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Frank Marshall vs Stodie
"Let Me Be Frank" (game of the day Aug-08-2021)
Casual game (1920), Atlantic City, NJ USA
Sicilian Defense: Wing Gambit (B20)  ·  1-0

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Aug-01-05  Averageguy: The move Ba3 is very original and shows a crucial new maneuvre in th greek gift sac.
Jan-15-06
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  chessgames.com: A rejected Wednesday puzzle.

13.Ba3! is beautiful but not necessary. The standard approach also works: 13.Qh8+ Ng8 14.Nh7+ Ke7 15.Bg5+

Jan-15-06  syracrophy: Sacrificing all the pieces is NOT ENOUGH STILL to avoid the mate:

13...Nb4 14.Bxb4 Bc5 15.Bxc5 Qe6 16.Bxe6 and there's no way to avoid 17.Qh8++

This proves that there was no way to avoid the mate

Jan-16-06  morpstau: Sacrificing all the pieces is NOT ENOUGH STILL to avoid the mate: 13...Nb4 14.Bxb4 Bc5 15.Bxc5 Qe6 16.Bxe6 and there's no way to avoid 17.Qh8++

This proves that there was no way to avoid the mate
Marshall was wild!!!

Apr-10-08  pavi: not to get off topic , but
Isn't the sicilian the oldest opening?
Or is it the Ruy Lopez?
Jun-02-08  Morphyisgod: <chessgames.com> You say Ba3 is beautiful but not neccisary, but it is the quickest path to mate, and therefore the best move, the standard approach as you say, (13.Qh8+ Ng8 14.Nh7+ Ke7 15.Bg5+) is winning, but not the best move, and is'nt the point of a puzzle o find the best move?
Jul-04-09  Gouvaneur: Totally agree with Morphy.

The line with Bg5 is fine, but Ba3 usually doesn't work in those French-Games, because there is a pawn on b2. Therefore Ba3 deserves to be the best move, since it wins quickest.

Oct-11-09
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  hedgeh0g: A nice little miniature by Marshall, but it has a very "blitz-like" feel to it.
Sep-09-10  Figs: I've submitted this for game of the day with the pun... "bishopS to die for"
May-14-12  Llawdogg: 13 Ba3! is a great move.
Jun-04-12
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  FSR: Let Me Be Frank.
Jun-24-12  e4 resigns: Wing Gambit Accepted brings very crazy pawn structure. Declining it is bad for black.
Feb-01-16  bengalcat47: Truly "the pin is mightier than the sword!"
Nov-07-17
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  Miguel Medina: 13.Qh8 Ng8 14. Ba3 Ne7 15.Nh7 #
13.Qh8 Ng8 14. Ba3 Re7! 15.Nh7 Ke8 etc
Jan-15-18  Albion 1959: The "Greek" gift claims another hapless victim as Marshall dispatches more fodder. Where did black go wrong? Clearly O-O?? was the losing blunder. The best move has got to be h6. Also possible was Ng6, with O-O to follow, this looks playable, or maybe: 8.Bd3 Ng6
9.O-O Bd7
Black is doing okay:
Jan-16-19  Pyrandus: Marshall!
Mar-13-21
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  louispaulsen88888888: Frank!
Aug-08-21
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  MissScarlett: Let me be facetious - great pun!
Aug-08-21
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  OhioChessFan: Let me be facetious- it's not the most obvious pun in site history!
Aug-08-21  Brenin: The final Stockfish annotation amusingly reveals the occasional idiocy of machines, with Black successively throwing N, B and Q under the bus in a hopeless attempt to break the pin.
Aug-08-21  Amarande: There is a general impression in such situations on the King-side that having the Knight at e7 mitigates most if not all of the danger, since that Knight should be able to interpose at g8 meaning there's no threat of corridor mate, right?

... Right?

This impression fails to take into account the existence of, say, the Queen-side. Oops!

Aug-08-21
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  RookFile: Move 4 of this game and white already has a clear advantage.
Aug-08-21
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  Messiah: Very bad pun.
Aug-08-21
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  keypusher: This game title would make more sense for a simul game that Marshall lost where his opponent made sacrifices, used the Wing Gambit, swindled Marshall or whatever.
Aug-12-21
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  FSR: <keypusher> Stodie let Marshall be Frank, with the expected consequences: Marshall mated him off the board.
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