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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Frank Marshall
Marshall - Tarrasch (1905), Nuremberg GER, rd 12, Oct-03
French Defense: Steinitz Variation (C11)  ·  1/2-1/2



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  Chessical: A very sharp game involving opposite side castling. Marshall looked for complications and sharp piece play even at a potential risk to his own position. Objectively, Tarrasch should have won, but subjectively the maze of complications dazzles his opponent and allows the American to achieve a draw.

Marshall's <19...Ne7?!> leaves his Bishop on <c5> with no squares. It is a provocation to Tarrasch to weaken his King's defences with <b4>.

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Tarrasch does not shirk the challenge and plays the strongest move, but in so doing so Marshall has achieved "his" type of game with tactical threats and lively piece play. Tarrasch has to protect his weak square at <a3> as Marshall's forces gather around his opponent's King.

Tarrasch could easily go wrong: <26. Kb1> Qa4 27. Bb2 Qb3 28. Kc1 Rxa3 <29. Bxa3?> Qxa3+ 30. Kb1 Qa1+ 31. Kc2 Qb2 mate (<29. Bxd4> would have been better, but the line is not as strong as Tarrasch's actual choice).

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Marshall rejected <28... Qxa3!?>, he appears to have judged that after <29. Bxa3> Rxa3 30. Qb2 Bxb2 31. Kxb2 Ra2+ 32.Kb3 Nc5+ 33. Kxb4 Rb2+ 34. Kc3 Rxb5 35. Rb1; the endgame with a Knight and two pawns for a Rook was in White's favour. This is probably correct as Black must hang on grimly for a draw. Marshall's actual choice should have, however, had much worse consequences after <30. Qxh6> For example:

<30...d3> 31. f4 Qf7 32. Bb2 Bxb2 33. Kxb2 Nd5 34. Bxd3 winning.

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Game 12
from Marshall versus Tarrasch Match, Nuremberg 1905 by Chessical
October, p. 314 ]346 / 698]
from American Chess Bulletin 1905 (July-December) by Phony Benoni

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