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Frank Marshall vs Siegbert Tarrasch
"One Man's Tarrasch is Another Man's Treasure" (game of the day Sep-14-2019)
Marshall - Tarrasch (1905), Nuremberg GER, rd 9, Sep-29
Tarrasch Defense: General (D32)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-05-04  nimko: tttttttttt
Dec-14-04  dickweed: Black can't capture with 17 .. cxb4 since white's knight will then have access to d4 with unpleasent threats on black's queen
May-08-05  aw1988: ttttt...???
Sep-20-07  RookFile: An insecure king position in a queen and rook ending proved to be bad news against Marshall.
Mar-02-13  thomastonk: 17.b4 is interesting, but possibly not correct. After 17.. ♖ac8?, Black's position is ruined within a few moves and Marshall scores his only victory in this match.

But Black has at least two many reasonable alternatives. First, he can take the pawn by 17.. bxc4, because 18.♘d4 can be met by 18..♖c8!. Then 19.♕xc8 ♕xf1+ 20.♔xf1 ♖xc8 21.♘f5 ♗f8! and White has to fight for a draw. Or 19.♕b3 ♕e8 20.♗xf6 and Black has even a choice between 20.. ♗xf6 without any problems and keeping the pawn with 20.. gxf6.

Second, Black has also 17.. d4! with a lot of ideas: d3, dxe4 and ♗xf3, of course.

Feb-16-16  morfishine: Marshall's sole win in this dreadful match
Sep-11-19  thegoodanarchist: One Man's Tarrasch is Another Man's Treasure
Sep-14-19  onigorom: I once played a Marshall against a Tarrasch, and it did not end well.
Sep-14-19  Ironmanth: Nice maneuvering! Thanks, chessgames.
Sep-14-19  Ilkka Salonen: Can you do an anarchist pun about the anti-marshall sometime?
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  Honza Cervenka: Black missed a chance to equalize the game by playing 25...dxc4! At first glance it seems to be that this is not at all an option for 26.Rd7 but in fact 26.Rd7 is not good for 26...Be4! 27.Qg4 f5 28.Rxe7 fxg4 29.Nd4 Bb1 30.Rb7 Bd3 31.hxg4 c3 ∓. Of course, white must not play 26.Rd7? but his advantage is already gone.

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