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David Janowski vs Frank Marshall
Janowski - Marshall, Match 2 (1905), Paris FRA, rd 6, Feb-07
Sicilian Defense: Marshall Gambit (B23)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Honza Cervenka: Why not 48.Nc5+?
Oct-16-02  drukenknight: What do you mean? Itis imposible for K/N vs K to mate. Having two black pawns how is that going to be easier? 48...Kc4 so what?
Oct-16-02  drukenknight: great game though, looks like hes about to beat Marshall! what about:


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  Honza Cervenka: After 48.Nc5+ Kc4 49.Nxe4 white makes draw much easier than in the game. But I am not sure whether the game score is correct. Maybe black king was not on b3 after the 47th move of black.
Oct-16-02  drukenknight: you are saying: in real game what if 52...Kc3!

It looks like white has messed up? But then you realize white doesnt have to move the N after 53 Kxe2 and the N will catch the other pawn.

Yeah white made it look like harder to make the draw.

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  Sneaky: No, honza is saying that some move like 46. ...Kb4 was played, and not 46...Kb3. Otherwise its hard to explain why a strong master like Janowski did not draw at once with 48.Nxc5+

There are no "!" moves in the final position. It's a dead draw. 52. ...Kc3 53. Kxe2 h2 54. Nf2 =

Oct-16-02  drukenknight: oh okay, 48....Nc5+ (not Nxc5+) yeah okay that is good pt.
Apr-15-05  drukenknight: Hey I got this variation of the French w/ accelerated ...c5 a few minutes ago. This Marshall game is the only one in this data base to get to black's fourth. Thie line below seems tricky and about even, pretty interesting for a rare french... oh also, I am white here..

1. e4 e6
2. d4 d5
3. Nc3 c5
4. dxc5 d4 (there was one other game in the other data base that got this far but white later dropped his B owing to the Q check on a5)

5. Nce2 (a novelty?)

6. Nf3 Nc6
7. Qd3 (Marshall used his B to blockade this pawn)

7... Nf6
8. Bd2 O-O
9. e5 Ng4
10. Ng5 f5
11. exf6 etc. unclear I guess but looks quite playable.

Mar-05-11  Calli: Cold Case -
In 2002, <Honza Cervenka> asked "Why not 48.Nc5+?". The reason is because Black actually played 46. K-R6 (Ka3). This according to the game score given in Chess Note 6984. Only a decade later and the mystery is solved.


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  Phony Benoni: Just to follow up: here is the position after <46.Kg4>:

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In the source cited by Winter "American Chess Bulletin", February 1905, p. 29-30, Black's move is given as <46...Ka3>. This looks ridiculous. A note by C. S Howell stated that the move excited much curiosity at the Brooklyn Chess Club. To summarize his analysis:

Black must move his king as other moves lose a pawn on the spot. It seems natural to move the king to the b-file, but:

...46...Kb5 47.Nd7 e4 48.Nf6 e3 49.Nd5 e2 50.Nc3+ winning the pawn;

.,.46...Kb4 47.Nd7 e4 48.Nf6 e3 49.Nd5+, winning the pawn

...46...Kb3 47.Nd7 e4 48.Nc5+, as is the bone of contention here.

Alsmost study-like!

The position was drawn in any event, but Marshall's move was the best winning attempt. As Howell stated, "All of which shows that Marshall's ...Ka3 was not so idiotic as it looked."

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