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Frank James Marshall vs David S Polland
ch Marshall CC (1937), New York
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Maroczy Bind Bronstein Variation (B41)  ·  1-0



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  Chessical: A superb game by Marshall (best Games of Chess, game #132) who sacrifices the exchange for a strong attack. <17...Be6?!> puts the B on a dangerously exposed square and Marshall recommended <17...Bd7> instead, but he does not give a continuation. Possible lines may be:

<18.e6> Bxe6 19.Nd5 b5 20.Qc2 cxd5 21.exd5 0-0 22.dxe6 fxe6 23.Rxf8+ Rxf8 24.cxb5 axb5 25.Bxb5 with a double-edged game.


<18...fxe6> 19.e5 0-0-0 20.Ne4 Rhf8 21.Rxf8 Rxf8 22.Qa5 Ba7 (or 22...Be3 23.c5 Kb8 24.Bxa6)23.c5 with a strong grip on the Black squares for the exchange.

The triumph of Marshall's central pawns makes this a memorable game.

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  Alex Schindler: Just a point over par...

I jumped the gun with 18. Nd5, tried to do it on move 17 and didn't even bother recapturing the knight on f1 first. Was afraid of missing the boat, and sure enough Be6 came next... but was nothing to worry about.

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