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Roy Turnbull Black vs Frank Marshall
New York (1918), New York, NY USA, rd 14, Nov-09
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  0-1



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May-24-04  Cyphelium: White's 8th move fails to convince. A safe way for black to play would have been 12.- Nxd5 13. Nxd5 Bxd5, when black has no problems and may even have a slightly boring edge thanks to the bishop pair and better development. However, this was not how Frankie boy played chess, so it's not surprising that he went for the piece sac. It looks a bit dubious to me though. For a start: What happens after 22. Nxd5? After 22.- Qxd5+ 23. Ke1 black can pick up another pawn with 23.- Qh5+ 24. Kd2 (or 24. Ke1 Qh4+)24.- Qxh2+ 25. Kc3 but then there appears to be nothing useful for black, so he probably has to take the perpetual instead.

Probably the last mistake is on move 23 though. After the game move 23. Qe1? the strong 23.- c5! prettily finishes the game, but instead 23. Qd2 might be the lesser evil. 23. Qd2 Qg6+ 24. e4 d5 25. Nxd5 (25. Qg5 doesn't work)25. - Qxe4+ 26. Kc3 Qxd5 27. Qxd5 Bxd5 is better for black, but there are drawing chances. Instead 25.- Rd8 26. Ne7+ Qxe7 27. Qf4 looks playable too.

Aug-04-05  who: 25.bxc5 dxc5 26.e4 Rd8+ 27.Nd5 Re8 28.Nc3 b4 29.Qg1 Qh3 30.Nd5 also keeps white in the game.
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  fredthebear: Round 6, played in October:
J S Morrison vs Marshall, 1918
Feb-24-21  Stolzenberg: <Cyphelium: What happens after 22. Nxd5?> It would follow 22. ... Qxd5+ 23. Ke2 Qg2+ 24. Kd3 and Black does not need to take the perpetual. White is underdeveloped, his king is vulnerable and the white squares are very weak. So, instead of timorously finishing the game with a draw, Black can continue his promising attack with 24. ... c5 for example, similar to the game.
Feb-25-21  Stolzenberg: <Cyphelium: 23. Qd2 might be the lesser evil. 23. Qd2 Qg6+ ...> Cyphelium analyzed 23. ... Qg6+, however Black could continue with 23. ... Qf1+ instead, for example:

1) 24. Kd4 Bb7 25. Bb2 c5+ 26. bxc5 Qf6+ 27. Kd3 dxc5

2) 24. Ne2 c5 25. Bb2 Be4+

2a) 26. Kxe4 Re8+ 27. Kd3 Qf5+ 28. Kc3 cxb4+ 29. Kxb4 Qc5+ 30. Ka5 b4+ 31. Kxa6 Qc6+ 32. Ka5 Ra8+ 33. Kxb4 Qc5#

2b) 26. Kc3 Qf6+ 27. Nd4 Rc8

Feb-27-21  Stolzenberg: Recognizing the main threats of the opponent is one of the most important things in chess. <After 24. ... Rc8> there are two: 25. ... c4+ and 25. ... cxb4. White played 25. e4, but because this did not counter the threats, it was probably the decisive mistake. Instead 25. bxc5 was necessary, as suggested by <who>.

Btw, 25. Qg3 would have led to another quick mate: 25. ... c4+ 26. bxc4 bxc4+ 27. Kd4 Qd2#.

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