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Frank James Marshall vs Akiba Rubinstein
Moscow (1925), Moscow URS, rd 18, Dec-03
Queen's Gambit Declined: Orthodox Defense. General (D60)  ·  1-0



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Jun-25-04  Marquis De Sade: marshall was one sneaky dude.
Jan-07-14  Archivist: 18…Rad8 was a mistake. Current theory recommends …h6, compare e.g. Hjartason-Short, Dubai Ol, 1986
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  plang: Marshall identified 22..Bf7? as the losing move recommending instead 22..Ng6 23 Rc5..Qd3 though White still looks better.
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  sfm: After 22.Qf2, it 'visually' appears like Black has full control over the a2-g8 diagonal, and so 22.-,Bf7?? looks safe, taking off the pressure on it, and opening for the e8-rook. Black of course looked at 23.Nfd2??,Qxd4, but 23.b3! allows White's knights to eat up the last squares on a2-g8, as well as clearing up the f-file. Quite blunder for a player of Rubinstein's calibre, but as we all know, it happens for the best.

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- Akiba Rubinstein beat Frank James Marshall 11 to 9, with 15 draws. I would have expected a higher difference.

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  DanQuigley: People tend to overrate Rubinstein and underrate Marshall. Rubinstein won more of their earlier encounters, Marshall their later ones, especially after WWI. Rubinstein was four years younger. This win here is my favorite by Marshall. It really shows his depth of calculation.
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  ChessHigherCat: : <plang> and <sfm> 22...Bf7? really is horrible. Apart from the game line, 23. Rxe8 wins, too. 23...Rxe8 24. Nd6 wins at least a piece and 23...Bxe8 24. Ne5 Qxe4 25. Nxf7 wins a piece, too.
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  HarryP: An instructive and admirable game.
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