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Frank Marshall vs Jose Raul Capablanca
"Marshall Law" (game of the day Dec-31-2018)
Capablanca - Marshall (1909), Scranton, PA USA, rd 7, May-01
Queen's Gambit Declined: Lasker Defense (D53)  ·  1-0



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  NM JRousselle: This is a credible game of the day. It's the shortest tournament loss of Capablanca's career.
May-14-12  morphyesque: Marshall in his "My Fifty Years of Chess" (1942) p.115 comments on his 17th move BF5, that Black's best reply was simply 17... NF6.Capablanca had hoped Marshall would play 25.NXC6 for he then salvages the game with a perpetual after....RB1+ 26.RXB1 QXB1+ 27.KF2 QC2+ 28.KG3 QG6+ etc.The key move for White was 24.F4! avoiding back rank mates while defending his E5 knight and avoiding perpetual checks.Thus if now 24....RB1+ 25.RXB1 QXB1+ 26.KF2 QC2+ 27.KG3 and Black's checks are exhausted and his bishop lost i.e. 27....BE8 28.QE7 or 27....F6 28.QXC6 and the knight is inviolate.What a thrill for Marshall to bring off a Q.sac against the great "Capa"!! (consolation for losing the 1909 match).
May-14-12  RookFile: An awful lot of people never beat Capa once.
Jan-23-13  BlackSheep: Haha Qxb6 is a real show stopper , you can imagine the look of aghast on Capa's face as Marshall unloaded that one especially as Frank had never beaten him before and had lost in the previous fourteen meetings , it must have been one win that resonated with him forever as he only ever beat Capa four times in fifty-four games but as Rookfile has said some people never beat him .
May-06-13  victor antoni: un partido flojo por parte de capablanca regala torre en vano habia otras jugadas................ como torre jaque y dama por torre jaque.........
May-06-13  victor antoni: un partido flojo por parte de capablanca regala torre en vano habia otras jugadas................ como torre jaque y dama por torre jaque.........
Mar-01-14  Whitehat1963: Bustin' a Capa!
May-01-15  Ke2: Definitely makes you think of fischer spassky game six
Jul-28-16  j4jishnu: Friends, just watch how immediately the middle game turns out to be a disastrous endgame for Capablanca. Obvious credit goes to Marshall, but Capablanca fared worse, like a mediocre club player against a Grandmaster.
Jul-28-16  RookFile: Marshall avoided Capa's tactical trap that was set at the end.
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  profK: 13. Qa3 reminds me of Fischer-Spassky game 6, when the black square pin is quite useful after the black bishops are off!
Dec-31-18  hukes70: You are right, <profK>.

This game at 13. Qa3 :

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Fischer - Spassky Game 6 at 13. Qa3 :

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Dec-31-18  avidfan: Fischer vs Spassky, 1972 is the link for game 6
Jan-01-19  cormier:

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Analysis by Houdini 4 d 29 dpa done

<1. = (0.00): 13...Bg4> 14.Ne5 Rac8 15.0-0 Be6 16.f4 Rc7 17.Qb2 Ne8 18.Qc2 Nf6 19.f5 Bd7 20.Qd2 cxd4 21.cxd4 Rfc8 22.a5 Be8 23.Rab1 Rc3 24.Qb2 R8c7 25.Qd2 Rc8 26.Qb2

<2. = (0.00): 13...Be6> 14.0-0 Rac8 15.Rfb1 Rc7 16.dxc5 Nd7 17.c6 Qxa3 18.Rxa3 bxc6 19.a5 Nc5 20.Bc2 Ne4 21.Bxe4 dxe4 22.Ng5 Bd5 23.Ra4 c5 24.Nxe4 Bc6 25.Rc4 Bd5 26.Ra4 Bc6

Jan-01-19  sudoplatov: I think that Marshall wrote (in "Marshall's Chess Swindles") something to the effect that his opening and middlegame procedure was a hailed as a "new idea in the Queen's Gambit." He didn't say what was that procedure. Was it the Qa3 (later used by Fischer and a main idea for White against Hanging Pawns) or the attack withe a4, and a5?
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  NM JRousselle: Marshall had terrible records against Alekhine, Capablanca and Lasker (so did just about everyone else!). However, people forget how good Marshall really was. In this game for example, he plays near perfection. Compare his moves to Stockfish's 1st choices.
Sep-25-19  AliSawalha: 26.Rb6 was blunder
Apr-24-20  Chesgambit: b6?! Bg4!
Apr-24-20  Chesgambit: Rb6 is not blunder just dubious
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  zenwabi: Capablanca annotates this game at p. 81 of his CHESS FUNDAMENTALS, Everyman Chess edition.
Sep-19-20  RandomVisitor: <cormier> and I agree that black's slide started as early as move 13, when better choices were available:

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42/56 09:23 0.00 13...Bg4 14.Qxc5 Qxc5 15.dxc5 Bxf3 16.gxf3 Nd7 17.Ke2 Nxc5 18.Rhd1 Rfd8 19.a5 Rac8 20.Bf5 Rc6 21.Be4 Rcd6 22.Bc2 g6

42/54 09:23 0.00 13...Be6 14.0-0 Rfc8 15.Rfb1 Rc7 16.dxc5 Nd7 17.Nd4 Nxc5 18.Be2 Ne4 19.Qxe7 Rxe7 20.Rc1 Rc8 21.c4 dxc4 22.Nxe6 fxe6

Sep-19-20  RandomVisitor: Black might have played differently at move 5:

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45/58 27:54 0.00 5...h6 6.Bh4 0-0 7.Nf3 b6 8.Be2 dxc4 9.Bxc4 c5 10.0-0 cxd4 11.Nxd4 Bb7 12.Qe2 Ne4 13.Bxe7 Qxe7 14.Nxe4 Bxe4

44/50 27:54 0.00 5...0-0 6.Nf3 h6 7.Bxf6 Bxf6 8.Rc1 dxc4 9.Bxc4 Nd7 10.Ne4 c5 11.0-0 cxd4 12.Nxf6+ Nxf6 13.Qxd4 b6 14.Rfd1 Qe7

Sep-19-20  RandomVisitor: Black would be doing ok after the suggested improvement 14...Rb8:

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NNUE evaluation using nn-03744f8d56d8.nnue enabled

<55/65 2:10:26 +0.11 15.0-0 Be6> 16.Rfb1 Rfc8 17.axb6 axb6 18.Qb2 g6 19.h3 c4 20.Bc2 Kg7 21.Kf1 Qb7 22.Ke2 Ra8 23.Rxa8 Rxa8 24.Qxb6 Qxb6

Sep-19-20  RandomVisitor: Things likely start getting harder for black at move 15:

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NNUE evaluation using nn-03744f8d56d8.nnue enabled

<54/73 3:05:58 +0.69 15...Rab8 16.Ne5 Qc7 17.Rfb1> Bc8 18.h3 Nd7 19.Nf3 Bb7 20.axb6 axb6 21.Qb2 Bc6 22.Bf5 g6 23.Bxd7 Bxd7 24.Qb3 c4

Sep-19-20  RandomVisitor: Almost game over by move 17:

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NNUE evaluation using nn-03744f8d56d8.nnue enabled

<42/65 06:34 +1.78 17...Nf6 18.dxc5 bxc5 19.Rb5> g6 20.a6 Bc6 21.Rxc5 gxf5 22.Nd4 Ng4 23.g3 Ne5 24.f4 Rab8 25.Re1 Nf3+ 26.Nxf3 Qe7

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