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Geza Maroczy vs Frank Marshall
San Sebastian (1911), San Sebastian ESP, rd 1, Feb-20
Russian Game: Kaufmann Attack (C42)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Aug-25-07  ForeverYoung: A super queen sac by Marshall to salvage a tough game against the positional specialist.
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  Mateo: <ForeverYoung: A super queen sac by Marshall to salvage a tough game against the positional specialist.> Yes 24...Qxg3! is a brilliant sacrifice (although 24...g5! should be considered too). The nice point is 26...Rdd2!!.

27.Re4! is the only move because White was threatening Rh2 and Rh1. After 27...Bxe4 28.Qxe4, White still has a big material advantage but Black holds the draw.

These masters of the old time didn't wait for Anand and Topalov to play chess of the 23rd century... On the all, a very interesting game.

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  MissScarlett: The <Brooklyn Daily Eagle>, April 6th 1911, Sporting sect., p.4, reported that Lasker had claimed a win for Marshall, by means of <27... Rh2 28. Kg1 Rdg2+ 29. Kf1 Rb2 30. Kg1 Rhg2+ 31. Kf1 (31. Kh1 Rge2 32. Qf1 Rxe4 33. Bxe4 Bxe4+ 34. Kg1 Rb1) 31... Rgc2>.

<Incidentally, he took occasion to scold the European critics for their lax methods, of which the Marshall-Maroczy game, according to the champion, was a glaring example. [...]

Before the champion's analysis reached here, this very continuation had been suggested at the Manhattan Chess Club by Stephen G. Ruth, well known in Brooklyn and Manhattan chess circles. The position aroused a great deal of interest among the Manhattan C. C. members, but finally William S. Patterson, one of the few survivors of the Morphy period and a keen analyst, pointed out the move of [28. Qf3] for White, in answer to Dr. Lasker's suggested move for Black of [27...Rh2]. It will be found upon examination that this powerful move meets all the requirements of the situation, as far as White is concerned, and causes the dream of the champion to vanish into thin air.>

Sep-23-20  J. Adoube: I wouldn't be surprised if Marshall thought he was winning when he played 24 . . . Qxg3. Marco in Wiener Schachzeitung:
"Here Dr. Lasker remarked that 27 . . . Rh2 would have won. . . .Both Lasker and Metger subsequently thought White could save the game by 28. Qf3, which was also shown by Mr. W.S. Paterson of New York. Herr Seyboth of St. Petersburg suggested 28 . . . Bc8 for Black, but it is insufficient for victory." Quoted from Lesser Known Chess Masterpieces, Fred Wilson, ed.

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