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Stefan Levitsky vs Frank Marshall
"The Gold Coin Game" (game of the day Jul-25-2012)
18th DSB Congress, Breslau (1912), Breslau GER, rd 6, Jul-20
Sicilian Defense: Marshall Gambit (B23)  ·  0-1



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May-04-14  RookFile: Marshall's own book ends it after ...Qg3. It really doesn't matter what anybody else said.
Sep-10-14  Ke2: how many Marshall freakin Gambits are there??
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  perfidious: Besides all the gambit lines bearing Marshall's name, he had a go at the Modern Benoni, something sharper still than most of his gambits: Capablanca vs Marshall, 1927.
Nov-04-14  1 2 3 4: The move wasn't necessary, but it was brilliant.
May-12-15  tanu123: very very very beautiful!!!!!!!!
Jun-28-15  Ferari: 23...Qg3 is a cute move, but the move is way over-rated. Black also has other wins, such as 23...Qe3. Black can also win by interposing the move order with 23...Ne2+, 24. Kh1 and then 24...Qg3. Also, black can even win in a boring fashion with 23...Qb2, 24.Rc7 Ne2+, 25. Kh1 Rh6, 26. c3 Rg6 etc. Black is up a whole piece, and white has zero compensation!
Jun-29-15  Ferari: Actually the interposition of 23...Ne2+ only leads to a small advantage for black. However, black actually has no less than (5) clear wins, from the key position after 23.Rc5. Black easily wins, with a piece up, with either 23...Qe3, 23...Qb2, 23...Qa3, 23...Qb4, or Marshall's pretty move 23...Qg3! A pretty move, but not a great problem, since black is a piece up, and has (5) clear, and easy ways to win.
Feb-29-16  socratos: what a finish that is. wonderful!
Mar-26-16  SimplicityRichard: A brilliant move that perhaps inspired another:
(Nicolas Rossolimo v. Paul Reissmann 1967).#
May-30-16  thegoodanarchist: Black's knight on d4 is one of the most well-placed knights in the lore of chess, it seems.
Nov-27-16  The Kings Domain: Astonishing game. This is probably the only game in the history of Chess where an unexpected move could be so final and decisive where the losing side has several options to consider all leading nowhere.
Nov-27-16  Howard: That statement is rather debatable, in my view. There are many other games where the winning move was comparable to that one.

Not only that, wouldn't
24...Ne2+ have also won, too? Either move wins-it's largely a matter of taste.

Karpov, no doubt, would have played the simplier move.

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  kamalakanta: Here is another game that has a similar Queen move to end the game!

Bronstein vs Geller, 1961

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  Sally Simpson: ***

Horowitz liked this game.

In his 1958 book 'All about Chess' which is a collection taken from his chess column in the Saturday Review he gives this game twice (pages 63 and 150) In both cases Horowitz adds that Marshall's wife. Caroline, debunks the shower of gold story.


Dec-18-19  Chesgambit: Qh5?? black to play and forse varition
Dec-19-19  Chesgambit: knight + rook windmill
Feb-17-20  dinkstover: nice game!
Apr-05-20  MordimerChess: Frank Marshall: "Perhaps you have heard about this game, which so excited the spectators that they 'showered me with gold pieces!' I have often been asked whether this really happened. The answer is - yes, that is what happened, literally."

It's also interesting how Frank Marshall play Sicilian Defense against 1. d4 hahahaha :D


10. Na4 Qa5 11. b3 Ne4 12. Bxe7 Nxe7 13. Bd3 Nxc5 14. Nxc5 Qxc5 ⩲

16. a3 Ba5 17. Ne4 Bxd 21 8. Nxd6 Re7 19. g3 =

20.Qe4 Rf4 21. Qe5 Qc4 22. Rd7 Ne2+ 23. Kh1 Ng3+ 24. hxg3 Qxf1+ 25. Kh2 Rf6 26. Qc7 Rg6 ∞

My video-analysis:

Enjoy the game and thanks for support.

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  Bishoprick: You might want to look at Nicolas Rossolimo vs Paul Reissmann. Before Reisman's resignation, Rossolimo leaves his queen "en prise" three different ways, any of which will lead to Reisman being mated.
Sep-28-20  Chesgambit: 23...Qf3?? Rc7
Dec-11-20  Justin796: Black is already up a piece...Qg3 accomplishes what exactly...queen and rook trades according to the engine lines...although I wouldnt see a GM defending any other way.
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  FSR: 24.Qe5 Nf3+ would have added to the picturesqueness.
Jan-03-22  N.O.F. NAJDORF: By a strange coincidence, I was considering that variation for the first time just before reading your comment, and noticed that 24 ... Ne2+ wins just as quickly.

I don't want to take anything away from Marshall, but even if he had not spotted 23 ... Qg3, he would have won easily by:

23...Qa3 24. Rc7 Ne2+ 25. Kh1 Rxh2+ 26. Kxh2 Qd6+

with an extra pawn compared with the result of the variation actually played.

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Aug-24-23  EvanTheTerrible: What do you even do at the board when your opponent plays a move like this?
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