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Frank Marshall vs Gyula Breyer
Bad Pistyan (1912), Pistyan (Piestany) AUH, rd 2, May-21
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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Jan-09-07  madlydeeply: nifty little back rank face off and then Marshall wins a rook pawn ending. Wotta technician.
Dec-12-18  sudoplatov: The Queenside Majority strikes again. Interesting how Marshall gets his Rook behind the Passed Pawn. Marshall did have perfect scores against both Breyer and Esser.
Dec-12-18  JimNorCal: I suspect that Breyer's handling of the rook endgame was flawed. Having watched so many rook endgames between super-GMs over the years I would be shocked to learn that Marshall had a forced win.
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  Retireborn: <Jim> 40...Kd3 was the loser, according to Houdini; Black should play ...Kd5 so his king can help to fight the a-pawn.
Dec-13-18  JimNorCal: Thanks, RetiR.
Dec-13-18  sudoplatov: Local Stockfish indicates that 39....Ke4 loses; It allows White to put the Rook behind the Pawn. 40....Kd3 is worse than ....Kd5 as pointed out above.
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  Count Wedgemore: <Retireborn: 40...Kd3 was the loser, according to Houdini;>

If one needs a computer to realize that 40...Kd5 is much better than 40...Kd3, then one is not a very good chess player.

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  keypusher: < Count Wedgemore: <Retireborn: 40...Kd3 was the loser, according to Houdini;> If one needs a computer to realize that 40...Kd5 is much better than 40...Kd3, then one is not a very good chess player.>

I thought Breyer was a very good chess player. Silly me!

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  Count Wedgemore: <keypusher> Touché.

That said, I bet that after the game Breyer knew very well that 40...Kd3 was the wrong move in the position.

It's not like top players never make mistakes, <KP>!

Nov-26-19  zydeco: 24...Rc8 25.Rc2! is a nice comic interlude.

The ending point is elegant: after 52...e2 53.Rf3+! Kd2 54.Re3 e1=Q 55.Rxe1 Kxe1 56.f4 Queens.

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