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Siegbert Tarrasch vs Frank Marshall
Marshall - Tarrasch (1905), Nuremberg GER, rd 16, Oct-10
Sicilian Defense: Morphy Gambit (B21)  ·  1-0



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Jun-30-08  sneaky pete: 10.f3 ..

Tarrasch: Diesen Zug hat mir der ungarischen Großmeister Maroczy unter dem Siegel der strengsten Verschwiegenheit in Ostende verraten. Der Zug, der übrigens von Marco herrührt, soll den e-Bauern decken, um dann Sc3-d5 zu ermöglichen. Ich wollte einmal probieren und nicht wieder; er hat mich schon, wie ich ihn machte, nicht gefallen, er ist häßlich.

Marco: Ich würde mich sehr glücklich schätzen, einen Zug erfunden zu haben, den Großmeister Maroczy solcher Aufmerksamkeit würdigte und wie ein Staatsgeheimnis verwährte. Aber ich erinnere mich wirklich nicht wann, wo und wie ich diese Erfindung gemacht haben könnte und muß daher die unverdiente Auszeichnung ablehnen, zumal auch Dr. Tarrasch nachträglich eingestanden hat, daß das Maroczy-System ausgezeichnet ist.

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  Gypsy: <The first game known to feature the Maróczy Bind was Swiderski vs Maroczy, 1904, Monte Carlo. Oddly, no games are known where Maróczy played it as White. However, the 1906 March–April issue of the Wiener Schachzeitung reproduced from Magyar Sakklap Maróczy's annotations to the game Tarrasch–Marshall, Nuremberg (match) 1905 (which began 1.e4 c5 2.d4 cxd4 3.Nf3 a6 4.Nxd4 g6 5.Be2 Bg7 6.Nc3 Nc6). -- On four consecutive moves (moves 3–6) Maróczy stressed the value of the move c4.>
Jul-04-12  Llawdogg: 28 ... Bxb2?? walked right into the fork 29 Qb8+.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Llawdogg: 28 ... Bxb2?? walked right into the fork 29 Qb8+.> True but black was already lost anyway. Frank just shortened his misery in this way.
Sep-25-13  thomastonk: This game led to heavy statments by Tarrasch and Maroczy. In the match book, Tarrasch wrote about 10.f3 what <sneaky pete> quoted several years ago. A rough translation is as follows: The Hungarian Grandmaster Maroczy told me this move under the pledge of strictest secrecy in Ostend. This move, which is due to Marco, intends to protect the e-pawn and thereby enables White to play ♘d5. I tried it once - but nevermore; I didn't liked the move already when I made it - it is ugly.

Maroczy commented the game in "Magyar Sakklap", and Marco published this in Already at 5.♗e2, Maroczy begins with his assault, but I begin with his comment on 6.♘c3: This move is the obvious proof that Dr. Tarrasch is unable to find an original and independent plan in this line of the Sicilian defence. After 10.f3, Maroczy first quotes Tarrasch (see above) and then he attacks him heavily, ending with suggesting a match.

<sneaky pete>'s Marco quote is the footnote.

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  Chessical: Marco stated in relation to the bind with <10.f3> - "But I really do not remember when, where and how I could have made this invention and therefore must reject the undeserved award, especially since Dr. Tarrasch has admitted afterwards that the Maroczy system is excellent".

Maroczy suggested improvements to Black's play of <17...Nc5> and <24...Qxb2> "with drawing chances".

Maroczy was very critical of the "defective and superficial analysis" of Dr Tarrasch in this game, the latter's fondness for "self-praise" and habit of drowning other people out with the sound of his voice.

Feb-09-15  poorthylacine: I like the personality of Maroczy, a sincere, lovely and hard working chess genius; and Marshall quotes Tarrasch as "vain and arrogant".
Maybe too "to much self-prise" I can agree.

1: Tarrasch was able to recognize the genius of Lasker after been defeated by him;

2: together with Steinitz, and later Euwe (and even Tartakover), Tarrasch made an enormous analytical and pedagogic work due to his true love for chess. For me, more useful and convincing than the one of Nimzowitch for instance.

So we could forget a little the human weaknesses, the strong ego and others: every person has weak points - Janowski many, Marshall less, for sure, and as long he will not become mad or criminal, like Gutmayer, Alekhine, Kortchnoï, and the worst of all, Fischer, its not so important; why not slow down now a little the "Tarrashbashing"??

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