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Julius Perlis vs Frank Marshall
Karlsbad (1911), Karlsbad (Karlovy Vary) AUH, rd 24, Sep-22
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jul-06-04  Sideman: is there a different move for black
after 21d4, could he take the Q ...
Jul-06-04  Calli: Well, he does take the queen on the next move. Interesting is 25...Bxb2! If Marshall saves his own Queen, a draw results

25...Qb6?! 26.Rxh7+ Kxh7 27.Rh1+ Kg7 28.Rg1+

Marshall plays poorly after that and has to settle for a draw anyway.

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  An Englishman: Good Morning: This is one of the greatest defensive gems I've seen, even though Marshall could have found a way to win. Perlis' position is irrevocably lost after twenty moves, but even in positions this bad, a good player will always find one last resource. His Queen sacrifice is a classic example of a Marshall swindle, against the guy who lent his name to them.

Marshall plays good moves for a while, returning his Queen to get into a R + 4P vs. 2 Knights ending. However, he wastes a lot of time and lets Perlis' Knights join the fray. I've been looking at 27...f6-f5!?; 28.Ng5,fxe4; 29.Bxe4,f7-f5; 30.Rxh7+,Kg8, sacrificing one or two Pawns to drive the Bishop out of the game. Any ideas?

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  Chessical: <An Englishman> your suggestion of <27...f5> looks sound, but after 28.Ng5 the move <fxe4> appears to lose to < 29.Bxf7> Kg7 30.Rxh7+ Kf6 31.Ndxe4+

Instead replacing the pawn capture with <28...Kg7> 29.Rxh7+ Kg6 30.f4 gives Black the upper hand.

Oct-17-04  Calli: Marshall seemed to have a simpler defense with 28...Rfe8 - threatens Rxd5 and if Bxf7 then Rxe4. Later, he can also protect f7 if needed with both rooks. In short, Rd6-Rb6 was a bad idea. At least thats what I concluded while analyzing back in July.
Aug-02-05  SnoopDogg: Wow now this would be a puzzle. d4!!

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