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Emanuel Lasker vs Horace Ransom Bigelow
"Ransom Demands" (game of the day Feb-27-2023)
Simul, 30b (1926) (exhibition), Marshall CC, New York, NY USA, Feb-08
Spanish Game: Marshall Attack. Original Marshall Attack (C89)  ·  0-1



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Jan-12-06  sleepkid: ...cute. Must have been very annoying for Lasker.
Jan-12-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: It sure was ... courageous play by black!
Sep-08-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: nice game!......i looked at the final position for a few seconds and then the light bulb came on
Jul-17-12  Abdel Irada: And *this*, Marshall Attack fans, is why 15. ♕f3 is played rather than 15. ♕e2.

A nice game by Bigelow, who certainly has few enough victories to his credit.

Jan-12-13  IndigoViolet: Big up the Bigelow!
Dec-11-14  TheFocus: From a simul at the Marshall Chess Club in New York, New York on February 8, 1926.

Lasker scored +24=3-3.

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  MissScarlett: According to Helms in <The Brooklyn Daily Eagle> of 11th February, 1926, <Defeats of Maroczy and Yates with the same variation also stand to the credit of Bigelow.>

A games collection of masters mown done by the Marshall Attack would certainly make for salutary reading.

Glad to see that CG.C lists more than The Usual NN with few WINS. Good to see guys from The History of CHESS! Way to Go Organizers and Writers! This gives guys like RAY and I some hope! The ACME KING KRUSHER!!
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  OhioChessFan: "Ransom Demands"
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  MissScarlett: <Defeats of Maroczy and Yates with the same variation also stand to the credit of Bigelow.>

Must be from the simuls that Maroczy and Yates gave at the Marshall CC in the wake of <New York 1924>. Yates scored +16 -6 in late April, and Maroczy, +20 -1 =7 on May 20th.

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  HeMateMe: He just wasn't Lasker's cup of tea...
Feb-27-23  Cheapo by the Dozen: I'll leaf <HeMateMe>'s comment alone.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: All right, Mr. Bigelow! Way to show Frank Marshall how to play his own gambit!
Feb-27-23  Cheapo by the Dozen: Per SF, the losing move was failing to overprotect the rook and instead playing 16 Nd2.
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  perfidious: Droll pun and, as astutely noted by that esteemed contributor <Abdel Irada>, an object lesson in why White plays 15.Qf3 rather than Qe2 in this original version of Marshall's creation.
Feb-27-23  Brenin: For the benefit of any beginners, 20 Qxe1 allows 20 ... Ng4+ 21 Kg1 (Kh1 is no better) Qxe1+ 22 Nf1 Qf2+ 23 Kh1 Qxf1 mate.
Feb-27-23  ajile: <Brenin:> I was looking at 20.Nf3 but Black has 20..Ng4+ 21.Kh1 (or Kg1) and 21..Rxe1 with CHECK.
Feb-27-23  goodevans: Nice GOTD <OCF>. Thanks.

Chess opening nomenclature would normally reserve the word 'Attack' for a variation initiated by White. The 'Marshall Attack' (8...d5) goes against that principle.

I'm racking my brain, what's left of it, to find another example of this (or indeed the opposite, a 'Defence' initiated by White) but have yet to succeed.

Anyone know of any other examples?

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  OrangeTulip: In those days super grand masters did give away some games in order to be invited again, or am I to suspicious? Second remark: Kasparov did negotiate to play only against members lower than 2200 Elo. Not for nothing
Feb-27-23  goodevans: Emanuel Lasker vs Horace Ransom Bigelow
Simul, 30b <1926>

<OrangeTulip: In those days super grand masters did give away some games in order to be invited again...>

From the player biography of Horace Ransom Bigelow : "He is given credit in Lasker’s Manual of Chess for compiling the index." - That book was written in <1925>.


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