a horrible mess and slaughter of the black King with moves like Nf5 instead. So Capablanca's willingness to simplify with 18...Qe5 is absolute genius in my view. He is looking at the costs involved of White winning that pawn - and they represent significant compensation.
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  Volcach: Instructive moments for me:

<24 Re6!> Now if the Knight comes to b4 it's hit with tempo Rxb2. If it takes the a7 pawn, Rg6 looks fatal for the White king.

<26 b5!> Wow, just wow. Looks like it encourages the Nxa7-xb5 track but that knight is still critically pinned to the g2 square

<33 Rd6!> Nice swings on the 6th rank, provoking more weakensses in the white camp

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