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Richard Reti vs Frank Marshall
New York (1924), New York, NY USA, rd 15, Apr-06
English Opening: Anglo-Indian Defense. Scandavian Defense Exchange Variation (A15)  ·  0-1



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  Jonathan Sarfati: A typically sudden Marshall attack, exploiting White's off-side Q.

The opening is dubious however. Andrew Soltis in his book on Marshall recommended 9 a3!, taking b4 away from Black and thus threatening Qxb7.

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  FSR: Wow, classic Marshall. Somehow I'd never seen this game before. Cool how both players managed to play their signature lines: Reti played his beloved 1.Nf3, but the game transposed into the QGD, Marshall variation (usually reached by 1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nf6 3.cxd5 Nxd5 4.Nf3). Jonathan Sarfati is of course correct about the opening: there's a reason that no one rated above 1800 plays the Marshall today.
Mar-01-21  Gaito: 17...c5!! was a high-class move by Frank Marshall, opening the sixth rank for Black's rook to join the K-side attack (see diagram below):

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RĂ©ti was too greedy and did not sense the danger. He couldn't resist the temptation of grabbing the proffered pawn (18.Qxc5?) and that was the beginning of his downfall. Correct was 12.Qd2 bringing the queen over to help in the defence of his threatened K-side. After 18.Qxc5? Nf4! White was lost (computer evaluation of SF13: -5.08).

Mar-01-21  Gaito: The position after 22.Rh1 deserves some commentary too:

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Marshall played 22...f4!? The opinion of the computer chess engine (SF13) is that Black would have won even more quickly with 22...Qh3+! 23.Kf3 Re6 24.Rae1 g5!, and Black has a forced mate in at most 11 moves according to the computer. (see diagram):

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  fredthebear: Marshall finished in 4th place by a 1/2 point over Reti in the tournament, won by Emanuel Lasker.

A brilliancy prize of $50 to Marshall for his win over Bogolyubov in Round 18.

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